Aug. 28, 2007
TEMPE, Ariz. - The Arizona Fall League announced their rosters for the 2007 season, and ASU Baseball is well represented. Three former Devils will suit up during the prestigious two month Fall League.
Jeff Larish (Detroit Tigers) will play for the Peoria Saguaros, Pat Bresnehan (Pittsburgh Pirates) will play for the Phoenix Desert Dogs and Zech Zinicola (Washington Nationals) will play for the Peoria Javelinas.
Major League Baseball created the Arizona Fall League in 1992 to serve as an off-season "graduate school" for top prospects. The AFL often is known as a showcase league because its players have the opportunity to display their skills for baseball scouts, general managers, and minor-league farm directors. For baseball fans, it's a 40-day Valley homestand featuring baseball's elite prospects.
Longtime baseball executive and Valley resident Roland Hemond is considered the "Architect of the Fall League." His dream to create a six-week off-season league from baseball's top prospects in Arizona each fall became a reality when the Arizona Fall League began plan in 1992 after two years of selling the concept to baseball's hierarchy - first general managers, the owners.
Major League Baseball owns and operates the Arizona Fall League. Each major-league organization is required to provide seven players to the league each fall, while games are played at the Valley's outstanding spring-training stadiums.