No. 10: Red Sox infield propsect Chase Meidroth
Chase Meidroth started his Boston Red Sox career strong in 2022 after being selected in the fourth round of the draft earlier that year. With slightly higher expectations heading into 2023, he managed to smash right through them.
Meidroth spent the year between High-A and Double-A. The right-handed hitting infielder slashed .271/.408/.391 with 19 doubles, one triple, and nine home runs between the two levels. He drove in 57 runs, scored 78 more, and stole 13 bases in 111 games (399 ABs).
Meidroth walked 80 times (16.2%) while only striking out 98 times (19.9%). That's a strong strikeout rate and a phenomenal walk rate.
Meidroth works counts and puts the bat on the ball. He might not have much power, but the ability to reach base is legit.
Speed-wise, I feel like he's a bit underrated. There's more athleticism there than people give him credit for. He could steal 15-20 bases. Maybe even a few more, thanks to the high OBP.
Defensively, Meidroth was a wizard in 2023. Coming into the year, I thought he was really solid. This season, we saw him play second base, third base, and shortstop. He made highlight reel plays at all three spots.
Meidroth has a solid arm that allows him to play all three spots with no issue. His glove and footwork fit in all three positions as well.
Chase Meidroth feels like the type of prospect that never gets a ton of hype. People know who he is and think he's solid, but not many people will consider him a top-tier guy.
Then he'll make it to the Majors and have a decade-plus career with a .380 OBP or something crazy. His versatility defensively makes his future in Boston a little more clear, which is nice. He's the kind of player that winning teams need.