Lists of 2021 Arizona Fall League announced, and the Texas Rangers have a number of well-regarded prospects who will compete in the Surprise Saguaros.
As for positional player, Justin Foscue, Sam Huff and Ezequiel Duran will be part of the Saguaros team. On the pitching side, the Rangers send Owen White, Tim Brennan, Eudrys Manon and Spencer Mraz.
The hitters are particularly noteworthy, with all three generally considered to be among the Rangers’ top ten prospects. Foscue, the team’s first round of 2020, and Huff have both missed a lot of time with injuries this year.
Duran, a 22-year-old infielder from New York Yankees in Joey Gallo’s trade, had 471 plate appearances during the year, although he struggled after the deal. Duran is eligible for Rule 5 this offseason, and while I think the Rangers are almost certainly protecting him, this could be an opportunity for them to see him get more reps against pitchers a little more advanced than he is. saw it in a bullet.
Owen White is the notable name among the pitchers. The right-hander was the team’s second-round pick in 2018, missed all of 2019 due to Tommy John surgery, and then his 2020 was wiped out with the COVID pandemic. He was the low-A Wood East Down Ducks’ opening day starter but landed on the injured list when he hit the ground in frustration during that game and broke his hand. White returned in early August and made seven more starts, in addition to pitching in a Ducks playoff game. This is the opportunity to give him extra innings and let him face better hitters.
Tim Brennan was a 2018 7th round pick over St. Josephs. He had a 2019 split season followed by COVID 2020 and pitched seven games for Frisco in 2020, but missed most of the season with injury.
Eudrys Manon is a 23-year-old right-handed pitcher from the Dominican Republic who signed in February 2019 and pitched in 2019 in the Dominican Summer League in relief. He started the year in early July in the ACL reliever pen, then moved to Down East in mid-July, where he had a 2.78 ERA in 22.2 IP over 16 games while striking out 36 of 95 batters. I really don’t know anything about him.
Spencer Mraz is a 23-year-old right-hander who was selected in the 33rd round of the 2019 Draft in Miami, Ohio. He set up a 5.23 ERA between Down East and Hickory in 41.1 IP in a relief role.
Arizona Fall League action begins on October 13, with the Fall Stars Game on November 13, and the AFL Championship Game on November 20.