First baseman Freddie Freeman heads a group of six Braves prospects who’ll play in the Arizona Fall League, along with shortstop Tyler Pastornicky, outfielder Cory Harrichak and right-handed pitchers Michael Broadway, Brandon Beachy, Erik Cordier and Kyle Cofield.
They will play for the five-time defending AFL champion Phoenix Desert Dogs, managed by Don Mattingly. The 35-man Desert Dogs roster has players from five organizations: Braves, Yankees, Athletics, Dodgers and Marlins.
Jamie Dismuke, the Braves’ Triple-A Gwinnett hitting coach, will serve as hitting coach on Mattingly’s staff. The six-team AFL is comprised primarily of prospects from Double-A and Triple-A affiliates, with a limited number of Single-A players rounding out rosters.
This year’s announced AFL rosters include 30 former first-round draft picks.
Freeman, 20, is the Braves’ top-rated position player prospect. He hit .319 with 35 18 home runs and 87 RBIs in 127 games at Triple-A Gwinnett, and will join the major league club on Wednesday as a September call-up.
Freeman played in the Arizona Fall League in 2009 but was slowed by a hand injury and limited to 12 games.
The AFL season begins Oct. 12 and the league championship game is Nov. 20.