Red Sox Prospect Watch: Marcus Wilson catching fire in Salem
By Hunter Noll
Short-A (Lowell Spinners)
Nick Decker will likely hit a ton of home runs when it’s all said and done. The 19-year-old hasn’t hit any yet though. In 22 at-bats he’s hitting .273 with two doubles and two triples. He’s driven in six runs already, scoring three more.
Antoni Flores is hitting just .143 with one double so far. The 18-year-old shortstop has three RBI and has yet to score a run. Don’t be discouraged though. Flores is one of the most exciting prospects the Red Sox have. This is his first taste of Short-A, big things are coming.
Nicholas Northcut is hitting .290 in 31 at-bats and already has four doubles and one triple. The third baseman has driven in eight runs in eight games, scoring five more.
Juan Carlos Abreu will be entertaining to watch. The outfielder has only played in three games for Short-A and already has seven hits (.538 average). He’s driven in one run and scored five more.
Gilberto Jimenez is only 18 and has 11 hits in 25 at-bats (.440) this season. The outfielder has two doubles and one triple and is 2-for-2 in steal opportunities.
Jonathan Diaz is definitely a name to keep an eye on at catcher. The 19-year-old is 7-for-20 (.350) with four doubles so far. He’s scored three runs and driven in two more, walking twice as well.
Aldo Ramirez has made two starts for Short-A so far this year. He’s combined to go 10 innings, allowing just two runs (1.80 ERA) on six hits. In that time, the 18-year-old righty has walked three and struck out 10. Ramirez has a .167 BAA and 0.90 WHIP.
Yusniel Padron-Artilles has 14 strikeouts in 12 innings so far. The 21-year-old has a 2.25 ERA, .186 BAA, and 0.92 WHIP to go along with that. Artilles also pitched in Full-A this year, but the righty couldn’t find his footing. Clearly, things are going much better for him so far in Short-A.