KC Royals outfielder Brian Fletcher will be starting in tonight’s Arizona Fall League Rising Stars Game. He is starting in left field and batting ninth for the road team. It will be televised shortly (at 8pm ET) on MLB Network.
I know I was critical of Fletcher being named to the West squad, mainly because his numbers don’t exactly scream PROSPECT or ALL-STAR. But I am excited to see how he does. And isn’t it cool to see someone you’ve covered play on TV?
Houston prospect (via Philadelphia) Jarred Cosart will be taking the ball for the East against Minnesota’s Kyle Gibson. I saw Gibson pitch back in 2010 when he was an Eastern League All-Star, but he is coming back from Tommy John surgery.
Here are the lineups for tonight’s game:
WEST: CF Billy Hamilton (Cincinnati), SS Hak-Ju Lee (TB), RF Rymer Liriano (San Diego), 1B Hunter Morris (Milwaukee), 2B Nick Franklin (Seattle), 3B Cody Asche (Philadelphia), DH Bryce Brentz (Boston), C Tommy Joseph (Philadelphia), and FLETCHER.
EAST: LF Brian Goodwin (Washington), CF Gary Brown (SF), 1B Jonathan Singleton (Houston), DH Nick Castellanos (Detroit), 3B Kaleb Cowart (LAA), C Austin Romine (NYY), RF Corey Dickerson (Colorado), 2B David Adams (NYY), and SS Chris Owings (Arizona).
I am most looking forward to watching the bottom four in the West’s order bat tonight. That’s mainly because I have seen all four (Asche, Brentz, Joseph, and Fletcher) play this season.
Oh and I want to see Hamilton run!