Boston Red Sox prospect watch: Mikey Romero returns

2022 first-round draft pick Mikey Romero returns to the Boston Red Sox prospect watch for the first time this season

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Red Sox Single-A (Salem)

Mikey Romero is back in Single-A. The 2022 first-round draft pick missed the first few months with a back injury but made his 2023 debut this week. Romero went 2-for-9 with a walk and a double. The left-handed hitting shortstop scored two runs.

Brooks Brannon didn't take long to get used to Single-A. The right-handed catcher is slashing .333/.333/.762 with three home runs in five games. He's driven in nine runs and scored four more.

Allan Castro is slashing .247/.376/.378 with 20 doubles, two triples, and three home runs. The switch-hitting outfielder has driven in 29 runs, scored 39 more, and stolen 15 bases. He's walked 51 times compared to 54 strikeouts.

Cutter Coffey is slashing .224/.344/.342 with 12 doubles, two triples, and four home runs. The right-handed hitting shortstop has driven in 25 runs, scored 39 more, and stolen 17 bases. Coffey is still recovering from a slow start.

Ahbram Liendo is slashing .196/.348/.288 with 10 doubles, two triples, and two home runs. The switch-hitting second baseman has driven in 18 runs, scored 41 more, and stolen 30 bases. Liendo continues to shine defensively.

Albert Feliz has been one of the hottest hitters in the Red Sox system over the last few weeks. The right-handed hitting outfielder is up to a .247/.337/.357 slash line with nine doubles, one triple, and two home runs. Feliz has driven in 20 runs and scored 18 more.

Albertson Asigen is 4-for-14 with five walks in five games. The right-handed hitting outfielder has driven in one run, scored three more, and stolen two bases.

Enderso Lira is slashing .273/.289/.355 with six doubles and one home run. The right-handed hitting catcher has driven in 19 runs and scored 10 more. Lira is fantastic defensively, so if he can continue to produce offensively the Red Sox might have something.

Lyonell James is slashing .234/.310/.309 with eight doubles and two home runs. The right-handed hitting first baseman has driven in 32 runs, scored 26 more, and stolen two bases.

Yorberto Mejicano holds a .291/.375/.417 slash line with five doubles, one triple, and two home runs. The right-handed hitting catcher/first baseman has driven in 12 runs, scored 19 more, and stolen four bases. I sound like a broken record, but I'd love to see Meji get more playing time.

Alexis Hernandez is slashing .255/.400/.373 with three doubles and one home run in Single-A. The right-handed hitting outfielder has driven in seven runs, scored nine more, and stolen five bases. He's walked 13 times compared to just eight strikeouts.

Yordanny Monegro made his second Single-A start this week. The right-handed pitcher tossed another five shutout innings, allowing four hits and three walks while striking out five batters. Monegro has now surrendered zero runs on six hits in 10 innings. He's walked three batters and struck out 16 in that time.

Elmer Rodriguez-Cruz allowed one earned run over four innings this week. The righty has a 2.53 ERA, .217 BAA, and 1.26 WHIP in 53 1/3 innings. ERC has walked 26 batters compared to 48 strikeouts.

Luis De La Rosa made one appearance out of the bullpen this week, tossing 2 1/3 shutout innings. The right-handed reliever has a 3.51 ERA, .201 BAA, and 1.27 WHIP in 41 innings. He's struck out 44 batters compared to 22 walks.

Gabriel Jackson allowed one run on two hits over three innings this week. He struck out two batters without walking any. That continues a streak of three straight appearances (8 1/3 innings) with multiple strikeouts and zero walks. Jackson has a 3.09 ERA, .273 BAA, and 1.28 WHIP in 43 2/3 innings. He's struck out 26 batters and walked 11.