Red Sox Prospect Watch: Deadly combination mashing in Double-A
By Hunter Noll
Tanner Houck‘s turnaround this season has been encouraging to say the least. For a while, it looked like a lost season, with walks and a high ERA being the story. The 22-year-old hasn’t walked more-than-two batters in any of his last eight starts though. That’s helped lower his walk-rate (obviously) and drastically dropped his ERA.
The 60 walks through 119 innings are still high, but an encouraging development from what that number could’ve been. His ERA is now 4.24 which is over 1.00 lower than it was at the start of July.
Durbin Feltman hasn’t had an ERA problem this year. The 21-year-old dominated Short-A and Full-A and is now doing the same in Advanced-A. Feltman hasn’t allowed a run on just one hit and two walks through four innings with Salem so far. He’s struck out six and should see at least Double-A before the end of the year.
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Denyi Reyes hasn’t had a problem with anything this season. That’s extremely impressive considering the 21-year-old has 134 1/3 innings under his belt in 2018. Reyes has a 2.53 ERA in two starts in Advanced-A. The right-hander has nine strikeouts in 10 2/3 innings, compared to two walks. What’s crazy about that is the two walks in 10 2/3 innings is astronomically high for compared to what Reyes did in Full-A (13 walks in 123 2/3 innings).
C.J. Chatham is up to .309 in Advanced-A and has 41 RBI and nine steals in 76 games. The shortstop is showing that when healthy he’s an all-around threat.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – poor Michael Osinski. He’s having a fantastic year, but his main defensive position is third base. The Red Sox have 21-year-old Rafael Devers playing third base in the Majors. Meanwhile, arguably their two best prospects (Dalbec and Chavis) are at the position as well.
Due to that, anything Osinski does seems to go under the radar. He’s hitting .298 with 41 RBI between Full-A and Advanced-A this season though, and that deserves plenty of praise.
Tyler Hill‘s putting together a solid all-around season. His average is up to .247 and he’s already scored an impressive 62 runs. The 22-year-old also has 27 steals in 33 attempts. This after stealing 42 bases in 50 attempts last season. Clearly, Hill has the potential to be extremely dangerous on the base paths for the Red Sox, something that they seem to be utilizing in the Majors.