Boston Red Sox prospect watch: the second half starts with a bang

Promotions, pitching, and power start off the second half of the 2023 season with a bang for the Boston Red Sox prospect watch.
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Red Sox Triple-A (Worcester)

Niko Kavadas was promoted to Triple-A, and Worcester is already getting to see what he's about. The left-handed hitting first baseman is 1-for-6. He's already walked three times, though. Kavadas hasn't hit a homer yet, but they'll see plenty of those. Something that stands out is that he's only struck out one time in two games.

Ceddanne Rafaela is slashing .271/.328/.525 with three doubles and four home runs in Triple-A. The right-handed hitting centerfielder has driven in eight runs, scored 10 more, and stolen one base. He's passing the test of Triple-A through 14 games.

Stephen Scott is elevating his stock with a fantastic showing in Triple-A. The left-handed hitting catcher is slashing .293/.403/.483 with five doubles and two home runs in 19 games. He's driven in 16 runs, scored 10 more, and stolen two bases.

Wilyer Abreu is slashing .246/.367/.464 with seven doubles, one triple, and 12 home runs. The left-handed hitting outfielder has driven in 36 runs, scored 42 more, and stolen four bases.

Nick Sogard continues to hover around .300. The switch-hitting utility is slashing .297/.389/.402 with 13 doubles, one triple, and four home runs. Sogard has driven in 36 runs, scored 46 more, and stolen 13 bases.

Ronaldo Hernandez is slashing .242/.361/.449 with seven doubles and 10 home runs. The right-handed hitting catcher has driven in 44 runs and scored 26 more. He's walked 30 times this season, one off his career high. The improved eye has been the most impressive part of his game.

Shane Drohan had a tough outing on Sunday but is still giving fans things to get excited about this season. The left-handed pitcher has a 3.86 ERA, .226 BAA, and 1.36 WHIP between Double-A and Triple-A. He's struck out 85 batters compared to 43 walks in 84 innings.

Brendan Nail has dominated in both Double-A and Triple-A this season. The left-handed reliever has a 1.49 ERA, .197 BAA, and 1.09 WHIP in 42 1/3 innings. Nail has struck out 43 batters compared to 16 walks.