It was an interesting Trade Deadline day for baseball's top prospects. Sixteen players with ties to the Arizona Fall League were traded on Thursday, including four players -- Mitch Haniger, Colin Moran, Peter O'Brien and Eduardo Rodriguez -- who were in the AFL last season.
Rodriguez, traded from Baltimore to Boston, was involved in a deal for another AFL alum. The Orioles acquired southpaw Andrew Miller, who pitched in the AFL in 2009, from the Red Sox.
Moran, meanwhile, was involved in a deal that involved three former AFL players. Moran and Jake Marisnick, who played in the AFL in 2012, were sent from Miami to Houston in exchange for right-handed pitcher Jarred Cosart, who also pitched in the AFL in 2012.
Two of the former AFL players traded on Thursday -- Kelly Johnson and Johnny Gomes -- played in the AFL more than a decade ago. Johnson, dealt from the Yankees to the Red Sox, played in the AFL in 2003, and he was dealt in exchange for Stephen Drew, a 2005 alumnus of the AFL.
Haniger was dealt from Milwaukee to Arizona on Thursday, and O'Brien, a power-hitting catcher, was traded by the Yankees to the D-backs in exchange for infielder Martin Prado.
Former Tiger Austin Jackson, a 2008 alumnus of the AFL, was dealt to Seattle as part of a three-way trade Thursday that sent Drew Smyly and Nick Franklin to Tampa Bay. Franklin, a rookie infielder, played in the Arizona Fall League in both the 2011 and 2012 campaigns.
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.