Boston Red Sox Prospect Watch: Return of Triston Casas highlights week

FORT MYERS, FLORIDA - MARCH 14: Triston Casas #94 of the Boston Red Sox at bat against the Minnesota Twins during a Grapefruit League spring training game at Hammond Stadium on March 14, 2021 in Fort Myers, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
FORT MYERS, FLORIDA - MARCH 14: Triston Casas #94 of the Boston Red Sox at bat against the Minnesota Twins during a Grapefruit League spring training game at Hammond Stadium on March 14, 2021 in Fort Myers, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /
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YOKOHAMA, JAPAN – AUGUST 04: Triston Casas #26 of Team United States hits a two-run home run against Team Dominican Republic in the first inning during the knockout stage of men’s baseball on day twelve of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Yokohama Baseball Stadium on August 04, 2021 in Yokohama, Japan. (Photo by Koji Watanabe/Getty Images) /

Red Sox Double-A (Portland)

It’s already been said, but let’s talk about it again. Triston Casas is back. That’s fun. He’s gotten right back into hitting too. The 21-year-old is slashing .271/.355/.411 with five doubles, two triples, and six home runs. He’s driven in 32 runs and scored 36 more, stealing five bases. It will be fun to see how he performs after mashing in the Olympics.

Kole Cottam had a massive game on Sunday that included his first Double-A home run. The catcher is now slashing .288/.385/.497 with 17 doubles, one triple, and seven home runs overall on the season. He’s driven in 28 runs and scored 25 more.

Devlin Granberg is hitting .301 in Double-A and slashing .310/.362/.549 overall on the season. He already has 18 doubles, two triples, and a career-high 14 home runs. Granberg also already has 50 runs scored and a career-best 62 RBI, even stealing five bases. It’s been an incredible year for the 25-year-old and he’s continuing to show he deserves more attention.

Tyreque Reed had a good week and is back up to a .263/.358/.463 slash line in Double-A. Overall, he has 15 doubles, one triple, and 17 home runs on the season. That’s just one homer shy of tying his career-high. Reed’s driven in 65 runs and scored 50 more in 73 games, stealing four bases. The run production has been absolutely elite.

Cameron Cannon is slumping a bit in Double-A but overall on the year still has a .294/.343/.444 slash line. The shortstop has 26 doubles and eight home runs so far. Meanwhile, he’s scored 49 runs and driven in 39 more – while stealing nine bases. Cannon’s just getting started in Portland, so let him get it figured out.

Pedro Castellanos is slashing .275/.350/.446 with 12 doubles, two triples, and a career-high 11 home runs. He has 39 RBI and 53 runs scored, as well as two steals. Castellanos is showing good power this year and more importantly, playing a solid outfield.

Ronaldo Hernandez has struggled in August so far, but is still having a pretty decent season overall. The catcher is slashing .239/.281/.429 with 14 doubles and 11 home runs. He has 27 RBI and 26 runs scored so far. The position is a little crowded in Double-A at the moment, but Hernandez shouldn’t be worried about losing too many ABs.

Casas isn’t the only player that returned from the Olympics to Portland, Roldani Baldwin is back as well. The 25-year-old is slashing .240/.331/.394 on the year, and has been great since his return. In three games in August, Baldwin is 3-for-13 (not great) but has two home runs and four RBI. On the year, he now has five doubles, one triple, and three home runs. He’s driven in 11 runs and scored 14 more.

Grant Williams hit his first home run of the year, so that’s fun. The infielder is now slashing .284/.315/.365 with 10 doubles, two triples, and one home run in Double-A this year. He has 12 RBI, 34 runs scored, and eight steals as well.

Chris Murphy now has two starts in Double-A. In that time he has allowed four runs over 10 innings pitched (3.60 ERA). He has struck out 14 batters in that time. Murph now has at least five strikeouts in nine straight starts, a really impressive streak. Overall on the year, he has 95 strikeouts in 78 1/3 innings pitched this season.

Brayan Bello had an absolutely fantastic start this week. The 22-year-old gave up just one run on seven hits over six innings, striking out nine. Bello now has a 3.64 ERA over 76 2/3 innings pitched between two levels this year. In that time, he has struck out an absolutely wild 112 batters.

Joan Martinez has been phenomenal lately. Since the start of June, the right-hander has allowed one run on six hits and five walks in 14 1/3 innings pitched, striking out 20. Overall on the year, Martinez has a 3.03 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, and ridiculous .187 BAA. In 29 2/3 innings pitched he has struck out 43 batters, and is now 3-for-3 on save opportunities.

Rio Gomez continues his dominance. The left-hander is now up to 4 2/3 scoreless innings in August, after throwing nine scoreless innings in July. The streak has allowed Gomez to lower his ERA in Double-A to 4.50. Meanwhile, he is down to a 1.36 WHIP and .273 BAA. Gomez has also struck out 36 batters in 28 innings so far.