Red Sox prospects of the past and where they have landed
By Rick McNair
I saw Ryan Kalish at Pawtucket and was impressed with his glovework and speed. A left-handed hitter with some nice line drive power. At 22-years-old Kalish got the call to Boston in 2010 and did a creditable job. His final average was .252 in 53 games.
Kalish gave a glimpse of his speed during that introductory season with 10 steals in 11 attempts. Tack on four home runs and 24 RBI and left field would be his in 2011. I saw Kalish and thought of him as a Trot Nixon clone – a real dirt dog.
A bad shoulder in 2011 started the potential downfall and his stats just started to deteriorate. Toronto invited Kalish to camp in 2014 only to be released. The Cubs signed Kalish twice and he played for Chicago in 2014 and 2016 hitting .250 in 64 games.