Red Sox Prospect Watch: Streaking players take the weekly spotlight
By Hunter Noll
Tony Renda is hitting in Double-A. The 27-year-old has a .367/.444/.544 slash line with eight doubles and two home runs on the season. While he doesn’t have many RBI (10), he’s scored 16 times and stolen three bases. That’s all in 22 games by the way (79 at-bats).
Jantzen Witte is also having a great time with the Portland Sea Dogs. After slashing .217/.321/.370 in 13 Triple-A games, the 28-year-old has a .359/.447/.656 slash line in 17 games in Double-A this season. Witte has four home runs and 20 RBI in that short stretch.
The hottest hitter for Portland has to be Josh Ockimey though. Ockimey was hitting .231 a week ago. A fantastic stretch has risen that number an incredible .040 point up to .271 though. The first baseman has eight doubles and five home runs to go along with that average as well. Meanwhile, he’s driven in 20 runs and scored 15 more in 37 games.
Jhon Nunez is back in the lineup, and still putting together a strong season. The catcher is slashing .277/.353/.356 between Advanced-A and Double-A this year. He’s combined for six doubles and one triple while stealing five bases in five attempts. The switch-hitter also has 16 RBI and 13 runs scored in 31 games.
Danny Mars is hitting .227 but leads the team with five steals and nine doubles. He hit .293 in 2016 and .304 last season (in Double-A). Due to that, there’s no reason to believe he won’t right the ship.
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Chad De La Guerra is holding on to a .321/.402/.481 slash line in Double-A. In 19 games with Portland he has six extra-base hits (three home runs) and two steals to go along with 14 RBI and 15 runs scored.
Guess what Teddy Stankiewicz did this week? He lowered his ERA again.
The 24-year-old went seven strong innings (two earned runs) and struck out seven batters to earn a win in his only appearance over the week. He now has a 4.99 ERA and 4-4 record on the year. It’s extremely encouraging to see the right-hander pitch so consistently well despite a rough start to the season.
Mike Shawaryn also lowered his ERA for the second straight start. The 23-year-old allowed two earned runs over five innings to drop his ERA to 3.75. He’s posted that over 50 1/3 innings, recording a 1.17 WHIP with it as well.
Speaking of lowering your ERA, Kyle Hart has done so ridiculously fast. The 25-year-old has turned in some phenomenal starts lately. His most recent start was the best of his season, going eight innings while allowing just one earned run. In doing so, his ERA on the year dropped to 3.22.