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Published On: October 5th, 2017

Fall league showcases the top prospects in Minor League Baseball

Rochester, Minn. – Starting next week, twenty-eight former Northwoods League players will be competing over the next two months in Arizona against the top players in Minor League Baseball. Nearly 60 percent of AFL players will at some point make a Major League roster.

There are six teams in the Arizona Fall League: Scottsdale Scorpions, Mesa Solar Sox, Salt River Rafters, Glendale Desert Dogs, Peoria Javelinas and the Surprise Saguaros. The names of the teams were picked by Major League Baseball to reflect the Southwestern desert traditions in the state.

The teams are broken into two divisions, East and West and each Major League Baseball team sends six top prospects to the Arizona Fall League. Most of the players are Double-A and Triple-A Minor League players. Each team can choose to send one player considered a Class A player.

The former Northwoods League players and their AFL team are as follows:

Scottsdale Scorpions
Tim Peterson Rochester/La Crosse ‘11

D.J. Snelton Rochester ‘11 – ‘12
Matt Thaiss Madison ‘14
Kevin Kaczmarski Waterloo ‘12, ‘14
Troy Montgomery Kalamazoo ‘14

Mesa Solar Sox
Dakota Bacus Waterloo ‘11
Nolan Blackwood Wisconsin Rapids ‘14
Alec Mills Madison ‘12
Jake Stinnett Willmar ‘11
Taylor Gushue Madison ‘12
Nick Tanielu St. Cloud ‘12
Jason Vosler Thunder Bay ‘13
Cam Gibson Battle Creek ‘13

Glendale Desert Dogs
Seby Zavala Kalamazoo ‘14
Kevin Kramer La Crosse ‘12
Matt Beaty Alexandria ‘12, Green Bay ‘14
Ka’ai Tom Wisconsin ‘14

Peoria Javelinas
Bobby Poyner Madison ‘12
Daniel Young Wisconsin ‘13, Kenosha ‘14
Eric Filia Kenosha ‘15
Jared James Thunder Bay ‘15

Salt River Rafters
James Farris Brainerd ‘11
Ben Meyer St. Cloud ‘12
Jon Perrin Mankato ‘13
Colin Poche Willmar ‘13
Brian Mundell Eau Claire ‘14
Steve Wilkerson La Crosse ‘11

Surprise Saguaros
Chris Paul St. Cloud ‘12 – ‘14

More information on the Arizona Fall League can be found here: Arizona Fall League


 The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. The 24-year old summer collegiate league is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 180 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including two-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champion Ben Zobrist (CHC) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET), Curtis Granderson (LAD) and Lucas Duda (TBR). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. For more information, visit or download the Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play.