Seven Phillies Prospects Attending 2015 AFL

The Phillies have announced the organization’s participants in the Arizona Fall League for 2015.

  • J.P. Crawford
  • Andrew Knapp
  • Dylan Cozens
  • Tom Windle
  • Nick Pivetta
  • Edubray Ramos
  • Yacksel Rios

The players will be part of the Glendale Desert Dogs.  The team will be made up of prospects from five teams.  The other four teams are the Astros, Dodgers, Pirates, and White Sox.  Todd Zolecki reported this story earlier today.

Lakewood’s Nelson Prada is attending as the hitting coach.  The Desert Dogs full roster is listed here.

The eligibility rules to play in the AFL are listed below.

The roster size is 30 players per team.

Each Major League organization is required to provide six players subject to the following requirements:

  • All Triple-A and Double-A players are eligible, provided the players are on at least a Double-A level roster no later than Aug. 1.
  • One player below the Double-A level is allowed per Major League team. (editor’s note: I believe this was expanded to two players last year.  That would explain why Rios and Cozens can both be attend as “below AA players on August 1st.)
  • One foreign player is allowed, as long as the player does not reside in a country that participates in winter ball, as part of the Caribbean Confederation or the Australian winter league.
  • No players with more than one year of credited Major League service as of August 31 are eligible, except a team may select one player picked in the most recently concluded Major League Rule 5 Draft.
  • To be eligible, players on Minor League disabled lists must be activated at least 45 days before the conclusion of their respective seasons.

33 thoughts on “Seven Phillies Prospects Attending 2015 AFL

  1. With the Phillies exposing Y Rios in the AZFL, its pretty clear they are high on him and will need to protect him from the rule 5 draft, by placing him on the 40 man.

  2. JP…one AFL rule mod….clause 9.
    “9. Internatiional players from the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and/or Australia are eligible only if the player is not on the reserve list of a Winter League club from the player’s home country. Otherwise, there is no maximum limit on the number of international players an MLB organization can assign to its AFL team.”
    ….why both Ramos and Rios are now allowed…Ramos must not be on the Ven’s winter reserve list…and also teams can send seven now vs six.

    1. Rios isn’t an international player. Peurto Rico isnt a foreign country. He is a HS draftee from 2011.

      1. yes very aware….but that’s what the rule 9 clause says above….contact the AFL association and ask them what they consider international vs commonwealth/territory of US as it pertains to Puerto Rico.

      1. Paul O’Neill? Was that serious? O’Neill won the batting title and hit over .300 a half dozen times and made 5 AS teams in a 17 year career.

        That was a joke, right?

        1. Paul O’Neill:
          G658 PA2544 HR 50 RBIs 340 15%K 8%BB .283 .339 .418 .757

          Dylan Cozens:
          G355 PA1430 HR 38 RBIs 180 24%K 7%BB .264 .326 .433 .758

          minor league metric comp projection….how else you going to do it?
          Except for their K rate delta of 9, they are pretty similar.

            1. Nit-picking again, v1 I see.
              Try to concentrate on the slash….plus lets take in consideration the trending downward in the krate for DC, similar to handicapping the horses-what have you done lately—…..then add into the overall equation….he will still have 1100 more PAs to further comp project out..and in a very friendly hitters park in 2016..

            2. v1…….I was giving you a break….I avoided that Hall of Fame comps…that really annoys when i do that:)

    1. Can we get a combo of Giancarlo, Holliday, Frenchy, and Jay Bruce? 🙂

      Heyward seems like the closest physical comp, but he’s more of a WR build in the mode of Megatron whereas Cozens is more of a LB/DE build, which makes sense since that’s what he played.

      1. Yes, I meant defensively. In the low minors, you can steal bases off weak defensive catchers. but he will NOT be a base stealer in the majors. he is probably pretty fast once he gets started, but if you watch him in the OF, he doesn’t get quick jumps. I have seen him play 6+ games. not graceful in the OF, but he does have a hose.

    1. I can see cozens putting up Burrell type numbers one day, gotta work on the walks but I think Burrell would be his ceiling. He’s a little faster than him though but similar body types.

      1. Not to be “that guy” but Cozens would have to improve dramatically, beyond anyone’s expectations, to become like Burrell. When Burrell was Cozens’ age he was in Clearwater and hit .303/.416/.530. He was the first overall pick and was rated as high as the #2 prospect overall in baseball when he was in the minors.

        I like the Trumbo comp. Low average, lots of Ks, good pop. It took Trumbo a little while to tap into his power in game situations too.

  3. Romus, where did you find AFL rule mod, clause 9? I cut and pasted the eligibility rule from the AFL web page. I couldn’t find the kind of document you seem to have found. Thanks.

      1. Thanks. #7 supports my recollection regarding two rather than one player below AA being allowed on the rosters. This will be another link saved to my Favorites. I wonder why the AFL doesn’t update their web site. They have like 10 months of down time between seasons.

        1. Why they don’t update their information?
          ….I think MLB drives this league and then dumps most of the administrative matters on the Spring Training Cactus League clubs by making them the ‘host’ teams for the six AFL clubs, of course each AFL teams has a few host teams assigned …but, does MLB ever have anything updated in a timely manner!

          And I think they tweak their rules every few years, so best to get updated changes through one of the host teams sites….in this case it is the Cubbies people.

    1. Not a big deal, but apparently Pleskoff couldn’t resist making a comment about the state of the Phillies big league team. Everywhere else he confined his thoughts to the prospect being discussed. Just an observation.

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