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All-Americans, PG alums are 'Rising Stars'

All American Game : : Story
Patrick Ebert        
Published: Friday, November 04, 2011

Of the 50 players that will take the field Saturday night as part of the Arizona Fall League's Rising Stars Game, 34 had previously attended a Perfect Game event, representing 68-percent of the two 25-man rosters.

Seven of those 34 players are also former Perfect Game All-Americans, including Xavier Avery, Gerrit Cole, Christian Colon, Robbie Grossman, Bryce Harper, Jeremy Jeffress and Kyle Skipworth. Cole, Colon, Harper, Jeffress and Skipworth were first-round draft picks, with Cole going first overall to the Pirates this past year and Harper going first to the Nationals in 2010.

Colon was named the MVP of the Classic in 2006, and was taken fourth overall by the Royals in 2010.

Former Perfect Game participant Danny Hultzen, a left-handed pitcher, made his professional debut in the Arizona Fall League after being selected second overall this past year by the Seattle Mariners. Fellow lefty and first-round pick Jed Bradley is also making his pro debut in the AFL.

The same can be said for outfielder Mikie Mahtook, who was also a first-round pick from the 2011 draft.

Other notable top prospects and Perfect Game alumni participating as 'Rising Stars' include Nolan Arenado, Jason Castro, Michael Choice, Matt Dominguez, Nick Franklin, Anthony Gose, Wil Myers, Joe Panik and Mike Trout.

Every year the Arizona Fall League chooses who they view as the top prospects participating in the fall developmental league to be a part of their 'all-star' event. The AFL is considered to be a final tuneup for young players prior to making the eventual ascent to the Major Leagues, with a handful of these players, such as Castro and Trout, already having a taste of life in the big-leagues.

The game will be played at 8:10 EST at Surprise Stadium and will be televised live on the MLB Network. You can view the entire roster here.

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