Hitters who might not make the Boston Red Sox Opening Day roster
Kole Cottam took major strides in 2021. The catcher has all the potential in the world when it comes to the offensive side of his game. And last season was no exception for the right-handed hitter. More importantly though, he improved greatly on the defensive end. Thanks to that, Cottam is absolutely one of Boston’s best catching prospects. That being said, he topped out at Double-A last year and there are a few catchers ahead of him on the roster. Cottam will make Opening Day rosters down the road, but not this year. This is more of a “showcase”.
Roldani Baldwin used to be seen as a catching prospect, now he’s listed as a third baseman. That being said Baldwin played games at third, catcher, second base, and left field last year. His versatility definitely makes him interesting. But the right-handed pitcher hasn’t gotten past Double-A yet and still needs to improve offensively. Not there yet.
David Hamilton was a good addition this offseason. The insanely fast prospect was part of the trade that brought Alex Binelas to the team as well. In his first year in the minors, the middle infielder slashed a solid .258/.341/.419 with a ridiculous 52 steals between High-A and Double-A. He won’t be making the team through Spring Training, but could showcase his talents nicely – the Red Sox need speed.
Christian Koss was awesome in his first year with the Red Sox last year. The middle infielder can do it all offensively and definitely isn’t afraid to flash the leather. However, he spent all of last year in High-A. Koss will get to show what he can do against some higher competition and give the fans a little look at his all-around game. This is another showcase though.
Christin Stewart has been to the Majors before. However, his last appearance was in 2020 with the Detroit Tigers. He slashed .167/.224/.300 that year. He had a strong 2021 in Triple-A, slashing .254/.339/.538 with an impressive 21 home runs. Still, the left-handed hitter is facing an incredibly uphill battle.