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Cowart heads list of prospects going to AFL

Cowart heads list of prospects going to AFL

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Cowart heads list of prospects going to AFL
ANAHEIM -- The Angels selected eight organizational players to take part in the upcoming Arizona Fall League.

Suiting up for the Scottsdale Scorpions, a team that also includes prospects from the Giants, Indians, Pirates and Yankees, will be: Outfielders Randal Grichuk and Travis Witherspoon, third baseman Kaleb Cowart, and pitchers Buddy Boshers, Ryan Chaffee, Kevin Johnson and Nick Maronde. Catcher Carlos Ramirez is part of the taxi squad, which means he'll be activated only on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Cowart (first), Maronde (fourth), Grichuk (11th), Witherspoon (14th) and Ramirez (17th) are currently listed among the Angels' Top 20 prospects by MLB.com.

Taken with the 18th overall pick in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, Cowart has hit .281 with 16 homers and 100 RBIs in Class A and Advanced Class A ball this season. Grichuk, taken 24th overall in '09, has hit .290 with 17 homers and 16 stolen bases while spending all year with Class A Inland Empire.

Maronde, a 22-year-old left-hander out of the University of Florida, has jumped three levels in his first full season as a pro, going from rookie ball to Double-A while compiling a 2.28 ERA, a 1.01 WHIP and a 4.68 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 19 games (18 starts).

Witherspoon, a 12th-rounder in 2009, has hit .272 with 13 homers and 34 steals for Class A and Double-A this season.

The AFL season starts Oct. 9.

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