Midway through the postseason, news dropped that stopped a promising Red Sox prospect's Arizona Fall League tenure in its tracks.
Shortstop Brainer Bonaci, ranked as the No. 11 overall prospect in the Red Sox system, per MLB Pipeline, has reportedly been placed on the restricted list for violating the joint domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy.
Alex Speier of The Boston Globe first reported the update late Wednesday, coinciding with the 21-year old shortstop's removal from the roster of the AFL's Glendale Desert Dogs. The Arizona Fall League is a postseason showcase for some of the game's top names who need a bit more seasoning or a heightened level of competition.
Bonaci was ruled ineligible immediately and, as Speier wrote, "No further information was available about the nature of the violation or how long Bonaci will remain on the restricted list."
Red Sox prospect Brainer Bonaci placed on restricted list for violating joint domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy
2023 saw Bonaci spend time with both High-A Greenville and Double-A Portland, cameoing with 16 games at the Double-A level in his age-21 season. Boston clearly intended to see more from Bonaci this October by increasing his reps, an effort that has been cut short by the player's own reported actions.
Further details and developments regarding the situation should emerge shortly, and BoSox Injection will react to any updates when they become available regarding his future with the organization (or in organized baseball in general).