Every year, from the beginning of October through mid-November, some of the better prospects in baseball flock to Arizona for the Arizona Fall League. Each team sends up to six players to fill the six-team league, making it a fall prospect showcase of sorts.
Now there are some guys that aren’t big prospects, some that may have middle reliever ceiling or maybe that of a utility infielder, but you occasionally get the future superstar as well.
The Boston Red Sox will be sending six players this fall, three position players and three pitchers. They have a bit of an interesting mix as five of the six have a real shot at seeing time in the big leagues next season, although only one projects as a future regular.
Garin Cecchini will play third for the Surprise Saguaros. Cecchini has catapulted himself up the prospect rankings this season, showing an incredible approach at the plate while continuing to improve his defense at third.
Joining Cecchini on the infield are two guys currently holding down the right side of the Red Sox double-A infield. Travis Shaw is a first baseman currently ranked as the 51st-best prospect according to Sox Prospects, but could see some time in the big leagues late next season.
Second Baseman Derrik Gibson will also make his way out to Arizona, although he may be the prospect with the least amount of upside among those representing the Red Sox.
Noe Ramirez and Pete Ruiz are two relievers that will work in the bullpen out in Arizona, and could be bullpen depth for the Red Sox next season. Keith Couch has spent time as a starter and as a reliever this year, so he will likely get the spot start/long relief role for the team in Surprise.