Fans can get a glimpse of the future on Thursday, as top prospects from 10 different Major League teams will be on display when the Mesa Solar Sox take on the Salt River Rafters in an Arizona Fall League contest that will be streamed live on MLB.com at 3:35 p.m.
Fans can get a glimpse of the future on Thursday, as top prospects from 10 different Major League teams will be on display when the Mesa Solar Sox take on the Salt River Rafters in an Arizona Fall League contest that will be streamed live on MLB.com at 3:35 p.m. ET.
Marlins No. 19 prospect Jeff Brigham gets the start for Mesa, while D-backs' No. 25 prospect Josh Taylor gets the nod for Salt River. Daron Sutton and MLB Pipelline's Jonathan Mayo will have the call.
The Mesa squad consists of prospects from the Cubs, Indians, Marlins, Blue Jays and A's, while Salt River has players from the D-backs, Braves, Rockies, Tigers and Brewers organizations.
2016 Arizona Fall League rosters
Among the prospects on MLBPipeline's Top 100 list who will likely be on display are Anthony Alford (Blue Jays' No. 3, No. 86 overall), Franklin Barreto (Athletics' No. 1, No. 42 overall), Ian Happ (Cubs' No. 1, No. 21 overall), Eloy Jimenez (Cubs' No. 2, No. 23 overall) and Bradley Zimmer (Indians' No. 1, No. 25 overall), all of whom are on the Mesa team.
Brewers prospects Isan Diaz (Milwaukee's No. 8, No. 96 overall) and Brett Phillips (Brewers' No. 7, No. 62 overall) headline the Rafters roster.
Brigham was a fourth-round pick of the Dodgers in 2014, but was traded to Miami as part of the deal that sent Mat Latos to L.A. in 2016. The 6-foot right-hander pitched for Class A Jupiter this season, posting a 4.04 ERA over 23 starts and 27 total appearances. Brigham struck out 112 batters while walking 47 over 122 2/3 innings.
Taylor, a 6-foot-5 left-hander, posted a 5.36 ERA in 26 games between Class A Advanced Visalia and Double-A Mobile this season. Signed by the Phillies as an undrafted free agent in 2014 and then traded to the D-backs in July 2015, Taylor has some definite arm strength, sitting 92-95 mph with his fastball. He'll mix in a slurvy breaking ball and a changeup, both of which show glimpses of being serviceable.
Salt River will be aiming to remain undefeated after an Opening Day 7-7 tie vs. Peoria and a 6-4 win at Scottsdale on Wednesday, while the Solar Sox look for their first win of the season after mustering just three runs combined in their first two games.
William Boor is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor.