Rosters for the Arizona Fall League were announced on Friday. Several of the Oakland A’s top prospects are set to be prominently featured.
According to Emily Waldon, eight players in the A’s organization will be joining the Mesa Solar Sox for the 2022 AFL season. Pitchers Ryan Cusick, J.T. Ginn, Mason Miller, and Colin Peluse will be heading to Arizona. Joining them will be infielder Zack Gelof and outfielders Lawrence Butler, Denzel Clarke, and Michael Guldberg.
Several Oakland A’s top prospects to be tested in Arizona Fall League
It is an impressive group of prospects from the A’s standpoint. Seven of the players are considered to be part of the A’s top 30 prospects according to MLB.com, with Gelof and Ginn both in the top ten. Guldberg, the only player not currently listed as part of the A’s top prospects, has been ranked before. Gelof is also considered to be a top 100 prospect in the game, listed as 100th by MLB.com as well.
He is certainly going to be worth keeping an eye on. Gelof could be the next top prospect to make his debut in Oakland, his ascension through the system only slowed due to injury this season. He has produced a .277/.363/.448 batting line in his 386 plate appearances at Double-A, hitting 13 homers and 15 doubles while stealing nine bases.
This is also another opportunity for Clarke to impress. He had already turned heads this season, being named to the All Star Futures Game and moving through the A’s system. He is still raw, but the toolsy outfielder has an .834 OPS with 15 homers and 23 doubles while stealing 30 bases between A-Ball and High-A.
Cusick and Ginn are getting a chance to make up for lost time. Both had been sidelined due to injuries this year and have just 39 and 42.1 innings respectively this season. Both pitchers are considered to have high upside if they can stay healthy and could be key parts of the A’s future. A strong showing in Arizona would go a long way to proving that they can be part of the long term rotation.
The Oakland A’s are going to have eight players in the Arizona Fall League. This is a chance for several of their prospects to prove themselves going forward.