Anderson Espinoza reminded fans who might be thinking he is on his way to the big leagues tomorrow, he is just a developing 18-year old. After 11 strikeouts in his prior start, Espinoza returned to Earth with an ordinary 57 pitch start of 1.2 innings in which he allowed two runs on three hits, walking three and striking out three. Remarkably, in his 87 professional innings he has yet to allow a home run.
Josh Ockimey continues his torrid hitting. His batting line has risen to a tremendous .303/.453/.616. Over his last five games, the 20-year old from Philadelphia is 7-for-15 with six walks, three doubles, two homers and nine RBI. If this performance continues, Ockimey will crack the list of top Red Sox prospects. He was ranked 37th at soxprospects.com to start the season, but now ranks 26th.
Tate Matheny might have been known at first for the last name of his father, former catcher and now St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny. This year he is starting to make people forget who his dad is. After being drafted in the fifth round in 2015, Matheny struggled at short-season Lowell to a .181/.233/.218 batting line. After a good start, Matheny has exploded in May, putting up a .441/.441/.706 batting line with two doubles, two triples and a homer in 34 at-bats.
Stay tuned each Saturday for another edition of Red Sox Prospect Watch.