Sox Announce Organization's Participants In '09 AFL

Jeffrey BrownAnalyst IAugust 29, 2009

The Red Sox have announced that they will send four players—C Luis Exposito, OF Ryan Kalish, and pitchers Chris Province and Dustin Richardson—to participate in the 2009 Arizona Fall League when play begins in October.

The four will play for the Mesa Solar Sox, one of six teams in the AFL that is comprised of some of the best prospects in baseball. Each team is made up of prospects from various MLB organizations. The Solar Sox will be made up of players from six different teams—the Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, Florida Marlins, Chicago Cubs, Minnesota Twins, and Los Angeles Angels.

Exposito, 22, was drafted in the 2005 First Year Player Draft (31st rd). He started the 2009 season with the Class A Salem Red Sox, where he hit .271, with 6 HR and 45 RBI. He joined the Double AA Portland Sea Dogs in August and has hit .354, with 2 HR and 19 RBI in just 16 games.

Kalish, 21, was drafted in 2006 (9th rd). He started the season in Salem, hitting .304, with 5 HR and 21 RBI in 32 games. After a promotion, his Double AA career began horribly in Portland as he hit .133 through June 1st; but, he came on brilliantly as the season progressed. He is currently batting .273, with 10 HR and 45 RBI in 90 games.

Province, 24, was drafted in 2007 (4th rd). In forty games with the Sea Dogs, the righty compiled a record of 2-4, with a 2.89 ERA and 1 save. He was selected to the 2009 Eastern League All-Star Game and pitched a scoreless inning of relief.

Richardson, 25, was selected in the 2006 draft (5th rd). After being moved to the bullpen during the offseason, he pitched in 38 games in relief with Portland and went 2-2, 2.70, with 4 saves. He, too, was named to the Eastern League All-Star team. In mid-August, he was promoted to Pawtucket (AAA) where he is 0-0, 0.00, in three games.

Other noteworthy players who will play for the Solar Sox are C Hank Conger (LAA), OF Mike Stanton (FLA) and 3B Josh Vitters (CC).

The league begins play on October 13 and last through November 21.


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