Outfield prospect Miguel Bleis needs to move to Low-A for the Boston Red Sox
One of the prospects with a lot of hype surrounding them in the Boston Red Sox system right now is Miguel Bleis. That’s impressive for a simple fact, not many people have actually gotten to see him play.
Bleis has spent the 2022 season in the Florida Complex League (FCL). They don’t have those games available on MiLB.tv. It’s frustrating. Especially because I would love to add him in my Boston Red Sox Top-30 Prospects list at the end of the season. But I don’t like putting people on the list that I haven’t gotten to see play.
This is what makes Bleis so interesting though. He’s getting all this love and hype, despite the fact that most people haven’t seen him. It’s just that obvious how electric the 18-year-old outfielder is.
So what’s he doing in the FCL this year that’s making people so excited? Well the right-handed hitter is slashing .302/.356/.550 with 14 doubles, four triples, and five home runs. He’s driven in 27 runs, scored 27 more, and stolen 17 bases. And those numbers are in just 38 games.
Bleis is also yet to record an error in 301 1/3 innings in centerfield and five innings in right field this season (hasn’t appeared in left). So it looks like the defense is sound.
Another thing to love about Bleis without needing to watch him is his build. He’s listed at 6’3″, 170 lbs. That’s a great frame for an 18-year-old. He could still grow some more and pack on some muscle and weight.
Miguel Bleis is currently the 15th ranked prospect in the Boston Red Sox system. He grades out at above-average in every category. His worst tool according to MLB is a “50” in “hit” and “power”. Run, arm, and field all grade out as 55s.
That’s incredibly impressive, especially considering he has plenty of time to improve.
Bleis has proven himself all year in the FCL though. And selfishly I want to see him in Low-A before the end of the season. This isn’t just so I can finally get a good look at him though, it’s because he deserves it.
You shouldn’t rush prospects. Especially when they are 18. Let them grow at a good pace. But Bleis has been doing everything in the FCL. He’s shown off his contact, power, and speed with those great stats. Meanwhile, his defense clearly hasn’t been a problem either.
The Boston Red Sox are playing the Atlanta Braves at the moment. And it’s so much fun to watch Ronald Acuña Jr. play baseball. Dude does everything right, is absolutely electric, and is obviously one of the elite-tier players in the sport. Miguel Bleis is raw, but he has a lot of characteristics in his game that could remind you of Acuña.
Giving him a taste of Low-A before the year ends makes too much sense. He’s done all he can in the FCL. Let’s get him moving while the new draftees take over in the FCL.