The Arizona Fall League will host their annual Fall Stars Game on Saturday night. This isn’t quite an “All-Star” game as much as it is a showcase for some of the top prospects in the league. The Cincinnati Reds will be represented by only one player, Tyler Stephenson.
The catcher may or may not be the top prospect from the organization in the league depending on exactly how some of the offseason rankings play out (my updated rankings will be out at the very end of the month). But he is most certainly the guy that has performed the best among the eight Cincinnati prospects that they’ve sent out to Arizona.
As I type this on Tuesday evening, Tyler Stephenson is second in the Arizona Fall League with a .414 average. He’s also tied for the league lead with six doubles. Overall the catcher is hitting .414/.485/.621 with as many walks, three, as strikeouts. To say it’s been a strong stay in Arizona so far would be an understatement.
On the other side of the ball, pitcher Dauri Moreta feels like a guy who could be argued would have made an “All-Star” team, if this were one. He’s allowed one run over 7.0 innings for Glendale so far. Over his six games he’s walked just two batters and he has racked up eight strikeouts. It’s been a strong rebound year for the right-handed reliever. In 2018 he posted a 6.79 ERA between Billings and Dayton – repeating his time at both levels. This year he dominated in the Florida State League with Daytona, posting a 2.35 ERA in 57.1 innings with nine walks and 64 strikeouts on the year.
How and where to watch the game
If you want to watch the game on Saturday you can absolutely do that. At 8PM ET the game will be viewable on MLB.com and Topps.com. Unlike past years, the game will not be on MLB Network. Perhaps this is due to the fact that it would go up against playoff baseball. With the league starting earlier than normal this year, this hasn’t been an issue in the past with the game being played in November. But this season the league began much earlier and moved the Fall Stars Game up.