Arizona Fall League – Roy Smith
A question was asked about how we select the players that go to the Arizona Fall League. First of all, the Fall League is made up of six teams composed of 5-7 prospects from each Major League team. Most of the prospects are from Double-A or Triple-A and young players with a year or less Major League service time. A draft is held around the beginning of August where each club is assigned positions which they are expected to fill with players. For example, we were assigned one of the catching positions on our team and we are sending A.J. Ellis.
The other players we are sending are outfielder Anthony Raglani, shortstop Chin-lung Hu, right-hander Danny Muegge, right-hander Casey Hoorelbeke, right-hander Brian Akin, and lefty Scott Elbert. Also Ken Howell, our Triple-A pitching coach, will serve in the same position in Arizona so our pitchers will be with him.
When deciding which placers to send to the Fall League, we take into consideration the player’s prospect status, service time as a professional, age, position, number of innings or games played, and where we project the player to be paying the following year.
Below, we’ve listed a little bit on each guy heading to Arizona:
Brian Akin (RHP)- Akin began the season in Single-A Vero Beach where he posted a 3-3 record with six saves as a reliever with a 1.87 ERA, 47 strikeouts and was named to the Florida State League All-Star Team. He was promoted to Double-A Jacksonville in late June where he has posted a 2-0 record with five saves while compiling a 2.76 ERA and fanning 41.
Scott Elbert (RHP)- Elbert also began the season with the Vero Beach Dodgers, posting a 5-5 record with a 2.37 ERA while fanning 97 in 17 games. Since being promoted to Double-A Jacksonville on July 6, he has a 5-4 record with 70 strikeouts with a 3.68 ERA.
Danny Muegge (RHP)- Double-A Jacksonville hurler Danny Muegge is currently working on a 9-8 record in Southern League competition, posting a 3.93 ERA with one complete game, through 22 games (123.2 IP). He came to the Dodgers last year in the Shawn Green trade.
A.J. Ellis (Catcher)- Double-A Jacksonville backstop A.J. Ellis is currently working on a .993 fielding percentage behind the plate. In 72 games he has collected 617 putouts in 680 total chances while committing only five miscues. He has gunned down 29 of 83 baserunners attempting to steal against him (35%).
Chin-lung Hu (Shortstop)- Double-A Jacksonville shortstop Chin-lung Hu was named to both the Southern League All-Star team and the XM Radio All-Star Futures World Team this season. Hu is currently batting .258 with 20 doubles, two triples, four homers and 34 RBI.
Anthony Raglani (Outfielder)- Raglani has spent the majority of the season with Double-A Jacksonville, serving a brief mid-season 17-game stint with Single-A Vero Beach (June 10-July 3) where he hit .317 with four doubles, a triple, a seven RBI. With Jacksonville, Raglani is hitting .245 with 20 doubles and nine homers.
Ken Howell (Pitching Coach)- Triple-A Las Vegas Pitching Coach Ken Howell has been selected to serve as the Mesa Solar Sox Pitching Coach. Howell is currently working in his fifth season as a pitching coach in the Dodgers’ player development system, spending the 2005 season with the Double-A Southern League Champion Jacksonville Suns and prior to that, three seasons as Single-A Vero Beach’s pitching coach. Howell, a former Dodger hurler, was the Dodgers third-round draft pick in the June 1982 draft and pitched in seven Major League seasons, including five with the Los Angeles Dodgers.