Red Sox: Predicting Boston’s 2022 Opening Day staring lineup

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 11: Xander Bogaerts #2 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates after winning game four of the 2021 American League Division Series against the Tampa Bay Rays to clinch the series at Fenway Park on October 11, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 11: Xander Bogaerts #2 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates after winning game four of the 2021 American League Division Series against the Tampa Bay Rays to clinch the series at Fenway Park on October 11, 2021 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 1B: Triston Casas

This is the first alteration I have in my lineup and I’m sure it’ll get some mixed reviews from Red Sox Nation. Let me be clear, I’m a Bobby Dalbec guy and I believe he’ll still play a big factor in the success of this team in 2022, but it’s hard to deny the comet that is Triston Casas. The top prospect is heavily flirting with a promotion to the big leagues this year and a good spring training could speed that process up in a hurry.

Casas has been lighting up the baseball world with each and every stop on his journey. It hasn’t mattered if it’s in the minors, the Olympics, or the different leagues around the world, he’s a beast.

Ahead of the 2022 season, Baseball America has him ranked as the #19 prospect in all of baseball, and rightfully so. Sox Prospects has him ranked as the top=dog in the Red Sox system with a mid-2022 debut ETA. Again, a strong spring could add some fuel to that fire.

Triston is a power hitter that also can also bat for average with a strong glove over at first base. What he lacks in the speed department he more than makes up for with his skills everywhere else. While I think he’ll at least spend a majority of this season in the majors, I again wouldn’t be surprised if he lights up Fort Myers and books himself a one-way ticket to Fenway Park.