The Kansas City Royals today named right-handed pitcher J.C. Sulbaran the eighth and final player from the Royals organization who will compete for the Surprise Saguaros in the 2012 Arizona Fall League. Sulbaran, 22, was acquired with left-handed pitcher Donnie Joseph from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for pitcher Jonathan Broxton on July 31, 2012.
On August 28, the Royals announced that right-handed pitcher Edwin Carl, left-handed pitchers Jon Keck and Justin Marks, infielder Alex McClure, infielder/outfielder Whit Merrifield and outfielder Brian Fletcher all will compete for Surprise. Infielder Orlando Calixte will be a member of the “taxi squad” and be eligible to play on Wednesdays and Saturdays only. Fletcher has been designated as the Royals “priority player”, assuring he will be granted maximum playing time.
2012 marks the 21st season of the Arizona Fall League, created by Major League Baseball in 1992 to serve as an off-season league for top prospects. The season begins today, with the Rising Stars Game set for November 3 and the Championship Game scheduled for November 17.
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