TORONTO -- A group of Toronto's top prospects will have an opportunity to compete in the Arizona Fall League when play gets underway next month.
The Blue Jays added infielders Matt Dean and Rowdy Tellez to the roster of the Salt River Rapids on Tuesday. Outfielder Roemon Fields also made the team, as did pitchers Chad Girodo, Brady Dragmire and Justin Shafer.
The 24th year of the league is scheduled to begin on Oct. 13 and will continue until the championship game Nov. 21. All 30 Major League teams are required to send prospects to fill out the six teams included in the AFL.
Tellez is the top Blue Jays prospect headed to Arizona. The 20-year-old is ranked as Toronto's No. 8 prospect by MLBPipeline.com, and there's an expectation that he could eventually turn into a middle-of-the-order bat. Tellez received a promotion to Class A Advanced Dunedin this year and was batting .275 with seven homers and 28 RBIs in 35 games there.
Dean, who is ranked No. 18, has spent his entire season at Dunedin. He has a .256 average with 40 extra-base hits and a .718 OPS in 117 games, but Dean will need to tap into his raw power more before he can be considered an elite prospect.
Fields, ranked No. 23, seems to be following a similar path to the one that Pompey took in 2014. He began the year in Dunedin but advanced through Double-A New Hampshire and now finds himself playing for Triple-A Buffalo. In 113 Minor League games, he is batting .263 with a .316 on-base percentage, but his true value can be found in his speed as evidenced by 42 stolen bases.
Girodo, Dragmire and Shafer have yet to crack MLBPipeline.com's list of top prospects. All three pitchers have spent the majority of the year pitching out of the bullpen in the lower levels of the Minors, but Shafer did make 11 starts between Class A Lansing and Buffalo.