Red Sox Low-A (Salem)
Salem is extremely fun to watch right now. We’re getting a ton of young talent from this year’s draft, and players from the FCL have made the jump too. Mikey Romero is the star of the group. The 2022 first-round pick has dominated in Low-A. Romero is slashing .375/.400/.583 with three doubles and one triple. The left-handed hitting shortstop has driven in seven runs, scored four more, and stolen one base. And he’s done that in five games.
Luis Ravelo is an 18-year-old shortstop that you might not know much about. He introduced himself in a major way in just three games this week. The switch-hitter went 5-for-12 with a home run, four RBI, and four runs scored. He also made a phenomenal play on defense.
Brainer Bonaci is still looking like the type of prospect who is going to become a fan favorite at some point. Elite defense in the infield. And the switch-hitter is slashing .262/.398/.387 with 18 doubles, six triples, and six home runs. He’s driven in 49 runs, scored 82 more, and stolen 25 bases. Bonaci’s also walked 87 times compared to 86 strikeouts. Absolutely wild.
Roman Anthony made the FCL look like child’s play. He’s 2-for-18 with three walks and two RBI in Low-A so far. A short slump at a higher level for the 18-year-old left-handed hitting outfielder isn’t unexpected though. This is someone who was in high school a couple of months ago. Having a bad stretch of five games is nothing.
Chase Meidroth has cleaned house in Low-A. The right-handed hitting second baseman is slashing .317/.447/.533 with four doubles and three home runs. He’s driven in nine runs, scored 13 more, and stolen three bases. Most impressively, he’s walked double the amount of times (12) as he’s struck out (6).
Ahbram Liendo has impressed in his short stint so far in Low-A. The 18-year-old switch-hitting second baseman is 3-for-10 with two walks. He’s driven in three runs and scored five more.
Yorberto Mejicano has a .265/.327/.376 slash line with 10 doubles, one triple, and five home runs. The right-handed hitting catcher (and sometimes first baseman) has driven in 37 runs, scored 37 more, and stolen seven bases. Meji had a clutch home run this week, and he continues to really impress at the plate.
Luis Perales was absolutely ridiculous in Rookie Ball. And now three appearances in Low-A and we can see that the 19-year-old wasn’t a fluke at that level. The right-handed starter has a 2.35 ERA and .200 BAA in 7 2/3 innings. His 2.09 WHIP is scary, mainly because of his 11 walks allowed in that time. But again, this is a 19-year-old. His pitch mix is absolute filth, and it’s helped him rack up 12 strikeouts. Perales has crazy potential, be patient.
Elmer Rodriguez-Cruz was dominating the Florida Complex League with Perales. And now the righty has joined Perales in Low-A. Rodriguez-Cruz made his first start this week, going three innings. The 19-year-old allowed one run on just two hits and two walks in that time, striking out two batters. Another name to watch with fantastic potential.
All these have been great, it’s so exciting to see all these new names. We’re still waiting for Miguel Bleis though!