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Lavigne heading to Arizona

Bedford’s Grant Lavigne has already played a lot of baseball this year, and he still has a lot more ahead of him.

Lavigne, the No. 13 prospect in the Colorado Rockies organization (according to MLP Pipeline), will participate in the Arizona Fall League, which is scheduled to begin its six-week schedule Oct. 3. Rosters for the six Arizona Fall League teams were announced Friday

Each of the six teams has representatives from five major league organizations. Lavigne, a first baseman who was promoted to Hartford of the Double-A Eastern League in July, will play for Salt River, a team that will also include players from the Blue Jays, Cardinals, Diamondbacks and Tigers. The six teams:

Glendale: Brewers, Dodgers, Reds, Twins, White Sox
Mesa: Athletics, Cubs, Marlins, Rays, Yankees
Peoria: Guardians, Mariners, Mets, Nationals, Padres
Salt River: Blue Jays, Cardinals, D-backs, Rockies, Tigers
Scottsdale: Angels, Braves, Giants, Orioles, Red Sox
Surprise: Astros, Phillies, Pirates, Rangers, Royals

The pitch clock that is coming to Major League Baseball in 2023 (15 seconds with bases empty, 20 seconds with runners on) will be implemented during this year’s Arizona Fall League season, as will the larger bases and restrictions on defensive positioning (minimum four infielders on the dirt, two on each side of second base).

The Arizona Fall League will also use the Automatic Ball-Strike System (ABS) Challenge during games played at Salt River and Chase Field. Batters, pitchers and catchers can challenge a ball or strike call, and the call will be determined by the ABS system. Each side has three challenges per game, and a successful challenge is returned to the club. These challenges were used in the Florida State League during the 2022 regular season.

The Rockies chose Lavigne out of Bedford High School with the 42nd overall selection in the 2018 MLB draft. He was named New Hampshire’s Gatorade Player of the Year in his sophomore and senior seasons at Bedford. Lavigne committed to play college baseball at Wake Forest, but elected to sign with the Rockies instead.

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