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 Single-A (Salem)

Is Yordanny Monegro human? The right-handed pitcher tossed five scoreless innings this week, allowing five hits. He struck out seven batters and walked one. Monegro hasn't allowed a run over 15 innings in Single-A. He's struck out 23 batters compared to four walks. His curveball should be illegal.

Jedixson Paez allowed one run on three hits over four innings this week. The righty struck out seven batters without walking any. In his last three starts, Paez has allowed only one run in 14 innings. He has a 4.37 ERA, .240 BAA, and 1.10 WHIP in 47 1/3 innings. Paez has 38 strikeouts compared to eight walks.

Mikey Romero is slashing .333/.364/.429 with two doubles in five games. The left-handed hitting shortstop has driven in two runs, scored two more, and stolen one more base. Despite missing the first few months, Romero hasn't missed a step.

Brooks Brannon is slashing .292/.320/.667 with three home runs in six games. The right-handed hitting catcher has driven in nine runs and scored four more. Brannon's offense is going to be a lot of fun.

Lyonell James had a big week and is currently riding an eight-game hitting streak. The right-handed hitting first baseman is slashing .245/.320/.332 with eight doubles and three home runs. He's driven in 34 runs, scored 28 more, and stolen two bases.

Ahbram Liendo is on a five-game hitting streak, including four straight with multiple hits. The switch-hitting second baseman is slashing .205/.353/.304 with 10 doubles, three triples, and two home runs. He's driven in 20 runs, scored 43 more, and stolen 30 bases.

Enderso Lira is on a four-game hitting streak. The right-handed hitting catcher is slashing .282/.298/.359 with six doubles and one home run. Lira has driven in 19 runs and scored 11 more. The Red Sox suddenly have a few viable catching prospects, but Lira's defense will keep him in the mix. If he can continue to hit, that only rises his stock.

Albertson Asigen is slashing .250/.400/.250 in eight games for Single-A. The right-handed hitting outfielder has driven in one run, scored four more, and stolen two bases. Asigen has already walked six times.

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