Red Sox Prospect Watch: Trevor Kelley finally gets call to Majors
By Hunter Noll
Double-A (Portland Sea Dogs)
It didn’t take long for C.J. Chatham to hit his second Double-A homer. After the Red Sox prospect hit his first last week, he hit another this week. The shortstop is hitting .317 with 15 doubles and those two home runs now. He’s driven in 25 runs and scored 21 more, stealing four bases in the process. Chatham’s bat continues to impress – there’s really nothing else to say.
Jhon Nunez really isn’t getting the love he deserves for the year he’s having. The catcher is hitting .310 with 13 RBI and 18 runs scored. He’s tied a career-high in doubles with nine and set a new mark in homers with four. He’s always shown a lot of promise but this year it’s been kicked into overdrive.
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Bobby Dalbec broke out of his slump the way only Bobby Dalbec can. The third baseman hit a home run on Sunday, then two more on Monday. He’s still hitting just .235 on the year but has 11 doubles and 17 home runs as well. Dalbec’s been walked 50 times, as teams pitch around him often. He’s also driven in 43 runs and scored 39 more.
Jarren Duran‘s starting to pick things up in Double-A. Sure it took a little bit to get going but the signs of life are absolutely there. The outfielder racked up three multi-hit games this week and three steals. He’s now up to .222 with Portland – adding five steals and 12 runs scored.
Dedgar Jimenez bounced back with a very strong start this week. The lefty went six innings, giving up two earned runs on just three hits – while striking out seven. Jimenez has a 3.90 ERA on the season in Double-A and really has been incredible outside of a few implosion starts.
Tanner Houck‘s string of fantastic starts continued. The righty went seven innings without allowing an earned run – striking out four in the process. Houck’s now down to a 3.65 ERA on the year. Although the walks have crept back up a little in recent weeks, he’s allowing free passes less frequently than he did last year. Gotta love growth from the prospects baby!
Matthew Kent has a 2.62 ERA in Double-A this year after allowing just three earned runs combined over his last three starts (22 innings). The lefty has really limited his walks in that time.
Eduard Bazardo has a 3.60 ERA in five innings so far in Double-A. After allowing just nine walks in 41 Advanced-A innings this year, he’s already allowed five in five innings in Double-A. However, this could simply be him getting adjusted to the new level of hitters. Give Bazardo time to get comfortable, because once he does he’ll put on a show.