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Remember when I said Victor Acosta could hit? I wasn’t kidding. The 21-year-old is now slashing .351/.405/.571 over 77 at-bats. He has six doubles and a triple, as well as three home runs in that time. Meanwhile, he’s driven in nine runs and scored 12 more.

This is coming on the heels of a shortened season that saw him hit .310. Could he be the Red Sox breakout star of 2018? It’s really starting to look that way.

Another candidate for that award could be Michael Osinski. He’s still on the disabled-list though, so his numbers aren’t any different from last week.

C.J. Chatham meanwhile has hit a little bit of a lull. That being said, he’s still slashing .307/.329/.413.

Lorenzo Cedrola has come out swinging as well. The 20-year-old is slashing .341/.400/.463 over 41 at-bats. He’s hit three doubles and one triple while driving in five runs and scoring four more. The right-handed hitter has two steals as well.

Speaking of steals, Cole Brannen is still struggling at the plate. His .157/.252/.216 slash line isn’t going to get him in many headlines. He’s stolen seven bases in eight attempts though. That’s incredibly impressive, especially due to the fact that he’s not getting on much.

Marcos Lantigua started off slow, but the pitcher has been lights-out recently. His ERA has dropped down to a 1.89 over 19 innings. His three earned runs allowed all came in his first 3 2/3 innings. The right-handed reliever has found success thanks to allowing just four walks while holding opponents to a .221 batting average.

Enmanuel De Jesus can say the same. The 21-year-old has walked just three batters over 13 innings, striking out 16. That’s helped him start the year with a 2.08 ERA and a 1-0 record. Opponents are hitting .152 against the left-hander, who boasts a 0.77 WHIP.

Kutter Crawford has already thrown 30 innings this year. That makes his 1.80 ERA that much more impressive. He’s made six starts this season. Of those six, only one was fewer than five innings.

Crawford has struck out 40 batters while holding opponents to a .212 batting average. Despite all this, the 22-year-old is 0-1 on the year. Don’t hold that against the right-hander though, as he looks to move up to Advanced-A soon.

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Denyi Reyes turned out one of his best appearances of 2018 in his last game. The 21-year-old went seven innings, allowing just one earned run. On the year, he has a 3.12 ERA over 34 1/3 innings. He’s struck out 40 and has a 1.01 WHIP. He’s looking to build off an incredible 2017 and is off to the right kind of start so far.