Live From the AFL..
Time for a new thread….
Will be at Surprise Stadium today (3:35PM EST) for the Mesa v. Peoria game. Peoria is playing their home games in Surprise this year due to clubhouse renovations at Peoria Sports Complex.
Mesa has prospects from the Angels, A’s, Cubs, Nationals and Tigers and on paper they are the deepest team in the league. The Cubs in particular a loaded positionally and have sent three of their top four players here (would have been 4-4 but Javier Baez was pulled right before the season started).
Chicago has sent their first round picks from the last two drafts, centerfielder Albert Almora (2012) and third baseman Kris Bryant (2013) in addition to IFA signing Jorge Soler, and powerful rightfielder from Cuba.
Oakland’s #1 from last year, shortstop Addison Russell is here as well, as is Angels’ first rounder C.J. Cron.
Peoria has players from the Astros, Mariners, Padres, Phillies and Royals. A few of their top guys are Delino DeShields Jr, Nolan Fontana, Cheslor Cuthbert, Austin Hedges and Keyvius Sampson.
For the season, Mesa is undefeated at 5-0, while Peoria is at 3-3.
Starters are Tommy Collier (Tigers) and Matt Heidenreich (Astros).