Red Sox Minor League Roundup: AA Portland Sea Dogs Struggle

3 of 5

Sep 7, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; General view of the field box seats prior to a game between the Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Player to Watch

Manuel Margot, the Sea Dogs centerfielder was the 24th ranked prospect in Baseball America’s Midseason Top 50 making him the highest ranking Red Sox player above A ball. Margot was also chosen to be in the Futures game at the All-Star break at which each club features their top prospects. Starting the game for the World team (their opponent is the U.S. team), Margot went zero for two with one strikeout. Margot started in the Red Sox system at age 17 in 2012 after he was signed as an international free agent, receiving an $800 thousand bonus.

Margot was promoted to Portland on June 22 from High A Salem. After an .818 OPS and 12 homers last season, Margot’s stats are slightly down this season. The five foot eleven inch Dominican has posted a .741 OPS this season with four homers. After 42 steals last season, Margot has swiped 27 bags this year, so he will come close to last year’s number this season.

Keep in mind his stats maybe down a tick since his advancement to Portland because Margot will not turn 21 until the end of September this season. In terms of his age, he is well ahead of the curve. Manuel Margot is definitely a name a Red Sox fans should know. We should be seeing a lot of him at Fenway in a few years.