World Series Over: Fall Stars Game Begins
The World Series may be over but that doesn't mean we have to wait until spring training to watch some great baseball. In fact, then end of the World Series means even more baseball to be played. That will all start today at 8:00 pm Eastern Time as this years top notch minor league talents square off in the 10th annual Arizona Fall League Fall Stars Game.
Baseball geeks all around the country, like myself, are impatiently waiting to witness baseball's rising stars and future all-stars. It's the chance to view the raw talent as they rise through the ranks on their way to Major League Baseball stardom. The baseball world has already witnessed young talented stars emerge from the Fall Stars game like the Dodgers's Corey Seager, Atlanta's Jace Peterson, Minnesota's Eddie Rosario, and last year's AFL MVP Greg Bird now with the Yankees.
This years Fall Stars Game will feature seven players on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 prospects list including a total of 37 of their team's lists. Fans will be able to see upcoming stars like Seattle's top third prospect D.J. Peterson, number one ranked hitter in the Fall Stars Game Pirates outfielder Austin Meadows, and even Cardinals pitcher Alex Reyes who is the highest ranked player is this year's game. Overall this year's Fall Stars Game will feature eight opening round selections including six selections from the 2013 opening round.
Lucas Sims, Braves, 2012 (21)
Frazier, Indians, 2013 (5)
Meadows, Pirates, 2013 (9)
Smith, Mets, 2013 (11)
Peterson, Mariners, 2013 (12)
Reese McGuire, Pirates, 2013 (14)
Christian Arroyo, Giants, 2013 (25)
Kyle Freeland, Rockies, 2014 (8)
Alex Blandino, Reds, 2014 (29)
To add even more intrigue to this game, the Arizona Fall League allowed fans to vote in players of their choice as a part of the Final Two Fan Vote and as a result of those votes, the Cubs no. 20 prospect Jeimer Candelario and Milwaukee's no. 18 prospect, Yadiel Rivera. It is the first time that the fans were able to have such a direct impact in the Fall Stars Game. This game just couldn't get any sweeter!
Of course this game isn't just suited towards the enjoyment of baseball nerds everywhere, it is also a chance for major league teams to do some shopping all from one place. It's a chance for teams to show off their future talent or entice teams into a possible trade. Oh boy, all the potential story lines are so exciting aren't they?
Whatever the reason for tuning into the 10th annual Fall Stars Game, it will certainly be an exciting game to watch. It will be broadcast on MLB Network and streamed live on MLB.com. It may be college football Saturday but this is one baseball game that you won't want to miss.