PHOENIX -- The Arizona Fall League, proving ground to the stars, turned 20 this season and is just a year away from almost certainly claiming its first Hall of Fame graduate in Mike Piazza.
Piazza, eligible for the Hall after next season, drove a home run over the batters eye at Phoenix Municipal Stadium during the leagues inaugural championship series in 2002, helping manager Jerry Roysters Sun Cities team win it all. For Piazza, the hits just kept on coming in a major league career that included 427 homers, the most by a catcher.
The Fall League prospects just keep on coming, too.
The league has skewed young the past several seasons, so most of the players are at least a good half-year, at the earliest, from making an impact in the majors, most scouts believe.
At the same time, talent abounded.
Fall Leaguers Mike Trout, Brandon Crawford and Adam Bass spent ample parts of the 2011 season in the majors, so they've moved past prospect status. Trout would top the following li...