Boston Red Sox Prospect Watch: Jarren Duran gets the call to the show

BOSTON, MA - MAY 11: Jarren Duran #24 of the Worcester Red Sox reacts before the inaugural game at Polar Park against the Syracuse Mets on May 11, 2021 in Worcester, Massachusetts. It was the first game ever played at Polar Park. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MAY 11: Jarren Duran #24 of the Worcester Red Sox reacts before the inaugural game at Polar Park against the Syracuse Mets on May 11, 2021 in Worcester, Massachusetts. It was the first game ever played at Polar Park. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images) /
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DENVER, CO – JULY 11: Brayan Bello #17 of American League Futures Team pitches against the National League Futures Team at Coors Field on July 11, 2021 in Denver, Colorado.(Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /

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Tyreque Reed finally got the promotion to Double-A that he’s deserved for quite some time now. The first baseman slashed .296/.405/.587 with eight doubles, one triple, and 14 home runs in Advanced-A. He drove in 50 runs in 48 games, to go along with 40 runs scored and four steals. So far, Reed is 4-for-11 (.364) with three walks in Double-A. He’s added a double, one RBI, and two runs scored already.

Triston Casas is off to the Olympics. He got a great last week for a bit in though. The 21-year-old is riding a five-game hitting streak at the moment. He also smacked a pair of homers and had a handful of RBI this week. Casas is slashing .271/.354/.424 with four doubles, two triples, and six home runs. He’s racked up 30 RBI and scored 33 runs, as well as stolen four bases.

Ronaldo Hernandez is having an absolutely insane month of July so far. To this point, the catcher is slashing .415/.442/.780 with six doubles, three home runs, 11 RBI, and eight runs scored. How good is that? Well it’s more than doubled his RBI-total. Hernandez is now slashing .257/.293/.475 with 12 doubles, nine home runs, 21 RBI, and 19 runs scored.

Devlin Granberg is having a star-prospect-making season. After dominating Advanced-A, he’s dominating Double-A even more somehow. The outfielder slashed .326/.416/.642 in Advanced-A and is slashing .349/.365/.614 in Double-A. Between the two levels Granberg is hitting .337 with 12 doubles, two triples, and a career-high 12 home runs. He’s scored 38 runs and driven in 45 more, while stealing four bases.

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Hudson Potts also had a fantastic week. He was hitting .187 entering but left with a .212 average. Potts has just 99 at-bats so far but already has one double, six home runs, 15 runs scored, and 20 RBI. The third baseman is clearly starting to get comfortable at the plate and get his average back up. Meanwhile, the power and run production is very real.

Pedro Castellanos is having one of the better seasons in the Red Sox minors this year, but it’s gone by relatively quietly. The 23-year-old is slashing .301/.365/.505 with 10 doubles, one triple, and 10 home runs. He’s driven in 33 runs and scored 40 more, stealing one base. Castellanos has done absolutely everything this year and become such a complete hitter. Triple-A could be in his near-future.

Ryan Fitzgerald is going to set a few career-highs in 2021. The shortstop is slashing .266/.353/.512. That OBP is a career-high and the slugging percentage is insanely higher than anything he’s done in the past. Meanwhile, Fitzgerald already has 22 doubles (career-high is 25) and eight home runs (already tied for his career-best). He’s also hit two triples, has 27 RBI, 28 runs scored, and three steals.

Jeisson Rosario is not having the best year but he did have one of his better games on Sunday. The outfielder went 2-for-4 with a walk, an HBP, a home run, two RBI, three runs scored, and a steal. On the year, Rosario is slashing .238/.343/.302 with seven doubles and two home runs. He’s driven in 24 runs, scored 29 more, and stolen seven bases.

Alex Scherff threw another 3 1/3 scoreless innings this week. The right-hander has thrown 5 1/3 innings in Double-A so far. In that time, he has allowed zero runs on just three hits (zero walks) and has struck out seven. Scherff even has one save for Portland so far. In 28 innings between Advanced-A and Double-A, he has a 2.25 ERA, .190 BAA, and 1.11 WHIP with 44 strikeouts.

Kutter Crawford with another fantastic start this week. The right-hander allowed one run on three hits over six innings, while striking out eight. Crawford now holds a 3.35 ERA, .183 BAA, and 0.77 WHIP. Crawford has 55 strikeouts compared to just five walks in 40 1/3 innings pitched.

Brayan Bello is not utterly dominating in Double-A like he was in Advanced-A. However, the numbers are far from bad. The right-hander has a 4.03 ERA, .226 BAA, and 1.25 WHIP over 22 1/3 innings in Double-A. Overall he has a 3.00 ERA, .221 BAA, and 1.11 WHIP. In 54 innings Bello has 76 strikeouts compared to 16 walks.

Zack Kelly’s worst stat is probably a 1.05 WHIP, I can’t express how insane that is. Meanwhile, the right-hander has a 1.09 ERA and a .169 BAA. Kelly has 36 strikeouts over 24 2/3 innings pitched. He also has a 2-1 record, four holds, and is 5-for-5 in save opportunities.