It’s not necessarily an All Star game, but 3 Toronto prospects have been named to the annual Arizona Fall League gathering slated to take place this Saturday.
3B Vladimir Guerrero Jr has done nothing but hit since coming to the desert, was named to the West roster. Joining him are Nate Pearson and Cavan Biggio.
Pearson has been shaking off the rust after a line drive off of his lower pitching arm ended his regular season in the second inning of his first start. He’s had command issues in Arizona, but showed some promise in his most recent start, when he fanned 6 and walked only 1 in 4 IP. He did give up 7 hits in that outing.
Biggio, who was sent to the southwest to play some Outfield to add to his versatility, has had his issues at the plate, hitting .212/..378/.364. He’s been his usual patient self, drawing 9 walks, but selectivity appears to be an issue, as reports suggest he’s passed on some very hittable pitches.
In truth, the Fall Stars game is not an All Star game. Organizations have invested a great deal in sending their top prospects to Arizona, and they determine who plays in this showcase. If selection was truly based on merit, reliever Jackson McClelland, who has topped 100 several times and gained a lot of notice this fall, would have been on the roster.
The game will be televised on MLB.com, as well as the MLB Network.