We have talked a bit about the highs and lows of Chris Stratton's Arizona Fall League this season, but the San Francisco Giants pitching prospect and rotation hopeful for 2017 will be put on the big stage on Saturday night at Surprise Stadium. Joining Stratton on the club will be fellow Giant pitching prospect in Tyler Rogers, who could be a bullpen piece for the club to consider after some extra time in Sacramento. Aramis Garcia was passed over by his Scottsdale teammate Taylor Ward of the Angels and Jacob Nottingham of the Brewers.
Last year Alex Reyes of the Cardinals and Sean Manaea of the A's were picked as the starters for the Fall Stars game and both pitchers made their big league debuts in 2016 and showed quite a bit of promise. While the Giants starting rotation is set up more than either that of St. Louis or Oakland, Stratton could find himself as a key member of the pitching staff at some point in 2017, especially if one of a number of players goes down.
In the Fall League Stratton had accumulated a 4.50 ERA heading into Monday, inflated by his rough last outing, but rebounded nicely in today's start with four innings of one-run ball, giving up six hits and a walk while striking out five and lowering his ERA to 3.94. The walk is the first that he has allowed in 16 innings pitched this season.
If you're into prospects in general, the game will be on MLB Network at 5 p.m. local time on Saturday. In last year's contest Yankee prospect Gary Sanchez put on a show with his arm and his bat, and continued that trend when he reached the big leagues in 2016. This should be a opportunity to see some of the best talent from around the minor leagues competing against one another and could be used as a predictor of which players could have success at the highest level in 2017. Stratton will have his work cut out for him, but this could be a great chance for the right-hander to start making a case for making the club next season.
Note: Tim Tebow did not make the Fall Stars roster somehow. Entire rosters can be found here.