Red Sox Prospect Watch: Streaking players take the weekly spotlight
By Hunter Noll
Rusney Castillo is actually “cold” right now. He’s down to .293 on the year. The outfielder does lead the Pawtucket Red Sox in that category though. He also leads the team in doubles (14) and runs batted in (21). Meanwhile, he’s first on the team in steals (5) and second in runs scored (18).
*Shakes fist angrily to the sky* That contract though!
Tzu-Wei Lin is turning things around in Triple-A at the moment. He’s up to .240 after back-to-back two-hit games. The shortstop had a three-hit game this week as well. It’s great to see him hitting. His defense is so special it would be a shame if Lin’s career didn’t get going too much due to poor offensive numbers.
Sam Travis has seen his average dip again this week (down to .225). While that dropped though, he raised a few numbers. The first baseman entered the week with two home runs and doubled that. He’s now up to four on the year, meanwhile his five RBI this week boosted that number up to 15. Hopefully, the uptick in power can help him turn his season around. There’s still plenty of reasons to believe he could be a very useful major leaguer.
Robby Scott has a 1.53 earned run average and 27 strikeouts in 17 2/3 innings on the season. He also has a 0.91 WHIP (walks plus hits per inning pitched) and opponents are hitting .172 against him. The 28-year-old left-hander is proving he deserves another shot in the Majors. An abundance of relief pitchers is holding him back though.
Jalen Beeks is also trying to get a chance in the Majors. This would be his first time up though. The left-hander has a 2.74 ERA over nine starts. He’s posted a 1.03 WHIP and opponents are hitting .203 against him. Meanwhile, he’s already racked up 73 strikeouts in just 49 1/3 innings. Barring injury, he’ll get his first call-up at some point this season.