Red Sox Prospect Watch: Minor League regular season is over
By Hunter Noll
Short-A (Lowell Spinners)
Gilberto Jimenez literally didn’t stop hitting all year. In 59 games for Lowell, Jimenez hit .359 with 11 doubles, three triples, and three home runs. The switch-hitter drove in 19 runs and 35 more scored, stealing 14 bases. The 19-year-old outfielder is an elite defender and has ridiculous speed. He’ll be at a higher level next year and don’t expect him to stop impressing.
Matthew Lugo made it to Short-A before the year ended, going 2-for-8. The 18-year-old shortstop was selected in the second round of the 2019 draft by the Red Sox and is already seen as one of their top prospects.
Joe Davis was selected in the 19th round of the draft this year. Despite playing in just 40 games this season, the first baseman hit nine doubles and five homers with an impressive 28 RBI and 18 runs scored. He has legitimate power and run production skills.
Nick Decker ended the year with a .247 average and has 10 doubles, five triples, and six home runs. He drove in 25 runs and scored 23 over 53 games. The 19-year-old outfielder was taken in the second round last year and the Red Sox should have big plans for him in their future.
Cameron Cannon hit .205 in Short-A after getting drafted in the second round this year. The shortstop had 12 doubles and three home runs with 21 RBI and 17 runs scored. Cannon has unlimited potential and could shoot up the minors fast.
Nicholas Northcut hit .211 with 10 doubles, two triples, and one home run last year. The third baseman had 22 RBI and 20 runs scored, showing he can produce some runs even when he’s struggling at the plate. At just 20, he has more than enough time to figure it out as well.
Antoni Flores only had a .193 average but the 18-year-old shortstop has superstar written all over him. With some experience under his belt next year you should expect some big improvements.
Marino Campana struggled this year, but the 21-year-old picked it up a little bit in the end. He finished hitting .191 combined over three levels, with seven doubles, two triples, and nine home runs. The right-handed-hitting outfielder had some problems clearly, but the power still shined through at times. He also still drove in 33 runs and scored 30 more in just 67 games, even stealing five bases.
Roldani Baldwin was hurt for most of the year, but the catcher was healthy to end the season. The catcher is one of the Red Sox top prospects hit .348 over eight games in the minors, picking up one home run and driving in four runs.
Noah Song pitched 17 innings and allowed just two runs (1.06 ERA). The righty had a .167 BAA and a 0.88 WHIP, even striking out 19 batters. Song was drafted in the fourth round this year and is already one of the most exciting prospects in the Red Sox system.
Jay Groome was injured all year but managed a few games at the end of the season. In three appearances between Short-A and Rookie Ball, Groome tossed four innings. In that time, the 21-year-old lefty had a 2.25 ERA and struck out six batters. He’s still an elite prospect and has more than enough time to get healthy and back on track.
Chris Murphy threw 33 1/3 innings for Lowell this year. The left-handed pitcher struck out 34 batters in that time and had a 1.06 ERA. He also posted a .197 BAA and a 0.90 WHIP. The 21-year-old was drafted in the sixth round this year and could shoot up the ladder rather quickly.
Osvaldo De La Rosa had a 1.75 ERA over 25 2/3 innings in Short-A. The righty had 27 strikeouts in that time. He also went 5-1 and was 3-for-3 in save opportunities. The 21-year-old boasted a .180 BAA and a 1.09 WHIP.
Ryan Fernandez was selected in the 23rd round of the 2019 Draft. He immediately proved himself to be an amazing value pick, tossing 43 1/3 innings for Lowell this year. In that time, the 21-year-old righty posted a 2.49 ERA. Fernandez also had a .188 BAA and a 0.95 WHIP.