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October 12, 2009 at 11:39 PM

Extra innings: Arizona Fall League coverage begins

So, you really thought this Mariners season was done, huh? Wrong. I know, the playoffs are going on and the M’s aren’t involved. But I’ll tell you what. There’s one more order of business to take care of this year involving players from within the Mariners organization and it’s going on right here where I am at the moment — in Arizona.
Starting Tuesday, one of the best crops of Mariners prospects in years will gather at the team’s Peoria, Ariz. training complex to take part in the annual Arizona Fall League. The Mariners prospects will play for the Peoria Javelinas. That team also has players from the Tigers, White Sox, Dodgers and Brewers farm systems. I’m down in Arizona and will be out at the ballpark Tuesday morning. You won’t want to miss this. Between Dustin Ackley, Phillippe Aumont and Josh Fields, you’ll have the last three No. 1 picks by the M’s playing for the Peoria squad.
The Javelinas team will also have Carlos Triunfel, the M’s top Latin American prospect and best overall prospect until he broke his leg this past season. Triunfel will miss the first couple of weeks as he rehabs the leg.
Not to mention Nick Hill, a guy who might be closer to the majors than any of the players I’ve just mentioned. We featured Hill two spring trainings ago in a feature for our print edition.
There’s also pitcher Anthony Varvaro, shortstop Juan Diaz (replacing Triunfel temporarily) and outfielder Joseph Dunigan to watch.
But we’ll be out to see Ackley make his AFL debut tomorrow. As the No. 2 overall pick in last June’s draft, with the Mariners looking to fast-track him, his progress should obviously hold much interest for Seattle fans.
Some of you have asked who is eligible to play in the AFL.

Well, here it is, straight from the AFL official website:
The roster size is 30 players per team.
Each Major League organization is required to provide six players subject to the following requirements:
All Triple-A and Double-A players are eligible, provided the players are on at least a Double-A level roster no later than Aug. 1.
One player below the Double-A level is allowed per Major League team.
One foreign player is allowed, as long as the player does not reside in a country that participates in winter ball, as part of the Caribbean Confederation or the Australian winter league.
No players with more than one year of credited Major League service as of August 31 are eligible, except a team may select one player picked in the most recently concluded Major League Rule 5 Draft.
To be eligible, players on Minor League disabled lists must be activated at least 45 days before the conclusion of their respective seasons.

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Geoff Baker

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