Red Sox Prospect Watch: Just a couple of games in

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Bobby Dalbec is an interesting name here. The third baseman is off to a poor start average-wise (.188) but is impressing in other areas. The right-handed hitter already has two home runs and two doubles, as well as seven RBI. Meanwhile, he’s stolen a base as well.

The 22-year-old definitely has plenty of pop. That being said, he has strikeout issues, and it remains to be seen what his average will look like. Nevertheless, he’ll be entertaining to keep an eye on, and should provide plenty of runs.

Second baseman Brett Netzer is hitting .286 but has just one extra-base hit so far. Don’t expect much in the power department, but he’s a solid hitter and defender. He might not be the most “exciting” guy for those of you that want to follow prospects, but plenty of potential is there.

Pitching-wise, there’s plenty to talk about.

Tanner Houck has had command problems (nine walks over nine innings) which has led him into trouble (5.00 ERA). It will be interesting to see if the 21-year-old can straighten that out soon. If so, the right-hander has the stuff to be extremely dominant.

Bryan Mata (18) is the youngest player in the Carolina League and has given up just two runs over nine innings. Roniel Raudes has allowed two runs as well, this time over 9 1/3 innings though. Both have electric stuff and should be watched closely this year. Raudes has the potential to see Double-A in the not-too-distant future.

Darwinzon Hernandez meanwhile, has allowed just one run over 10 1/3 innings so far. He has a 0.97 WHIP and has already racked up 12 strikeouts.