Brewers prospects Caleb Gindl (left) and Jeremy Jeffress have been selected to play in the Arizona Fall League’s Rising Stars Game on Saturday in Surprise, Ariz.
For the second straight year, the game will be streamed on MLB.com and shown on MLB Network. Anyone watching will see at least one Major League prospect and many former first-round picks — from all 30 big league organizations. The teams will be split into the two AFL divisions — East and West.
The showcase has been a springboard to the Major Leagues. Of the 50 players on the 2009 Rising Stars rosters, more than half — 28 to be precise — played in the big leagues this past season. The National League Rookie of the Year vote should be dotted with Rising Stars ’09 alumni. Buster Posey, Starlin Castro, Jose Tabata, Ike Davis and Mike Leake all were Rising Stars last year.
Jeffress, a right-handed pitcher, already made his Major League debut. He put up a 2.70 ERA in 10 late-season relief appearances for the Brewers and continued to find success pitching for the Surprise Rafters in the AFL. Through his first six appearances, he had allowed four earned runs for a 1.23 ERA, but did walk seven batters in his first 7 1/3 innings.
Gindl, an outfielder, batted .325 in his first 10 AFL games with two home runs. He spent the 2010 regular season at Double-A Huntsville and batted .272 with 33 doubles, nine homers, 60 RBIs and 10 stolen bases.
The Rafters are 11-6 and leading the AFL’s West Division after a win on Monday behind Brewers pitching prospect Michael Fiers. He’s working on a cut fastball this fall, and you can read about his outing here