Just in time to take some of the sting out the St. Louis Cardinals’ early postseason exit, the Arizona
Fall League kicked off on Tuesday. Cardinals top prospect Alex Reyes made his Fall League debut on Thursday at Salt River fields in Scottsdale and allowed one hit, struck out five and walked two in 3 1/3 scoreless innings. That sounds about right. The Cards’ #7, #8, #12 and #27 prospects are also on the Surprise Saguaros roster.
The six-team AFL showcases many of the game’s top prospects who recently competed at the double- and triple-A levels. A few high-A players get in, too. A Playing there is a big deal, because a Fall League appearance often precedes a big league call up. Last year, for instance, Cards relievers Sam Tuivailala and Mitch Harris pitched in the desert before making their big league debuts this season.
So take heart, Cardinal fans. At least a few players in the organization are playing fall baseball. Let’s scout each of them, shall we?