Arizona Fall League

The Arizona Fall League came into existence in 1992. It was designed as a short season almost all-star atmosphere where each team could send a select few top prospects to compete against each other. This has become a breeding ground for Rookie of the Year candidates and gives clubs an opportunity to see how their prospects respond when matched with other high caliber talent. The Fall League is made up of 6 teams: Grand Canyon Rafters, Peoria Javelinas, Phoenix Desert Dogs, Mesa Solar Sox, Peoria Saguaros, and Scottsdale Scorpions. As in the past, the Arizona Diamondbacks will send players to the Scottsdale Scorpions.


For 2006, the Diamondbacks are sending seven players to the Arizona Fall League. They will send right-handed pitcher Matt Elliott, third baseman Jamie D’Antona, second baseman Mark Reynolds, second baseman Danny Richar, right-handed pitcher Steven Jackson, right-handed pitcher Mike Schultz, and right-handed pitcher Chris Kinsey.

Matt Elliot was signed to a minor league contract as a non-drafted free agent on July 22, 2004 after a successful career at Dixie State Community College in St. George Utah. He was sent to Missoula of the Pioneer leage and compiled a 3-1 record while earning 6 saves. For the 2005 season Matt was promoted to South Bend where he compiled a 3-4 record with a 2.14 ERA while collecting 32 saves. Following his best season in the minor leagues, Matt Elliot was sent to Lancaster where he appeared 43 games compiling a record of 2-4 with 24 saves. After the all-star break he was promoted to AA Tennessee where he pitched 10.2 innings in 9 games. Elliot is said to have great stuff and is the closest thing the Diamondbacks have in their farm system to a big-league closer.

Jamie D’Antona was selected in the second round of the 2003 amateur draft with the 66th pick and was quickly signed by the Diamondbacks. D’Antona was a Freshman First Team All-American first baseman in 2001 while attending Wake Forest University. After signing with the Diamondbacks he was sent to Yakima where he played third base hitting .277 in 70 games while hitting 15 home runs and driving in 57. For 2004 D’Antona was promoted to Lancaster of the California League where he appeared in 68 games hitting .315 with 13 home runs and 57 RBI. Jamie was promoted to El Paso after the all-star break and appeared in 19 games for the Diablos. In 2005 Jamie was in AA Tennessee appearing in 125 games at both first and third base hitting .249 with 9 home runs and 49 RBI. His struggles in 2005 led to him returning to Tennessee in 2006 where he appeared in 126 games bouncing back with a .310 average with 17 home runs and 67 RBI. Baseball America named him the 21st best prospect in minor league baseball and he was named the Southern League Player of the Month in August. In the Arizona Fall League D’Antona is playing catcher for the first time.

Mark Reynolds was selected in the 16th round of the 2004 amateur draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks and signed on June 16, 2004. He is a product of the University of Virginia where he played for 3 years. After signing with the Diamondbacks he was sent to Yakima where he played shortstop and third base. He played in 64 games for the Bears hitting .274 with 12 home runs and 41 runs batted in. He also appeared in 4 games with South Bend and 4 games with Lancaster that season. In 2005 Reynolds was sent to South Bend playing in 118 games hitting .253 with 19 home runs and 76 RBI. He moved up to Lancaster for 2006 playing in 76 games for the Jethawks with 23 home runs and 77 RBI. After the all-star break he was sent to AA Tennessee appearing in 30 games hitting .272 with 8 home runs and 21 RBI. Reynolds was also selected to be part of Team USA for the 2008 Olympic qualifying team. Team USA won the gold medal in the tournament held in Havana Cuba beating the same Cuban team that appeared in the 2006 World Baseball Classic. Following Reynolds breakout season in 2006 he was assigned to the Arizona Fall League to work on becoming a second baseman.

Danny Richar was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Arizona Diamondbacks on July 9, 2001. For the 2002 season he was assigned to the Yakima Bears where he played in 25 games hitting .227. He was sent to Lancaster where he appeared in 85 games that season hitting .231. In 2003 Danny remained in Lancaster playing in 123 games hitting .304. As the 2004 season began Richar was again in Lancaster where he played in 96 games before being promoted to AA El Paso. For 2005 Danny was sent back to Lancaster where he hit .300 in 121 games. This season saw Richar sent to AA Tennessee as their second baseman and played in 130 games hitting .292 with 15 stolen bases. Richar will be continuing as a second baseman for the Scorpions in the Arizona Fall League.

Steven Jackson was selected by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 38th round of the 2000 amateur draft out of high school but elected to attend Clemson University. Jackson was again drafted in the 32nd round of the 2003 draft by the Cleveland Indians but retuned to complete his college career. The Arizona Diamondbacks made him a 10th round pick in the 2004 amateur draft and signed him on June 16, 2004. Upon signing Jackson was sent to Missoula of the Pioneer League where he appeared in 7 games as a reliever. He was sent to Yakima to finish the 2004 season appearing in 9 games, two as a starter. In 2005 he was sent to South Bend where he appeared in 28 games all as a starter accumulating a 10-5 record with a 5.33 ERA and 89 strikeouts. This season Steven Jackson was sent to AA Tennessee as a starter where he appeared in 24 games gaining an 8-11 record with a 2.65 ERA while striking out 125 batters.

Mike Schultz was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2000 amateur draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks and signed on June 26, 2000 out of Loyola Marymount University. After signing with the Diamondbacks, Schultz was sent to the Diamondbacks Rookie camp then to High Desert of the California League. On September 13, 2001 Schultz was placed on the disabled list with arm problems that resulted in him not pitching in the 2001 or 2002 season. In 2003 he was sent to Yakima where he appeared in 5 games as a starter before being promoted to Lancaster to finish the season. In 2004 Schultz was converted from a starter to a relief pitcher appearing in 13 games for Lancaster, 12 games for El Paso, and 7 games for Tucson. The 2005 season had Mike return to AA Tennessee where he appeared in 63 games accumulating a 4-6 record with a 3.58 ERA and 6 saves. This season he began back in Tennessee but was promoted to Tucson where he appeared in 49 games. His overall record for 2006 was 3-4 with a 3.18 ERA. Schultz is struggling to regain his form after the shoulder injuries of 2001-2002.

Chris Kinsey was selected in the 4th round of the 2003 amateur draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks out of Cal State Sacramento. He signed on June 7, 2003 and was assigned to Yakima. There he appeared in 9 games as a starter accumulating a 4-4 record and 4.00 ERA. He was sent to South Bend where he appeared in 10 games as a reliever. In 2004 Chris was sent to South Bend this time as a starter appearing in 28 games with a 8-11 record and 4.9 ERA. The 2005 season began back in South Bend but after 13 games he was promoted to Lancaster where he appeared in 15 games as a starter. This season began in Lancaster where he appeared in 6 games in relieve for a 3-0 record and 0.00 ERA. He then moved to Tennessee where he appeared in 45 games in relief with a record of 2-2 and an ERA of 3.76. At the end of the season he was promoted to AAA Tucson where he appeared in 3 games. Kinsey is a hard thrower who has collected 280 strikeouts during his minor league career.


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