Boston Red Sox Prospect Watch: A lot of changes as season nears end
Red Sox Triple-A (Worcester)
Durbin Feltman needs to be in the bullpen next year. He’s proven he’s ready. The right-handed pitcher has a 2.25 ERA in 20 innings in Triple-A this season. Feltman has a .189 BAA and 0.90 WHIP to go along with that. Meanwhile, he’s struck out 21 batters and only walked four. He boasts a 2-0 record, with three holds and one save. Get him to Boston.
Zack Kelly has spent time in Double-A and Triple-A this season. In that time, the right-hander has risen his stock astronomically. Between the two levels, Kelly has a 2.33 ERA, .216 BAA, and 1.22 WHIP. He has 58 strikeouts compared to 17 walks in 38 2/3 innings. Meanwhile, Kelly has a 4-1 record with eight holds and six saves.
Connor Wong is slashing .247/.280/.402 in Triple-A with 12 doubles and five home runs in just 174 at-bats. The catcher has 22 RBI, 16 runs scored, and six steals. He’s even impressed in a short stretch in the Majors, with a 4-for-13 with a double, a triple, a walk, one RBI, and three runs scored. The only reason Wong isn’t in the Majors right now is likely that the Red Sox want him to get as many reps as possible. So wait until the Triple-A season is over to bring him back to Boston.
Jeter Downs showed some signs of life this week, so that’s a positive. The second baseman is now slashing .176/.260/.304 with eight doubles and 11 home runs. He has 31 RBI and 35 runs scored. Meanwhile, he’s stolen 17 bases in 20 attempts. That’s a big positive as Downs has shown that even with trouble getting on-base, he can still impact the game a little bit. He’ll be fine.
Josh Ockimey is slashing .230/.363/.430 with nine doubles and 15 home runs. The first baseman has driven in 42 runs and scored 34 more. Ockimey has a strong eye and has the ability to draw a lot of walks. He also has plenty of power and has brought up his average nicely after a bad couple of months to start the season. That eye and power combo will serve him well in the future.
Johan Mieses has a .234/.322/.496 slash line on the season. He’s struggled in Triple-A, especially since returning from the Olympics. However, the overall numbers are still solid. The outfielder has 10 doubles, one triple, and 18 home runs. He’s driven in 46 runs and scored 43 more, while stealing two bases. Hard to complain about that production for the most part.
Jeremy Rivera is producing very nicely in Triple-A. The utility-man has a .271/.356/.372 slash line with Worcester so far. In 41 games the switch-hitter has seven doubles and two home runs. He’s driven in 12 runs and scored 23 more, stealing three bases. His ability to play any outfield position as well as third base, second base, and shortstop makes Rivera rather valuable and underrated.