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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).
Ryan BrinleyRHP04/09/93L-R6-1200WSH
Brian ClarkLHP04/27/93R-L6-3225CWS
Matt CooperRHP09/30/91R-R6-0190CWS
Jacob DorrisRHP03/24/93R-R6-2165HOU
Brad GoldbergRHP02/21/90R-R6-4230CWS
Nick LeeLHP01/13/91L-L5-11205WSH
Corey LittrellLHP03/21/92L-L6-3185STL
Francis MartesRHP11/24/95R-R6-1225HOU
David PaulinoRHP02/06/94R-R6-7215HOU
Ryan SherriffLHP05/25/90L-L6-1185STL
Austin VothRHP06/26/92R-R6-2215WSH
Connor WalshRHP10/18/92L-R6-2176CWS
Rowan WickRHP11/09/92L-R6-3220STL
Zack Collins*C02/06/95L-R6-3220CWS
Carson KellyC07/14/94R-R6-2220STL
Garrett StubbsC05/26/93L-R5-10175HOU
Osvaldo AbreuSS06/13/94R-R6-0170WSH
Cody Bellinger1B07/13/95L-L6-4210LAD
Willie Calhoun2B11/04/94L-R5-8187LAD
Paul DeJong3B08/02/93R-R6-1195STL
Danny Hayes1B09/21/90L-R6-4230CWS
Trey Michalczewski3B02/27/95S-R6-3210CWS
Nick Tanielu2B09/04/92R-R5-11215HOU
Drew Ward3B11/25/94L-R6-3215WSH
Harrison BaderCF06/03/94R-R6-0195STL
Courtney HawkinsLF11/12/93R-R6-3245CWS
Ramon LaureanoLF07/15/94R-R5-11185HOU
Jason Martin*CF09/05/95L-R5-11190HOU
Andrew StevensonCF06/01/94L-L6-0185WSH
Alex VerdugoCF05/15/96L-L6-0205LAD
Manager 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

Sam BraggRHP03/23/93R-R6-2190OAK
Jeff BrighamRHP02/16/92R-R6-0200MIA
James BuckelewLHP08/04/91L-L6-2155MIA
Trey Cochran-GillRHP12/10/92R-R5-10190OAK
Dylan CoveyRHP08/14/91R-R6-2195OAK
Matt DermodyLHP07/04/90R-L6-5190TOR
James FarrisRHP04/04/92R-R6-2210CHC
Trevor FrankRHP06/23/91R-R6-0195CLE
Jarlin GarciaLHP01/18/93L-L6-3215MIA
Conner GreeneRHP04/04/95R-R6-3185TOR
Cameron HillRHP05/24/94R-R6-1185CLE
Tim MayzaLHP01/15/92L-L6-3220TOR
Ryan McNeilRHP02/01/94R-R6-3210CHC
Frankie MontasRHP03/21/93R-R6-2255OAK
Michael PeoplesRHP09/05/91R-R6-5190CLE
Stephen PerakslisRHP01/15/91R-R6-1185CHC
David SpeerLHP08/14/92L-L6-1185CLE
Drew SteckenriderRHP01/10/91R-R6-5215MIA
Duane UnderwoodRHP07/20/94R-R6-2210CHC
Victor CaratiniC08/17/93S-R6-1215CHC
Eric Haase*C12/18/92R-R5-10180CLE
Danny JansenC04/15/95R-R6-2225TOR
Austin Nola*C12/28/89R-R6-0195MIA
Brian Anderson3B05/19/93R-R6-3185MIA
Franklin BarretoSS02/27/96R-R5-10190OAK
Yu-Cheng ChangSS08/18/95R-R6-1175CLE
Matt Chapman3B04/28/93R-R6-0210OAK
Ian Happ2B08/12/94S-R6-0205CHC
Ryan McBroom1B04/09/92R-L6-3230TOR
Yairo MunozSS01/23/95R-R6-1165OAK
Anthony AlfordCF07/20/94R-R6-1215TOR
Greg AllenCF03/15/93S-R6-0175CLE
Eloy JimenezLF11/27/96R-R6-4205CHC
Yefri PerezCF02/24/91S-R5-11170MIA
Bradley ZimmerCF11/27/92L-R6-4185CLE
Manager 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

Dan AltavillaRHP09/08/92R-R5-11200SEA
Barrett AstinRHP10/22/91R-R6-1200CIN
Kyle BirdLHP04/12/93L-L6-2175TB
Luiz GoharaLHP07/31/96L-L6-3210SEA
Greg HarrisRHP08/17/94R-R6-2170TB
Brent HoneywellRHP03/31/95R-R6-2180TB
Jason JesterRHP05/04/91R-R5-11205SD
Jesus LiranzoRHP03/07/95R-R6-2175BAL
Phil MatonRHP03/25/93R-R6-3220SD
Kyle McGrathLHP07/31/92L-L6-2185SD
Evan MitchellRHP03/18/92R-R6-2175CIN
Emilio PaganRHP05/07/91L-R6-3210SEA
Tanner ScottLHP07/22/94R-L6-2220BAL
Dylan UnsworthRHP09/23/92R-R6-1175SEA
Brad WieckLHP10/14/91L-L6-9255SD
Daniel WrightRHP04/03/91R-R6-2205CIN
Jimmy YacabonisRHP03/21/92R-R6-3205BAL
Nick Ciuffo*C03/07/95L-R6-1205TB
Tyler MarletteC01/23/93R-R5-11195SEA
Justin O'ConnerC03/31/92R-R6-0190TB
Austin WynnsC12/10/90R-R6-2205BAL
Brandon Dixon2B01/29/92R-R6-2215CIN
Drew JacksonSS07/28/93R-R6-2200SEA
Adrian MarinSS03/08/94R-R6-0180BAL
Josh VanMeter2B03/10/95L-R5-11165SD
Zach VincejSS05/01/91R-R5-11177CIN
Chad Wallach1B11/04/91R-R6-3230CIN
Kean Wong2B04/17/95L-R5-11190TB
Franchy CorderoCF09/02/94L-R6-3175SD
Michael GettysCF10/22/95R-R6-1203SD
Guillermo Heredia*RF01/31/91R-L5-10180SEA
Tyler O'NeillLF06/22/95R-R5-11210SEA
D.J. StewartLF11/30/93L-R6-0230BAL
Justin WilliamsRF08/20/95L-R6-2215TB
Manager 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

Shane CarleRHP08/30/91R-R6-4185COL
Jorge DespaigneRHP01/28/91R-R6-3242ARI
Chris EllisRHP09/22/92S-R6-5205ATL
Rayan GonzalezRHP10/18/90R-R6-3175COL
Artie LewickiRHP04/08/92R-R6-3195DET
Jared MillerRHP12/02/93R-R6-3185ARI
Sam MollLHP01/03/92L-L5-10185COL
Akeel MorrisRHP11/14/92R-R6-1195ATL
Evan PhillipsRHP09/11/94R-R6-2215ATL
Adam RavenelleRHP10/05/92R-R6-3185DET
Bradley RoneyRHP09/01/92R-R6-2200ATL
Tayler ScottRHP06/01/92R-R6-3185MIL
Gabe SpeierLHP04/12/95L-L6-0175ARI
Tyler SpurlinRHP06/17/91R-R6-3195MIL
Jeff ThompsonRHP09/23/91R-R6-6245DET
Spencer TurnbullRHP09/18/92R-R6-3215DET
Josh UhenRHP04/07/92R-R6-4185MIL
Jerry VastoLHP02/12/92L-L6-2195COL
Grayson GreinerC10/11/92R-R6-6220DET
Jacob NottinghamC04/03/95R-R6-2230MIL
Kade ScivicqueC03/22/93R-R6-0225ATL
Ozzie AlbiesSS01/07/97S-R5-9160ATL
Kevin Cron1B02/17/93R-R6-5245ARI
Travis Demeritte*2B09/30/94R-R6-0180ATL
Isan DiazSS05/27/96L-R5-10185MIL
Dawel LugoSS12/31/94R-R6-0190ARI
Ryan McMahon3B12/14/94L-R6-2185COL
Pat ValaikaSS09/09/92R-R5-11200COL
Jamie Westbrook2B06/18/95R-R5-9170ARI
Noel CuevasCF10/02/91R-R6-2210COL
JaCoby JonesCF05/10/92R-R6-2205DET
Dustin PetersonLF09/10/94R-R6-2210ATL
Brett PhillipsOF05/30/94L-R6-0185MIL
Christin StewartLF12/10/93L-R6-0205DET
Manager 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

Victor AlcantaraRHP04/03/93R-R6-2190LAA
Victor AranoRHP02/07/95R-R6-2200PHI
Adam HofacketRHP02/18/94R-R6-1195LAA
Brody KoernerRHP10/17/93R-R6-1190NYY
Brandon LeibrandtLHP12/13/92L-L6-4190PHI
Miguel NunezRHP10/27/92R-R6-6215PHI
Eduardo ParedesRHP03/06/95R-R6-1170LAA
David RoseboomLHP05/17/92L-L6-2225NYM
Corey TaylorRHP01/08/93R-R5-11245NYM
James KaprielianRHP3/2/94R-R6-4200NYY
Aramis GarciaC01/12/93R-R6-2220SF
Tomas Nido*C04/12/94R-R6-0205NYM
Taylor WardC12/14/93R-R6-1185LAA
Eliezer Zambrano*C09/16/86S-R5-11195SF
Miguel Andujar3B03/02/95R-R6-0175NYY
Greg Bird1B11/09/92L-R6-4220NYY
Gavin CecchiniSS12/22/93R-R6-2186NYM
David FletcherSS05/31/94R-R5-10175LAA
Ryder Jones3B06/07/94L-R6-3215SF
Scott Kingery2B04/29/94R-R5-10180PHI
Matt Oberste1B08/09/91R-R6-2240NYM
Gleyber TorresSS12/13/96R-R6-1175NYY
Mitch Walding3B09/10/92L-R6-3190PHI
Tyler Wade*OF11/23/94L-R6-1185NYY
Hunter ColeRF10/03/92R-R6-1190SF
Michael HermosilloLF01/17/95R-R5-11190LAA
Andrew PullinLF09/25/93L-R6-0190PHI
Champ StuartCF10/11/92R-R6-0185NYM
Manager 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

Trey BallLHP06/27/94L-L6-6185BOS
Evan BealRHP08/02/93R-R6-5195KC
Jalen BeeksLHP07/10/93L-L5-11195BOS
Jamie CallahanRHP08/24/94R-R6-2230BOS
John CurtissRHP04/05/93R-R6-4200MIN
Montana DuRapauRHP03/27/92R-R5-11175PIT
John FasolaRHP12/12/91R-R6-2195TEX
Joe FilomenoLHP12/31/92R-L5-11235TEX
Reed GarrettRHP01/02/93R-R6-2170TEX
Michael KopechRHP04/30/96R-R6-3205BOS
Mason MelotakisLHP06/28/91R-L6-2220MIN
Dovydas NeverauskasRHP01/14/93R-R6-3175PIT
Jake NewberryRHP11/20/94R-R6-2195KC
Randy RosarioLHP05/18/94L-L6-1200MIN
Edgar SantanaRHP10/16/91R-R6-2180PIT
Josh StaumontRHP12/21/93R-R6-3200KC
Eric StoutLHP03/27/93L-L6-3185KC
Trevor WilliamsRHP04/25/92R-R6-3230PIT
Mitch GarverC01/15/91R-R6-1220MIN
Jin-De JhangC05/17/93L-R5-11220PIT
Isiah Kiner-Falefa*C03/23/95R-R5-10176TEX
Jose TrevinoC11/28/92R-R5-11195TEX
Mauricio DubonSS07/19/94R-R6-0160BOS
Nick GordonSS10/24/95L-R6-0160MIN
Andy Ibanez2B04/03/93R-R5-10170TEX
Yoan Moncada2B05/27/95S-R6-2205BOS
Ryan O'Hearn1B07/26/93L-L6-3200KC
Mauricio Ramos*3B02/02/92R-R6-1185KC
Corey Toups2B02/12/93R-R5-10170KC
Eric Wood3B11/22/92R-R6-2195PIT
Tanner EnglishCF03/11/93R-R5-10160MIN
Alfredo EscaleraCF02/17/95R-R6-1186KC
Danny MarsOF01/22/94S-R6-0195BOS
Austin MeadowsCF05/03/95L-L6-3200PIT
Manager 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.  
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