The Arizona Fall League begins Tuesday, with four players from the 2012 Erie SeaWolves scheduled to compete for the Mesa Solar Sox.
Mesa, one of six teams in the league, will debut with a game at the Salt River Rafters. Mesa’s roster consists of minor league prospects from the Detroit Tigers, Baltimore Orioles, Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers.
Outfielder Nick Castellanos, catcher James McCann and relief pitchers Tyler Clark and Michael Morrison are players for the Solar Sox who appeared in all or portions of Erie’s recently completed Eastern League season. Other former SeaWolves on Mesa’s roster are pitchers Luke Putkonen and Matt Hoffman.
Aaron Westlake, a first base prospect with Single-A West Michigan, rounds out Detroit’s representatives.
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Mesa will be managed by Rodney Linares. The hitting coach is Brian Harper and the pitching coach is Matt Herges.
The AFL, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary, will hold regular season games through Nov. 15. Mesa is in the East Division with Salt River and Scottsdale.
The East and West Division winners will play in its Nov. 17 championship game at Scottsdale.