5 Boston Red Sox prospects to watch for the Greenville Drive

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Boston Red Sox High-A shortstop prospect Marcelo Mayer

Let's get the most obvious one out of the way immediately. Marcelo Mayer is the top-ranked prospect in the Boston Red Sox organization. Of course, he had to be on the list.

Mayer was the fourth-overall pick in the 2021 MLB draft. People argued that he was the best prospect in that draft, though. Now heading into 2023, you'd probably find more people agreeing with that take.

In 2022, Mayer slashed .280/.399/.489 in 91 games between Low-A and High-A. The right-handed hitter smoked 30 doubles, two triples, and 13 home runs. He also drove in 53 runs, scored 61 more, and went a perfect 17-for-17 on stolen base attempts.

Those are great numbers for anyone, let alone a 19-year-old in his first season in the minor leagues.

Mayer wasn't just an offensive standout, though. The shortstop looked slick in the field. He showed off great glove and footwork as well as a strong arm. Mayer was making the routine plays while throwing in some highlights for fun.

2022 ended on a strong note for Mayer. After struggling after a promotion to High-A, he slashed .452/.553/.710 in his eight September games to end the year. It was clear that he was figuring out the pitching.

Mayer now has some experience and the level and some Spring Training under his belt. Starting 2023 with the Greenville Drive, the now-20-year-old could be on the cusp of a massive season. Everyone already sees him as a top prospect in baseball. Now he can solidify his standing as the Boston Red Sox shortstop of the future.