Boston Red Sox Prospect Watch: New arrivals and help coming soon

BOSTON, MA - JULY 22: Boston Red Sox 2021 first round draft pick Marcelo Mayer poses for a portrait as he is signed with the club on July 22, 2021 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - JULY 22: Boston Red Sox 2021 first round draft pick Marcelo Mayer poses for a portrait as he is signed with the club on July 22, 2021 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images) /
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Red Sox prospect Triston Casas
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) /

Red Sox Double-A (Portland)

Triston Casas has looked phenomenal since returning from the Olympics. Not only has he gotten the average up, but he’s starting to rip doubles – that’s a massive positive. Casas is now slashing .279/.367/.423 with eight doubles, two triples, and six home runs. He has 35 RBI and 39 runs scored, as well as five steals. Really solid numbers over 57 games. I know Marcelo Mayer is all the hype, but Casas has just as much superstar potential for the Red Sox.

Pedro Castellanos had a good week, and brought his slash line up to .280/.356/.447 with 12 doubles, two triples, and 11 home runs (career-high). The right-handed hitter has 39 RBI and 56 runs scored (just five off tying his career-best), as well as two steals. Castellanos has shown good power this year, and is doing so with a really solid average. Impressive season.

Ronaldo Hernandez had an incredible week. The catcher went 7-for-14 with three doubles, one homer, six RBI, and three runs scored over the last seven days. Hernandez is now slashing .253/.297/.456 with 17 doubles and 12 homers. He’s driven in 32 runs and scored 29 more.

Kole Cottam’s amazing year continues. The catcher is slashing .278/.373/.480 with 17 doubles, one triple, and seven home runs so far between High-A and Double-A. He’s driven in 28 runs and scored 26 more. Cottam has a chance to set new career-highs in doubles (25) and homers (8). Meanwhile, his entire slash line at the moment would all be new marks.

Cameron Cannon has struggled a little bit since his promotion to Double-A, but might be about to turn it around. The shortstop hit his first home run with Portland, and that could be what does it. Cannon is slashing .289/.339/.444 with 26 doubles and nine homers between two levels. He’s driven in 41 runs and scored 50 more, stealing nine bases.

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Jeisson Rosario had a great week and has looked really solid lately. It has helped to pick up his numbers pretty nicely. The outfielder is now slashing .243/.343/.320 with 11 doubles, one triple, and three home runs. Rosario has driven in 33 runs, scored 40 more, and stolen 10 bases.

Devlin Granberg is slashing .294/.350/.528 with 18 doubles and two triples. Meanwhile, he already has career-highs in home runs (15) and RBI (64). He also has 51 runs scored and five steals. All that has been between two levels, and the outfielder’s power has taken a big leap this year.

Tyreque Reed has found his swing in Double-A and overall on the year has been fantastic. The first baseman has also been taking some time in the outfield, adding some versatility. Reed is slashing .284/.389/.535 with 15 doubles, one triple, and 17 home runs (one off his career-high) between two levels. He has driven in 65 runs and scored 52 more, while stealing four bases.

Ryan Fitzgerald is slashing .265/.347/.512 between Triple-A and Double-A this year. The shortstop already has career-highs in doubles (27) and home runs (13), to go along with three triples. He also has 43 RBI and 45 runs scored, to go along with three steals. Fitz has shown good power and a proclivity for clutch-hitting.

Chris Murphy is nasty. Just absolutely nasty. The left-handed pitcher made one start this week. In that start, Murph threw seven innings shutout innings. In that time, he gave up just one hit and one walk, while striking out seven. He now has a 2.12 ERA, .183 BAA, and 0.94 WHIP in 17 innings with Double-A. Murph has 102 strikeouts in 85 1/3 innings overall this season. He’s struck out at least five batters in 10 straight starts, and those seven innings in his last start were a career-high. Put respect on his name as a Red Sox prospect please.

Victor Santos has been disgusting since joining the Red Sox organization earlier this year. The 21-year-old has a 2.77 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, and .235 BAA in 26 innings with Portland. Santos has struck out 24 batters compared to just three walks. The right-handed pitcher has a lot of potential and was a phenomenal addition, especially as a “player to be named later”.

Brayan Bello continues to struggle while also looking dominant in Double-A. The right-handed pitcher has a 4.86 ERA, .268 BAA, and 1.40 WHIP in 50 innings for Portland. That was after utterly dominating in High-A by the way. However, he has moments of brilliance and also has 72 strikeouts in that time. Overall, Bello has 117 strikeouts in 81 2/3 innings pitched.

Rio Gomez continued his dominant run. He’s now thrown 15 2/3 shutout innings since the start of July. The left-handed pitcher has turned his season around thanks to that. Gomez has gone from an 8.79 ERA, .339 BAA, and 1.88 WHIP down to a 4.20 ERA, .259 BAA, and 1.30 WHIP in that time.  He’s struck out 38 batters compared to nine walks in 30 innings pitched for Portland.

Joan Martinez has been absolutely fantastic. I know I say it all the time, but if he can work out the walk issue, he’ll be unstoppable. The right-handed pitcher has walked 19 batters in 30 2/3 innings this year. That’s led to a 1.34 WHIP. However, he’s also struck out 44 batters and has a .198 BAA. That’s helped him to a 2.93 ERA, six holds, and three saves in three opportunities. Major positive, Martinez had three walks in seven innings in July and now only two in 8 1/3 innings in August. That was after 14 in 15 1/3 innings over the first two months. Maybe he’s worked it out already.