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8/26/2014 9:20 P.M. ET

Renfroe heads list of seven prospects headed to AFL

SAN DIEGO -- Seven players in the Padres Minor League system were named as participants in this year's Arizona Fall League on Tuesday, where some of the organization's top prospects will try to stand out while playing alongside other teams' highly regarded youngsters.

Outfielder Hunter Renfroe (ranked as the No. 74 prospect by MLB.com) and infielder Trea Turner (ranked No. 99 by MLB.com) headline San Diego's selections, which also include pitchers Brandon Alger, Tayron Guerrero and Justin Hancock, infielder Jace Peterson and outfielder Mallex Smith.

The Padres also still have an unfilled slot on the roster for a pitcher, which they will announce at a later date.

All of San Diego's prospects will play for the Surprise Saguaros, who also feature prospects from the Mariners, Rangers, Red Sox and Reds. The Saguaros coaching staff will include Jody Davis, the hitting coach for the Padres' Class A Advanced affiliate in Lake Elsinore.

The Arizona Fall League comprises six teams that will play six days per week starting on Oct. 7 in five Cactus League stadiums around the Phoenix area.

"It's an exciting array of top Draft choices and Minor League all-stars who have excelled in the early stages of their professional careers," said AFL director Steve Cobb in a press release. "Approximately 60 percent of our players will reach the Major Leagues. We want fans to know top young professional talent still will be playing baseball in October and November in Arizona."


Selig hints at All-Star Game in Petco's future

SAN DIEGO -- When Commissioner Bud Selig visited Petco Park on Tuesday to witness the dedication of the Selig Hall of Fame Plaza, it didn't take long for San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer to playfully bring up the possibility of his city hosting an All-Star Game in the near future.

That's something Padres fans have been awaiting for quite a while now. San Diego has hosted the Midsummer Classic twice, but the last time was in 1992 at Jack Murphy Stadium.

Selig hinted Tuesday before the Padres' 4-1 victory over the Brewers that the wait could soon be over for Petco Park, which was built in downtown San Diego in 2004 and is widely considered one of the best ballparks in the game.

"I'm working on All-Star Games. I'm going to do that, particularly with [Commissioner-elect] Rob Manfred," Selig said. "The only thing I'll tell you about San Diego is, I like their chances."

This year's contest was held at Target Field in Minnesota, and the 2015 game will be held at Cincinnati's Great American Ball Park.

MLB has usually favored alternating between American League and National League venues, and with Camden Yards' 25th anniversary approaching in 2016, the Padres' next best chance could be in 2017.

"They're better than a prime candidate," Selig said. "Who wouldn't want to be here during the summer?"

Short hops

Jedd Gyorko was back in the lineup Tuesday, batting fifth and playing second base after missing three starts with a sore hamstring.

• First baseman Yonder Alonso, who is out for the rest of the season with torn tendons in his right forearm, will have surgery in Los Angeles on Friday by a hand specialist, he said. Alonso has been told the rehabilitation period is about five-to-seven weeks and that he'll be ready to take part in drills at the beginning of Spring Training in February.

Will Laws is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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