Red Sox Prospect Watch: Can anything stop Jarren Duran?
By Hunter Noll
Triple-A (Pawtucket Red Sox)
You’d think with Chavis in the Majors, Pawtucket’s power would suffer. However, Josh Ockimey clearly didn’t get the message. Although the first base prospect is hitting .254, he’s slugging .603 thanks to five doubles and one triple – as well as five home runs. The left-handed prospect also has 12 RBI.
Chad De La Guerra is back and already hitting .333 (6-for-18) with a double and a triple. The left-handed hitter also has one steal and three runs scored. DLG is a versatile infielder who could very well make his MLB debut in 2019.
Sam Travis was hitting .180 this time last week. He’s on a five-game hitting-streak though and is now up to .227. In that five-game streak, Travis hit his first home run of the year and walked six times. Hopefully, he can get back on track, as there’s still plenty of potential left in his bat.
I know Rusney Castillo‘s 31, but it should be mentioned that he leads the team in RBI (18) and doubles (5). He’s also second on the team in runs (12) and third in homers (3). This guy can hit and I don’t think the Red Sox have completely given up on him yet.
Travis Lakins is back in Triple-A after making his MLB debut. He has a 3.86 ERA and 10 strikeouts in 9 1/3 innings. The righty is just biding his time until he’s sent back up to the Majors.
Mike Shawaryn has a 3.49 ERA over 28 1/3 innings. Many expected him to get the call to the Majors recently, but it didn’t happen. He has 24 strikeouts and has allowed just one home run so far. That MLB debut will happen this year.
Bobby Poyner is also back in Triple-A and has looked good recently. The lefty has a 3.24 ERA over 8 1/3 innings with a ridiculous 15 strikeouts. He’ll be back with the Boston Red Sox at some point this year.
Trevor Kelley is another pitcher who could make his Major League debut this year. The right-handed pitcher has a 0.93 ERA in 9 2/3 innings. He has a 1.14 WHIP and continues to climb the prospect ranks well after being drafted in the 36th round of the 2015 MLB Draft.
Matthew Gorst allowed an earned run in his first appearance of the year but has yet to do so since. The righty has a 1.08 ERA over 8 1/3 innings between Double-A and Triple-A.
Josh Taylor is another pitcher who was speculated to get a call-up recently. The 26-year-old lefty has a 1.86 ERA over 9 2/3 innings. He’s struck out 15 and has one save in one opportunity.
Teddy Stankiewicz made his first start of the year this week. The 25-year-old righty went six innings, giving up three runs. He’s always been someone that can eat up a lot of innings, making him a pretty intriguing prospect.