Red Sox Prospect Watch: C. Marrero, Ramos raking
Rafael Devers is another hitter flourishing in the month of July. The 19 year old is 12 for 26 with six doubles, a triple and a homer in that brief span of games. His /ops for the season, which stood at .504 at the end of April has climbed all the way to .703 today. Over his last 13 games, Devers has pounded a 1.050 OPS. He is showing by his improvement, he will be ready for Double A by the start of next season.
Danny Mars has turned some heads with the progression of his base stealing abilities. After 15 and 16 his first two seasons, the 2014 eighth rounder has already swiped 20 bags this season. With the departures of Moncada and Dubon, Mars has the most runs scored on the team with 42. While the speed is a strong point, the 15 extra base hits in 268 at-bats has to be a cause for concern as the speed is not so overwhelming as to compensate for being only a singles hitter.
Trey Ball has taken a big step back over his last two starts. In that span he has allowed 10 runs over eight innings, allowing eight hits but an alarming 10 walks while striking out seven. Of course all players have their bad games and as a young professional, Ball is no exception. Even with his terrible last two outings, he still holds a 3.36 ERA, allowing just 55 hits in 67 innings. The 39 walks in his season is certainly a concern.
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