Baseball’s best minor league talent migrates to Arizona every fall to partake in the Arizona Fall League. Future superstars like Byron Buxton and Kris Bryant are surprising no one by performing well, but two Boston Red Sox prospects are also making noise and have made the All-Star team.
Second base prospect Mookie Betts and third baseman Garin Cecchini will take the field this coming Saturday as Fall League All-Stars.
Betts had arguably the best minor league season in the Red Sox system this past season, hitting a combined .314 over both single A levels and stealing 38 bags. He has not put up quite the same numbers in Arizona this fall, hitting just .233 with four steals, but he has played very good defense at both second base and shortstop.
Cecchini also had an incredible year in the Red Sox system this year making the high A All-Star team and playing in the MLB Futures Game at Citi Field over the MLB All-Star weekend. He is now making his third All-Star appearance of the season. He is hitting .268 in Arizona but continues to demonstrate a great eye at the plate with an on base percentage of .412.
Betts is still a couple of years away from being an option for the big league club, but Cecchini has a chance to challenge Will Middlebrooks for time at third base as early as the start of next season. The Red Sox have an excellent prospect pool, and two of the brightest stars get to take center stage this Saturday.