Advanced-A (Salem Red Sox)
Marcus Wilson seems to be enjoying his time in the Boston Red Sox organization so far. Specifically, his time with the Salem Red Sox. Wilson is on an absolute tear, as the outfielder just ended a six-game hitting streak (four straight games with multiple hits). The 22-year-old is hitting .341 in Advanced-A and has seven home runs. He’s smacked seven doubles and one triple as well, driving in 22 runs in 29 games.
Victor Acosta is hitting .317 and has 12 doubles on the year. The outfielder has shown an ability to produce runs despite not hitting for much power (one homer) – with 29 RBI and 23 runs scored.
Ryan Fitzgerald‘s fantastic year continues. The shortstop is hitting .319 with 15 doubles and four triples. He’s driven in 46 runs and scored 29 more – even stealing nine bases. It might be time for the 25-year-old to be given a new challenge soon.
Pedro Castellanos has been getting hot-and-cold lately. The first baseman is hitting .263 on the year with 15 doubles and one home run – stealing eight bases. He’s driven in an impressive 40 runs but his .312 OBP and .332 slugging percentage could use help.
Bryan Mata has a 1.79 ERA and 3-1 record on the season. The 20-year-old has 45 strikeouts (compared to 15 walks) in 45 1/3 innings. He has a .182 BAA and 0.99 WHIP. Mata has done everything right to prove he deserves a big spotlight.
Joan Martinez is back and has already dropped his ERA to 1.85. The 22-year-old righty has 38 strikeouts in 24 1/3 innings and has yet to give up a home run on the season.
Rio Gomez has a 2.76 ERA in Advanced-A after posting a 1.09 ERA in Full-A. The lefty has combined for a 1.99 between both, striking out 49 batters in 41 innings. Gomez is 2-0 and 5-for-5 in save opportunities.
Thad Ward made his Advanced-A debut this week. The 22-year-old had a walk problem (seven walks in 4 1/3 innings). However, he allowed just one run in that time, leading to a 2.08 ERA. The righty was absolutely incredible in Full-A and definitely has the potential to climb up the ladder fast.