2023 Arizona Fall League: Mesa Solar Sox Roster Analysis


The 30th season of the Arizona Fall League is nearly here. On Sept. 22, the league released its preliminary rosters for the upcoming season, which begins on Oct. 2 and runs through the championship game, which will be held on Nov. 11 at Scottsdale Stadium. The annual Fall Stars Game will be played on Nov. 5 at Sloan Park. 

In addition to the traditional six-week slate, the AFL this year will feature two special site days. On Oct. 14, all three games will played at Goodyear Ballpark, the spring training home of the Guardians and Reds. Two weeks later, two of the league’s games (Salt River vs. Glendale and Peoria vs. Mesa) will be held at Hohokam Stadium, in Mesa. 

This year’s rosters include nine of Baseball America’s current Top 100 prospects, led by White Sox shortstop Colson Montgomery, who ranks No. 14.

Roster Analysis

Top 100 Prospects: None 

Intriguing Prospects: Cubs OF Kevin Alcantara has been on and off the Top 100 list the last few years and is one of the more exciting players in the league.

Alcantara leads a talented outfield group that features fellow Cubs OF Alexander Canario and Astros center field prospect Kenedy Corona.

The infield group is led by Astros 3B Zach Dezenzo. A 12th-round pick out of Ohio State, Dezenzo has some of the best raw power in the league with strong plate skills to back it.

The Cubs positional contingent is one of the strongest in the league and in addition to Alcantara and Canario, the Cubs are also sending infielder James Triantos who has some of the best plate skills in the league this Fall.

Between Max Muncy and Brett Harris the Athletics send two infielders with upper minors experience. Harris is a well rounded hitter who could turn out to be one of the biggest sleepers entering this fall.

As far as pitching the Solar Sox will roll out two of the better swing and miss arms in the league in Oakland’s Royber Salinas and the Astros’ Miguel Ullola. In Salinas the Solar Sox may possess the best slider in the 2023 AFL and in Ullola the league’s best fastball.

PitchersTeamBTHt.Wt.DOBBirthplace2023 Level
Baulmer, CarterBALRR6’21951/31/2002Grimes, IADelmarva (A)
Blubaugh, AJHOURR6’21907/4/2000Mansfield, OHCorpus Christi (AA)
Emanuels, StevieOAKRR6’52251/30/1999Seattle, WAMidland (AA)
Gaither, RayHOURR6’42243/4/1998Denton, TXCorpus Christi (AA)
Guilfoil, TylerHOURR6’42151/19/2000Lexington, KYAshville (A+)
Henriquez, NolbertoNYYRR6’417010/16/1999La Vega, Dominican RepublicHudson Valley (A+)
Hull, NickCHCRR6’02058/21/1999Edmonds, WASouth Bend (A+)
Kachmar, ChrisCHCRR6’31809/3/1996East Greenville, PATennessee (AA)
Laskey, AdamCHCRL6’32053/9/1998Vorhees, NJTennessee (AA)
McGough, TreyBALLL6’31903/29/1998Johnstown, PABowie (AA)
Melendez, JaimeHOULR5’81909/26/2001Pubela, MexicoCorpus Christi (AA)
Peek, ZachBALRR6’31895/6/1998Pineville, NCAberdeen (A+)
Perkins, JackOAKRR6’122012/26/1999Kokomo, INMidland (AA)
Romero, JoséCHCRR5’101854/20/2001Santa Barbra, VenezuelaMyrtle Beach (A)
Salinas, RoyberOAKRR6’32054/10/2001Guarenas, VenezuelaMidland (AA)
Santana, TylerCHCRR6’12055/13/1998Miami, FLSouth Bend A+)
Stevens, KevinNYYRR6’22251/26/1998Tucson, AZTampa (A)
Stuart, BaronNYYRR6’42097/24/1999Stuart, FLHudson Valley (A+)
Tavera, CarlosBALRR6’119510/6/1998For Worth, TexasBowie (AA)
Tur, YuniorOAKRR6’620010/9/1999La Habana, CubaStockton (A)
Ullola, MiguelHOURR6’12056/19/2002Puerto Plata, Dominican RepublicAshville (A+)
Van Loon, PeteBALRR6’52102/18/1999Pleasanton, CABowie (AA)
Vrieling, TrystanNYYRR6’420010/2/2000Lewistown, IDTampa (A)
Weisenburger, JackOAKRR6’322010/8/1997Winston Salem, NCMidland (AA)
CatchersTeamBTHt.Wt.DOBBirthplace2023 Level
Palma, MiguelHOURR5’81701/4/2002Caracas, VenezuelaAshville (A+
Pavolony, ConnorBALRR6’118510/25/1999Atlanta, GABowie (AA)
InfieldersTeamBTHt.Wt.DOBBirthplace2023 Level
Bowens, TTBALRR6’42355/27/1998New London, CTBowie (AA)
Cook, BillyBALRR6’12001/7/1999Layton, UTBowie (AA)
Cowles, BenNYYRR6’01802/15/2000Rochester, NYHudson Valley (A+)
Dezenzo, ZachHOURR5’112205/11/2000Canton, OHCorpus Christi (AA)
Durbin, CalebNYYRR5’61852/22/2000Lake Forest, ILSomerset (AA)
Harris, BrettOAKRR6’12086/24/1998Arlington Heights, ILLas Vegas (AAA)
Muncy, MaxOAKRR6’11808/25/2002Camarillo, CAMidland (AA)
Triantos, JamesCHCRR6’11851/29/2003Fairfax, VATennessee (AA)
OutfieldersTeamBTHt.Wt.DOBBirthplace2023 Level
Alcántara, KevinCHCRR6’61887/12/2002Santo Domingo, Dominican RepublicTennessee (AA)
Canario, AlexCHCRR5’112125/7/2000Montecristi, Dominican RepublicIowa (AAA)
Corona, KenedyHOURR5’101843/21/2000Maracaibo, VenezuelaCorpus Christi (AA)
Rhodes, JohnBALRR6’02008/15/2000Soddy Daisy, TNBowie (AA)
Medina, NelsonNYYRR6’21759/14/2000San Cristobal, Dominican RepublicScranton Wilkes-Barre (AAA)
Lazaro ArmenterosOAKRR5’111825/22/1999Havana, CubaMidland (AA)

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