Kyle Teel was selected as Boston's first pick in the 2023 MLB Draft and has a ton of promise as the catcher of the future. He's only 21 years old but advanced very quickly in 2023, reaching the Double-A level.
He played for the FCL Red Sox, the Greenville Drive, and the Portland Sea Dogs over 23 games total. Teel ended the 2023 season with Portland and logged a .323 average with 10 hits and 11 RBI in nine games.
It doesn't seem that he will open the season on the MLB roster, but the Virginia product feels that his time in the ACC has him prepared for his first taste of spring training.
He certainly has the tools to be a surprise addition for the Red Sox in 2024, and if the team isn't expected to compete, he could see an early promotion to the bigs to get some experience under his belt. However, he most likely will spend most of the season at Double-A or Triple-A.
The Red Sox fourth-ranked prospect (and the 62nd-best prospect in all of baseball) features great strike zone knowledge, above-average power, and plus defense behind the dish.
Boston will open the season with Connor Wong and Reese McGuire assuming catching duties. It's easy to see them both as stopgaps until Teel is ready. He offers the full package as an above-average bat with excellent defense.
Despite the lackluster offseason so far for the Red Sox, there are things to be excited for and the future looks bright for Boston. Anything can happen during spring training, too, so keep your eyes peeled as we approach pitchers and catchers reporting to camp in a few weeks.