2016 Arizona Fall League Rosters

Here are the Arizona Fall League rosters and breakdowns of players. Text by J.J. Cooper, Josh Norris and Vince Lara-Cinisomo. (*-denotes taxi squad member activated only on Wednesdays and Saturdays).

Pitchers Pos DOB B-T Ht. Wt. Org
Ryan Brinley RHP 04/09/93 L-R 6-1 200 WSH
Brian Clark LHP 04/27/93 R-L 6-3 225 CWS
Matt Cooper RHP 09/30/91 R-R 6-0 190 CWS
Jacob Dorris RHP 03/24/93 R-R 6-2 165 HOU
Brad Goldberg RHP 02/21/90 R-R 6-4 230 CWS
Nick Lee LHP 01/13/91 L-L 5-11 205 WSH
Corey Littrell LHP 03/21/92 L-L 6-3 185 STL
Francis Martes RHP 11/24/95 R-R 6-1 225 HOU
David Paulino RHP 02/06/94 R-R 6-7 215 HOU
Ryan Sherriff LHP 05/25/90 L-L 6-1 185 STL
Austin Voth RHP 06/26/92 R-R 6-2 215 WSH
Connor Walsh RHP 10/18/92 L-R 6-2 176 CWS
Rowan Wick RHP 11/09/92 L-R 6-3 220 STL
Catchers Pos DOB B-T Ht. Wt. Org
Zack Collins* C 02/06/95 L-R 6-3 220 CWS
Carson Kelly C 07/14/94 R-R 6-2 220 STL
Garrett Stubbs C 05/26/93 L-R 5-10 175 HOU
Infielders Pos DOB B-T Ht. Wt. Org
Osvaldo Abreu SS 06/13/94 R-R 6-0 170 WSH
Cody Bellinger 1B 07/13/95 L-L 6-4 210 LAD
Willie Calhoun 2B 11/04/94 L-R 5-8 187 LAD
Paul DeJong 3B 08/02/93 R-R 6-1 195 STL
Danny Hayes 1B 09/21/90 L-R 6-4 230 CWS
Trey Michalczewski 3B 02/27/95 S-R 6-3 210 CWS
Nick Tanielu 2B 09/04/92 R-R 5-11 215 HOU
Drew Ward 3B 11/25/94 L-R 6-3 215 WSH
Outfielders Pos DOB B-T Ht. Wt. Org
Harrison Bader CF 06/03/94 R-R 6-0 195 STL
Courtney Hawkins LF 11/12/93 R-R 6-3 245 CWS
Ramon Laureano LF 07/15/94 R-R 5-11 185 HOU
Jason Martin* CF 09/05/95 L-R 5-11 190 HOU
Andrew Stevenson CF 06/01/94 L-L 6-0 185 WSH
Alex Verdugo CF 05/15/96 L-L 6-0 205 LAD
Aaron Rowand (White Sox)
Pitching Coaches
Dernier Orozco (Cardinals), Greg Sabat (Dodgers), Sam Narron (Nationals)
Hitting Coach
Darryl Robinson (Astros)

THE STARS: RHP Francis Martes (Astros) is Houston’s top pitching prospect right now, according to one evaluator who saw him recently. Martes can run his fastball up to 98 mph with armside run and downhill angle and he has three present, above-average pitches. He just needs to polish his command and control. Organization-mate RHP David Paulino (Astros) has big upside, with a fastball that ranges 91-96 mph, with downhill run and tail. He needs to develop feel for his breaking ball, but when he stays with it the curveball shows depth. First-round pick C Zack Collins (White Sox) has plus power and outstanding plate discipline, and enough skills behind the plate to be a catcher long-term. C Carson Kelly (Cardinals) is a defensive stalwart who made strides with the bat. 1B/OF Cody Bellinger (Dodgers) cut down on his strikeouts without sacrificing power and plays an above-average first base . . . Willie Calhoun has thunder in his bat despite his short stature and can be a workable second baseman in time. OF Harrison Bader (Cardinals) was one of the youngest players in Double-A to start the season. He has at least average power if not a bit more and good balance at the plate and should be able to stay in center field. OF Alex Verdugo (Dodgers) made great strides on and off the field. He has matured and come into his power and should be able to hit for more as his swing picks up more loft.

INTERESTING: RHP Matt Cooper (White Sox) has a four-pitch and exceeded expectations. 3B Paul DeJong (Cardinals) hasn’t been as good as his pro debut, but still showed power. OF Jason Martin (Astros) has blasted 22 homers—doubling his career total—but it has come at high Class A Lancaster. . . . RHP and converted catcher Rowan Wick (Cardinals) has been up to 96 mph and one evaluator said his curveball has been “electric.”

REHABBING: OF Courtney Hawkins (White Sox), the 13th overall pick in 2012, was limited early by an oblique injury. Paulino dealt with a team suspension but also some arm soreness.

— Vince Lara-Cinisomo

Pitchers Pos DOB B-T Ht. Wt. Org
Sam Bragg RHP 03/23/93 R-R 6-2 190 OAK
Jeff Brigham RHP 02/16/92 R-R 6-0 200 MIA
James Buckelew LHP 08/04/91 L-L 6-2 155 MIA
Trey Cochran-Gill RHP 12/10/92 R-R 5-10 190 OAK
Dylan Covey RHP 08/14/91 R-R 6-2 195 OAK
Matt Dermody LHP 07/04/90 R-L 6-5 190 TOR
James Farris RHP 04/04/92 R-R 6-2 210 CHC
Trevor Frank RHP 06/23/91 R-R 6-0 195 CLE
Jarlin Garcia LHP 01/18/93 L-L 6-3 215 MIA
Conner Greene RHP 04/04/95 R-R 6-3 185 TOR
Cameron Hill RHP 05/24/94 R-R 6-1 185 CLE
Tim Mayza LHP 01/15/92 L-L 6-3 220 TOR
Ryan McNeil RHP 02/01/94 R-R 6-3 210 CHC
Frankie Montas RHP 03/21/93 R-R 6-2 255 OAK
Michael Peoples RHP 09/05/91 R-R 6-5 190 CLE
Stephen Perakslis RHP 01/15/91 R-R 6-1 185 CHC
David Speer LHP 08/14/92 L-L 6-1 185 CLE
Drew Steckenrider RHP 01/10/91 R-R 6-5 215 MIA
Duane Underwood RHP 07/20/94 R-R 6-2 210 CHC
Catchers Pos DOB B-T Ht. Wt. Org
Victor Caratini C 08/17/93 S-R 6-1 215 CHC
Eric Haase* C 12/18/92 R-R 5-10 180 CLE
Danny Jansen C 04/15/95 R-R 6-2 225 TOR
Austin Nola* C 12/28/89 R-R 6-0 195 MIA
Infielders Pos DOB B-T Ht. Wt. Org
Brian Anderson 3B 05/19/93 R-R 6-3 185 MIA
Franklin Barreto SS 02/27/96 R-R 5-10 190 OAK
Yu-Cheng Chang SS 08/18/95 R-R 6-1 175 CLE
Matt Chapman 3B 04/28/93 R-R 6-0 210 OAK
Ian Happ 2B 08/12/94 S-R 6-0 205 CHC
Ryan McBroom 1B 04/09/92 R-L 6-3 230 TOR
Yairo Munoz SS 01/23/95 R-R 6-1 165 OAK
Outfielders Pos DOB B-T Ht. Wt. Org
Anthony Alford CF 07/20/94 R-R 6-1 215 TOR
Greg Allen CF 03/15/93 S-R 6-0 175 CLE
Eloy Jimenez LF 11/27/96 R-R 6-4 205 CHC
Yefri Perez CF 02/24/91 S-R 5-11 170 MIA
Bradley Zimmer CF 11/27/92 L-R 6-4 185 CLE
Ryan Christenson (Athletics)
Pitching Coaches
Vince Horsman (Blue Jays), Brian Lawrence (Cubs)
Hitting Coach
Paul Phillips (Marlins), Larry Day (Indians)

THE STARS: RHP Conner Greene (Blue Jays) is one of the best pitching prospects in Toronto’s system. . . . OF Eloy Jimenez (Cubs) had a breakout year in the Midwest League and was a star of the Futures Game. He has big-time power potential as a corner outfielder who ideally will develop into a right fielder. . . . SS Franklin Barreto (Athletics) is one of the better young hitters around, but he is coming off of an up-and-down season at Double-A Midland.

INTERESTING: C Austin Nola (Marlins) is converting from shortstop to catcher. Nola was the starting shortstop on Louisiana State’s 2009 national champs and was good enough defensively to push future MLB all-star D.J. LeMahieu to second base at the time. . . . 2B Ian Happ (Cubs) is still working on his defense in the infield but he’s an advanced hitter. . . . SS Yu-Cheng Chang (Indians) has more thump in his bat than most middle infielders.

REHABBING:RHP Duane Underwood (Cubs) never had a significant injury this year, but he missed much of April and July with forearm soreness and other minor maladies. . . . RHP Frankie Montas (Athletics) missed much of the year after having a rib removed to solve a blood clot issue. . . . OF Anthony Alford (Blue Jays) struggled in the first half as he tried to recover from a concussion and a leg injury.

— J.J. Cooper

Pitchers Pos DOB B-T Ht. Wt. Org
Dan Altavilla RHP 09/08/92 R-R 5-11 200 SEA
Barrett Astin RHP 10/22/91 R-R 6-1 200 CIN
Kyle Bird LHP 04/12/93 L-L 6-2 175 TB
Luiz Gohara LHP 07/31/96 L-L 6-3 210 SEA
Greg Harris RHP 08/17/94 R-R 6-2 170 TB
Brent Honeywell RHP 03/31/95 R-R 6-2 180 TB
Jason Jester RHP 05/04/91 R-R 5-11 205 SD
Jesus Liranzo RHP 03/07/95 R-R 6-2 175 BAL
Phil Maton RHP 03/25/93 R-R 6-3 220 SD
Kyle McGrath LHP 07/31/92 L-L 6-2 185 SD
Evan Mitchell RHP 03/18/92 R-R 6-2 175 CIN
Emilio Pagan RHP 05/07/91 L-R 6-3 210 SEA
Tanner Scott LHP 07/22/94 R-L 6-2 220 BAL
Dylan Unsworth RHP 09/23/92 R-R 6-1 175 SEA
Brad Wieck LHP 10/14/91 L-L 6-9 255 SD
Daniel Wright RHP 04/03/91 R-R 6-2 205 CIN
Jimmy Yacabonis RHP 03/21/92 R-R 6-3 205 BAL
Catchers Pos DOB B-T Ht. Wt. Org
Nick Ciuffo* C 03/07/95 L-R 6-1 205 TB
Tyler Marlette C 01/23/93 R-R 5-11 195 SEA
Justin O’Conner C 03/31/92 R-R 6-0 190 TB
Austin Wynns C 12/10/90 R-R 6-2 205 BAL
Infielders Pos DOB B-T Ht. Wt. Org
Brandon Dixon 2B 01/29/92 R-R 6-2 215 CIN
Drew Jackson SS 07/28/93 R-R 6-2 200 SEA
Adrian Marin SS 03/08/94 R-R 6-0 180 BAL
Josh VanMeter 2B 03/10/95 L-R 5-11 165 SD
Zach Vincej SS 05/01/91 R-R 5-11 177 CIN
Chad Wallach 1B 11/04/91 R-R 6-3 230 CIN
Kean Wong 2B 04/17/95 L-R 5-11 190 TB
Outfielders Pos DOB B-T Ht. Wt. Org
Franchy Cordero CF 09/02/94 L-R 6-3 175 SD
Michael Gettys CF 10/22/95 R-R 6-1 203 SD
Guillermo Heredia* RF 01/31/91 R-L 5-10 180 SEA
Tyler O’Neill LF 06/22/95 R-R 5-11 210 SEA
D.J. Stewart LF 11/30/93 L-R 6-0 230 BAL
Justin Williams RF 08/20/95 L-R 6-2 215 TB
Jared Sandberg (Rays)
Pitching Coaches
Justin Lord (Orioles), Pete Zamora (Padres)
Hitting Coach
Brant Brown (Mariners)

THE STARS: RHP Brent Honeywell (Rays) is one of the best pitching prospects in Tampa Bay’s system. If Honeywell was pitching in a different organization, it would be fair to say a strong Arizona Fall League season on the heels of an excellent finish in Double-A could put him in contention for a big league job early in 2017. But the Rays are a team who wants their starting pitching prospects to log plenty of innings in the upper levels of the minors, so this is more about continuing to add polish. . . . OF Tyler O’Neill (Mariners) significantly improved his prospect stock with an outstanding season at Double-A Jackson. O’Neill has always had outstanding power but this year he got pickier at the plate. That helped him raise his walk rate and cut his strikeout rate, allowing him to get into more counts where he could let loose his plus power. . . . OF Michael Gettys (Padres) intrigues scouts with a useful combination of power potential and present speed.

INTERESTING: LHP Tanner Scott (Orioles) has an outstanding arm and frighteningly poor control. He comes to the Arizona Fall League after posting a sky-high 7.7 BB/9 walk rate between high Class A and Double-A. . . . SS Drew Jackson (Mariners) saw his numbers slip precipitously after he skipped a level to play at high Class A Bakersfield–his batting average, on-base and slugging percentages all dropped by nearly 100 points and he stole 36 fewer bases–but he is still one of Seattle’s best prospects. . . . 2B Brandon Dixon (Reds) has a lot of work to do to find a home defensively, but he can hit.

REHABBING: RHP Dylan Unsworth (Mariners) missed the Futures Game and some significant time with a hamstring injury. . . . C Justin O’Conner (Rays) is trying to make up for lost time after being sidelined for much of the season with a back injury. . . . C/1B Chad Wallach (Reds) saw his season cut short by a broken hand.

— J.J. Cooper

Pitchers Pos DOB B-T Ht. Wt. Org
Shane Carle RHP 08/30/91 R-R 6-4 185 COL
Jorge Despaigne RHP 01/28/91 R-R 6-3 242 ARI
Chris Ellis RHP 09/22/92 S-R 6-5 205 ATL
Rayan Gonzalez RHP 10/18/90 R-R 6-3 175 COL
Artie Lewicki RHP 04/08/92 R-R 6-3 195 DET
Jared Miller RHP 12/02/93 R-R 6-3 185 ARI
Sam Moll LHP 01/03/92 L-L 5-10 185 COL
Akeel Morris RHP 11/14/92 R-R 6-1 195 ATL
Evan Phillips RHP 09/11/94 R-R 6-2 215 ATL
Adam Ravenelle RHP 10/05/92 R-R 6-3 185 DET
Bradley Roney RHP 09/01/92 R-R 6-2 200 ATL
Tayler Scott RHP 06/01/92 R-R 6-3 185 MIL
Gabe Speier LHP 04/12/95 L-L 6-0 175 ARI
Tyler Spurlin RHP 06/17/91 R-R 6-3 195 MIL
Jeff Thompson RHP 09/23/91 R-R 6-6 245 DET
Spencer Turnbull RHP 09/18/92 R-R 6-3 215 DET
Josh Uhen RHP 04/07/92 R-R 6-4 185 MIL
Jerry Vasto LHP 02/12/92 L-L 6-2 195 COL
Catchers Pos DOB B-T Ht. Wt. Org
Grayson Greiner C 10/11/92 R-R 6-6 220 DET
Jacob Nottingham C 04/03/95 R-R 6-2 230 MIL
Kade Scivicque C 03/22/93 R-R 6-0 225 ATL
Infielders Pos DOB B-T Ht. Wt. Org
Ozzie Albies SS 01/07/97 S-R 5-9 160 ATL
Kevin Cron 1B 02/17/93 R-R 6-5 245 ARI
Travis Demeritte* 2B 09/30/94 R-R 6-0 180 ATL
Isan Diaz SS 05/27/96 L-R 5-10 185 MIL
Dawel Lugo SS 12/31/94 R-R 6-0 190 ARI
Ryan McMahon 3B 12/14/94 L-R 6-2 185 COL
Pat Valaika SS 09/09/92 R-R 5-11 200 COL
Jamie Westbrook 2B 06/18/95 R-R 5-9 170 ARI
Outfielders Pos DOB B-T Ht. Wt. Org
Noel Cuevas CF 10/02/91 R-R 6-2 210 COL
JaCoby Jones CF 05/10/92 R-R 6-2 205 DET
Dustin Peterson LF 09/10/94 R-R 6-2 210 ATL
Brett Phillips OF 05/30/94 L-R 6-0 185 MIL
Christin Stewart LF 12/10/93 L-R 6-0 205 DET
Tony Diaz (Rockies)
Pitching Coaches
Gil Heredia (D-backs), David Chavarria (Brewers)
Hitting Coach
Phil Clark (Tigers)

THE STARS: 2B Ozzie Albies (Braves) is expected to be Atlanta’s Opening Day starter at second in 2017, so this should be a final tune-up for the speedy middle infielder. . . . 3B Ryan McMahon endured a very inconsistent season on the road with the nomadic Double-A Hartford Yard Goats. He’ll try to get to his power more regularly once he can settle down in Phoenix for six weeks. . . . OF Christin Stewart (Tigers) is a true three-outcomes hitter. He has plenty of home runs, plenty of walks and a lot of strikeouts as well. The 22-year-old has struggled after his promotion to Double-A Erie, so the AFL should be a good test.

INTERESTING: OF Dustin Peterson (Braves) did a very good job of catching scouts eyes with a very productive season split with Double-A Mississippi. Peterson eventually will have to turn some of his numerous doubles into home runs, but as an impressively pure hitter, his biggest focus in Arizona may be continued refinement of his defense. . . . 2B Travis Demeritte (Braves) has some defensive versatility and plenty of power, but he needs to make more consistent contact. Jean Segura had a great season for the Diamondbacks, but SS Isan Diaz (Brewers) is a valuable pickup for Milwaukee from that same Jan. 2016 trade. Diaz hit 20 home runs in the Midwest League this year as a shortstop. . . . Playing for Double-A Biloxi, C Jacob Nottingham (Brewers) didn’t come close to matching his 2015 season, but he is still a useful catching prospect.

REHABBING: OF JaCoby Jones (Tigers) will come to Arizona after his first stint in the big leagues. He is still making up for lost time after sitting out April and half of May to finish off a 50-game suspension for testing positive for a drug of abuse.

— J.J. Cooper

Pitchers Pos DOB B-T Ht. Wt. Org
Victor Alcantara RHP 04/03/93 R-R 6-2 190 LAA
Victor Arano RHP 02/07/95 R-R 6-2 200 PHI
Adam Hofacket RHP 02/18/94 R-R 6-1 195 LAA
Brody Koerner RHP 10/17/93 R-R 6-1 190 NYY
Brandon Leibrandt LHP 12/13/92 L-L 6-4 190 PHI
Miguel Nunez RHP 10/27/92 R-R 6-6 215 PHI
Eduardo Paredes RHP 03/06/95 R-R 6-1 170 LAA
David Roseboom LHP 05/17/92 L-L 6-2 225 NYM
Corey Taylor RHP 01/08/93 R-R 5-11 245 NYM
James Kaprielian  RHP  3/2/94 R-R  6-4 200 NYY
Catchers Pos DOB B-T Ht. Wt. Org
Aramis Garcia C 01/12/93 R-R 6-2 220 SF
Tomas Nido* C 04/12/94 R-R 6-0 205 NYM
Taylor Ward C 12/14/93 R-R 6-1 185 LAA
Eliezer Zambrano* C 09/16/86 S-R 5-11 195 SF
Infielders Pos DOB B-T Ht. Wt. Org
Miguel Andujar 3B 03/02/95 R-R 6-0 175 NYY
Greg Bird 1B 11/09/92 L-R 6-4 220 NYY
Gavin Cecchini SS 12/22/93 R-R 6-2 186 NYM
David Fletcher SS 05/31/94 R-R 5-10 175 LAA
Ryder Jones 3B 06/07/94 L-R 6-3 215 SF
Scott Kingery 2B 04/29/94 R-R 5-10 180 PHI
Matt Oberste 1B 08/09/91 R-R 6-2 240 NYM
Gleyber Torres SS 12/13/96 R-R 6-1 175 NYY
Mitch Walding 3B 09/10/92 L-R 6-3 190 PHI
Outfielders Pos DOB B-T Ht. Wt. Org
Tyler Wade* OF 11/23/94 L-R 6-1 185 NYY
Hunter Cole RF 10/03/92 R-R 6-1 190 SF
Michael Hermosillo LF 01/17/95 R-R 5-11 190 LAA
Andrew Pullin LF 09/25/93 L-R 6-0 190 PHI
Champ Stuart CF 10/11/92 R-R 6-0 185 NYM
Tom Goodwin (Mets)
Pitching Coaches
Michael Wuertz (Angels), Steve Schrenk (Phillies)
Hitting Coach
Damon Minor (Giants), Carlos Mendoza (Yankees)

THE STARS: The pitching side of this team isn’t complete yet, so for now the biggest name on the Scorpions belongs to SS Gleyber Torres (Yankees), the biggest prize in the package the Yankees acquired from the Cubs for lefty closer Aroldis Chapman. For now, Torres is the only true star on the roster. Keep in mind, though, that current incarnation has just nine pitchers.

INTERESTING: The Yankees more or less sent an three quarters of an infield to Scottsdale. Legitimately, manager Tom Goodwin (Mets) could start Miguel Andujar at third, Torres at shortstop and Greg Bird at first base at the same time. . . . Tyler Wade, who earns plaudits for his all-around skill set, is listed as an outfielder.  He’s never played there in his career, but added versatility could be a wise move in a system stocked with shortstops. Andujar started strong after a move to Double-A this year, his first test at the upper levels, but started to get swing-happy once pitchers learned his tendencies. . . . The Angels’ top pick two seasons ago, C Taylor Ward (Angels), played well in the Midwest League but has struggled a bit since a move to high Class A Inland Empire. . . . SS/2B Gavin Cecchini (Mets), who also was in the AFL in 2014, will work on transitioning to second base in Arizona.

REHABBING: Bird, technically not a prospect any longer, will see his first game action of the season in the fall league after having surgery this offseason to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. Bird was the AFL’s most valuable player in 2014 and hit a booming home run into the flower beds at Salt River Fields in the championship game.

— Josh Norris

Pitchers Pos DOB B-T Ht. Wt. Org
Trey Ball LHP 06/27/94 L-L 6-6 185 BOS
Evan Beal RHP 08/02/93 R-R 6-5 195 KC
Jalen Beeks LHP 07/10/93 L-L 5-11 195 BOS
Jamie Callahan RHP 08/24/94 R-R 6-2 230 BOS
John Curtiss RHP 04/05/93 R-R 6-4 200 MIN
Montana DuRapau RHP 03/27/92 R-R 5-11 175 PIT
John Fasola RHP 12/12/91 R-R 6-2 195 TEX
Joe Filomeno LHP 12/31/92 R-L 5-11 235 TEX
Reed Garrett RHP 01/02/93 R-R 6-2 170 TEX
Michael Kopech RHP 04/30/96 R-R 6-3 205 BOS
Mason Melotakis LHP 06/28/91 R-L 6-2 220 MIN
Dovydas Neverauskas RHP 01/14/93 R-R 6-3 175 PIT
Jake Newberry RHP 11/20/94 R-R 6-2 195 KC
Randy Rosario LHP 05/18/94 L-L 6-1 200 MIN
Edgar Santana RHP 10/16/91 R-R 6-2 180 PIT
Josh Staumont RHP 12/21/93 R-R 6-3 200 KC
Eric Stout LHP 03/27/93 L-L 6-3 185 KC
Trevor Williams RHP 04/25/92 R-R 6-3 230 PIT
Catchers Pos DOB B-T Ht. Wt. Org
Mitch Garver C 01/15/91 R-R 6-1 220 MIN
Jin-De Jhang C 05/17/93 L-R 5-11 220 PIT
Isiah Kiner-Falefa* C 03/23/95 R-R 5-10 176 TEX
Jose Trevino C 11/28/92 R-R 5-11 195 TEX
Infielders Pos DOB B-T Ht. Wt. Org
Mauricio Dubon SS 07/19/94 R-R 6-0 160 BOS
Nick Gordon SS 10/24/95 L-R 6-0 160 MIN
Andy Ibanez 2B 04/03/93 R-R 5-10 170 TEX
Yoan Moncada 2B 05/27/95 S-R 6-2 205 BOS
Ryan O’Hearn 1B 07/26/93 L-L 6-3 200 KC
Mauricio Ramos* 3B 02/02/92 R-R 6-1 185 KC
Corey Toups 2B 02/12/93 R-R 5-10 170 KC
Eric Wood 3B 11/22/92 R-R 6-2 195 PIT
Outfielders Pos DOB B-T Ht. Wt. Org
Tanner English CF 03/11/93 R-R 5-10 160 MIN
Alfredo Escalera CF 02/17/95 R-R 6-1 186 KC
Danny Mars OF 01/22/94 S-R 6-0 195 BOS
Austin Meadows CF 05/03/95 L-L 6-3 200 PIT
Carlos Febles (Red Sox)
Pitching Coaches
Ivan Arteaga (Twins), Oscar Marin (Rangers)
Hitting Coach
Kevin Riggs (Pirates)

THE STARS: Unquestionably, the stars of this club belong to the Red Sox. Among its group, Boston sends 2B/3B Yoan Moncada, the No. 1 prospect in baseball, as well as fireballing RHP Michael Kopech. The latter missed time to open the season after breaking his hand in a fight with his roommate in spring training. After returning, Kopech has been dominant. With high Class A Salem, the 20-year-old has gone 4-1, 1.23 with an eye-popping 81 strikeouts in 51.1 innings. Moncada, who won the MVP of the Futures Game with a late home run, has produced at high Class A and Double-A this season, but he’s blocked at second base by Dustin Pedroia. He’ll continue working on a transition to third base in Arizona.

INTERESTING: RHP Josh Staumont (Royals) has an impressive arsenal that includes a fastball that can touch triple-digits but has struggled mightily with control this season, walking 100 hitters in 111.1 innings between high Class A Wilmington and Double-A Northwest Arkansas. . . . SS Nick Gordon (Twins), the No. 5 overall pick in the draft in 2014, adds even more prospect sheen to an already-loaded club. He’s hitting .296/.340/.393 with high Class A Fort Myers this season and will continue to work on polishing his defense in the Fall League. . . . SS Mauricio Dubon (Red Sox), too, is interesting but has been overshadowed at high Class A and Double-A by bigger names such as Moncada, Kopech, Rafael Devers and Andrew Benintendi. Dubon is a high-aptitude player on both sides of the ball and has made hard contact this year and shown good adjustments to the more advanced arms in the upper levels.

REHABBING: In the outfield, OF Austin Meadows (Pirates) returns after missing time this year early with an orbital fracture and more recently with a strained right hamstring. At his best, he’s a five-tool player and a true center fielder who ranks among the game’s very best prospects. He was our No. 10 prospect on this year’s Midseason Top 100.  

— Josh Norris

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