Red Sox Prospect Watch: Bobby Dalbec promoted to Triple-A
By Hunter Noll
Advanced-A (Salem Red Sox)
Logan Browning was having no problems with Full-A pitching and now gets to test himself in Advanced-A. His first showing was a little rocky but overall solid. Over two innings Browning allowed four hits and one walk but managed not to allow a run. The 23-year-old lefty had a 2.04 ERA with Greenville, now we’ll see what he brings to Salem.
Browning is joining another talented lefty in the Salem bullpen. Dominic LoBrutto has a 2.10 ERA over 25 2/3 innings in Advanced-A. He’s struck out 24 compared to just four walks and has a 0.94 WHIP to this point.
Thad Ward‘s struggled a bit over his last two starts but still has a 2.58 ERA in Advanced-A. The righty’s numbers between Salem and Greenville are ridiculous. He has 134 strikeouts over 110 2/3 innings as well as a .207 BAA and 2.20 ERA.
Joan Martinez has a 3.75 ERA and 47 strikeouts over 36 innings in Advanced-A. The 22-year-old has struggled in some areas (1.45 WHIP) but has a .229 BAA and his 3.96 combined ERA is much improved from last season.
Rio Gomez isn’t dominating like he did in Full-A but his Advanced-A numbers are still great. Yes, the 1.37 WHIP and .266 BAA need work, but the 2.88 ERA is solid. Overall, he has a 2.14 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and .219 BAA. He’s also struck out 66 batters in 59 innings.
Pedro Castellanos is hitting .275 with 60 RBI and 54 runs scored. He’s mashed 19 doubles and one triple – and he added another homer this week, putting his career-high total up to six now. It appears he might actually be finding his power swing and that will make him an extremely interesting prospect.
Victor Acosta is driving in runs in bunches suddenly. He’s had seven over his last three games. The outfielder is hitting .303 with 33 runs scored and 41 RBI on the season. Although he doesn’t hit for much power (17 doubles and one home run), that’s the only weakness in the game. He still has an incredible 30 walks compared to just 33 strikeouts.
Ryan Fitzgerald is down to .284 but is still having a superb year. The shortstop has 20 doubles, six triples, and one home run. More importantly, though, he’s driven in 57 runs and scored 50 more.