Five of the top 10 picks in the 2009 draft will attend the Arizona Fall League this October.
The most notable participant of this group will be number one overall pick, Stephen Strasburg, who will be making his professional debut in the AFL. Strasburg will be pitching for the Phoenix Desert Dogs whose season will begin October 13th.
In an article by Jonathan Mayo, AFL executive director Steve Cobb said:
"This appears to be an exceptionally strong class of Major League prospects…..We will feature over 20 first-round Draft picks, several high-ceiling position players and the pitching depth is unmatched vs. previous years."
Joining Strasburg in the AFL will be:
- No. 2 pick- Dustin Ackley
- No. 7 pick- Mike Minor
- No. 8 pick- Mike Leake
- No. 10 pick- Drew Storen
- MLB.com’s #1 prospect-Jason Heyward