Pipkin, Future Stars Series alums continue to shine in Arizona Fall League

October 23, 2023

With the late addition of Ian Moller, the New Balance Baseball Future Stars Series currently has seven alumni playing in the Arizona Fall League.

While Ricky Tiedemann has been getting most of the attention, there are some other standouts from signature events and the national tournaments that have been making an impact for their respective clubs as well.

Although not currently listed on the Scottsdale roster, Dominic Pipkin had been pitching well, spinning three straight outings without allowing an earned run. The 23-year-old righty, taken No. 257 overall by the Philadelphia Phillies back in 2018 after an appearance at International Week, has steadily worked his way through their system, debuting with Double-A Reading in 2023 and posting a 2-2 record and 3.66 ERA in 18 relief appearances.

Ricky Tiedemann, LHP — Surprise (Toronto Blue Jays)

Named the AFL Pitcher of the Week after his first outing, the big Blue Jays prospect hasn’t let off the gas yet, making up for lost time in Arizona after missing over two months this season due to injury. Tiedemann leads the league with 18 innings pitched and 23 strikeouts over four starts, and was in some headlines after a highly anticipated duel with Tigers pitching prospect Jackson Jobe.

Dasan Brown, OF — Surprise (Toronto Blue Jays)

Tiedemann’s organizational and AFL teammate has performed well in the desert, hitting .263 with six RBI in his first 11 AFL games. The Canadian-born outfielder also has four extra-base hits and a stolen base, showing off of the speed that made him stand out at International Week back in 2018, which was, ironically enough, held in Arizona.

Cooper Hjerpe, LHP — Scottsdale (St. Louis Cardinals)

Another highly-regarded pitcher who was sent out west after missing significant time during the regular season, the one-time national tournaments standout for NorCal has made five appearances for Scottsdale thus far, striking out 11 over just 5 1/3 innings of work.

Max Muncy, INF — Mesa (Oakland Athletics)

A regional combine attendee back in 2019, Muncy ended up going in the first round just two years later at No. 25 to the Oakland Athletics. One of the better infield prospects in their system, Muncy is tied for ninth in the AFL with 12 RBI in his first 13 games, including two home runs.

Drew Romo, C — Salt River (Colorado Rockies)

With four catchers on the Rafters roster, Romo has been used somewhat sparingly, appearing in just six games thus far. One of two FSS alums taken in the first round by the Rockies back in 2020 alongside Zac Veen, Romo has two extra-base hits, four RBI and four walks in only 22 at-bats.

Ian Moller, C — Surprise (Texas Rangers)

Moller finds himself in a similar situation to Romo, one of three catchers being rotated in Surprise. The Rangers farmhand and two-time International Week standout has collected three hits in limited action, including a double.

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