Kyle Teel - C
The Boston Red Sox haven't had a franchise catcher in years. There's a strong argument that the last time they were 100% set at the position for the foreseeable future was Jason Varitek.
Kyle Teel gives the Red Sox their best chance at another one. He was their first-round draft pick in 2023 and has already exceeded expectations.
Teel slashed .363/.482/.495 with six doubles and two home runs between Rookie Ball, High-A, and Double-A. He drove in 22 runs, scored 15 more, and stole three bases in 26 games (91 at-bats) between the three levels.
Most impressively, the left-handed hitting catcher walked nearly as many times (21) as he struck out (22).
So, the bat is there. But what about his defense? Well, Teel was drafted with the profile of a defense-first catcher. The offense was never a negative, but I don't think people were expecting this out of him.
Teel has a fantastic arm and is showcasing elite pop times. He's looked great behind the plate and appears to already be a leader who is going to help the pitching staff.
The Boston Red Sox are still in a weird spot with their catchers. Connor Wong is solid, but are they comfortable with him as a long-term option?
Kyle Teel has the potential to be a generational talent at catcher. He's already proven himself for a few weeks in Double-A (in his first season in the minor leagues). So it's not like this is just raw potential in Single-A that you're hoping can translate to the Majors.
There's a small chance we see Teel in Boston by the end of next year. That's how close he is to the Major Leagues. You don't trade away a catcher like Kyle Teel. How few truly elite catchers do we see in baseball? Don't let one slip through your fingers.