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The Best of the Best In Our AFL Fall Star Game ~ East Meets West

Updated: Nov 6, 2018

Saturday evening, the MiLB Fall Star Game began with the first pitch at 7:08 CST. MiLB top prospects are chosen to fill the roster for the East and the West division teams.

MiLB Arizona Fall League Teams/MLB Affiliates:

Glendale Desert Dogs ~ Baltimore Orioles/Chicago White Sox/Cleveland Indians/Los Angeles Dodgers/New York Yankees

Mesa Solar Sox ~ Boston Red Sox/Chicago Cubs/Detroit Tigers/Los Angeles Anaheim Angels/Oakland Athletics

Peoria Javelins ~ Atlanta Braves/Milwaukee Brewers/San Diego Padres/Seattle Mariners/Tampa Bay Rays

Salt River Rafters ~ Arizona Diamondbacks/Colorado Rockies/Miami Marlins/Minnesota Twins/Washington Nationals

Scottsdale Scorpions ~ Cincinnati Reds/Houston Astros/New York Mets/Philadelphia Phillies/San Francisco Giants

Surprise Saguaros ~ Kansas City Royals/Pittsburgh Pirates/St. Louis Cardinals/Texas Rangers/Toronto Blue Jays

Fall Star Game Starting Lineups:

West Fall Stars:

🐗 Lucius Fox SS (TB Rays-Peoria Javelins) 🐗 Keston Hiura 2B (Brewers-Peoria Javelins) 🌵 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 3B (Blue Jays-Surprise Saguaros) 🌵 Cavan Biggio LF (Blue Jays-Surprise Saguaros) 🐗 Cristian Pache CF (Braves-Peoria Javelins) 🐗 Evan White 1B (Mariners-Peoria Javelins) 🐺 Keibert Ruiz C (Dodgers-Glendale Desert Dogs) 🐺 Luis Robert DH (White Sox [OF] - Desert Dogs) 🐺 Estevan Florial RF (Yankees-Desert Dogs) 🌵 Nate Pearson SP (Blue Jays-Surprise Saguaros)

East Fall Stars:

☀️Jahmai Jones 2B (Angels-Mesa Solar Sox) 🚣‍♂️ Daulton Varsho C (Diamondbacks-Salt River Rafters) 🦂 Pete Alonso 1B (Mets-Scottsdale Scorpions) 🚣‍♂️ Monte Harrison CF (Marlins-Salt River Rafters) 🦂 Taylor Trammell LF (Reds-Scottsdale Scorpions) 🚣‍♂️ Carter Kieboom SS (Nationals-Salt River Rafters) ☀️ Daz Cameron RF (Tigers-Mesa Solar Sox) ☀️ Bobby Dalbec 3B (Red Sox-Mesa Solar Sox) 🚣‍♂️ Pavin Smith DH (Diamondbacks [1B] - Salt River Rafters)

East takes an early lead in the first with a solo homer by Pete Alonso. Wasn't until the bottom of the third, Evan Florial tripled and the West tied with a RBI sac-fly by Keston Hiura, bring Florial in for the score.

The West held a 5-3 lead until the eighth. Phillies Austin Listi (OF) crunched out a 3-hole shot in the eighth to give the East a one run lead, 6-5, over the West.

The West comes back with a walk-off win.

"The West Division wins the 13th Fall Stars Game, 7-6, over the East Division in a back-and-forth tilt. The @Padres' Buddy Reed hits a game-tying RBI triple in the ninth and Meibrys Viloria, of the @Royals, smacks a [two out] WALK-OFF RBI single, scoring Buddy from third." (Arizona Fall League Twitter).

FINAL SCORE: East 6 - West 7 Buddy Reed was named Fall Stars Game MVP.


Cardinals-Surprise Saguaros LHP Even Kruczynski gave the West two one-hit scoreless innings, 17-11/PC-ST, early in the game. In the third, a great grab for a double play by Lucius Fox. He was the only pitcher to go multiple innings for the West and only faced six hitters.

Great game played by both teams and an enjoyable watch to see up and coming prospects on the field. Congratulations to the West Division as Arizona Fall League ~ Fall Star Champions.


The one thing I so enjoy about the minor league fall classic is that the outcome really is not about one team as the MLB World Series is. This is about young players putting forth their very best effort from collective affiliate MLB teams to get the win. This is their biggest performance for the scouts to observe. This is their audition for the Bigs.

The MiLB 2018 Championship Game will be played at Scottsdale Stadium, November 17.

SPECIAL CONGRATULATIONS and Thanks To Steve Cobb ~ Only the best to him in his retirement.

Statement from Arizona Fall League Twitter:

"After 26 years as President of the Arizona Fall League, Steve Cobb will retire after this year's Championship Game. Words cannot describe how grateful so many players, umpires, and front office executives are to have received tutelage from him. All we can say now is thank you."

And quite the game for his 'send off'.

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