Cards AFL contingent announced

Matthew Leach

ST. LOUIS — Emerging stars and rebounding prospects highlight the Cardinals’ contingent in this year’s Arizona Fall League. St. Louis will send eight players to the Surprise Rafters of the AFL.

The 18th annual Arizona Fall League season begins on October 13 and runs through Nov. 19 with the Rising Stars game on Nov. 7 and the Championship game set for Nov. 21. Every game can be followed live on Gameday on and

Some of the names are already very familiar to many St. Louis fans: catcher Bryan Anderson has long been considered one of the organization’s better prospects, and right-hander Mike Parisi actually made it to the Majors in 2008.

Injuries slowed both players, though, and they’ll be looking to regain their form this fall. Parisi is recovering from Tommy John elbow surgery, while Anderson hasn’t played since July due to a shoulder injury.

Others have emerged this year. Second baseman Daniel Descalso has enjoyed a breakout year, putting up huge numbers at Double-A Springfield before slowing down a bit at Triple-A Memphis. He’ll hope to follow the path of Memphis teammate Tyler Greene, who put himself on the big club’s radar last year with a Springfield breakout, a taste of Memphis and a big fall campaign.

Likewise, outfielder Tyler Henley has exploded onto the scene this year with a big year at Springfield in his second full pro season. He’ll be hoping to build on that emergence and position himself to keep climbing up the ladder.

And then there are the two men who may be the top prospects in the organization, Springfield teammates Daryl Jones and Lance Lynn. Jones, an outfielder, played in the Futures Game this year but has been slowed by injury and will be looking to make up for some of that lost time. Lynn, a right-handed pitcher, has been a fast riser, reaching Double-A in his first full pro season. He’ll be tested in the hitter-friendly AFL.

Rounding out the Cardinals contingent are right-hander David Kopp, who has split the year between Class A Palm Beach and Springfield, and Palm Beach right-handed reliever Adam Reifer.


I want to ask you about A. Craig, why does this guy get overlooked so much? His numbers are pretty incredible, is it just because of the glutton of OF’s on the major league roster? I’m wondering if he even gets a Sept call up?

I’m glad to see Dan Descalso among those headed for the AFL. I don’t think the organization has done either him or itself any favors by using him as a utility guy at Memphis while giving 2B playing time to the comparatively limited Jarrett Hoffpauir. Lest I be misunderstood, I like Hoff and was glad to see him make the Show this year, but Descalso’s ceiling must be higher. Here’s hoping he gets to play some 2B in Arizona (and continues to hit).

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