Red Sox Prospect Watch: Players already separating themselves
By Hunter Noll
Portland Sea Dogs
The Red Sox Double-A team is absolutely stacked with prospects. Bobby Dalbec is hitting .250 with five RBI early on. He’s walked seven times and has one double and one home run so far. There are quite a few positives and no one should be discouraged by the lack of power. The home runs will come – in bunches.
C.J. Chatham is hitting .300 with six doubles already this season. He’s done absolutely nothing to convince me he won’t be a .300 hitter in the Majors at some point. The shortstop has also looked great in the field and could be seeing at least one promotion this year.
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Brett Netzer is slashing .333/.375/.400 so far this year. The 22-year-old second baseman is in his first year in Double-A. He’s been an extremely professional hitter his entire career and is looking even better early on.
Durbin Feltman gave up one run on one hit and two walks (one strikeout) in his first inning of work this year. Since then, he’s thrown two perfect innings – striking out three more. Dominant Feltman is back – this time in Double-A. The only question really is how long he’ll spend at the level.
Matthew Kent had a great first year in Double-A last season. This year, he’s already thrown six innings and has yet to give up a run. The left-handed pitcher has a 0.83 WHIP as opponents are hitting just .150 against him.
Adam Lau posted a 4.13 ERA with Portland last year. In 4 2/3 innings this season, the right-handed pitcher hasn’t allowed a run. He’s given up just two hits and two walks while striking out nine.
Kyle Hart has a 3.75 ERA through two starts. In 12 innings the left-handed pitcher has 20 strikeouts compared to one walk. The 26-year-old is definitely one of the more underrated prospects in the system.
Tanner Houck followed up his poor first start with a stellar second one. The 22-year-old went five innings, giving up one run. That helped to lower his ERA to 8.00 over the first nine innings of his 2019 season. Houck is one of the best pitching prospects the Red Sox have and his ERA will continue to drop significantly for a while.
Denyi Reyes struggled in start number two. The 22-year-old now has a 4.50 ERA over two starts (10 innings). Opponents are still hitting just .189 against him though and you should expect more dominant starts from him than bad ones.