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Oct. 14, 2014; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Detailed view of a batter keeping a foot in the batters box between pitches during an Arizona Fall League game. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
The Rockies send David Dahl to the AFL
(via Baseball America)
The Colorado Rockies have announced that David Dahl will go to the Arizona Fall League this October in Phoenix, playing for Salt River at the Rockies’ home Spring Training facility.
Baseball America covered it, writing about Dahl (and Kyle Freeland, the Rockies’ other late announcement in the AFL):
"“The clear winner here is Salt River. In Dahl and Freeland they get two of the better prospects in the Rockies’ system, both of whom missed significant time this year with injuries. Dahl, a rangy center fielder with burgeoning power, missed a chunk at midseason after a scary outfield collision necessitated a splenectomy. Freeland had surgery to remove bone chips in his pitching elbow and didn’t make it back until July 24. He threw just 47 innings all year, but was a first-round pick in 2014 who topped out at 97 mph with a wipeout slider at his best.”"
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Dahl has been in AA this year, except of course for the serious spleen injury that took him off the field in the middle of the year. The 2013 first round draft pick, should he make a good impression on the Rockies this fall and in the spring, could certainly find himself in the big leagues at some point in 2016, though the Rockies have lots of outfielders with which to work.
Freeland, on the other hand, has a bit more time to go before he sees the big leagues. But, he figures to be an interesting case in the AFL after missing so much time this year with an elbow injury.
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