Arizona Fall League kicks off 2018 season

MESA, AZ - NOVEMBER 07: Ronald Acuna #34 (ATL), Luis Urias #9 (SD), Lourdes Gurriel #21 (TOR) and Josh Tobias #13 of Peoria Javelinas (BOS) sit in the dugout in the Arizona Fall League game against the Mesa Solar Sox at Sloan Park on November 11, 2017 in Mesa, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
MESA, AZ - NOVEMBER 07: Ronald Acuna #34 (ATL), Luis Urias #9 (SD), Lourdes Gurriel #21 (TOR) and Josh Tobias #13 of Peoria Javelinas (BOS) sit in the dugout in the Arizona Fall League game against the Mesa Solar Sox at Sloan Park on November 11, 2017 in Mesa, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images) /
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PORTLAND, ME – AUGUST 14: Michael Chavis watches a drive to center field against theTrenton Thunder in the first inning Tuesday, August 14, 2018. Chavis flied out to center on the play.(Staff photo by Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images) /

Mesa Solar Sox

MLB affiliations: Red Sox, Cubs, Tigers, Angels, Athletics
Lou Marson, Manager
Jorge Cordova/Don Schulze, Pitching Coaches
Nelson Paulino/Jesus Feliciano, Hitting Coaches

Pitchers (* = left-handed)
Sandy Baez
Jake Bray
Jesus Castillo
Bailey Clark
Ryan Clark
Calvin Coker
Angel Duno
Brett Hanewich
Darwinzon Hernandez*
Eduardo Jimenez
Erick Leal
Daniel Procopio
Manuel Rondon*
John Schreiber
Mike Shawaryn
Sam Sheehan
Gregory Soto*
Teddy Stankiewicz
Justin Steele*
Josh Taylor*

Catchers
P.J. Higgins
Jhonny Pereda
Jake Rogers

Infielders
Roberto Baldoquin
Michael Chavis
Bobby Dalbec
Trent Giambrone
Nico Hoerner
Jahmai Jones
David MacKinnon
Josh Ockimey
Daniel Pinero
Esteban Quiroz
Eli White

Outfielders
Luis Barrera
Skye Bolt
Daz Cameron
D.J. Wilson
Daniel Woodrow

Prospects to watch

The infield will be loaded with Mesa this year. Just drafted in 2018, Nico Hoerner will be a rare player to go from draft in June to Arizona Fall League that same October. He’ll be joined by a pair of slugging Red Sox third basemen that likely will compete for playing time and could be showcased for a potential offseason trade in Michael Chavis and Bobby Dalbec.

The Red Sox send two of the most intriguing arms with power righty Mike Shawaryn showing well this season, though his long-term future may be still in the bullpen. The “pop-up” prospect in the Boston system in 2018 was lefty Darwinzon Hernandez, and he will be an interesting one to watch as he struggled with a promotion in season, but his raw stuff is quite good.

Finally, two players that came to the Tigers organization through the Justin Verlander trade will be on the Mesa roster and will be worth watching closely as catcher Jake Rogers and outfielder Daz Cameron made big improvements in 2018, but both have plenty to work on in the Arizona Fall League.