Bryce Brentz, a 23-year-old first round pick out of Middle Tennessee State in 2010, was named to the Arizona Fall League Top Prospects team.
For the Surprise Saguaros, Brentz hit .297 with two home runs, 11 RBI and a .804 OPS. During the 2012 regular season, the right-handed slugger batted .296 with 17 home runs, 76 RBI and a .833 OPS at Double-A Portland.
Brentz, who has a strong throwing arm and projects as a right fielder in the majors, was named Boston’s Co-Minor League Offensive Player of the Year in 2011 with Ryan Lavarnway when he belted 30 home runs between advanced Single-A Salem (Va.) and Portland.
If he is not included in a trade package, Brentz could battle for an outfield spot with Boston as early as 2014, and he could see his Major League debut in 2013. He is slated to open the 2013 campaign at Triple-A Pawtucket.