Boston Red Sox Prospect Watch: Big performances mark breakouts

CLEVELAND, OHIO - JULY 08: Blaze Jordan is seen during the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Progressive Field on July 08, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OHIO - JULY 08: Blaze Jordan is seen during the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Progressive Field on July 08, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /
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Red Sox SS Marcelo Mayer
BOSTON, MA – JULY 22: Boston Red Sox 2021 first round draft pick Marcelo Mayer poses for a portrait as he is signed with the club on July 22, 2021 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images) /

Red Sox Low-A (Salem)

Marcelo Mayer was slumping for a while. The southpaw shortstop showed some signs of breaking out, but couldn’t seem to get over the hump. His last two games of the week certainly flipped the script though. Mayer gave back-to-back three-hit games to start the month of June. In that time he picked up three doubles, a home run, and a walk. He’s now slashing .291/.371/.525 with 21 doubles and seven home runs. Mayer’s driven in 29 runs, scored 32 more and is a perfect 10-for-10 on steal attempts.

Blaze Jordan had a ridiculous month of June. It looks like July is going to see him try to add something else to his game. The right-handed hitting third baseman already had a good eye. But four walks in his last two games (and quite a few in his last week-or-so) really give him a boost. Jordan’s slashing .305/.374/.491 with 22 doubles, two triples, and eight home runs. He’s driven in 42 runs, scored 43 more, stolen two bases, and now has 28 walks on the season.

Yorberto Mejicano is getting more playing time now that Nathan Hickey is in High-A, and he’s capitalizing. The right-handed hitting catcher is holding a .288/.328/.448 slash line with eight doubles and four home runs. He’s driven in 21 runs, scored 22 more, and stolen two bases.

Eddinson Paulino had his 20th birthday on July 2 and celebrated by hitting a home run on July 3. The left-handed-hitting utility-man is slashing .248/.339/.450 on the season. He’s racked up the extra-base hits with 23 doubles, eight triples, and six home runs. Paulino’s driven in 38 runs, scored 53 more and stolen 14 bases.

Brainer Bonaci continues to have a really solid campaign despite low power numbers. The switch-hitting shortstop is slashing .249/.375/.318 with 10 doubles and three triples. He’s driven in 23 runs, scored 43 more, and stolen 12 bases. Bonaci’s drawn 48 walks compared to 52 strikeouts.

Phillip Sikes is slashing .258/.390/.516 with 18 doubles, four triples, and five home runs. The right-handed outfielder has driven in 28 runs and scored 36 more while stealing 12 bases. Sikes has gotten hot and been one of Salem’s better, more consistent, hitters for a while now.

Eduardo Lopez had a phenomenal month of June and is staying hot in July. In fact, the switch-hitting outfielder is currently riding a 10-game hitting streak. Lopez is slashing .252/.353/.388 with eight doubles and four home runs on the year. He has 13 RBI, 23 runs scored, and six steals so far.

Reidis Sena continues to impress. The right-handed pitcher now has 13 2/3 innings under his belt in Low-A this season. In that time, Sena has 15 strikeouts compared to four walks. He’s also put up a 1.98 ERA, .220 BAA, and 1.10 WHIP.

Angel Bastardo tossed six innings of one-run ball in his start on Saturday. Six innings was a new career-high for the righty pitcher. Bastardo now has a 3.62 ERA, .261 BAA, and 1.47 WHIP. He’s struck out 52 batters compared to 24 walks in 49 2/3 innings pitched.

Hunter Dobbins has looked great in his last few outings. But it was his most recent one that really showed the potential. The right-handed pitcher tossed four scoreless and hitless innings, allowing just one walk with six strikeouts. On the year he holds a 3.57 ERA, .258 BAA, and a 1.25 WHIP. In 17 2/3 innings pitched, Dobbins has 12 strikeouts compared to five walks.

Maceo Campbell with another strong week as he continues to put up great numbers. The right-handed pitcher now has a 2.67 ERA, .209 BAA, and 1.38 WHIP in 30 1/3 innings this season. Campbell has 38 strikeouts compared to 19 walks and has limited his opponents to only two home runs.

Joey Stock had a weird week, simply because he only made one appearance and it was for 1/3 of an inning. It was a good 1/3 of an inning though, as he didn’t allow a baserunner and picked up a save. The righty now has a 2.08 ERA, .181 BAA, and 0.99 WHIP on the year. He’s racked up 53 strikeouts compared to 15 walks in 43 1/3 innings pitched.

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