Red Sox Prospect Watch: Josh Ockimey has how many home runs?
By Hunter Noll
Triple-A (Pawtucket Red Sox)
Josh Ockimey has been lauded as a prospect with a lot of raw power in the past. While he’s shown that with some absolute missiles in his career, the massive numbers haven’t been there. Don’t get me wrong, 20 home runs last year was great, but this year he’s showing he can truly hit a ton.
The 22-year-old left-handed hitter has 11 home runs already this year. That’s four more than anyone else in the entire Red Sox minor league organization. The power has officially arrived and now it’s just exciting to see how many he can hit in a year.
Sam Travis seems to be enjoying the competition – as he’s still hot as well. The first baseman is on pace for his best season in a long time. Travis is slashing .273/.376/.391 with seven doubles, one triple, and two home runs. He’s 3-for-3 on steal attempts and has 16 RBI and 17 runs scored.
Marco Hernandez made the jump to Triple-A, as clearly the Red Sox want him close to the Majors should they need him. He’s 0-for-8 so far but the rust will come off soon enough.
Mike Shawaryn lost control in his only start this week, walking a season-high six batters. He only allowed two hits through five innings though, limiting the damage to two earned runs. Even with the heavy walks, he holds a 1.13 WHIP to go with a .216 BAA. The right-hander is still waiting for that call-up.
Teddy Stankiewicz got knocked around in his only start, giving up nine hits in five innings (four earned runs). The right-hander is still having a fantastic season though, posting a 3.81 ERA over five starts.
Trevor Kelley has a 1.40 ERA over 19 1/3 innings pitched (14 appearances). I’ll say that again, 1.40 ERA. The 25-year-old right-hander doesn’t get enough consideration as potential bullpen help.