Admit it, after a thrilling postseason, you are having trouble adjusting to life without baseball games. Me too. Fortunately, I have good news, as some of the game’s top prospects will gather tonight for the Fall Stars Game in the Arizona Fall League. The game, which will begin at 8 p.m. ET, will be shown on MLB Network and can be streamed live on MLB.com.
This is the ninth annual edition of this prospect showcase, which was previously known as the Rising Stars Game. We regularly see players from this game graduate to the majors in a hurry, so it’s a neat sneak preview. Jorge Soler of the Cubs and Mookie Betts of the Red Sox were among those who participated last year.
The Twins’ Byron Buxton was originally selected to participate in tonight’s game, but unfortunately he had to leave the Arizona Fall League due to a dislocated finger. Still, there’s plenty of talent to go around. The Indians’ Francisco Lindor is at the top of that list. The 20-year-old batted .276/.338/.389 with 11 home runs, 62 RBI, and 28 stolen bases over 126 games this season between Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus. While he’s known as an excellent defender, he’ll serve as the designated hitter tonight so that fellow top prospect and Dodgers farmhand Corey Seager can play shortstop.
The Diamondbacks’ Archie Bradley is slated to start for the East team while the West team will go with right-hander Nick Howard, who was selected 19th overall by the Reds in this year’s First-Year Player Draft.
Below are the lineups for tonight’s game:
Fall Stars East: CF – Dalton Pompey (Blue Jays), LF – Eddie Rosario (Twins), SS – Matt Reynolds (Mets), 1B – Greg Bird (Yankees), RF – Brandon Nimmo (Mets), C – Peter O’Brien (Diamondbacks), 2B – Tony Renda (Nationals), 3B- Kaleb Stewart (Angels), DH – Josh Bell (Pirates)
Fall Stars West: DH – Francisco Lindor (Indians), CF – Tyrone Taylor (Brewers), SS – Corey Seager (Dodgers), RF – Steven Moya (Tigers), 3B – Hunter Dozier (Royals), LF – Nick Williams (Rangers), C – Mike Ohlman (Orioles), 2B – Daniel Castro (Braves), 1B – Patrick Leonard (Rays)