Red Sox Prospect Watch: Two call-ups could create system changes

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Boston Red Sox Bobby Poyner
BOSTON, MA – APRIL 05: Bobby Poyner #66 of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays during the eleventh inning of the Red Sox home opening game at Fenway Park on April 5, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /

The Boston Red Sox minor leagues saw some shuffling as both Sam Travis and Bobby Poyner were sent to the Majors. This could change plenty in the system.

Injuries to Mookie Betts and Dustin Pedroia sent the duo to the disabled list. Due to that, the Red Sox called up reliever Bobby Poyner once again. Joining him was first baseman Sam Travis for the first time this season.

While neither move changes much immediately, it does get their prospect clocks moving once again. Both are getting closer and closer to losing prospect status, meaning two spots could be open on the Top-30 prospect list soon.

Of course, the amateur draft is in full swing. So those spots could be inhabited by new prospects. In fact, a few players could be bumped from the bottom of that list to make room for new names as well.

Nevertheless, two names could be taken off due to status soon enough. While Travis hasn’t performed that well in Triple-A this season, he looks ready to make the most of his chance in the Majors. The first baseman has a .220/.290/.358 slash line in Pawtucket

In one Major League at-bat though, he produced – smacking a two-run single.

If Travis can figure it out at the plate again while in the Majors he might force changes. Not only to the prospect list but to the Major League roster.

Poyner, on the other hand, has already made MLB waves in 2018. There are a few too many cooks in the kitchen in the bullpen though. So he might find himself in Triple-A again soon enough despite his fantastic play.