With April coming to a close, the Boston Red Sox look to their farm system to see who has made an impact so far. Both good and bad, impacts have been made.
As the calendar is transitioning to May, so too is the Red Sox farm system. With roughly a month of baseball in the books, the first educated conclusions are starting to be made.
Obviously, there have only been a couple weeks of baseball, so everything should be taken with a grain of salt. But, if a guy is hitting the ball well in April, who’s to say he won’t do the same when the weather warms up?
Also, if someone is showing a high strikeout rate in April, it’s fair to think he will do the same in August. Because of this, there are projections that can be realistically made for players in the system.
Another transition, which usually happens around this time, is a player who gets to stay in the majors long term due to an injury. The Red Sox called up a top-10 prospect in the second week of the season, and it seems like he will be in Boston for the foreseeable future. Due to the injury to Pablo Sandoval, this player will be able to showcase his talents to all of Red Sox Nation.
But, impact is not always a good thing. Another top-10 prospect, who was a highlight in Spring Training, is currently struggling in the minors. While he is not someone the Red Sox need in Boston this year, he is looked at as “the future”.
Again, this is only through a couple weeks, but there are trends that can be scrutinized. To start, let us look at who is making an impact in Boston.