Red Sox Prospect Watch: Start of the 2019 MiLB season
By Hunter Noll
Full-A (Greenville Drive)
Triston Casas is the main attractive in Greenville at the moment. The Red Sox number two prospect is projected to be a monster hitter. Although he’s just 2-for-13 (.154 average), he’s shown flashes of that already. The left-handed hitter has a double and two RBI, as well as a steal on the young season.
Kole Cottam won’t steal many headlines, but he should. The catcher has a ridiculously legit bat. He’s just 2-for-12 with a double and one RBI on the year, but expect big things from him. The right-handed hitter has real power and in just his second year in the minors could be poised for big things.
Brandon Howlett was overshadowed thanks to a fantastic draft class by the Red Sox last season. The 21st-rounder could be a major steal though. Howlett’s a 19-year-old right-handed hitting third baseman. He’s got all the tools to be a great hitter and the athleticism to be a great fielder. Although he’s just 2-for-12 with a double so far, he’s shown more than the numbers.
Someone who the numbers have been kind to is Juan Carlos Abreu. The 21-year-old is off to a roaring start (3-for-8) and could be in for a big year. After spending almost three seasons in Rookie Ball, the outfielder broke out with a .330 average last season. That led to him getting a short preview in Short-A before starting 2019 in Full-A.
Abreu isn’t a highly-touted prospect but could change that if he keeps this up.
Alex Scherff finished 2018 off strong and started 2019 even better. The right-handed pitcher threw five shutout innings in his first start of the year. He allowed just two hits and one walk, while striking out four. The .125 BAA and 0.60 WHIP both bode extremely well for one of the Red Sox best pitching prospects.
Yoan Aybar is one of the more interesting prospects the Red Sox have. The 21-year-old left-hander has already continued that intrigue. In 2/3 innings he hasn’t given up a run or hit and struck out one. He’s also walked three though. Aybar has a really electric pitch repertoire which will always make him a must-watch.