Boston Red Sox Prospect Watch: End of another minor league season
Red Sox Triple-A (Worcester)
Jeter Downs is swinging a much better bat. The overall numbers aren’t phenomenal. In fact, they still aren’t even good. But it has to be extremely encouraging to see this. The 23-year-old never spent time in Triple-A before this year (just 12 games in Double-A) so it took him time to get accustomed. He’s getting there though. Downs hit three homers this week and is currently working on a three-game hitting-streak. The infielder is slashing .182/.264/.330 with eight doubles and 14 home runs. He’s driven in 35 runs and scored 38 more, stealing 17 bases.
Connor Wong’s strong run continues. The catcher is now slashing .258/.292/.435 with 12 doubles and seven home runs in Triple-A. Wong has 25 RBI and 19 runs scored as well. He’s even stolen seven bases. Once everything is over for Worcester this year, Wong will be back with the Red Sox in the Majors. He might even go into next season with a roster spot guaranteed. That’s how good he’s looked.
Josh Ockimey holds a .225/.359/.421 slash line with 10 doubles and 15 home runs. The first baseman has driven in 44 runs and scored 34 more. Ockimey’s slash line is solid enough and he has a good amount of power that would translate nicely in Fenway. He just doesn’t have a clear path to the Majors at the moment. Hopefully he gets his chance at some point.
Johan Mieses has spent time in both Double-A and Triple-A this season. In that time, the outfielder is slashing .233/.322/.500 with 11 doubles, one triple, and 19 home runs. Mieses has driven in 47 runs and scored 44 more, even stealing two bases. It’s important to remember that he’s done all of this while missing a good chunk due to the Olympics as well.
Jeremy Rivera is slashing .270/.351/.365 in 137 at-bats in Triple-A this season. The utility-man has seven doubles and two home runs as well. He’s driven in 12 runs and scored 23 more, stealing three bases in three attempts.
Durbin Feltman is ready for the Majors. He should be there next year. The relief pitcher has a 2.42 ERA, .205 BAA, and 0.94 WHIP in 22 1/3 innings pitched in Triple-A. Overall on the year, Feltman is 8-1 with four holds and two saves. He’s struck out 59 batters in 49 2/3 innings pitched.
Zack Kelly is down to a 3.60 ERA in 15 innings in Triple-A. Overall on the year, the right-handed pitcher has a 2.38 ERA, .208 BAA, and 1.18 WHIP between two levels. Kelly is 4-1 with six saves and 61 strikeouts in 41 2/3 innings pitched this season.