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Arizona Fall League Announces Rising Stars Game Rosters

November 2, 2009 - Arizona Fall League (AzFL)

Phoenix - The Arizona Fall League stages its fourth annual Rising Stars Game at 8:15 p.m. ET (6:15 p.m. AZ) on Saturday, November 7 at Surprise Stadium. The contest will be nationally televised for the frst time by MLB Network and online via MLB.com.

Scouting and minor-league directors of every major-league organization, in consultation with Fall League Director Steve Cobb and his baseball personnel staff, selected the players for the showcase. Each major-league organization is represented by at least one player.

"The nation will have the opportunity to see a sampling of the array of talent that is on display in the Arizona Fall League six days a week for six weeks," Cobb offers. "We are proud to showcase some of the top prospects in baseball to a national viewing audience for the frst time in the Rising Stars Game on Saturday night."

Friday's contest pits standouts from the Fall League's East and West divisions. The East Division will feld players from the Mesa Solar Sox (Angels, Cubs, Marlins, Red Sox, Twins), Phoenix Desert Dogs (Athletics, Blue Jays, Nationals, Orioles, Rays), and Scottsdale Scorpions (Giants, Diamondbacks, Phillies, Pirates, Rockies). The West Division roster will be stocked from the Peoria Javelinas (Brewers, Dodgers, Mariners, Tigers, White Sox), Peoria Saguaros (Astros, Braves, Indians, Padres, Reds), and Surprise Rafters (Cardinals, Mets, Rangers, Royals, Yankees).

Two 2009 frst-round draft choices - Desert Dogs right-hander Stephen Strasburg (WSH) and Peoria Saguaros left-hander Mike Minor (ATL) - are the scheduled starting pitchers. Strasburg was the frst overall selection in the draft, Minor the seventh.

The coaching staffs of the two division-leading teams through play of Saturday, October 31 earned the right to skipper Saturday's contest. Desert Dogs' manager Gary Cathcart and his staff - R.C. Lichtenstein (Rays), Paul Menhart (Nationals), Brian McArn (Athletics) and Moe Hill (Orioles) - will manage the East Divison club. Javelinas' manager Kevin Bradshaw (Tigers) and his staff - Fred Dabney (Brewers), Gary Ward (White Sox) - will guide the West Division.

Diamondbacks television play-by-play voice Daron Sutton and former Diamondbacks, Mets, Padres, Red Sox, Tigers, and Yankees frst baseman Tony Clark will describe the action to the viewing audience.

Several major-league standouts appeared in the frst three Rising Stars Games, including Gordon Beckham (White Sox), Ryan Braun (Brewers), Jacoby Ellsbury (Red Sox), Yunel Escobar (Braves), Tommy Hanson (Braves), Phil Hughes (Yankees), Kevin Kouzmanoff (Padres), Jed Lowrie (Red Sox), Daniel Murphy (Mets), Hunter Pence (Astros) and Matt Weiters (Orioles).

Following Saturday's "Rising Stars Game," the six-team Arizona Fall League resumes play on Monday, November 9 and continues with games Monday-Saturday through Thursday, November 19. The league championship game will be held two days later on Saturday, November 21 at 2:35 p.m. ET (12:35 p.m. AZ) at Scottsdale Stadium. It also will be televised by MLB Network and online via MLB.com.

For current Arizona Fall League information, including pitch-by-pitch gamecasts by Baseball Advanced Media, consult www.mlbfallball.com. Also follow the Fall League via Twitter (MLBazFallLeague) and Facebook.

East Division Rising Stars

Angels, Athletics, Blue Jays, Cubs, Diamondbacks, Giants, Marlins,

Nationals, Orioles, Phillies, Pirates, Rays, Red Sox, Rockies, and Twins

Manager: Gary Cathcart (Blue Jays) As of November 2, 2009

Pitching Coach: R.C. Lichtenstein (Rays)

Hitting Coaches: Brian McArn (Athletics)

Moe Hill (Orioles)

No. Pitchers Team B T Ht. Wt. DOB Birthplace Organization

41 Andrew Cashner* RHP R R 6-6 210 09/11/86 Conroe, TX Chicago Cubs

24 Brandon Erbe PDD R R 6-4 180 12/25/87 Baltimore, MD Baltimore Orioles

19 Reidier Gonzalez PDD R R 5-9 215 11/01/85 Villa Clara, Cuba Toronto Blue Jays

33 Matt Gorgen PDD R R 6-0 210 01/27/87 Palo Alto, CA Tampa Bay Rays

54 Andrew Johnston SCO R R 6-5 205 04/20/84 St. Louis, MO Colorado Rockies

41 Danny Moskos SCO R L 6-1 210 04/28/86 Greenville, SC Pittsburgh Pirates

46 Toru Murata SCO L R 6-0 175 05/20/85 Osaka, Japan Yomiuri Giants (NPB)

30 Blake Parker CHC R R 6-3 225 06/19/05 Fayetteville, AR Chicago Cubs

65 Matt Reynolds SCO L L 6-5 240 10/02/84 Knoxville, TN Colorado Rockies

58 Dustin Richardson MSS L L 6-6 220 01/09/84 Newton, KS Boston Red Sox

17 Drew Storen PDD R R 6-2 180 08/11/87 Indianapolis, IN Washington Nationals

37 Stephen Strasburg PDD R R 6-4 220 07/20/88 San Diego, CA Washington Nationals

No. Catchers Team B T Ht. Wt. DOB Birthplace Organization

65 Hank Conger MSS S R 6-1 220 01/29/88 Federal Way, WA L. A. Angels of Anaheim

10 Buster Posey SCO R R 6-1 205 03/27/87 Leesburg, GA San Francisco Giants

No. Infielders Team B T Ht. Wt. DOB Birthplace Organization

25 Brandon Allen SCO L R 6-2 235 02/12/86 Conroe, TX Arizona Diamondbacks

13 Starlin Castro MSS R R 6-1 160 03/24/90 Monte Cristi, DR Chicago Cubs

3 Chase d'Arnaud SCO R R 6-1 175 01/21/87 Torrance, CA Pittsburgh Pirates

15 Matt Dominguez MSS R R 6-1 210 08/28/89 Chatsworth, CA Florida Marlins

14 Brandon Snyder PDD R R 6-2 215 11/23/86 Las Vegas, NV Baltimore Orioles

4 Josh Vitters MSS R R 6-3 200 08/27/89 Anaheim, CA Chicago Cubs

6 Jemile Weeks PDD S R 5-10 175 01/26/87 Miami, FL Oakland Athletics

No. Outfielders Team B T Ht. Wt. DOB Birthplace Organization

8 Domonic Brown SCO L L 6-5 204 09/03/87 Zephyrhills, FL Philadelphia Phillies

21 Grant Desme PDD R R 6-2 205 04/04/86 Bakersfield, CA Oakland Athletics

2 Bryan Petersen MSS L R 6-0 200 04/09/86 Irvine, CA Florida Marlins

24 Jose Tabata SCO R R 5-11 215 08/12/88 Anzoategui, Venezuela Pittsburgh Pirates

11 Rene Tosoni MSS L R 6-0 195 07/02/86 Toronto, ON Minnesota Twins

*Unavailable to participateWest Division Rising Stars

Astros, Braves, Cardinals, Dodgers, Indians, Mariners, Mets,

Padres, Rangers, Reds, Royals, Tigers, White Sox, Yankees

Manager: Kevin Bradshaw (Tigers) As of November 2, 2009

Pitching Coach: Fred Dabney (Brewers)

Hitting Coach: Gary Ward (White Sox)

No. Pitchers Team B T Ht. Wt. DOB Birthplace Organization

33 Phillippe Aumont PEJ R R 6-7 220 01/07/89 Hull, QC, Canada Seattle Mariners

29 Michael Dunn SUR L L 6-1 195 05/23/82 Farmington, NM New York Yankees

25 Josh Fields PEJ R R 6-0 185 08/19/85 Athens, GA Seattle Mariners

32 Javy Guerra PEJ R R 6-1 195 10/31/85 Denton, TX Los Angele Dodgers

33 Danny Gutierrez SUR R R 6-1 180 03/08/87 Los Angeles, CA Texas Rangers

29 Craig Kimbrel PES R R 5-11 205 05/28/88 Huntsville, AL Atlanta Braves

15 Mike Leake PES R R 6-0 180 11/12/87 San Diego, CA Cincinnati Reds

32 Mike Minor PES R L 6-3 200 12/26/87 Chapel Hill, TN Atlanta Braves

38 Andrew Oliver PEJ L L 6-3 209 12/03/87 Vermilion, OH Detroit Tigers

53 Mark Rogers PEJ R R 6-2 225 01/30/86 Brunswick, ME Milwaukee Brewers

46 Tanner Scheppers SUR R R 6-4 200 01/17/87 Mission Viejo, CA Texas Rangers

No. Catchers Team B T Ht. Wt. DOB Birthplace Organization

30 Jason Castro PES L R 6-3 210 06/18/87 Castro Valley, CA Houston Astros

17 Lucas May PEJ R R 6-1 215 10/24/84 Las Vegas, NV Los Angeles Dodgers

No. Infielders Team B T Ht. Wt. DOB Birthplace Organization

28 Yonder Alonso PES L R 6-2 215 04/08/87 Havana, Cuba Cincinnati Reds

2 Zack Cozart PES R R 6-1 185 08/12/85 Memphis, TN Cincinnati Reds

16 Ike Davis SUR L L 6-5 195 03/22/87 Edna, MN New York Mets

13 Daniel Descalso SUR L R 5-10 190 10/19/86 San Carlos, CA St. Louis Cardinals

11 Carlos Rivero PES R R 6-0 185 12/18/84 Houston, TX Cleveland Indians

21 Mike Moustakas SUR L R 6-0 195 09/11/88 Los Angeles, CA Kansas City Royals

36 Lance Zawadzki PES S R 5-11 185 05/26/85 Framingham, MA San Diego Padres

No. Outfielders Team B T Ht. Wt. DOB Birthplace Organization

5 Dustin Ackley PEJ L R 6-1 185 02/26/88 Winston-Salem, NC Seattle Mariners

20 Jordan Danks PEJ L R 6-4 210 08/07/86 Austin, TX Chicago White Sox

27 Chris Heisey PES R R 6-0 200 12/14/84 Lancaster, PA Cincinnati Reds

4 Daryl Jones SUR L L 5-11 180 06/25/87 Royal Oak, MI St. Louis Cardinals

15 Casper Wells PEJ R R 6-2 210 11/23/84 Grand Rapids, MI Detroit Tigers

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