Boston Red Sox prospect watch: Dazzling debuts and statements made
By Hunter Noll
Marcelo Mayer had a few big moments this week. The top prospect in the system hit a home run but also had a walk-off single. He's slashing .308/.387/.533 with 10 doubles, one triple, and five home runs. The left-handed hitting shortstop has driven in 27 runs, scored 20 more, and stolen four bases.
Brainer Bonaci needs more love. No, me gushing over him doesn't count. The switch-hitting shortstop is currently on a six-game hitting streak. Bones is slashing .349/.406/.540 with six doubles and two home runs. He's driven in 14 runs, scored seven more, and stolen two bases in 16 games.
Eddinson Paulino had a monster game that included a grand slam. The left-handed hitting utility is slashing .246/.318/.410 with nine doubles, two triples, and three home runs. He's driven in 16 runs, scored 23 more, and stolen 11 bases in 11 attempts.
Ronald Rosario hit his first High-A home run on Sunday. The right-handed hitting catcher is slashing .253/.376/.453 with seven doubles, one triple, and two home runs between Single-A and High-A. He's driven in 14 runs and scored 15 more.
Blaze Jordan is slashing .290/.342/.478 with nine doubles, one triple, and five home runs. The right-handed hitting corner infielder has driven in 26 runs, scored 20 more, and stolen one base. Jordan has a strong arm at third but has genuinely looked great at first base.
Bryan Gonzalez had a 4-for-4 with two homers game this week. The right-handed hitting outfielder is slashing .236/.314/.491 with two doubles, five triples, and five home runs. He's driven in 20 runs, scored 19 more, and stolen two bases. Gonzalez leads the team in triples and is tied for the lead in homers (with Mayer and Jordan).
Max Ferguson is slashing .246/.386/.356 with seven doubles and two home runs. The left-handed hitting outfielder has driven in 15 runs, scored 25 more, and stolen 19 bases. Ferguson gets on base and has tons of speed. There's a lot of value here.
Eduardo Lopez holds a .263/.355/.400 with three doubles, one triple, and two home runs. The switch-hitting outfielder has driven in 14 runs, scored 19 more, and stolen eight bases. Lopez is sneaky good at basically every facet of the game.
Nick Decker is only slashing .155/.347/.328 with three doubles, two triples, and one home run. He's driven in four runs, scored 13 more, and stolen two bases. The left-handed hitting outfielder is 3-for-5 with two walks in his last two games, though, and has a hit in three of his last four games, picking up two doubles in that time. Is Decker starting to turn it around?
Isaac Coffey dropped a gem this week. The right-handed pitcher threw six shutout innings, allowing just four hits and one walk while striking out 11 batters. Coffey has a 3.35 ERA, .229 BAA, and 1.06 WHIP in 37 2/3 innings pitched. He's struggled with home runs, allowing 10 already. However, Coffey's also struck out 50 batters and only walked seven.
Angel Bastardo didn't want to get outdone. The righty also tossed six shutout innings. Bastardo gave up just one hit and two walks while striking out seven. He has a 5.03 ERA, .208 BAA, and 1.26 WHIP. Bastardo's struck out 47 batters and walked 17 in 34 innings.
Hunter Dobbins made his best start of the year this week. The right-handed pitcher allowed two runs on six hits and one walk over six innings while striking out four batters. Dobbins has a 4.80 ERA, .250 BAA, and 1.20 WHIP in 15 innings. He's struck out 11 batters and walked four.
Wikelman Gonzalez gave up six earned runs over 10 2/3 innings this week. He walked seven batters in those two games. The good news is that Gonzalez also struck out 16 batters. He has a 7.43 ERA, .240 BAA, and 1.95 WHIP. The right-handed pitcher has walked 28 batters in 26 2/3 innings but has 42 strikeouts.
Christopher Troye has a 1.72 ERA, .143 BAA, and 1.09 WHIP. The right-handed reliever has struck out 32 runs and walked nine over 15 2/3 innings. Troye has electric stuff on the mound and has been the best bullpen arm for Greenville this season.
Nathan Landry continues to dominate ever since he allowed three runs in one inning in his High-A debut. Since then, the lefty reliever hasn't allowed a run in 4 1/3 innings over four outings. Landry has a 1.72 ERA, .182 BAA, and 1.02 WHIP in 15 2/3 innings between Single-A and High-A. He's struck out 19 batters and walked six.
Nate Tellier has a 2.92 ERA, .196 BAA, and 1.38 WHIP in 12 1/3 innings. The right-handed reliever has 15 strikeouts and eight walks. The walks were a problem, but he's only issued one free pass in 6 1/3 innings this month.