Red Sox Prospect Watch: Trevor Kelley finally gets call to Majors
By Hunter Noll
Triple-A (Pawtucket Red Sox)
Chad De La Guerra is on absolute fire. The infielder is now up to a .324 average on the year in Triple-A. He’s hit 14 doubles and one triple, as well as eight home runs. DLG’s also driven in 26 runs and scored 26 more. As mentioned before, DLG’s in a tough spot. He plays shortstop, third base and second base. Those are three positions that have quite a few names ahead of him on the roster. With that being said, De La Guerra definitely deserves a look in the Majors this season.
Josh Ockimey is hitting .210 on the year but already has 52 walks. The left-handed hitting first baseman also has 11 doubles and two triples on the year. Meanwhile, he’s already closing in on a career-high in homers. Before the year, his previous mark was 20 – but he’s already bashed 16 dingers this season. Mix that in with 38 RBI and 41 runs scored and you’ll forgive the average.
Sam Travis was in London with the Boston Red Sox this weekend, but he’s back in Triple-A now. The first baseman’s up to a .270 average and has five home runs and 13 doubles on the season. Still just 25, there’s no reason to believe he can’t find his footing in Pawtucket.
Kyle Hart is down to a 3.44 ERA after another strong outing this week. The left-hander went four innings, allowing just one run on three hits and one walk – striking out three. Hart is having a great season between Double-A and Triple-A and has shown clear improvements from last season.
Teddy Stankiewicz gave up five earned runs in five innings in his last start. However, his ERA is still under 4.00 at 3.90. The right-hander didn’t walk anyone – which was a major positive but he did allow nine hits. Stankiewicz has really limited his implosion starts this year. So that bodes well for his future outings.
Bobby Poyner and Travis Lakins continue bouncing back from weak starts to the season. They’ll earn themselves more chances in the Majors if they keep it up.
Darwinzon Hernandez allowed two earned runs on three hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings. That’s easily his best outing in Triple-A when it comes to the walks – and the eight strikeouts were a high for the level too. There’s still a lot to work on but Hernandez might be coming around.