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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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)

Stephen Scott’s High-A numbers are just absolutely ridiculous. The outfielder is slashing .418/.484/.836 in 14 games. He has eight doubles, five home runs, 12 runs scored, and a ridiculous 17 RBI. Overall, Scott is rocking a .292/.401/.532 slash line with 25 doubles and 13 home runs. he has driven in 59 runs and scored 61 more, stealing three bases.

Elih Marrero is working with a nine-game hitting-streak at the moment. That’s helped to raise his average nearly .050 points. The catcher is slashing .285/.393/.398 with 11 doubles and one home run. He has 12 RBI, 24 runs, and an impressive 11 steals in 12 attempts.

Joe Davis has been slumping a little bit lately, but the first baseman did homer on Sunday. It wouldn’t be surprising if that helped to break him out of his slump and we got the masher back soon. On the year, Davis is slashing .320/.357/.573 with 20 doubles and 17 home runs over two levels. He has driven in 67 runs in 70 games, as well as scored another 47.

Tyler Dearden continues to absolutely mash this season. The outfielder is slashing .261/.385/.529 through 73 games. In that time he has set new career-highs in basically every category. That includes doubles (18), home runs (17), RBI (60), and runs scored (57). Most impressively, most of those stats are well above his previous career-highs.

Jaxx Groshans has been adjusting pretty well to High-A. And with it, he is starting to flash a little bit more power at the moment. Overall on the year between Low-A and High-A, Groshans is slashing .279/.381/.447 with nine doubles, one triple, and eight home runs. The catcher has 31 RBI and 34 runs scored, as well as one steal.

Nick Sogard was playing very well in Double-A but the returns of Casas and Baldwin from the Olympics saw Sogard go back to High-A. On the season, the infielder is slashing .280/.345/.445 with 11 doubles, two triples, and nine home runs. He has 32 RBI and 43 runs scored, as well as eight steals.

Jake MacKenzie is currently riding a six-game hitting-streak that has seen his average with Greenville rise from .176 to .297. Overall on the year, MacKenzie has a .250/.376/.345 slash line with five doubles and two home runs. He has seven RBI and 22 runs scored, as well as three steals.

Brandon Howlett’s average has been dipping recently, but overall his numbers are still very good. It’s been great to see his power continue to improve this year. Howlett is slashing .243/.344/.453 with 13 doubles as well as career-highs in both triples (2) and home runs (13). The third baseman has also tied his career-mark for runs with 48, while setting a new one in RBI with 45. He also has two steals.

Jay Groome did not have his best start of the year this week, but it wasn’t miserable. While he did allow four runs in 5 1/3 innings, it was on just five hits. The issue was the long ball, as the lefty gave up three home runs. He did manage eight strikeouts though. On the year, Groome has a 5.15 ERA to go along with really strong numbers in WHIP (1.27) and BAA (.228). He also has 92 strikeouts in 64 2/3 innings.

Dylan Spacke currently holds a 2.79 ERA on the season. In 51 2/3 innings pitched, the right-hander has a .232 BAA and a 1.14 WHIP. Spacke has struck out 64 batters compared to 15 walks. What’s impressive is that he has made 24 appearances this year, but only one start (and that was actually on Sunday). It seems like the Red Sox want to take their time with him and give him longer-type relief outings. Stretch him out and soon get him into a long-term starting role.

Chase Shugart is finding his footing again after four straight really strong starts. The right-hander has been phenomenal in August specifically. Over two starts, Shugart has a 1.54 ERA, .163 BAA, and 0.86 WHIP in 11 2/3 innings pitched. Overall on the year, he has a 5.14 ERA, .281 BAA, and 1.38 WHIP. The numbers aren’t amazing but something important to look for in prospects is progress. And he’s improved tremendously over the last few weeks.

Brandon Walter continues his dominant stretch in High-A. The right-hander gave up two earned runs over five innings, striking out eight this week. In August he has allowed just three earned runs in 16 innings, racking up 21 strikeouts. Overall in High-A Walter has a 3.97 ERA, .231 BAA, and 1.15 WHIP with 54 strikeouts in 34 innings. That’s not counting his utterly dominant numbers in Low-A this season either.