Red Sox prospect Bryce Brentz has been named to the Arizona Fall League Top Prospects team. The team is voted on by the league's managers and coaches.
Brentz, an outfielder who was drafted by the Sox in the first round of the 2010 and spent the vast majority of last season with Double-A Portland (he played five games for Triple-A Pawtucket), was named to the team as a designated hitter. Playing for the Surprise Saguaros of the AFL, Brentz hit .297/.366/.438 with two homers and and 11 runs batted in.
In 122 games for the Seadogs last season, Brentz hit .296/.355/.478 with 17 homers and 76 RBI.
Said a pro scout  following Brentz' performance in the Arizona Fall League: Scout: “He’s pretty much the same guy I’ve seen before. He has some life in his swing. He swung the bat OK out there. He’s obviously got power. I thought he did a pretty good job. He can help himself by seeing a few more pitches. He’s aggressive — overly aggressive at times. With that length of a swing, he’ll get himself out. But he’s got corner profile ability with the power and the defense. He’s going to [strike out]. He’s got a big, long swing. He’ll chase. He can benefit himself by getting in better counts and staying within a certain zone early in the count, getting a good pitch to hit. That’s something he’s got to improve upon.”
To listen to Alex Speier's podcast with Brentz in exploring the Red Sox' next wave of power hitters, click here .
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