While the Major League Baseball Playoffs roll on, some of baseball’s top prospects return to action later today as the Arizona Fall League gets underway.
The Brewers will be sending seven players to the desert as catcher Jacob Nottingham, infielder Isan Diaz, outfielder Brett Phillips and pitchers Josh Uhen, Tyler Spurlin, Javi Salas and Tayler Scott join forces with players from the Arizona Diamondbacks, Atlanta Braves, Colorado Rockies and Detroit Tigers to compete for the Salt River Rafters.
Nottingham, 21, was acquired from Oakland in February in exchange for outfielder Khris Davis. He appeared in 112 games for Double-A Biloxi, hitting .234 with 14 doubles and 11 home runs.
Diaz, 20, was the key chip in last January’s trade that moved Jean Segura to the Diamondbacks. The slugging middle infielder hit .264 in 135 games for Low-A Wisconsin, belting an organizational high 20 home runs while being named the Brewers Minor League Player of the Year.
Phillips, 22, came over from Houston last July as part of the deal that sent Carlos Gomez and Mike Fiers to the Astros. He suited up in 124 games for Biloxi, batting .229 with 16 homers.
Uhen, 24, was a fifth round pick of the Brewers in 2013 out of UW-Milwaukee. The flame throwing reliever split 2016 between Brevard County and Biloxi, posting a 3.77 earned run average in 36 relief outings.
Spurlin, 25, signed with the Brewers after going undrafted out of Rice in 2013. He served as Brevard County’s closer early in the 2016 campaign before earning a promotion to Biloxi where he held opposing hitters to a .234 average in 41 relief appearances.
Salas, 24, was a tenth round pick out of the University of Miami in 2014. He battled multiple injuries and struggled to a 3-5 record with a 6.75 ERA in 21 appearances between Biloxi, Brevard and Maryvale.
Scott, 24, is a former Cubs farmhand who signed with the Brewers as a free agent in July. He tossed 26.2 innings of relief for the Shuckers after being assigned to Biloxi and went 3-2 with a 4.39 ERA.
The season kicks off this evening when the Rafters play host to the Peoria Javelinas and runs through November 17th. The league Championship is scheduled for Saturday, November 19th with the annual Fall Stars game slated for November 5th at Suprise Stadium in Surprise, Arizona.