Boston Red Sox Prospect Watch: Hot Streaks and Call-ups
Red Sox Double-A (Portland)
Triston Casas did not have the best week, but he still had some major positives. That included his first home run at Hadlock Field. Casas is now slashing .269/.371/.414 with eight doubles, two triples, and seven home runs. He’s driven in 37 runs and scored 42 more, stealing six bases. Overall it’s been a great year for the prospect, especially when you add in his Olympic performance.
Ronaldo Hernandez was hitting .239 entering August 17. Since then, he’s 15-for-35 (.429) with seven doubles and two homers. He’s driven in eight runs and scored seven more in that time. The catcher is now up to a .262/.306/.475 slash line on the season. Hernandez has 21 doubles and 13 home runs. He’s driven in 35 runs and scored 33 more. This went from one of his worst seasons to an extremely promising and productive one very quickly.
Cameron Cannon started off his Double-A career slowly but it has picked up fast. The shortstop went 7-for-22 this week with two doubles and two home runs. That helped bring his slash line between High-A and Double-A to .291/.339/.459 with 28 doubles and 11 home runs. Cannon has 46 RBI and 54 runs scored, as well as nine steals. The right-handed hitter has shown a lot of pop and great run production in his first full year in the Red Sox organization.
Roldani Baldwin is 6-for-13 with two doubles and one homer in his last three games. That’s brought the utility-man up to a really solid .258/.336/.422 with seven doubles, one triple, and four homers in just 128 at-bats. He’s driven in 16 runs and scored 16 more as well. What makes Baldwin special is he’s a catcher, but plays a lot of other positions as well, including third base and the outfield.
Kole Cottam has not played much this week, but the catcher is still putting up fantastic numbers in Double-A and in the minors overall this year. Cottam has a .278/.373/.493 with 18 doubles, one triple, and eight home runs on the season. The right-handed hitter has driven in 30 runs and scored 28 more. His offense continues to impress, but the defense and game-calling improving is what really catches your eye.
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Tyreque Reed is having his best season in the minors. The right-handed hitter is slashing .277/.382/.516 with 15 doubles, one triple, and 17 home runs between High-A and Double-A. Those 17 home runs are just one off his career-best. He’s also driven in 66 runs (one off a career-high) and scored 54 more (three away from a career-high). Reed even tied his career-best four steals just for fun.
Devlin Granberg is slashing .287/.340/.512 between High-A and Double-A. The outfielder has 19 doubles and two triples, as well as a career-high 15 home runs (old career-high was eight). Granberg also has 52 runs scored and a new career-best 66 RBI, as well as five steals.
Hudson Potts had a solid week and is now slashing .206/.257/.377. Yes, the slash line still isn’t very good but Potts has done a lot of good this year. The third baseman has 11 doubles and nine home runs. Meanwhile, he’s scored 27 runs and driven in a very solid 36 more in just 223 at-bats.
Ryan Fitzgerald’s strong .265/.349/.498 slash line between Double-A and Triple-A has definitely raised some eyebrows this year. The infielder has three triples to go along with career-highs in doubles (27) and home runs (13). Fitz has driven in 44 runs and scored 47 more, stealing three bases.
Chris Murphy had an interesting game this week. The left-handed pitcher was going strong but then struggled before being pulled after 4 2/3 innings. In the end he gave up five runs on seven hits. However, he did so while striking out a career-high 11 batters. That’s pretty wild. Murph now has a 3.74 ERA, .222 BAA, and 1.15 WHIP in Double-A. He’s struck out 32 batters in 21 2/3 innings in Portland and 113 batters in 90 innings total this year.
Rio Gomez had an incredible week that saw his numbers take another positive dip. The left-handed pitcher made two appearances, throwing 4 1/3 innings. In that time, Gomez allowed no runs on just two hits and three walks, striking out seven. He now has 20 straight scoreless innings since the start of July. On the year Gomez now has a 3.67 ERA, .246 BAA, 1.28 WHIP, and 45 strikeouts in 34 1/3 innings pitched in Double-A.
Joan Martinez continues to build on his strong year as well. The right-handed pitcher has not allowed a run in 10 1/3 innings in August. Martinez now has a 2.76 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, and .188 BAA on the year. He has three saves in three opportunities and 46 strikeouts in 32 2/3 innings pitched.
Victor Santos had another strong start this week. The righty gave up just one run on five hits and one walk (seven strikeouts) in five innings. Santos now has a 2.61 ERA, .240 BAA, and 1.06 WHIP in 31 innings with Portland. He has 31 strikeouts compared to just four walks, and it has translated nicely to a 3-1 record.