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

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 01: Sam Travis /
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Victor Acosta is getting hot again. The outfielder is back up to a .308/.337/.484 on the season. He’s hit eight doubles and one triple, as well as six home runs. His current career-high for homers in a season is eight – that number’s clearly in jeopardy. Acosta also has 20 RBI and 20 runs scored to this point.

Lorenzo Cedrola is hitting .324 with three triples and four steals on the season. He has 12 RBI and 18 runs scored as well. The 20-year-old isn’t in the top-30 prospect list, but if he keeps this up there’s no reason he won’t crack it soon.

Michael Osinski has used a four-game hitting-streak to drastically raise his average. Going into the streak, his average sat at .259 but is now up to .276. The third baseman has four doubles and one home run, as well as 16 RBI over 98 at-bats this season.

Denyi Reyes continues to have the most ridiculous strikeout-per-walk ratio in the world. In 64 2/3 innings, Reyes has recorded eight walks. At the same time, he’s struck out 67 batters. So for every walk the 21-year-old right-hander allows, he strikes out 8.4 batters in return. That’s absurd for anyone, let alone a 21-year-old.

Those aren’t the only strong numbers for Reyes either. He has a 2.23 ERA and 0.94 WHIP, while opponents are hitting .220 against him. Everything’s gone right for the prospect so far this year, and it could catapult his standings in the organization. At the very least he could find his way on the top-30 prospect list or get a promotion soon.

Kutter Crawford allowed four earned runs over five innings in his last start. His ERA was 1.70 but now it’s at 2.22. I mean, imagine having a “bad” start this early in the year and still holding onto a 2.22 ERA. That’s how fantastic the 22-year-old has been. In 52 2/3 innings, the right-hander has struck out 64 compared to 15 walks.

Also, a friendly reminder that before this season, Crawford had just one inning under his professional belt. There’s no reason to believe he won’t be a fast-riser through the minor league ranks.

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Marcos Lantigua is 0-5 this year. Don’t let that fool you though. The 22-year-old right-hander is having a superb season. He’s walked just seven batters in 33 innings and has a 3.27 ERA. The Boston native is having a hit problem (opponents are batting .293 against him), but the low walks and ERA tell you he isn’t getting bothered by it too much.