No. 4: Red Sox outfield prospect Miguel Bleis
Remember back in the first slide when I said there was a player that would be an exception to the “I need to see them play” rule? That’s Miguel Bleis. And he might be even higher on this list if it wasn’t for the fact that I’m knocking him down slightly due to the limited view I’ve had of him.
The right-handed hitter slashed .301/.353/.542 with 14 doubles, four triples, and five home runs. He drove in 27 runs, scored 28 more, and stole 18 bases as well. And Bleis did all of that in just 40 games in the FCL (Florida Complex League).
I didn’t get to see any full games of Bleis yet, but there have been quite a few highlights. The issue with highlights is that you only see the very best. However, it’s pretty clear that Bleis is special.
There’s really nothing that the outfielder doesn’t have plus potential at. He’s going to hit for a good average, and give you a ton of extra-base hits. Bleis possesses elite speed that’s going to yield plenty of stolen bases. It will also help him in the outfield.
The potential for elite defense is there, and he’s going to cover a lot of ground. It helps that he has a plus arm already as well. He’s perfect for that extremely large center field at Fenway Park, and will definitely make base runners respect his arm.
It’s rare that you see an 18-year-old that shows this few holes in his game at such a young age. And at 6’3″, 170 he has a frame that screams power.
The ceiling for Miguel Bleis is insane. Being a .300 hitter is possible. Winning gold gloves could happen. Having a 30/30 season isn’t out of reach.
You always have to be careful with someone this early in their development. Their career can go so many different ways. So you don’t want to rush them through the minor leagues, but you also don’t want to keep them low for too long and waste time. The Boston Red Sox could have someone extremely special on their hands, so let’s see what route they go with him next year.