Taylor headlines Crew's AFL picks

Taylor headlines Crew's AFL picks

SAN DIEGO -- Top prospect Tyrone Taylor and Rule 5 Draft pick Wei-Chung Wang were among the eight Brewers farmhands named Tuesday to preliminary rosters for the upcoming Arizona Fall League.

Taylor, 20, an outfielder who ascended to the top of MLB.com's list of the top 20 Brewers prospects when Jimmy Nelson graduated to the Majors, was one of four Brewers position players picked to play for the Glendale Desert Dogs.

The others are infielder Hector Gomez, first baseman Nick Ramirez and catcher Shawn Zarraga, who will be a taxi squad player eligible to play on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Wang, a 23-year-old left-hander who made only 13 appearances in four months with the Brewers before he was placed on the disabled list, will be joined by right-handers Brooks Hall, Ariel Pena and Tyler Wagner on the Desert Dogs' pitching staff.

The AFL bills itself as a stepping-stone to the Major Leagues, with about 60 percent of participants reaching baseball's big stage. The six-team league, owned and operated by Major League Baseball, plays six days per week in five Cactus League stadiums in the Phoenix area. Players from the Brewers, Dodgers, Orioles, Tigers and White Sox make up the Desert Dogs' roster.

"I think it should be a confidence-builder, being selected by your organization," said current Brewers outfielder Khris Davis, who played in the AFL in 2012.

Most AFL participants are coming from Double-A or Triple-A, but each organization is allowed two exceptions for Class A players. That's how Taylor made the cut; he entered Tuesday with a .275/.327/.396 slash line at Class A Advanced Brevard County.

For Wang and Hall, the AFL will offer an opportunity to make up for time lost to injuries. Hall, who is on Milwaukee's 40-man roster, has not pitched since April because of attached bone spurs in his pitching elbow, but assistant GM Gord Ash said Hall has had no recent setbacks and should be ready to pitch competitively in the AFL.

Gomez has been on the DL with a hamstring injury, but the Brewers hope he'll be back in action for Triple-A Nashville by Sunday or Monday.

The Fall League openers are scheduled for Oct. 7.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.