CORVALLIS, Ore. – Five former Oregon State baseball players will compete in the prestigious Arizona Fall League beginning Sept. 8.
Andrew Susac (San Francisco Giants organization), Stefen Romero (Seattle Mariners), Sam Gaviglio (St. Louis Cardinals), Kraig Sitton (Colorado Rockies) and Tyler Waldron (Pittsburgh Pirates) will play in the league, which is run by Major League Baseball and typically sees some of the game’s best prospects.
MLB organizations are responsible for sending a handful of each’s top prospects to play for one of the clubs that comprise the AFL. Waldron and Susac will be teammates with the Scottsdale Scorpions as will Sitton and Gaviglio with the Salt River Rafters. Romero will play for the Peoria Javelinas.
Oregon State has five former players playing for the second consecutive season, with both Waldron and Romero making return trips. All told, 15 different former Beavers have competed in the AFL, including in 2013. They include: Romero, Waldron, Kevin Rhoderick, Adalberto Santos and Greg Peavey (2012), Ryan Ortiz (2011), Joe Paterson (2010), Mitch Canham, Cole Gillespie and Daniel Turpen (2009), Darwin Barney (2008) and Jacoby Ellsbury (2006).
Teams begin play Oct. 8 and the fall season runs through Nov. 16. Per MLB.com, the level of play at the AFL is equal to Double-A or Triple-A baseball. Twenty-five of the 100 players listed as the game’s top prospects by MLB.com at the outset of the 2013 season will play in the Arizona Fall League.
For more information on the Oregon State baseball team, follow the club’s official Twitter account at Twitter.com/Beaver_Baseball or by Facebook at Facebook.com/OregonStateBaseball.