Boston Red Sox prospect watch: Injuries and call-ups rule the week
By Hunter Noll
Red Sox Single-A (Salem)
The injury bug extended to Salem this week, with Miguel Bleis suffering an injury in back-to-back games and saw him completely miss the final three games. Bleis is slashing .259/.315/.370 with three doubles, three triples, and one home run. He's driven in 16 runs, scored 18 more, and stolen 11 bases.
Enderso Lira was promoted to Single-A this week. The right-handed hitting catcher has great defensive projections with some power potential. The hit tool is a question mark, though. So this was great to see. Lira went 4-for-10 with a double. He drove in two runs, scored one, and walked twice in three games.
Yorberto Mejicano is slashing .357/.426/.595 with five doubles, one triple, and one home run. The right-handed hitting catcher and first baseman has driven in four runs, scored 10 more, and stolen one base. Mejicano is on a six-game hitting streak and again, I ask for him to get more respect.
Roman Anthony has been fantastic in May. The left-handed hitting outfielder is slashing .385/.514/.462 this month. He's now slashing .256/.409/.314 with five doubles. He's driven in 13 runs, scored 16 more, and stolen 10 bases. Anthony's walked more times (23) than he's struck out (22).
Juan Chacon is slashing .279/.422/.384 with three doubles and three triples. The right-handed hitting outfielder has driven in 10 runs, scored 11 more, and stolen 10 bases. Chacon is one of the more electric players in the system.
Karson Simas has been quietly fantastic for Salem. The right-handed hitting utility is slashing .264/.388/.377 with three triples. He's driven in eight runs, scored nine more, and stolen five bases in limited playing time.
Luis Ravelo is slashing .255/.369/.382 with four doubles and three home runs. He's driven in 20 runs, scored 18 more, and stolen four bases. Ravelo has shown some impressive pop and top-tier run production this season.
Allan Castro is slashing .190/.356/.295 with five doubles and two home runs. The switch-hitting outfielder has driven in 15 runs, scored 20 more, and stolen nine bases. Castro has struggled, but he's still walked more times (25) than he's struck out (24) and hit a home run on Sunday.
Albert Feliz is slashing .260/.418/.300 with two doubles. The right-handed hitting outfielder has driven in nine runs and scored eight more. He hasn't produced much with the numbers at the moment, but Feliz has had some big moments. Those now include a walk-off single on Sunday.
Cutter Coffey is slashing .200/.382/.235 with three doubles. The right-handed hitting shortstop has driven in six runs, scored 15 more, and stolen eight bases.
Ahbram Liendo is slashing .172/.333/.207 with one double and one triple. The switch-hitting second baseman has driven in six runs and scored 17 more. Liendo's offense hasn't looked great, but he's stolen 14 base. Meanwhile, his defense has been fantastic all year.
Lyonell James is slashing .231/.317/.308 with four doubles and one home run. The right-handed hitting infielder has driven in 15 runs, scored 14 more, and stolen two bases.
On May 13, Luis Perales pitched in his first game since April 29. The right-handed pitcher allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits and three walks over 2 2/3 innings. He struck out three batters. Perales has taken some steps forward, and it's good to see that missing some time didn't cause him to regress hard. He has a 6.14 ERA, .310 BAA, and 2.25 WHIP in 14 2/3 innings. Perales has struck out 14 batters and walked 15.
Noah Dean allowed four runs (two earned) on three hits and two walks (three strikeouts) in four innings. The defense let him down a bit in this one, but it was still a solid start. Dean has a 5.09 ERA, .210 BAA, and 1.92 WHIP in 17 2/3 innings. The lefty has struck out 26 batters compared to 21 walks.
Elmer Rodriguez-Cruz has a 2.60 ERA, .269 BAA, and 1.73 WHIP. The right-handed pitcher has struck out 10 batters and walked 12 in 17 1/3 innings. Rodriguez-Cruz doesn't have an elite fastball, but at 19, he can still gain velocity, and his breaking stuff makes up for a lot of it.
Nathanael Cruz has appeared in three games for Single-A. The right-handed pitcher has a 0.00 ERA, .167 BAA, and 1.64 WHIP in that time. He's struck out five batters and walked four more in 3 2/3 innings.
Luis De La Rosa has a 2.57 ERA, .171 BAA, and 1.19 WHIP in 21 innings. The right-handed pitcher has struck out 23 batters compared to 12 walks. De La Rosa has appeared in seven games so far, starting two.
Jose Ramirez continues to be the unsung hero of the Single-A pitching staff. The right-handed starter has a 0.75 ERA, .154 BAA, and 0.88 WHIP in 24 innings. He's struck out 20 batters and walked nine. Ramirez has yet to give up a home run.
Dalton Rogers twirled a gem this week. The lefty starter gave up no runs on one hit and three walks (striking out six) over five innings. Rogers has a 2.55 ERA, .125 BAA, and 1.08 WHIP. He's struck out 31 batters and walked 11 in 17 2/3 innings.
Luis Talavera has a 3.72 ERA, .265 BAA, and 1.86 WHIP in 9 2/3 innings. The right-handed reliever has walked nine batters and struck out eight. However, he's also yet to allow a home run.