Boston Red Sox prospect watch: Shaking off the rust

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Red Sox Single-A (Salem)

Miguel Bleis started his Single-A career with a seven-game hitting streak. The outfielder has slumped a bit in the last two games, but you can't complain about his production. Bleis is slashing .289/.349/.368 with one double and one triple. The right-handed hitter has five runs batter in, six runs scored, and two steals. He's doing everything right.

Roman Anthony is slashing .267/.385/.333 with two doubles. The left-handed hitter has driven in five runs, scored six more, and stolen three bases. Anthony has shown he's more than "just a power bat" so far. As for the outfielder's lack of power, don't take home run shortages too seriously in Single-A. Salem is not a home-run-friendly park. Neither is Carolina (where they played this week).

Cutter Coffey has a .263/.500/.368 slash line with two doubles this year. The right-handed hitter has driven in one run and scored two more while stealing one base. Coffey has looked solid defensively and already has eight walks compared to five strikeouts. It's also important to remember that he's only 18.

Allan Castro started hot but has cooled off considerably. This isn't surprising, though. The outfielder is a raw prospect; he'll be fine. Castro is slashing .212/.333/.364 with two doubles and one home run. He's driven in nine runs, scored five more, and stolen three bases.

Ahbram Liendo has been one of the more fun prospects to watch this season. The switch-hitter is slashing .217/.419/.217 with one RBI and five runs scored. Liendo has gotten on base thanks to eight walks (compared to seven strikeouts). That's helped him steal five bases already. His defense in the infield has been great too.

Daniel McElveny has a .286/.375/.500 slash line with one home run. The right-handed hitter has driven in one run and scored five more. McElveny is a 19-year-old catcher with good athleticism. If he can flash some power this year that would boost his ranking.

Luis Ravelo is slashing .276/.417/.345 with two doubles. The switch-hitting shortstop has driven in three runs and scored six more. He's stolen one base and flashed some sneaky power. The elite defensive potential certainly doesn't hurt, either.

Ronald Rosario has a .263/.318/.526 with two doubles and one home run. The right-handed hitting catcher has driven in six runs and scored three more. It's a small sample size, but Rosario's bat has been a pleasant surprise.

Yorberto Mejicano is just 2-for-9 through three games this year. Both hits from the right-handed hitting catcher/first baseman have been two-baggers, though. Mejicano has driven in two runs and scored one more.

Jedixson Paez made his first Single-A start this week. The 19-year-old righty allowed one run on two hits over four innings. He struck out four batters while only walking one. Jedi mind tricks were on display.

Elmer Rodriguez-Cruz had a weird start on Sunday. The right-handed pitcher allowed seven runs in 1/3 of an inning. None of those runs were earned, though. The defense had a miserable time behind him. Due to that, Rodriguez-Cruz has only pitched 3 1/3 innings in two starts this year. He has a 0.00 ERA but has walked five batters compared to two strikeouts. ERC will be fine; it's early.

Nathan Landry is SHOVING out of the bullpen. The lefty reliever has a 0.00 ERA, .133 BAA, and 0.64 WHIP in 4 2/3 innings. Landry has racked up five strikeouts compared to one walk.

Luis Perales improved from start one to start two. It still wasn't great, but a step in the right direction is encouraging. The right-handed starter has allowed seven runs on eight hits and five walks over three innings. He's managed five strikeouts, but he needs to work on his command. Every at-bat seems like hard work.

Luis De La Rosa is fun. The righty reliever has a 3.38 ERA, .143 BAA, and 0.75 WHIP through 5 1/3 innings this season. He's only walked one batter while striking out six. De La Rosa has a lot of swing-and-miss stuff that makes him a constant show on the mound.

The first Single-A start for Dalton Rogers was a gem. He went four innings, giving up one unearned run on one hit. The left-handed pitcher struck out eight batters and walked two.

Jose Ramirez threw four shutout innings in his first start of the season. The righty allowed just one hit and two walks. He did hit one batter as well but also struck out six.

Gabriel Jackson has already tossed eight innings in three appearances this season. The right-handed hitter has a 2.25 ERA, .222 BAA, and 1.25 WHIP in that time. He only has two strikeouts, but that hasn't stopped Jackson from putting up good numbers.

Caleb Bolden has made three appearances out of the bullpen in 2023. The righty has a 1.29 ERA, .053 BAA, and 0.57 WHIP in that time. Bolden has already racked up 12 strikeouts compared to three walks in seven innings.

Noah Dean has struggled with his command. In 5 1/3 innings, the left-handed pitcher has nine walks. This has led to a high ERA (5.06) and WHIP (2.06). However, he has only allowed two hits (.118 BAA) and does have nine strikeouts.

Brock Bell hasn't pitched since 2019. He's now appeared in three games this season, though. Bell has a 3.60 ERA, .176 BAA, and 0.80 WHIP in that time. The righty has five strikeouts in five innings and picked up his first career win.