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Minor League Ball Gameday, November 16th - AFL Championship

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The AFL's best offense takes on the AFL's best pitching staff as Mesa and Surprise square off for the Arizona Fall League Championship.

Mesa third baseman and AFL home run king Kris Bryant
Mesa third baseman and AFL home run king Kris Bryant
used with permission from Flickr user BeGreen90

Afternoon folks! Its time for the Arizona Fall League to wrap things up as the championship game is set to start at 3:00 PM EST on MLB Network and MLB.com. The Mesa Solar Sox held off a late charge from the Salt River Rafters to win the AFL East division by half a game with a 19-11-1 record. Surprise had a much smoother road to the title game, beating out second place Glendale for the AFL West division by 4.5 games with a 18-12-1 record.

Probable Starters

Mesa Solar Sox

RHP Dallas Beeler - CHC (4-1, 21.2 IP, 24 H, 13 R, 6 ER, 5 BB, 9 K, 1 HR, 2.27 GO/FO)

Surprise Saguaros

LHP Eduardo Rodriguez - BAL (0-1, 14.2 IP, 16 H, 9 R/ER, 6 BB, 16 K, 1 HR, 1.33 GO/FO)

Links

****Jim Callis opened his inbox and answered questions about Gerrit Cole v Jameson Taillon, Xander Bogaerts and the short stop position, Stephen Piscotty, Mitch Haniger and the catching crop from the 2013 draft.

****Quinn Roberts and Spencer Fordin ran down the winter leagues for MLB.com.

****Teddy Cahill previewed today's championship game for MLB.com

****Jennifer Langosch looked at the prospects from the St. Louis Cardinals who came out west to participate in the AFL for the Salt River Rafters.

****Scott Merkin spoke with White Sox prospect Tim Anderson, the club's first round pick of the 2013 draft, about becoming the short stop of the future for Chicago.

****Adam McCalvy notes that Jason Rogers, the Brewers LF/1B, will see time at third in the Dominican once his season finishes in the AFL.

****MiLB.com continues their Organizational All Stars with the Miami Marlins.

****Mike Rosenbaum for Bleacher Report has put out some good stuff recently. He tried to predict each team's breakout prospect for 2014, looked at six hitting prospects with MLB futures, and gave his list of 10 most impressive showings of the AFL.