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Desme, Weeks to play in televised Arizona Fall League showcase

I saw that the MLB Network will broadcast Saturday’s Rising Stars Showcase live from Surprise, Ariz. It’s basically the All-Star Game for the Arizona Fall League, and first pitch is 5:15 p.m. (West Coast). Outfielder Grant Desme and second baseman Jemile Weeks will represent the A’s, and heralded prospect Stephen Strasburg is scheduled to start on the mound for the East Division squad.

Desme, as you may know, has been the AFL’s offensive star, hitting 10 homers in just 16 games and leading the league in RBI. He’s four homers shy of the AFL’s season home run mark with three games remaining. Tune in Saturday to see him for yourself …

–About a year ago, I drew your attention to a Web site run by baseball fanatic Paul Sullivan, where he ranked all-time teams for all 30 major league franchises. He’s at it again … now giving his thoughts on the most forgettable baseball uniforms of the past 30 years. You can check it out here

Joe Stiglich

  • joe Lannon

    I am surprised Corey Brown wasn”t picked as even with injuries all season he has been a great clutch hitter, and alot more consistent than Weeks who just heated up recently..

  • http://contractyear.mlblogs.com Bee Hylinski

    Hi, Joe,

    I’ll be at the Rising Stars Showcase game in Surprise. Looking forward to it. Will interview the A’s pitchers on the Desert Dogs on Friday. Should be fun, especially James Simmons, whom I interviewed 2 years ago when he was first at the AFL.

    Bee

  • http://contractyear.mlblogs.com Bee Hylinski

    Desme and Weeks played very well at the Rising Stars Showcase, Weeks playing the entire game at 2nd base. Desme was lifted in the 5th to allow someone else to play left field. Unfortunately, their team (the Eastern Division Allstars) lost after going ahead 7-0 in the first inning, but allowed the West to peck away at the lead, only to lose it the late innings. The East couldn’t score a run after their monster 1st.

    I interviewed the 4 A’s pitchers on the Phoenix Desert Dogs, getting some background on the life of ballplayers away from the field for my novel. Two of them–Mickey Storey and Sam Demel–pitched flawless innings in the game afterward.

    It was fun to reconnect with James Simmons, whom I interviewed at the 2007 Arizona Fall League, and have chatted with at several River Cats games since then. He was pitching really well at Sacramento this year until he strained a muscle in his upper arm and was aout for 4 or 5 starts. He missed so much work that the A’s sent him to the Fall League for an encore stint. He has been pitching well in Arizona. He is working on establishing a reliable out pitch. For someone who doesn’t through above 89-90 mpg, it is much harder to get guys out without a mid-90′s fastball. I am confident he will succeed.

    The Fall League is a gem that few people know about. I think there were maybe 400+ people in the stands and some of them were scouts and team employees. It is eerily quiet and you can hear everything that is said on the field. If you’re a diehard baseball fan and are not ready to give up the game after the world series, you should play a trip to Phoenix in Oct. or Nov. and catch our 6-7 prospects who go to the AFL each year. Lots of fun.