Noticeably absent from the game is No. 1 prospect Yoan Moncada, whose Fall League season officially came to an end on Friday when the Red Sox decided to shut him down due to his thumb injury. That makes the Yankees’ Gleyber Torres, at No. 17 overall, the top-ranked player participating in the game. The 19-year-old has also been one of the top performing prospects in the AFL this season, carrying the fourth-best OPS (1.077) in the league into Monday’s competition.
Torres’ three-run homer
SCO@SRR: Gleyber Torres crushes a three-run home run
Yankees prospect Gleyber Torres launches a three-run home run in the top of the 3rd inning in the Arizona Fall League
Cubs phenom Eloy Jimenez (No. 23) and the Indians’ Bradley Zimmer (No. 25) round out the top 25 prospects, all on the East squad. The A’s Franklin Barreto (42), Brewers outfielder Brett Phillips (62) and Anthony Alford (86) of the Blue Jays are the other Top 100 players on the East roster.
While the West doesn’t have as high-ranked prospects, it does have more, nine Top 100 players in total. The roster also has the four Top 100 pitchers slated to participate in the game. The Rays’ Brent Honeywell (No. 39) will start the game for the West (Giants prospect Chris Stratton gets the ball for the East), and he’s joined by the Astros’ pair of Top 100 arms in the Fall League, No. 29 Francis Martes and No. 70 David Paulino. Michael Kopech (No. 67) of the Red Sox is the fourth of that very talented quartet.
Offensively, the West roster has the Dodgers trio of Cody Bellinger (No. 31), Alex Verdugo (No. 45) and Willie Calhoun (87), Twins shortstop Nick Gordon (47), Mariners outfielder Tyler O’Neill (59) and Harrison Bader (82) of the Cardinals.
Four of these players know what this kind of setting is like, having played in the Futures Game just this past July in San Diego. Jimenez and O’Neill played for the World Team, while Calhoun and Cardinals catcher Carson Kelly suited up for the United States squad.
Fans have the opportunity to add more talent to these rosters in the Final Two Fan Vote. The Cubs’ Ian Happ (No. 21 overall), Mets No. 3 prospect Gavin Cecchini and Yankees No. 7 Miguel Andujar are the candidates for the East roster, while the West has Red Sox’s No. 12 prospect Mauricio Dubon, White Sox No. 14 Courtney Hawkins and the Reds’ Brandon Dixon on the ballot.
If last year’s rosters are any indication, this year’s Fall Stars Game will once again be an excellent predictor of players who will impact the big leagues next season. Last year’s contest included the Yankees’ Gary Sanchez, Cardinals right-hander Alex Reyes and Cubs backstop Willson Contreras, among others.
Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Source: Mets News / Taylor to rep Mets in AFL Fall Stars Game