Red Sox Prospect Watch: New names accompany new week
Guess who leads the Pawtucket Red Sox in batting average (.326) and doubles (9). I’ll give you a hint – he also leads the team in steals (4), as well as runs batted in (11) and runs scored (11). That’s right, it’s Rusney Castillo. Like I said, it will be hard for me not to mention him because of the precarious situation.
Castillo has been nothing short of spectacular in the minors these last two seasons. His massive contract is keeping him there though, so for now anyone who frequents Pawtucket games gets a treat.
After him however, the Triple-A squad is filled with ice-cold players. Sam Travis has seen his average dip to .292 and still hold on to those eight RBI and one home run from last week.
The other big name here is Chad De La Guerra. DLG hit his first homer of the year last Monday in a 2-for-3 day. He’s gone 0-for-15 since then though. The switch-hitter is now slashing .125/.155/.214 on the year. Again, it’s still April though – give him time.
On the pitching end, Jalen Beeks is as dominant as ever. He holds a 1.37 earned run average over 19 2/3 innings. In that time he’s struck out a ridiculous 37 batters and holds a 0.97 walks plus hits per inning pitched (WHIP).
Bobby Poyner meanwhile holds a 2.70 ERA over 3 1/3 innings. Honestly, his stats don’t matter too much though. The left-hander proved he’s a commodity in the Majors already. Boston simply has no spot for him at the moment, his main goal should be to stay healthy.
Fellow left-hander Robby Scott has looked strong as well (1.17 ERA over 7 2/3 innings). He’s another player who’s shown he can handle big league hitting. This once again shows off the Red Sox have a lot more depth than some people realize.
Finally, both Williams Jerez and Kyle Martin have 2.25 ERAs. Jerez has done it over eight innings, while Martin has pitched 12. The main difference between the two is that Martin has appeared in the Majors before.
However, both are deep depth options that the Red Sox should be happy to have in-case of emergency.