Friday, October 28, 2011

MLB Network to air Arizona Fall League Games

From MLB Network -

MLB Network & Arizona Fall League Announce Three November Telecasts 

Phoenix, Arizona — The Arizona Fall League today announces that MLB Network will televise three upcoming events from three of the league’s six venues:

Rising Stars Game
Saturday, November 5 5:10 p.m. AZ (8:10 ET)
Surprise Stadium

United Concordia Dental Military Appreciation Game
(Mesa Solar Sox @ Salt River Rafters)
Friday, November 11 6:10 p.m. AZ (8:10 ET)
Salt River Fields

Championship Game
Saturday, November 19 1:10 p.m. AZ (3:10 ET)
Scottsdale Stadium

Rising Stars Game — The first two selections in Major League Baseball’s 2011 Draft — Mesa Solar Sox right-handed pitcher Gerrit Cole (Pirates) and Peoria Javelinas left-handed pitcher Danny Hultzen (Mariners) — will be the East and West starting pitchers, respectively, for the sixth annual Rising Stars Game.

Rosters will be announced next week. MLB Network’s Paul Severino (play-by-play) and Dave Valle (color commentary) form the broadcast team.

Scouting and minor-league directors of every major-league organization, in consultation with Fall League Director Steve Cobb and his baseball personnel staff, select the players for the annual showcase that pits elite prospects from the Fall League’s East Division and West Division clubs.

Each major-league organization is offered the opportunity to be represented by at least one player.

The first five Rising Stars Games showcased some of baseball’s current standouts, including Ryan Braun, Jacoby Ellsbury and Hunter Pence in 2006, Brett Gardner and Andrew McCutchen in 2007, Gordon Beckham, Tommy Hanson and Drew Stubbs in 2008, Starlin Castro, Ike Davis, Buster Posey, Drew Storen and Stephen Strasburg in 2009, and Dustin Ackley, Brandon Belt, Eric Hosmer, Jason Kipnis, Ben Revere and Eric Thames last year.

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