Red Sox trio combines for five hits, six runs in AFL game

Prospects Marrero, Coyle, Castillo put on display for Saguaros

Red Sox trio combines for five hits, six runs in AFL game

The middle of the diamond had a distinctly Boston feel when Surprise was in the field Friday night.

For the second time in the young Arizona Fall League season, Saguaros manager Delino DeShields filled out his lineup card with Deven Marrero, Sean Coyle and Rusney Castillo, all members of the Red Sox organization, at shortstop, second base and center field, respectively.

The trio put its mark on the game when Marrero and Castillo opened the fifth inning with back-to-back singles. Coyle followed with a triple to drive in both of his teammates and give the Saguaros the lead for good. Surprise went on to score five runs in the inning and defeated Mesa, 14-3.

Marrero, Coyle and Castillo combined for five hits and six runs and each stole a base. Coyle said he is enjoying being able to play with his Red Sox teammates this fall.

"Rusney is obviously a seriously talented guy and he plays the game hard, too," Coyle said. "Me and Deven are good buddies. We like playing up the middle together. It's a lot of fun to be playing with guys you know."

Coyle, the Red Sox's No. 14 prospect, finished the night 3-for-5 with a walk, a run and two RBIs. During the regular season, he hit .295/.371/.512 with 16 home runs and 13 stolen bases in 96 games with Double-A Portland. He also represented the Red Sox at the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game.

Marrero, the Red Sox No. 10 prospect, began the year as Coyle's double-play partner at Portland. After hitting .291/.371/.433 with five home runs and 12 stolen bases in 68 games, he earned a promotion to Triple-A Pawtucket in July.

Marrero went 1-for-3 with two runs, two walks and an RBI on Friday. And, while they didn't have a chance to turn a double play, Coyle said he is glad to be back playing with Marrero.

"We both have a similar style of play," Coyle said. "We bring a lot of energy to the game and keep it light and have fun."

Castillo just joined the Red Sox organization in August when the Cuban native signed a $72.5 million deal. After a whirlwind tour of the Red Sox Minor League affiliates, he made his Major League debut in September and is now in the AFL to get extra work. He went 1-for-5 with a walk and three runs Friday.

Before Coyle's two-run triple in the fifth inning, Mesa held a 3-2 lead. The Solar Sox scored two runs in the third off Saguaros starter Nick Howard and added another run in the fourth off reliever Stephen Landazuri. But they would get no more. Landazuri and four other relievers combined for five scoreless innings to end the game.

Right fielder Chad Hinshaw went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk to lead Mesa's offense. Shortstop Daniel Robertson, the A's top prospect, recorded his first hit of the fall and scored a run.

But, for the third straight game, Surprise's offense overwhelmed its opposition. The Saguaros have scored 29 runs over their last three games. All nine players in the starting lineup had at least one hit Friday and all but one scored at least once.

Left fielder Jesse Winker, the Reds' No. 2 prospect, went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, a run and four RBIs. Right fielder Kyle Waldrop, his teammate in the Reds' system, finished the game 4-for-6 with a home run, a double, three runs and three RBIs.

Coyle said the Saguaros offense is already clicking and the team is starting to gel.

"We have a lot of guys who are pretty selectively aggressive at the plate and who like to swing the bats," Coyle said. "It'll be a lot of fun to play with them this fall."

Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.