Bryce Brentz, who is rated as Boston’s top overall prospect by MLB.com, will join Pete Ruiz, Chris Martin and Brock Huntzinger as Red Sox minor leaguers playing in the Arizona Fall League for the Surprise Saguaros.
A supplemental first round pick out of Middle Tennessee State in 2010, the 23-year-old Brentz was an Eastern League All-Star and has a .298 average with 17 hhome runs, 76 RBI and a .833 OPS at Double-A Portland.
Last season, he was Boston’s Minor League Co-Offensive Player of the Year (with Ryan Lavarnway) after slugging 30 home runs between low Single-A Greenville and advanced Single-A Salem.
The 26-year-old Martin is an interesting minor leaguer, having signed with the Red Sox out of an independent league last year. He is 3-5 with a 4.35 ERA in 21 games for the Sea Dogs this season.
A 10th round pick in 2008, the 25-year-old Ruiz was converted into a full-time reliever this season and has responded with a 5-2 record, a 2.89 ERA and five saves in 26 games at Salem. He has 48 strikeouts in 46.1 innings and a .246 opponent’s batting average.
Once considered an intriguing prospect, the 24-year-old Huntzinger was also converted into a reliever this year and has a 4-5 record with a 3.93 ERA in 24 games at Portland. He appeared in the AFL last season with the Scottsdale Scorpions.