It’s not just the top prospects making waves for the Boston Red Sox.
We’re still very early into the season for the Boston Red Sox minor league teams, so overreacting can still be a major issue. That being said, we are getting into that part of the season where you can start looking at big numbers and thinking that they might just be legit.
This is great news for the Red Sox, as they have a number of prospects that aren’t exactly on the radar who have performed at an elite level so far this season.
In the Majors, there are really only two young “prospect” type players. Those two being Bobby Dalbec and Garrett Whitlock. Sure, Rafael Devers and Alex Verdugo are both either younger or the same age as those two. But Devers and Verdugo have quite a bit of MLB experience. Dalbec and Whitlock aren’t there yet. So we’ll only be focusing on them for the Majors portion.
Dalbec is hitting .209 and already has 54 strikeouts compared to nine walks in 149 plate appearances. He has had serious ups-and-downs too. When the right-handed hitter is hot, he’s very dangerous. But when he’s struggling, he’s been a hole in the lineup.
That being said, Dalbec has shown plenty of signs that he can put it all together and be a major bat in the lineup. He’s shown a great glove at first base and does have eight doubles, one triple, and five home runs. Meanwhile, he’s driven in 22 runs and scored 11 more (even stealing a base). Dalbec was the top prospect for a reason.
The New York Yankees have to be wondering if they should’ve let Garrett Whitlock go, right? Whitlock has appeared in 13 games for the Red Sox this season. In that time, he has thrown 24 1/3 innings. The right-handed pitcher has a 1.85 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, .222 BAA, one save, and 25 strikeouts over those innings. Lights-out, domination.