2015 AFL Fall Stars Game filled to brim with talent

From Spencer Fordin at MLB.com on October 27, 2014:

Make way for the next generation.

Several of the best prospects in baseball will collide on Saturday in the ninth annual Fall Stars Game, the yearly All-Star Game for the Arizona Fall League. This year’s contest will feature 14 players on MLBPipeline.com’s Top 100 Prospects list, headlined by No. 1 overall prospect Byron Buxton.

The game, which starts at 5 p.m. MST, will be broadcast on MLB Network and streamed live on MLB.com.

Buxton will be repeating the Fall Stars Game thanks to a spate of injuries in the regular season. The five-tool outfielder will be joined by two fellow members of the Top 10, and there will be seven players among MLBPipeline’s Top 50.

“It’s an honor being out here and playing against the best, and when you invited to go to an All-Star game, it’s just another blessing,” Buxton said. “You’ve got to be thankful for the opportunity.”

Buxton was slowed by a concussion and by injuries to both of his wrists in 2014, a combination of ailments that limited him to 30 games in the regular season. But he’s been playing for the Salt River Rafters in the AFL, and his home park will serve as the location for the Fall Stars Game.

The game was played at Surprise Stadium for the last eight years. Eight of the Top 100 will be playing for the East in the Fall Stars Game, and Buxton will be joined by fellow Top 10 prospect Archie Bradley. The East team will also have Pirates first baseman Josh Bell (No. 29), Cubs pitcher C.J. Edwards (No. 53), Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo (No. 60), A’s shortstop Daniel Robertson (No. 85), Blue Jays outfielder Dalton Pompey (No. 88) and A’s first baseman Matt Olson (No. 98).

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Originally published: October 27, 2014. Last Updated: October 27, 2014.