The 2016 rendition of the Arizona Fall League was one of the most exciting ones in a while, with a plethora of baseball’s best prospects listed across the rosters of all six AzFL teams.
For the first time in a long-time, the better prospects across the league were some of the younger players listed on their respective rosters. That included highly regarded Boston Red Sox prospect Yoan Moncada at just 21-years old, New York Yankees hard throwing 22-year old right-hander Dillon Tate and 19-year old New York Mets prospect Eloy Jimenez amongst others.
Each year Baseball America releases their list of the Arizona Fall Leagues Top 20-prospects at the culmination of the short season, and the number one ranked 2016 prospect is none other than New York Yankees top prospect, Gleyber Torres.
According to Baseball America, Torres, who was the focal piece of the trade package sent at the trade deadline from the Chicago Cubs to the New York Yankees for Aroldis Chapman, actually turned in one of the best performances in the 25-year history of the Arizona Fall League—and he’s still only 19-years old.
As a matter of fact, the young shortstop also became the youngest player ever to receive the Joe Black Award as the Arizona Fall League MVP after leading the league in batting average (.403) and OPS (1.158), and finishing second in slugging percentage (.645) in just 62 at-bats.
He spent time at both middle infield positions in Arizona, but according to Baseball America, many scouts believe his long-term position will likely be at second base.
Additionally, Yankees 2015 first-round draft pick James Kaprielian ranked as the seventh-best prospect in Baseball America’s Top-20 list.
Kaprielian went to the Arizona Fall League as a rehab stint for an elbow flexor strain he suffered in 2016 after just three starts early in the regular season. Down in Scottsdale, the former UCLA Bruin turned in seven solid outings, finishing with a 4.33 ERA while fanning 26 batters in 27 innings pitched.