5 prospects who can help the Red Sox recover from a terrible start

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Red Sox CBO Chaim Bloom

FT. MYERS, FL – FEBRUARY 21: Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom of the Boston Red Sox addresses the media during a press conference during a spring training team workout on February 21, 2021 at jetBlue Park at Fenway South in Fort Myers, Florida. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)

The Red Sox could get reinforcements from their minor league system

This season is off to a disastrous start for the Boston Red Sox. After dropping two out of three to the lowly Baltimore Orioles over the weekend, Boston has fallen to 9-14 and they already trail the New York Yankees by eight games in the AL East.

An offense that was expected to be the strength of this team has been alarmingly underperforming. The Red Sox enter the day 21st the majors with a .229 batting average and .343 slugging percentage, while ranking 26th with a .279 on-base percentage.

We know that some of the bats that have started off slowly will inevitably heat up but the bottom of the order has too many holes that inspire little confidence. You won’t score many runs when nearly half the lineup is struggling to reach the Mendoza Line.

The pitching has been better than advertised overall but there are questions about the back of the rotation and the bullpen has been shaky, aside from a few dependable arms.

The core of this roster remains strong but the Red Sox need some upgrades around the edges. Adding an above-average player at the expense or their weakest spots would be a significant improvement.

The trade deadline could offer some solutions but that’s nearly two months away. The Red Sox can’t afford to wait that long. Instead, they should look internally to prospects in their minor league system. Not all of them are necessarily ready for a call up right now but their impressive production at the minor league level should have them knocking on the door to a promotion.

Giving these prospects an opportunity could be the key to saving this season.

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