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 High-A (Greenville)

Allan Castro was promoted to High-A after impressing in Single-A. The switch-hitting outfielder went 2-for-13 with one walk in his first three games. Castro showed some solid power and great patience in Single-A, and now he gets to test it in High-A.

Roman Anthony did that thing again this week, where he made fans go wild. The left-handed hitting outfielder is slashing .343/.482/.821 with six doubles, one triple, and eight home runs in High-A. He's driven in 18 runs, scored 19 more, and stolen one base. Anthony has walked 18 times compared to 20 strikeouts.

Brainer Bonaci is slashing .305/.368/.521 with 12 doubles, one triple, and nine home runs. The switch-hitting shortstop has driven in 32 runs, scored 23 more, and stolen six bases. Bonaci already has three more home runs than he hit last season.

Eduardo Lopez is slashing .273/.362/.404 with 12 doubles, one triple, and four home runs. The switch-hitting outfielder has driven in 33 runs, scored 41 more, and stolen 11 bases. Lopez has taken a step forward this season despite playing at a higher level.

Tyler Miller's season continues to be quietly fantastic. The left-handed hitting corner infielder/outfielder is slashing .273/.327/.448 with 13 doubles and seven home runs. Miller has driven in 31 runs, scored 25 more, and stolen nine bases.

Felix Cepeda put up phenomenal numbers in Single-A and was promoted to High-A this week. The right-handed reliever made his first appearance with Greenville on Sunday. Cepeda tossed a perfect inning and struck out all three batters.

Angel Bastardo tossed six scoreless innings on Saturday, allowing just two hits. The righty didn't walk anyone and struck out nine. Bastardo has a 3.79 ERA, .207 BAA, and 1.21 WHIP in 80 2/3 innings. He's struck out 105 batters compared to 36 walks.

Juan Daniel Encarnacion allowed two runs on two hits over five innings. The right-handed pitcher struck out three batters and walked two. JDE continued a strong run of starts, and his numbers keep dropping. He has a 4.46 ERA, .223 BAA, and 1.25 WHIP in 72 2/3 innings. Encarnacion has 72 strikeouts compared to 30 walks.