Boston Red Sox prospect watch: Dazzling debuts and statements made

Florida State University Shane Drohan (5) throws a pitch during a game between FSU and Mercer
Florida State University Shane Drohan (5) throws a pitch during a game between FSU and Mercer / Tori Schneider/Tallahassee Democrat
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Red Sox Single-A (Salem)

Roman Anthony hit his first professional home run this week. The left-handed hitting outfielder holds a .234/.377/.308 slash line with five doubles and one home run. He's driven in 15 runs, scored 20 more, and stolen 10 bases. Anthony's walked 25 times compared to 26 strikeouts.

Yorberto Mejicano continues to be an elite hitter at the level. The right-handed hitting catcher and first baseman is slashing .327/.407/.519 with five doubles, one triple, and one home run. He's driven in five runs, scored 11 more, and stolen two bases.

Enderso Lira is slashing .350/.409/.400 with one double in six games for Salem. The right-handed hitting catcher has driven in two runs and scored one more. Lira is a defensive-minded catcher, so this has been amazing to see.

Juan Chacon is slashing .260/.391/.356 with four doubles and three triples. The right-handed hitting outfielder has driven in 10 runs, scored 12 more, and stolen 11 bases.

Cutter Coffey has a .196/.369/.235 slash line with four doubles. The right-handed hitting shortstop has driven in nine runs, scored 19 more, and stolen 10 bases. Coffey has 27 walks compared to 28 strikeouts. He also had a go-ahead single in the top of the ninth inning on Sunday, coincidentally Coffey's 19th birthday.

Luis Ravelo is slashing .280/.394/.415 with seven doubles and three home runs. The switch-hitting shortstop has driven in 23 runs, scored 19 more, and stolen six bases. I can't say "Ravelo is known for his defense" anymore. Clearly, there's plenty of offensive talent as well.

Ahbram Liendo is slashing .179/.336/.226 with three doubles and one triple. The switch-hitting second baseman has driven in nine runs, scored 19 more, and stolen 16 bases. Liendo's numbers are slowly starting to creep up.

Allan Castro is slashing .203/.350/.328 with 10 doubles and two home runs. The switch-hitting outfielder has driven in 17 runs, scored 23 more, and stolen 10 bases. Castro's walked 27 times compared to 29 strikeouts.

Karson Simas holds a .254/.353/.352 with one double and three triples. The right-handed hitting utility has driven in 10 runs, scored 11 more, and stolen six bases. Simas gets plugged in all over the diamond and continues to produce.

Juan Montero had his first Single-A RBI this week. The right-handed hitting catcher is slashing .278/.278/.389 with two doubles in five games. He's driven in one run and scored two more.

Quick note, Miguel Bleis did not play this week after suffering an injury last week. There hasn't been much news surrounding the outfielder, but no news is good news, as he hasn't been placed on the IL. It's likely that the team is just being cautious with one of the top prospects in all of baseball.

Elmer Rodriguez-Cruz tossed five scoreless innings this week. The right-handed pitcher gave up three hits and four walks, striking out three batters in the game. ERC has a 2.01 ERA, .253 BAA, and 1.66 WHIP in 22 1/3 innings. He's struck out 13 batters and walked 16.

Luis Perales allowed three runs on four hits and two walks over 4 2/3 innings. This was a massively encouraging start for a few reasons. First of all, that's the second-longest outing of his career. Second, he struck out a career-high seven batters. Third, both walks came in the fifth inning. Perales has a 6.05 ERA, .289 BAA, and 2.02 WHIP in 19 1/3 innings. The right-handed pitcher has struck out 21 batters and walked 17.

Jedixson Paez has a 6.75 ERA, .262 BAA, and 1.43 WHIP in 14 2/3 innings. The righty has 16 strikeouts compared to five walks. He's already missed time this season and is considered a raw prospect. Therefore, it's not surprising that Paez has struggled at times.

Luis De La Rosa has a 2.88 ERA, .194 BAA, and 1.32 WHIP in 25 innings. He's struck out 26 batters and walked 15. The right-handed pitcher has made nine appearances, with two of them being starts.

Dalton Rogers allowed one run on three hits and two walks over four innings in his lone start this week. Rogers added another seven strikeouts to his total. The lefty has a 2.49 ERA, .139 BAA, and 1.11 WHIP in 21 2/3 innings. He's struck out 38 batters and walked 13.

Jose Ramirez has a 1.21 ERA, .163 BAA, and 0.91 WHIP in 29 2/3 innings. The right-handed starter has struck out 24 batters and walked 11. Ramirez has been the most consistent starter in Single-A, and he's doing it in a pretty dominant fashion.

Luis Talavera has a 3.38 ERA, .227 BAA, and 1.58 WHIP in 13 1/3 innings. The righty reliever has struck out nine batters and walked 11. Obviously, the command hasn't been the best, and he's not picking up a lot of Ks. However, he's limited damage by not allowing a home run yet this season.

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