Monday's top prospect Fall League performers

October 17th, 2023

Here's a look at Monday's top performers from the Arizona Fall League.

Blue Jays: Will Robertson, OF (Unranked), Surprise Saguaros
The 25-year-old has hit 34 homers over the past two seasons, including 19 at Double-A this year, proving he can get into one now and again. He proved that again when he put Surprise up early with its biggest swing of the night, a three-run homer in the third inning. The big fly was Robertson's second of the fall campaign.

Cubs: Kevin Alcántara, OF (No. 4, MLB No. 71), Mesa Solar Sox
In a come-from-behind, extra-inning 10-8 Mesa win over Surprise full of highlights and big moments, Alcántara stood out. Not only was his walk-off 10th-inning homer the biggest swing of the night, but he helped make the moment possible by reeling in three excellent catches in center field. Alcántara added a run-scoring double and scored another run during a banner night for one of the Cubs' tooliest prospects. More »

Cubs: James Triantos, 2B (No. 9), Mesa Solar Sox
The 2021 second-round pick had a big hand in Mesa's wild win, going 4-for-6 with three RBIs, a run scored and a stolen base out of the leadoff spot. Triantos' biggest hit came in the ninth, when his two-out run-scoring single tied the game. It was an all-around performance from a player having one of the best all-around showings to date in this year's Fall League. Triantos is batting .455 with a 1.359 OPS as the third week of the campaign gets underway.

Nationals: Robert Hassell III, OF (No. 8), Scottsdale Scorpions
Hassell did a little bit of everything from the No. 9 spot in the Scorpions lineup, going 2-for-3 with a solo homer, a run-scoring double, a walk, two RBIs and two runs scored. It was a difficult year for Hassell at Double-A this season but he's enjoying a nice Fall League so far, hitting .316 with a .777 OPS and 10 RBIs in 11 games.

Padres: Braden Nett, RHP (Unranked), Peoria Javelinas
Nett went four innings in each of his first two starts in the Fall League, tallying nine punchouts between the two appearances. In his third start of the season, Nett upped the ante, spinning five innings of one-run ball while fanning seven. The lone run and only hit allowed of the 21-year-old's outing came via a big fly in the third inning. Nett ranks second on the circuit with 16 K’s and has posted a 1.38 ERA and 0.77 WHIP through three games.

Pirates: Jase Bowen, 2B (No. 27), Salt River Rafters
In the AFL, the game is never over until that final out is recorded. Bowen proved that when his two-out, go-ahead three-run homer in the top of the ninth propelled Salt River to a dramatic 7-6 win over Scottsdale. The 2019 11th-round pick established himself as a power threat during the regular season with 23 homers at High-A Greensboro. He showed why in his latest Arizona outing. More »

Rangers: Emiliano Teodo, RHP (No. 22), Surprise Saguaros
After walking his first batter, Teodo was untouchable the rest of the way. He struck out five of the next six batters he faced in two scoreless innings as he leaned heavily on a mid-80s slider. Teodo's 70-grade rising fastball was quite effective as well and sat 97-100 mph. All of his strikeouts were of the swinging variety.

Rockies: Benny Montgomery, OF (No. 8), Salt River Rafters
Colorado's first-round pick from 2021 continues to be a catalyst at the top of the lineup for Salt River. He collected three more hits, including a go-ahead three-run triple in his latest appearance. He's hitting .405 with 15 hits through nine games this fall.

Twins: Kala’i Rosario, OF (No. 19), Glendale Desert Dogs
Rosario got Glendale on the board with a third inning solo homer off Nett, the only run the Desert Dogs scratched out against the righty over five innings. The big fly was the second of the Fall League for Rosario, who cranked 21 homers at High-A Cedar Rapids during the regular season.

White Sox: Jacob Burke, OF (No. 20), Glendale Desert Dogs
Burke's only hit of the night was a huge one -- a two-out, go-ahead seventh-inning grand slam -- that went an estimated 421 feet and sent Glendale to a 6-4 win over Peoria. The 2022 11th-round pick totaled only six homers in 85 games this season between Class A and High-A. He has two already in 10 Fall League games. More »

Yankees: Caleb Durbin, SS (Unranked), Mesa Solar Sox
Mesa wouldn't have pulled off its come-from-behind extra-inning win with its five-run fifth, and it wouldn't have had that frame without Durbin and fellow Yankees prospect Benjamin Cowles cranking back-to-back blasts to put the Solar Sox within striking distance. Durbin's was a two-run shot, his first of the Fall League after hitting just four at Double-A Somerset this season.