Red Sox Prospect Watch: Heading into the All-Star break
By Hunter Noll
The Greenville Drive currently hold two players that don’t get nearly the attention they deserve.
First, there’s Marino Campana. The 20-year-old outfielder is in his first season of Full-A and showing he can do everything. Camp has a .250/.309/.493 slash line on the season. The right-handed hitter has 14 doubles and 14 homers, as well as five triples. He’s also driven in 53 runs and scored 31 more while going 2-for-2 in stolen base attempts.
On the pitching end, there’s Denyi Reyes. The 21-year-old has a 1.91 ERA over 18 appearances (15 starts) in 2018. In 103 2/3 innings, the right-hander has 105 strikeouts compared to 13 walks. His incredible command also translates to the domination of hitters, as opponents hold a .212 average against him. Reyes is also in his first full season in Full-A, although you would never know by his 0.92 WHIP.
It wouldn’t be surprising at all if either (or both) of these players find their way up to the next level before the end of the year.
Garrett Benge has already gotten a promotion in 2018. The 22-year-old started the season in Short-A with the Lowell Spinners. His dominant .351 average over 10 games led to a quick move up to Full-A though. So far, the third baseman is proving the move to be right with a .333 average in eight games.
Accompanying that .333 average for Benge is two doubles and the first home run of his career. The left-handed hitter has six RBI and four runs scored in a short time with Full-A.
Zach Sterry enjoyed a strong week to boost his numbers in rapid fashion. The first baseman is 6-for-his-last-9 and has boosted his average up to .290. Although his six extra-base hits on the year (one homer) seem low, Sterry’s done so in just 100 at-bats. In that time, he’s driven in 14 runs and scored 10 more. The 24-year-old could use some more massive weeks to improve his status in the system.
Durbin Feltman has yet to pitch for Greenville, but he’s arrived. The reliever made quick work of Short-A, striking out seven batters over four perfect innings. Feltman really could find his way to the Majors by the end of the year.