Boston Red Sox Prospect Watch: Everyone’s settling in for week two

Feb 14, 2020; Lee County, Florida, USA; Boston Red Sox infielder Jeter Downs (20) blows a bubble with his bubble gum as he works out during spring training. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 14, 2020; Lee County, Florida, USA; Boston Red Sox infielder Jeter Downs (20) blows a bubble with his bubble gum as he works out during spring training. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /
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Red Sox prospect Triston Casas
Red Sox prospect Triston Casas.. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Getty Images) /

Red Sox Double-A (Portland)

Yep, we’re going to bring it up again because it needs to be reiterated – it’s early. Last week that was mentioned when talking about Triston Casas and his 3-for-18 (.167) with two walks, two RBI, and three runs scored. He responded. Casas is now slashing .341/.383/.568 with one double and three home runs. The 21-year-old has 12 RBI and nine runs scored as well. It appears it took him just one week to get used to Double-A pitching.

Ronaldo Hernandez holds a .273/.351/.455 slash line with two home runs. He’s only driven in two runs and scored four runs so far, but it’s hard to not see his numbers as a positive. Hernandez is an all-around catching prospect. He will be a good defender and should have a plus bat.

Jeisson Rosario is only 21. It’s incredible considering how mature his eye is. Rosario is hitting .282 with a .378 on-base percentage. He has six walks this year and walked 87 times in 2019. The left-handed hitter has two doubles on the year, and has scored seven runs while driving in six more. Good fielding and speed make Rosario a very intriguing prospect. If he can keep hitting and getting on-base at a good clip, he could become a fantastic player.

Johan Mieses is listed at 6’2″, 185 lbs. He looks like a tank though, and swings like one too. The right-handed hitter has a .250 average with 11 RBI and 10 runs scored. He has nine hits in 36 at-bats. Six of those nine hits are home runs. At this point you almost have to assume that any time Mieses puts the bat on the ball it might be going out of the park. Great find by the Red Sox.

Pedro Castellanos is also 9-for-36 (.250). However, he has just one home run on the year. Castellanos has added six RBI and nine runs scored so far. 2019 saw him start to show off some of that power, so hopefully he can get back into that groove soon enough.

Ryan Fitzgerald just hits man. The righty has a .316 average with six doubles, and has driven in five runs while scoring three more. He will give you a good at-bat at all times. Fitz is like Fat Joe, he’s never going to disappoint in a game (or on a song) but people don’t tend to give him the proper recognition. Seriously, name a bad Fat Joe verse … I’ll wait.

Grant Williams had himself a week. The left-handed hitter had a .125 batting average heading into the week. Then he got a hit in 4-out-of-5 games that he played, going 10-for-20 in that time. Absurd. The 25-year-old now has a .393 average with two doubles, one steal, and six runs scored.

Josh Winckowski could absolutely climb up the prospect ladder real quick. The 22-year-old righty has allowed just one earned run in 9 1/3 innings with eight strikeouts. He has a 0.96 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and .091 BAA. Winckowski has been untouchable.

Kutter Crawford looks better than ever returning from Tommy John surgery. The righty has a 1.13 ERA over eight innings, to go with 12 strikeouts. Crawford has a 0.75 WHIP and he has yet to allow a walk, while opponents are hitting just .207 against him.

Durbin Feltman is on a path to return as the closer of the future. So far, that journey is going pretty well in 2021. The righty has a .217 BAA and 0.83 WHIP. He has a 3.00 ERA and has 12 strikeouts compared to zero walks in six innings. Walks were a pretty serious problem for Feltman in the past, so that’s a great sign.

Denyi Reyes has a 3.24 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in 8 1/3 innings so far. The 24-year-old right-hander has eight strikeouts compared to just one walk, but has also hit three batters. The biggest positive so far though is that he has yet to give up a home run.