This week’s Boston Red Sox Prospect Watch saw a major call-up
The big news for the Boston Red Sox this week has to be the call-up of catching prospect Connor Wong, one of the pieces acquired in the Mookie Betts trade. Admittedly, he was not having a great year in Triple-A – but was dealing with injuries. And this call-up came as a result of Kevin Plawecki landing him on the IL.
Wong made his MLB debut as a pinch-runner for J.D. Martinez. However, he also made his first career start this week. In that game, Wong collected his first hit, going 1-for-3. He’s hitting .333 with a run so far. This likely won’t be a long stint for the catcher but it’s good to see him getting a chance and proving he’s up to the task.
Bobby Dalbec slumped pretty hard, going 0-for-13 this week with one walk and one RBI (nine strikeouts). He’s now hitting just .206 but has shown good power (nine doubles, three triple, and nine home runs) and solid run production (19 runs scored, 33 RBI, one steal).
Michael Chavis is back in the Majors. He went 2-for-12 this week and drew his first walk of the year, so that’s a positive. It will be interesting to see how much of a chance he gets to prove he’s made improvements in Triple-A.
Garrett Whitlock appeared in two games this week, and both of them were against the New York Yankees. The right-hander threw 3 2/3 shutout innings, allowing just two hits and one walk while striking out four. He also managed to pickup one win over those two appearances, his third of the year. That was also Whitlock’s second win against the Yankees this year. He has a 1.42 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, .234 BAA, and 40 strikeouts in 38 innings.