5 Boston Red Sox prospects to watch in Worcester

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Boston Red Sox Devlin Granberg
Devlin Granberg. The Greenville Drive hosted the Delmarva Shorebirds Saturday, June 1, 2019 at Fluor / RICHARD SHIRO/Contributor

Boston Red Sox outfield prospect Devlin Granberg

Because of his age (27), Devlin Granberg gets written off more than he should. However, the right-handed hitter has done nothing but rake since joining the Boston Red Sox organization in 2018.

Granberg posted a .279/.375/.417 slash line between Double-A and Triple-A in 2022. He only hit four home runs but managed 21 doubles and tied a career-high with five triples. It's also important to note that Granberg mashed 17 home runs (and a .515 slugging percentage) in 2021. There is power in his bat.

Granberg spent most of his time in 2022 patrolling the outfield. He has experience at first base as well, though. Maybe he's not a gold glover at either position, but he's reliable and will make the plays.

An underrated part of his game is his speed. While Granberg isn't fast, he's not slow. He can leg out extra bases and even sneak in a few steals. It might not seem like much, but it adds another dimension to his game.

However, the biggest reason to watch out for Granberg in 2023 is a pattern. In 2019, he performed great in Full-A before having some growing pains in High-A after a promotion. 2021 was the same story. He dominated High-A and saw his numbers dip a bit in Double-A as he got accustomed to it (although he was still playing great).

Guess what happened in 2022. Granberg looked leagues better than his competition in Double-A (.304/.427/.467), leading to a promotion. He managed solid numbers in Triple-A but clearly was learning on the job.

Now, will we see Granberg light up Triple-A pitching for the first few months and force the Boston Red Sox into a Major League call-up? He's not seen as a top prospect, but he continuously produces. Don't be shocked if he hits his way into conversations by the end of April.