21. Cameron Cannon (Shortstop)
The Red Sox selected Cameron Cannon in the second-round of the 2019 draft. Cannon has the potential to be someone who finds his way to the Majors pretty quickly.
While the shortstop struggled in his first year in the minors, he has a pretty refined game already.
Cannon hit .200 over 170 at-bats. The right-handed hitter had 12 doubles and three triples in that time. He added 21 RBI and 17 runs scored, stealing one base in one attempt.
Defensively, Cannon played both second base and shortstop. While he struggled at times with errors, he should be pretty reliable at both positions.
Cannon’s best tool is his bat. He could be a high .200s and even a .300 hitter. While he likely won’t ever be a 30-plus home run guy, he could turn out 15-20 in a season. Adding in a lot of doubles and the high average and his run production should be nice as well.
Admittedly, Cannon isn’t the most exciting of prospects. He turned 22 on October 16 and didn’t pop off the page in his first season.
However, he already has a good amount of experience and could find himself making a few leaps in year two now that he’s acclimated.
The Red Sox don’t really have a spot for him with Xander Bogaerts at shortstop. His ability to play second base as well gives Cannon a fallback though, especially with Boston not really having the perfect solution there at the moment.
Don’t be surprised if Cannon takes a massive step forward in 2020. Now that he has some time under his belt we could see the polished prospect that the Red Sox were hoping for. He could even find himself all the way up in Double-A by the time the season is over.