Red Sox Prospect Watch: Bryan Mata makes triumphant return
By Hunter Noll
Triple-A (Pawtucket Red Sox)
Chad De La Guerra has been awesome in Triple-A this season. The infielder is slashing .316/.372/.582 in 23 games. Despite that small amount of games, DLG has raked seven doubles and one triple, as well as four home runs. The left-handed hitter has 12 RBI and 12 runs scored, as well as one steal.
Josh Ockimey is down to a .204 average, but the power is absolutely there for the 23-year-old. Ockimey has eight doubles and two triples to go along with a fantastic 14 home runs. He’s driven in 32 runs and scored 36 more – walking 43 times (.358 OBP).
Josh Tobias is putting together a really strong season between Double-A and Triple-A. Combined between the two, he’s hitting .286 with 14 extra base hits and two steals. The 26-year-old has 17 RBI and 18 runs scored.
Jantzen Witte now has 10 doubles and six home runs on the year. The right-handed hitter also has 26 RBI and 19 runs combined between Double-A and Triple-A. He only hit .150 with Portland but has a .281 average with Pawtucket.
Let’s give Trevor Kelley a look in the Major League bullpen already, am I right? The 25-year-old has a 1.20 ERA in 30 innings this year. Opponents are hitting .221 against him and he’s got four wins and is 2-for-2 in save opportunities. A career 2.38 ERA and somehow the righty still hasn’t gotten a shot in the Majors.
Teddy Stankiewicz bounced back nicely from that dreadful start last week. This week, he went six innings, allowing just one earned run. That lowered his ERA to 4.46 as the right-hander continues to have a solid season. Outside of his May 31 start (seven earned runs in 2 1/3 innings), Stankiewicz has a 3.08 ERA on the season.
Kyle Hart has a 3.71 ERA in Triple-A and it’s a weird situation. The lefty threw a complete game shutout in his first start. He’s had two appearances since then, giving up seven runs in eight innings. However, neither of those two appearances were starts. That could’ve thrown him off his rhythm as Hart is accustomed to starting games.
Travis Lakins is down to a 3.32 ERA in Triple-A, as he’s looked much better there recently. The 24-year-old will likely be in the Majors again at some point this year.
Dedgar Jimenez got absolutely rocked in his second Triple-A start of the year. The lefty went two innings, allowing nine runs on five hits and six walks. That puts his Triple-A ERA at 14.09. 14.09 is actually a lot lower than the 19.64 ERA he had after two Double-A starts this year. In case you forgot – he has a 3.55 ERA in Portland now, so let’s wait and see how this plays out.