Boston Red Sox prospect watch: A fireman is leading the way
By Hunter Noll
Red Sox Single-A (Salem)
Miguel Bleis is slashing .275/.326/.388 with two doubles, two triples, and one home run. The right-handed hitting outfielder has driven in 12 runs, scored 14 more, and stolen six bases. Bleis hasn't looked out of place at all in Single-A and seems to do something every game that impresses.
Luis Ravelo had himself a week. The right-handed hitter improved his average and hit his first two homers of the season. Ravelo is slashing .295/.389/.426 with two doubles and two home runs. The shortstop has driven in nine runs, scored 12 more, and stolen two bases.
Yoberto Mejicano only appeared in one game this week but extended his hitting streak to four games. The right-handed hitting catcher/first baseman is slashing .389/.450/.611 with four doubles. He's driven in three runs and scored four more. Mejicano also caught two base runners trying to steal in the same inning.
Allan Castro is slashing .217/.349/.333 with five doubles and one home run. He's driven in 11 runs, scored 11 more, and stolen four bases. The switch-hitting outfielder has struggled since his hot start, but it's important to remember he's a raw 19-year-old prospect.
Roman Anthony is slashing .200/.363/.250 with three doubles. He's driven in six runs, scored nine more, and stolen five bases. The left-handed hitting outfielder has 16 walks compared to 17 strikeouts. His power hasn't warranted any home runs, but they're coming. You can see them in his swing.
Juan Chacon is slashing .245/.433/.388 with one double and three triples. The right-handed hitter has driven in eight runs, scored nine more, and stolen seven bases. He's walked as many times (15) as he's struck out (15). Chacon continues to shine defensively in the outfield.
Cutter Coffey is slashing .200/.394/.240 with two doubles. The right-handed hitting shortstop has driven in three runs, scored eight more, and stolen three bases. He's walked more times (15) than he's struck out (12).
Albert Feliz is slashing .290/.429/.323 with one double. The right-handed hitting first baseman has driven in seven runs and scored five more. Feliz actually pitched in two games in the FCL over the previous two seasons, but he's showing a great bat.
Juan Montero made his Single-A debut this week. The right-handed hitting catcher went 1-for-3 in his lone game. Montero also caught one of four batters attempting to steal.
Luis Perales has now made two straight positive starts. The right-handed pitcher tossed a career-high four innings last week, then a career-high five innings this week. Perales has a 6.75 ERA, .333 BAA, and 2.33 WHIP. He's walked 12 batters and struck out 11 in 12 innings. The numbers don't look the best, but we're getting steps in the right direction.
Jose Ramirez has a 0.69 ERA, .122 BAA, and 0.77 WHIP in three starts. The righty has 12 strikeouts compared to five walks. Ramirez isn't the biggest name, but the 22-year-old has consistently dominated.
Dalton Rogers threw a gem this week. The left-handed pitcher threw five shutout innings, allowing one hit and two walks while striking out eight. Rogers has a 2.79 ERA, .111 BAA, and 0.93 WHIP in 9 2/3 innings. He's struck out 18 and walked five.
Luis De La Rosa has a 3.21 ERA, .189 BAA, and 1.07 WHIP in five appearances. The righty has 13 strikeouts compared to five walks in 14 innings. He's yet to give up a home run and has some filthy stuff.
Nathan Landry has yet to allow a run in eight appearances. The lefty has a 0.00 ERA, .171 BAA, and 0.87 WHIP in 10 1/3 innings. He's struck out 11 batters and walked three. It already feels like it's time for the 23-year-old to move up to High-A.
Gabriel Jackson has a 1.93 ERA, .240 BAA, and 1.21 WHIP. The right-handed pitcher has only struck out six batters in 14 innings but hasn't let that stop him from dominating.
Felix Cepeda has a 1.00 ERA, .235 BAA, and 1.67 WHIP. The righty reliever has struck out 11 batters and walked seven in nine innings. While the walks are high, he's yet to give up a home run.
Noah Dean has struggled as a starter. The left-handed pitcher has an 8.31 ERA, .194 BAA, and 2.54 WHIP in 8 2/3 innings (four starts). Dean hasn't given up many hits (six), but 16 walks have really hurt him. He does have 18 strikeouts, though.
Jonathan Brand has made two appearances in Single-A. The righty reliever has yet to allow a run or even a hit in 2 1/3 innings. He's walked one batter and struck out five.