Red Sox Prospect Watch: Talent is showing in minor leagues

Apr 18, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Brian Johnson (61) pitches to the Toronto Blue Jays during the second inning at the Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 18, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Brian Johnson (61) pitches to the Toronto Blue Jays during the second inning at the Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports /
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May 5, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; A general view of a bag in the Boston Red Sox before a game against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports
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Salem and Greenville

Players in A-ball have a long road to go if they are lucky enough to make a major league roster. For Travis Lakins, he has done everything right so far. Boston’s 6th round pick two years ago, the right-handed pitcher from Ohio State has impressed many in his time in Salem.

In 7 games this year, Lakins is a very impressive 5-0 with a very good 2.61 ERA. One of the most impressive features of Lakins’ game is his high strikeout numbers. He was able to record 43 strikeouts in those 7 games, and seems to be skilled at making guys miss.

Lakins seems to be one of the best pitchers the Red Sox have in the minors. While he is still awhile away from being in the majors, it is a great sign to see. Hopefully he keeps it going and can be a diamond in the rough for the Red Sox.

Shaun Anderson is another exciting pitching prospect. The University of Florida star who was the third round pick for Boston last year, Anderson has done nothing but been lights out in Greenville. In 6 games, Anderson is 3-0 with a dominant 1.87 ERA.

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Anderson has been able to keep his control during his outings, as he sports a 4:1 strikeout to walk ratio. If Anderson keeps dominating the competition, it does not seem like he would spend the entire season in Greenville. While there are some questions of pitching depth at the major league level, Boston might have some very talented pitchers coming to the big leagues in the future.