Boston Red Sox Prospect Watch: Major call-up headlines this week
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Gilberto Jimenez is slashing .296/.326/.373 at the moment. The 20-year-old outfielder has eight doubles, one triple, and one home run. Meanwhile, he’s driven in pretty impressive 23 runs and scored 26 more – showing off his speed with six steals. Jimenez has had a strikeout problem in June (23 of his 37 strikeouts), hopefully he can correct that because there’s not much else to complain about at the moment.
Nick Yorke’s average went up again this week. From .254 all the way up to .265. The 19-year-old also has a really strong .351 OBP and a .351 slugging percentage thanks to eight doubles, one triple, and one home run. Yorke’s driven in 16 runs and scored 21 more, stealing nine bases on the year.
Ceddanne Rafaela didn’t have the best week and his average has dipped down to .225. Still the 20-year-old is impressing though, making plays in the field and spending time at a ton of different positions. He has four doubles, three triples, and one home run so far. Meanwhile, he’s driven in 12 runs, scored 24 more, and stolen 13 bases on 13 attempts.
Jaxx Groshans followed up a big week last week with another massive one this time around. The catcher is now slashing .325/.449/.504 with seven doubles and five home runs. That slash line is pretty ridiculous if we’re being honest. He’s driven in 19 runs and scored 25 more, while stealing one base. If he’s feeling any pressure from Connor Wong’s promotion, he isn’t showing it at all.
Joe Davis had a massive game on Sunday that featured two home runs and is now slashing .316/.367/.541 on the year. The first baseman has 12 doubles and six homers to go along with 30 RBI and 22 runs scored. He was slumping slightly but clearly broke out of it.
Matthew Lugo had a great week and his numbers took a bounce up. The shortstop is now hitting .231 with three doubles, one triple, and one home run. He now has 14 RBI and 19 runs scored on the year, to go along with eight steals in nine attempts.
Aldo Ramirez hasn’t pitched in two weeks. I thought it was just a regular skip (don’t want to wear out a 20-year-old prospect’s arm. Hopefully that’s the case but two weeks seems like a long time. I’m also not a manager though, so what do I know.
Jeremy Wu-Yelland only threw 2 2/3 innings this week due to allowing four walks and one hit. However, he struck out two and managed not to give up a run. That helped lower the left-hander’s ERA to 3.26. Meanwhile, Wu-Yelland is working with a 1.25 WHIP and a .169 BAA. He has struck out 39 batters over 30 1/3 innings so far.
Brandon Walter had a phenomenal week. In two appearances the left-hander threw five total innings. He allowed no runs on just three hits and zero walks in that time, while striking out 10. Walter is down to a 1.33 ERA, .176 BAA, and 0.85 WHIP on the year. He has 40 strikeouts in 27 innings and one win to go along with two saves.
Devon Roedahl threw 3 1/3 innings combined over two appearances this week. The right-hander didn’t allow a run in that time, surrendering just two hits and no walks while striking out four batters. Roedahl now has a 1.50 ERA, .172 BAA, and 0.79 WHIP this season. He’s struck out 20 batters over 24 innings, while allowing just four walks. Roedahl now has one win to go along with four saves.