Winker, Howard among Reds to play in AFL

Winker, Howard among Reds to play in AFL

CINCINNATI -- The Arizona Fall League announced its roster of players on Tuesday, and it included six Reds prospects who will play for the Surprise Saguaros. That club will be managed by Double-A Pensacola skipper Delino DeShields from the Reds' system.

Outfielder Jesse Winker, who is listed by MLB.com as the Reds organization's No. 2 prospect, will be on the roster when the AFL begins play Oct. 7. Winker participated in the MLB All-Star Futures Game in Minneapolis but has missed most of the second half of the season with a right wrist injury.

The organization's No. 5 prospect, Class A Dayton starting pitcher and 2014 first-round Draft pick Nick Howard, will also be participating. Howard has a 4.56 ERA in nine games, including three starts, for Dayton.

Also playing for Surprise are four more players from Pensacola -- third baseman Seth Mejias-Brean, second baseman Ryan Wright, right fielder Kyle Waldrop and right-handed pitcher Ben Klimesh.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.