Naylor, Zeuch, Pentecost to take part in AFL Fall Stars game

 San Diego Padres prospect Josh Naylor (Mississauga, Ont.) has been selected to play in the AFL Fall Stars Game.. Photo Credit: AP Photo

San Diego Padres prospect Josh Naylor (Mississauga, Ont.) has been selected to play in the AFL Fall Stars Game.. Photo Credit: AP Photo

By Andrew Hendriks

Canadian Baseball Network

One Canadian and a pair of Blue Jays prospects will take part in 2017's "Fall Stars" event scheduled for this Saturday at Salt River Fields in Arizona.

On Monday, Josh Naylor (Mississauga, Ont.), T.J. Zeuch and Max Pentecost were named to the Arizona Fall League's Fall Star West squad after posting eye-catching numbers over the circuit's first month.

Through 12 games with Peoria, Naylor has slashed .340/.377/.600 with three home runs and 13 RBI over 50 at-bats. Spending the majority of 2017 with the Lake Elsinore Storm, the hard-hitting first baseman currently checks in as the San Diego Padres No. 10 prospect according to the prospecting pundits at milbpipeline.com, and projects to begin the 2018 season in double-A.

After pitching to an ERA of 3.38 with class-A Advanced Dunedin this summer, Zeuch has held the opposition to a cumulative batting average of .159 while allowing only one earned run in 13 innings for Peoria. Selected in the first round of 2016's June Amateur Draft, the 25-year-old native of Mason, Ohio was named Toronto's top pitching prospect by MLB Pipeline earlier this year, ranking ahead of both Sean Reid-Foley and Nate Pearson, respectively.

Having posted an OPS of .766 over 71 games with Dunedin in 2017, Pentecost - Toronto's highest ranked catching prospect - has a home run, one double and four singles across seven showcase games this fall. Like his hard-throwing battery-mate, the 24-year-old native of Winder, Ga., will likely begin 2018 at the double-A level.

Established in 2006, the Fall-Stars Game has since become a can't miss event for those who like to keep tabs on up and coming talent. Current MLB All-Stars Andrew McCutcheon ('07), Max Scherzer ('08/'09) and perennial American League MVP candidate, Mike Trout ('11) are all previous participants.

You can catch the action streamed live on MLB.com starting at 8:00 PM E.T.

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Andrew Hendriks

Born in southern Ontario during the late 1980's, Hendriks had a front row seat to watch the Blue Jays reach the pinnacle in '92/'93 as a child, an experience that only bolstered this Canadian's love for the "American Game." Having played since before his memory allows access too, his passion for Baseball grew over years of emulating his heroes on the local sandlots, memorizing the backs of chewing gum scented cards and travelling across North America to experience as many aspects of the game as possible. In 2009, Hendriks began volunteering at the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame as a Weekend Tour Guide. By 2010, he was hired on to help curate for the museum & Instruct the fundamentals of the game along side such legends as Tony Fernandez, Roberto Alomar and Jim Fanning during the Hall's annual Kids On Deck program. Following the 2011 season, Hendriks began blogging and co-hosting a weekly podcast for www.BackInBlue.ca, a Blue Jays themed website ran by fans, for fans. Looking to continue connecting with baseball fans across the country, Hendriks is excited to join such a strong team at the Canadian Baseball Network and looks forward to chipping in.