Red Sox Prospect Watch: Deadly combination mashing in Double-A
By Hunter Noll
Jarren Duran is nuts. There’s really no other way to describe him at the moment. Through 11 games with the Greenville Drive, he’s hitting .383. Combined between Full-A and Short-A, Duran’s appeared in 48 games this season. The 21-year-old has a .356 average with eight doubles and two homers, as well as 10 triples between the two. He’s driven in 24 runs and scored 36 more while stealing 17 bases.
Tanner Nishioka has spent the heavy majority of his season in Full-A. His .322/.400/.491 slash line shows he’s been pretty dominant in that time. Nishioka has 23 extra-base hits and four steals while driving in 32 runs and scoring 38 more.
Marino Campana is up to a .250 average. That’s encouraging as it goes along nicely with his raw power. The 20-year-old has 18 doubles and seven triples, as well as 16 home runs this season. He’s driven in 68 runs and scored 47 more while stealing two bases.
Pedro Castellanos hit home run number one on the year this week. He also rose his average to .296 as his age-20 season is rounding out nicely. The right-handed hitter has 25 RBI and 34 runs scored in 70 games.
Jhonathan Diaz‘s 2018 season is a big step forward. The left-handed pitcher is posting highs in nearly every category since leaving the Rookie leagues. Those career-bests include ERA (3.69) and innings pitched (129 1/3), as well as strikeouts (124) and WHIP (1.16). His opponent’s batting average of .238 and eight wins are also new career-marks.
Rio Gomez was dominating in Short-A Lowell and has gotten a chance to prove himself in Greenville. Through three innings the lefty has continued building momentum. Gomez hasn’t allowed a run on three hits while striking out four over two outings. Combined between the two leagues, opponents are hitting a minuscule .196 against the 23-year-old.
Alex Scherff hasn’t pitched for Greenville since June 12. The Red Sox 16th ranked prospect did return to game action this week though. Scherff appeared in two games, allowing one run in five innings combined. The 20-year-old righty struggled to start the year (6.32 ERA in 47 innings) but a strong (and healthy) finish to the season can make things right again.