This year, a group of seven top St. Louis Cardinals prospects are set to compete as members of the Peoria Saguaros, teamed with players from the San Diego Padres, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees and Washington Nationals organizations. There are five other clubs in the League, each with players drawn from five MLB organizations, with all teams located in the Phoenix area.
Each organization will be sending seven players to the AFL this year, with the Cardinals' group consisting of four pitchers, an infielder and two outfielders, all from the Springfield Cardinals (Double-A).
The Cardinals' AFL contingent also includes trainer Brad LaRosa and pitching coach Derek Lilliquist, working under Saguaros Manager Randy Ready, who comes from the Padres' organization.
Here, in the first installment of a three-part series, Special Assistant to the General Manager, Senior Director of Professional Scouting Bruce Manno sets the stage for the 2006 AFL campaign.
Manno discusses changes to the rosters and with the makeup of the coaching staffs, the player selection process and how the conditioning of the players is maintained between the conclusion of the regular season and the start of the AFL.
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In Parts Two and Three of this series, subscribers can listen to Manno break down the pitchers and position players competing in the AFL, including their strengths as well as areas they will be working on under the Arizona sun this fall.
Additional information about the league and past Cardinals' participation in it can be found in the story "Pomeranz, Six Mates to Arizona Fall League".
Brian Walton can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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