On Monday afternoon, the rosters were named for the Arizona Fall League’s Fall-Stars game. The Pittsburgh Pirates and Glendale Desert Dogs will be represented by catcher Reese McGuire and outfielder Austin Meadows.
Unlike the manager selections for a regular All-Star game, the stats sometimes take a backseat to prospect status to get bigger names into the AFL game. McGuire is doing well so far, hitting .333/.429/.542 in seven games. Meadows has struggled early on, hitting .146/.167/.293 in ten games. He has one walk and nine strikeouts.
Also earlier today, Adam Frazier was removed from the Glendale roster so he could go play with Team USA. He played with the USA Collegiate National team in 2012 while at Mississippi State. That will likely end his AFL season, as the tournament could go until November 21st if they make the finals. He hit .321/.394/.571 in seven games.
Tim Williams will provide live coverage of the Fall-Stars game from Salt River Fields on Saturday, November 7th at 8pm EST.
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.
When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.