- All Triple-A and Double-A players are eligible, provided the players are on at least a Double-A level roster no later than August 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.
The Arizona Fall League began play yesterday. The league was founded back in 1992 as a way to give young minor league players a way to extend their season without playing in winter ball or traveling long distances. It is often described as a “finishing school” giving a bevy of young players not only an opportunity to extend their seasons but compete against elite players and continue to work on the skill set that they were developing during the 2018 season. The league itself is owned and operated by Major League Baseball and includes top young players from all of the 30 MLB teams. It is a two-division, six team league with the Mesa Solar Sox, Salt River Rafters and Scottsdale Scorpions in the East Division and the Glendale Desert Dogs, Peoria Javelinas and Surprise Saguaros in the West Division. Dodger fans will be most interested in the Glendale Desert Dogs of the West Division which has representatives chosen by five MLB teams including the Dodgers, Chicago White Sox, Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians, and the New York Yankees. Each Major League team provides seven players who together fill out the 35-man rosters of the six teams. Additionally, teams may elect to send taxi squad players who are only eligible on Wednesdays and Saturdays and most useful with pitchers. MLB teams also provide managers, coaches, and trainers for the six teams. Justin Viele is the hitting coach for the Glendale Desert Dogs coming off his championship season with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes of the High-A California League. Former Dodger, infielder Dave Anderson, is the manager of the Desert Dogs. The eligibility rules to compete in the AFL are relatively simple: