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Arizona Fall League Update

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Washington Nationals prospect Bryce Harper (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Washington Nationals prospect Bryce Harper (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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A Brief Update from the Arizona Fall League

I haven't totally disappeared on you. I'm here at the First Pitch Arizona Conference that coincides with the Arizona Fall League. The big event is tonight's Future Stars game, which will be televised so most of you can at least take a look.

The main thing I have noticed here is the poor quality of pitching compared to hitting. In fact, the pitching in the games I have seen has been so bad that it makes it hard to properly analyze some of the hitters. That said, I'm getting good data and will have a full report for you when I get back on Monday. A lot of the information will of course be incorporated into the 2012 Baseball Prospect Book.

A few bullet points:

**Nationals superprospect Bryce Harper looks really good. He's toned his swing down just a bit, improving his ability to make contact without sacrificing power.

**A lot of league observers are really impressed with outfielder Tyson Gillies of the Phillies, particularly on defense where he is showing off a very strong and accurate arm. His rust is showing with the bat, but missing two years with injuries will do that.

**Another player generating lots of buzz is Nolan Arenado of the Rockies, who seems to be on everyone's 2012 breakout list. More and more scouts are coming around to the idea that he can remain at third base.