No. 26: Red Sox shortstop prospect Luis Ravelo
Okay, so we only got a very short taste of Luis Ravelo in Low-A this year. The 18-year-old prospect spent just seven games at the level, after 31 games in Rookie Ball. Ravelo did more than enough to earn this spot though.
The switch-hitter went 6-for-25 (.240) with a double and a home run. He drove in six runs and scored four more in that short time. Meanwhile, we saw him flash some incredible defense.
Sure, technically the stats at the plate don’t look great. But remember, this was an 18-year-old getting a very small run in Low-A after a not-all-that-much-longer time spent in Rookie Ball this year.
Luis Ravelo clearly brings excitement though. He’s very raw at the moment, but the pieces are all there. Defense and arm both look like they can be plus-level tools. His approach at the plate is decent, and he could be a good slap-hitter. Someone that gets on-base to score a ton of runs.
The power doesn’t look like it will be anything insane. There’s some pop there though. Couple that with good speed and we could see a lot of extra-base hits out of Ravelo, with some home runs sprinkled in.
That speed will help on defense too, giving him good range at shortstop. He’s got the arm for the position as well. As of right now, 15-20 stolen bases a season seems very doable. So while he may not excel at anything at the moment, he’s already showing good signs nearly everywhere.
Getting that from an 18-year-old is interesting. If Ravelo can improve on one or two of his tools, he could have a massive breakout season in 2023. He’s definitely a player to watch out for, as it will be the first time we get a full season from him.
The Red Sox have a lot of middle infield prospects at the moment. So you have to be special to stand out. The fact that Ravelo managed to hold his own in Low-A at such a young age in such a short run speaks volumes about his potential.