Boston Red Sox Prospect Watch: Hot streaks everywhere in the minors

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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FORT MYERS, FL – FEBRUARY 22: Tyler Esplin #30 of the Boston Red Sox makes a diving catch on the ball hit by Vidal Brujan #22 of the Tampa Bay Rays for the final out of the game on February 22, 2020 at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Florida. The Red Sox defeated the Rays 4-3. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images) /

Red Sox High-A (Greenville)

Joe Davis is kind of good at hitting a baseball. The first baseman is slashing .357/.361/.671 with six homers and 16 RBI in 17 games in High-A. Overall, he’s slashing .340/.378/.602 with 20 doubles and 16 homers. Davis has 45 runs scored and 65 RBI in 65 games. That’s just wild.

Cameron Cannon is slashing .302/.351/.457 on the year. He has 24 doubles and eight homers, as well as 39 RBI, 46 runs scored, and nine steals. Cannon has looked great offensively all year and tends to flash the leather on defense. It should be fun to watch him hit his way through the minors.

Stephen Scott was having a really strong year in Low-A. In High-A he’s been on a completely different level though. Through eight games, Scott is slashing .375/.412/.844. Yes, you heard that correctly, a slugging percentage of .844. He’s hit three doubles and four home runs, while driving in 10 runs and scoring seven more. Overall Scott has a .275/.385/.504 slash line with 20 doubles, 12 homers, 52 RBI, and 56 runs.

Christian Koss is slashing .271/.331/.436 on the season. The main talking point is the massive game he had this week though. The shortstop has nine home runs on the year, three of them came from one game this week. Koss now has 11 doubles, four triples, and those nine homers. He’s driven in 36 RBI, 43 runs scored, and six steals. Let’s see if that big game can get Koss hot and take a great season into an absolutely incredible one.

Elih Marrero is having a sneakily fantastic season. The catcher is slashing .278/.371/.400 with 11 doubles and one home run. He has just 12 RBI and 19 runs scored so far, which doesn’t sound too great. However, the slash line is solid and the run production isn’t bad considering he’s only appeared in 38 games (115 at-bats). Most impressively, Marrero has 10 steals.

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Tyler Dearden is rocking with a .263/.392/.517 slash line with career-highs in doubles (17) and homers (14). The outfielder also has 52 RBI and 50 runs scored. Both of those numbers are drastically higher than any of their previous seasons, setting new career-highs.

Jaxx Groshans continues to improve his numbers in High-A. The catcher is up to a .255 average in 14 games so far. Overall, Groshans is slashing .286/.389/.432 with eight doubles, one triple, and six home runs. He’s driven in 27 runs and scored another 31, while stealing one base.

Jay Groome had his worst start in months last week. So naturally the lefty went out this week and utterly dominated. Groome went five innings, allowing no runs on just one hit and no walks while striking out six. He now has a 5.01 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, and .227 BAA. I say it all the time but it’s incredible what he’s done after such a bad start. That BAA is good no matter what, now take out his first three games and it’s just stupid elite.

Welp, streaks need to end at some point. For Brian Van Belle his scoreless innings streak ended at 25 2/3. The transformation for his season is still incredible though. The right-hander has a 3.88 ERA, .276 BAA, and 1.26 WHIP. He has 73 strikeouts compared to just 12 walks in 69 2/3 innings pitched.

Brandon Walter has figured out High-A and wow has he been incredible. The left-hander gave up nine earned runs over seven combined innings in his first two starts. In his next start, Walter allowed three earned runs in five innings. Then he went elite mode. Since then, Walter has 17 innings pitched in three games combined. He has allowed just one earned run in that time. Overall, Walter has a 4.03 ERA, .228 BAA, 1.10 WHIP, and 46 strikeouts in 29 innings pitched.

Zach Bryant had a 6.98 ERA entering July. He didn’t allow a single earned run in 11 innings though. And so far in August, he’s added four more scoreless innings. Not only that, but Bryant just two hits and two walks in those 15 innings. This has lowered the right-handers numbers to a 3.93 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, and .168 BAA. He also has 47 strikeouts in 34 1/3 innings pitched.

Dylan Spacke has allowed just two hits and no walks in five scoreless innings in August. The right-hander is down to a 2.87 ERA to this point. Spacke also has a .231 BAA and 1.15 WHIP. He has 59 strikeouts in 47 innings pitched.