Red Sox fans were forced to cope with plenty of bad news throughout the 2023 season. One of the most concerning storylines pertained to outfield prospect Miguel Bleis, who underwent season-ending surgery on his left shoulder in June.
On Saturday morning, Boston Globe’s Alex Speier offered a very promising update on Bleis, indicating that the 19-year-old has resumed baseball activities and should be a full-go for spring training in 2024.
"Miguel Bleis, a shoot-the-moon, 19-year-old talent who underwent season-ending left shoulder surgery in June, has resumed baseball activities at the Red Sox’ Dominican Academy, including swinging. "- Boston Globe journalist Alex Speier
In addition to Speier’s promising update, he also relayed optimism directly from the team.
"[Bleis] looks great, has added some good weight, looks good physically, and mentally is in a good spot. He should be ready for a normal spring training."- Red Sox farm director Brian Abraham
Bleis was signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2021. He caught Red Sox Nation’s attention less than one year later when he slashed .301/.353/.542 with five homers, 14 doubles, and 18 stolen bases through 40 games at the Rookie level.
Analysts have raved about Bleis’ raw power, a trait that should continue to develop as he matures and gets stronger. He also offers plus speed on the basepaths and has the necessary blend of range and arm strength needed to play center field on a daily basis.
Between his injury and youth, it could still be a few years before Bleis graces the outfield at Fenway Park. In the meantime, fans can get excited about watching him perform post-recovery in the minor leagues next season.