Fall League contest live on MLB.com tonight
Military Appreciation game features teams with more than 15 players on their clubs' Top 30 Prospects lists
Fans who tuned in to MLB.com's live coverage of Arizona Fall League action Wednesday saw Mariners left-hander James Paxton hurl four innings and a trio of Padres prospects combine for eight hits as the Peoria Javelinas edged the Salt River Rafters, 6-5. Saturday's Military Appreciation Game, featuring Surprise and Salt River, offers another opportunity to view some of the top prospects in this year's Fall League.
MLB Network and MLB.com will carry the game live, beginning at 8:08 p.m. ET at Salt River Fields, and it will be called by MLBPipeline.com's Jim Callis along with MLB Network's Paul Severino and Joe Magrane.
Saguaros starter Sam Wolff has thrown 9 1/3 straight scoreless innings between his last two starts, and he'll look to extend that streak Saturday against the Rafters. After missing the entire 2015 season due to injury, the Rangers' right-hander is 2-1 with a 3.54 ERA over 20 1/3 innings (five starts) in the Fall League.
Starting for Salt River will be Mickey Jannis, who has opened eyes this fall after reinventing himself as a knuckleballer. The Mets signed Jannis in July after seeing him with the Long Island Ducks (Frontier League), and the 27-year-old right-hander went on to reach Double-A for the first time in his career. In the Fall League, Jannis has pitched to a 1.88 ERA in 24 innings (five starts) for the Rafters.
Wolff could have to contend with a pair of dangerous hitters in Yankees No. 5 prospect Gary Sanchez, who leads the Fall League with seven home runs, 19 RBIs and 50 total bases, and the Rangers' Jurickson Profar (.785 OPS, 17 RBIs), the top prospect in baseball heading into the 2013 season.
Jannis also will have his work cut out for him as he's tasked with facing Blue Jays No. 7 prospect Rowdy Tellez, who leads the Rafters with four home runs and 16 RBIs, and outfielder Raimel Tapia (.333 average), the Rockies' No. 8 prospect.
The following are the rest of the position players from both clubs and their rankings on their organization's Top 30 Prospects lists:
Yadiel Rivera (Brewers' No. 18)
Dustin Fowler (Yankees' No. 18)
Ronald Guzman (Rangers' No. 23)
Bubba Starling (Royals' No. 5)
Charlie Tilson (Cardinals' No. 7)
Partick Wisdom (Cardinals' No. 12)
Tyler Wade (Yankees' No. 9)
Jairo Beras (Rangers' No. 22)
Gabby Guerrero (Diamondbacks' No. 14)
Spencer Kieboom (Nationals' No. 21)
Roemon Fields (Blue Jays' No. 22)
Jack Reinheimer (Diamondbacks' No. 12)
Chris Bostick (Nationals' No. 23)
Jordan Patterson (Rockies' No. 22)
Drew Ward (Nationals' No. 11)