5 Boston Red Sox prospects to watch for the Salem Red Sox
By Hunter Noll
Boston Red Sox shortstop prospect Mikey Romero
There was an immediate connection for Boston Red Sox 2022 first-round draft pick Mikey Romero. The shortstop was childhood friends with 2021 first-round draft pick Marcelo Mayer.
Two shortstops drafted by the same team one year apart. That could be considered a weird strategy, especially considering how good Mayer has been.
It took all of nine games in Low-A to take away most of the worries. The left-handed hitter slashed .349/.364/.581 with four doubles and three triples with the Salem Red Sox. He drove in 11 runs, scored six more, and stole one base.
Romero did all that offensively while appearing at both shortstop and second base. Showing the ability and willingness to learn new positions will endear the first-round pick to fans. Dominating at the plate definitely won't hurt, either.
2023 will give us a complete look at Romero. Last season was a nice preview, but there's only so much you can learn in nine games. Romero will start the year in Low-A with the chance to play consistently. Seeing him out there daily is reason enough to put him near the top of any "who to watch" list.
Mikey Romero has a lot of potential, but he's still very much an "unknown" for fans of the Boston Red Sox. He's expected to be a great bat with good power and average-to-better tools everywhere else. As of right now, though, it's all surrounded by question marks. We should start to get some answers this season.