The Atlanta Braves initially drafted Dennis Lewallyn out of high school in 1971 in the 3rd round. He chose instead to attend Chipola College, which has since become a junior college powerhouse, and was the 8th overall choice in the 1972 January secondary draft to the Dodgers. After 11 years on the mound and 37 years as a coach or coordinator, Lewallyn comes full circle, retiring as a pitching coach within the Atlanta Braves minor league system.
After finishing as the runner-up to Peoria in 2017, the Solar Sox bring a somewhat sub-par roster into 2018 league play. The highlights include a strong infield, some athletic outfielders, and a strong defensive catcher in Jake Rogers. Then again, this is the Arizona Fall League, who cares about records and such? We’re here for the prospects. A product of your affiliates organizational depth, Mesa draws from the Red Sox, Cubs, Tigers, Angels, and A’s. Not exactly the strongest group to pull from when the Tigers, Angels, and A’s don’t send their biggest name talent. That’s not to say there isn’t a strong group of future major leaguers to follow, but more on that below it’s the 2018 Mesa Solar Sox Preview.