Stephen Strasburg playing alongside A’s prospects at Arizona Fall League

If you need a baseball fix (outside of the playoffs) during October or November, the Arizona Fall League is a pretty nice option. It’s a developmental league featuring some of the major leagues’ best young prospects, and runs from Oct. 13-Nov. 6. Games are held at spring training ballparks all over the Phoenix area, and single-game tickets cost no more than $6. Check out rosters here.

The A’s have seven players suiting up for the Phoenix Desert Dogs — second baseman Jemile Weeks; outfielders Corey Brown and Grant Desme; and pitchers James Simmons, Sam Demel, Mickey Storey and Justin Friend. Also playing for the Desert Dogs — pitcher Stephen Strasburg, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2009 draft and probably the most hyped draft pick ever. AFL games typically don’t draw much of a crowd, but I’m guessing more fans will show up to see Strasburg.

–A brief update that didn’t make my A’s season wrap-up story: Pitching prospect Michael Ynoa has been doing well in throwing sessions during instructional league in Phoenix, but he won’t throw in any games there. Another right-hander, Fautino De Los Santos, has had complications in his comeback from ligament replacement surgery on his elbow. The A’s were having him undergo more tests this week …

–I’ll be updating the blog throughout the winter, so check back often!!

Joe Stiglich

  • Mark Pruter

    Hands down A’s MVP this season was Kurt Suzuki

  • Tough to argue with that pick, Mark. Each season Suzuki is adding a different dimension to his game (this season he added power). And I don’t think you can overlook the work he did with that young pitching staff. Was there a major league catcher who made more trips to the mound in 2009?

    But my under-the-radar MVP pick: Michael Wuertz. The A’s couldn’t have imagined they’d get the numbers Wuertz put up. We’ll see how that pays off for him in arbitration, huh? …

  • Amen to Suzuki being the A’s MVP for 2009. He does it all and makes it look easy.

    It appears from the fact that there hasn’t been an article in the Times about the A’s in a week, nor a blog plst since October 8th, that not much is going on. Nothing to write about? How about Carney Lansford being fired by the Giants and whether there is a possibility he could come to the A’s? An interesting story about what the players are doing during the offseason? Something? Anything for us diehard A’s fans?