Every fall, the Arizona Fall League pushes a few less-heralded names into the collective consciousness of hardcore minor league baseball fans.
Sometimes these players are deserving talents who slipped under the radar of many public-facing prospect analysts, who go on to make impacts in the major leagues. Players like the Twins’ Edouard Julien in 2022 or Brendan Donovan in 2021.
The other side of the coin is the numerous players who showed out with great performances in the AFL who haven’t been able to replicate that magic elsewhere. Players like Nelson Velazquez, Greg Bird or Chris McGuiness all enjoyed standout performances in the Arizona Fall League, but have been unable to break through as average everyday regulars.