Red Sox Prospect Watch: Austin Rei working his way back

FT. MYERS, FL - FEBRUARY 20: Austin Rei #89 of the Boston Red Sox poses for a portrait during the Boston Red Sox photo day on February 20, 2018 at JetBlue Park in Ft. Myers, Florida. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
FT. MYERS, FL - FEBRUARY 20: Austin Rei #89 of the Boston Red Sox poses for a portrait during the Boston Red Sox photo day on February 20, 2018 at JetBlue Park in Ft. Myers, Florida. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /
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FORT MYERS, FL – FEBRUARY 23: Fans watch during batting practice prior to a Grapefruit League spring training game between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park at Fenway South on February 23, 2019 in Fort Myers, Florida. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

Short-A (Lowell Spinners)

Gilberto Jimenez is awesome – I’m making my official declaration of that. The 19-year-old outfielder is hitting .357 with three doubles and one triple. He’s stolen four bases and has five RBI and 11 runs scored in 18 games. Jimenez has all types of potential.

Jonathan Diaz is another catching prospect the Red Sox should keep a close eye on. The 20-year-old has six doubles and one triple in 43 at-bats, hitting .326 in that time. Over the last two seasons, Diaz has allowed just 12 steals while catching 14 base runners.

Nicholas Northcut is only hitting .233 but things are looking up. The third baseman is riding a four-game hitting streak and has an RBI in all four. He also hit his first home run of the year on Tuesday.

Nick Decker is in the same boat as Northcut. The outfielder is hitting just .232 but is coming off the heels of his best game of the year. Decker went 3-for-4 with his first home run of the year in his last game. He has three doubles and two triples, as well as that one homer and nine RBI.

Kris Jackson is 2-for-2 in save opportunities this year and has a 0.00 ERA in 8 1/3 innings for Lowell. The righty has a .120 BAA and 0.60 WHIP He’s allowed just three hits and two walks in that time and is flashing exciting potential as a strong future reliever.

Ryan Zeferjahn is already making waves. The right-hander was drafted in the third round in this year’s MLB Draft. He’s thrown three scoreless innings in Short-A, allowing three hits while striking out six.

Hildemaro Requena already has 14 innings under his belt for Lowell this year. The righty has a 0.64 ERA and 0.86 WHIP in that time, holding opponents to a .163 BAA.

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Yusniel Padron-Artilles has thrown 28 innings for Lowell this year. The pitching prospect is showing the Red Sox a lot to love. So far he’s struck out 37 batters, posting a 1.61 ERA and 0.86 WHIP, holding opponents to a .178 BAA. The 21-year-old is keeping his walks down (six in Short-A), which is proving to make him an extremely effective pitcher.