Red Sox Prospect Watch: Spring Training’s halfway point

Mar 6, 2017; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox first baseman Sam Travis (59) hits a three run home run against the Houston Astros at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 6, 2017; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox first baseman Sam Travis (59) hits a three run home run against the Houston Astros at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mar 14, 2017; Fort Myers, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox shortstop Marco Hernandez (40) throws the ball to first base for an out during the fifth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 14, 2017; Fort Myers, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox shortstop Marco Hernandez (40) throws the ball to first base for an out during the fifth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /

Hitters 

Even though Benintendi has been receiving all the praise this spring, there are other prospects who could crack the roster.  Both of these players have a small amount of major league experience.  Also, these are two guys who have a high probability of spending some time at Fenway this year.  These players are Marco Hernandez and Deven Marrero.

Hernandez might not be the highest rated prospect in the system, but he has been having a monster spring.  The 24 year-old is hitting .355 in 31 at-bats, which is the most of any player on the roster.

Hernandez is a very versatile player who can play a multitude of positions.  While the Red Sox already have a player like that in Brock Holt, you can never have too many utility players.  Also, if there is an injury to someone in the starting lineup, Hernandez is someone who can easily plug the hole.  It will very interesting to see what John Farrell wants to do with Hernandez once the season is underway.

Following in Hernandez’ footsteps is Marrero, who is also having a very good spring. Marrero was originally seen as a middle infielder of the future, but Dustin Pedroia and Xander Bogaerts have essentially stopped that idea ever coming to fruition.  Because of that, Marrero has become a utility player in the hopes he can start a major league career in Boston.

Marrero is hitting .310 with a couple RBIs in 14 games.  But, his strikeout to walk ratio is 7:2, so that is something to monitor going forward.  What helps Marrero is his play in the outfield.  He has recently been playing the corner outfield positions.  While Marrero is all but destined to start the season in Pawtucket, there is a good chance he makes the major league roster sometime this year.