Boston Red Sox: Sneaking a Peek Inside Some Top Prospects

It has been a rough year for the Boston Red Sox. After winning the World Series last season and breaking all sorts of records, they are just an ordinary baseball team this season and on the verge of missing the postseason. Boston is on a seven-game losing streak and they are 5.5 games back of the Tampa Bay Rays for the second wild-card spot in the American League.

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The Red Sox’s record so far this season is 59-54. They are also 13.5 games back of the New York Yankees for first place in the American League East. Even with all of the talent Boston has, they have one of the worst farm systems in baseball.

Anyways, who are some of the top prospects in their farm system?

Triston Casas

The top prospect in the Red Sox’s system is first baseman/third baseman, Triston Casas. He was the 26th overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft. Casas is only 19 years old and he isn’t projected to reach the majors until 2022. Triston Casas is currently playing in Single-A with the Greenville Drive. He might be better off playing first base in the future because of Rafael Devers playing third base in the big league. Casas has played in 96 games in the minors so far this season. His batting average is .246 with 17 home runs and 68 RBI’s, along with two stolen bases. Triston Casas’s on-base percentage is .337.

Bobby Dalbec

The second-best prospect in Boston’s farm system is third baseman/first baseman, Bobby Dalbec. He is 24 years old and is projected to reach the majors sometime next season. Dalbec just got called up to the Pawtucket Red Sox in Triple-A after playing 105 games in Double-A with the Portland Sea Dogs. It is going to be interesting to see where he plays in the near future because Bobby Dalbec could potentially be a trade chip in the offseason for a reliever. In 107 games played so far this season, his batting average is .237 with 20 home runs and 57 RBI’s, along with six stolen bases. Dalbec’s on-base percentage is .371.

Bryan Mata

The third-best prospect in the Boston Red Sox’s farm system is right-handed pitcher, Bryan Mata. He is 20 years old and is projected to reach the majors sometime in 2020. Mata was signed as an international free agent on January 27, 2016. He throws three very good pitches and one of them is with solid sinking action. However, when his sinking action isn’t working, Bryan Mata gets hit around. He could be a mid-rotation pitcher and Boston’s starting rotation hasn’t been very strong this season. In 17 games pitched, his record so far this season is 5-5 with a 3.07 ERA. In 82 innings pitched, he has given up 74 hits and 38 runs. Mata has walked 30 batters and has struck out 88.

Jarren Duran

The fourth-best prospect in their farm system is outfielder, Jarren Duran. He was a seventh-round pick in the 2018 MLB Draft. Duran has progressed his way through the minors and he is already in Double-A with the Portland Sea Dogs. Jarren Duran is 22 years old and is projected to reach the majors in 2021. Duran is a very good contact hitter and also a tremendous base stealer. His speed also causes problems for opponents and he is a future leadoff hitter. Duran could be a player like shortstop Trea Turner is of the Washington Nationals in the near future. He started the season in High-A with the Salem Red Sox and Duran played in 50 games there. In 105 overall minor league games so far this season, his batting average is .323 with four home runs and 33 RBI’s, along with 38 stolen bases. Duran’s on-base percentage is .384.

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Tanner Houck

The fifth-best prospect the Red Sox’s farm system is right-handed pitcher, Tanner Houck. He was a first-round pick in the 2017 MLB Draft. Houck is already in Triple-A. He has played in most of the season in Double-A and now Tanner Houck is now in Triple-A. He is 23 years old and is projected to reach the majors sometime next season. Houck has pitched in 24 games so far this season. He will most likely be a mid-reliever in the majors even though Tanner Houck has the potential to be a starter on the low end in the big leagues. His fastball reaches the 90s. Houck also has some solid breaking pitches as well.  His record is 8-6 with a 4.03 ERA. In 91.2 innings pitched, he has given up 92 hits and 44 runs. Tanner Houck has walked 40 batters and struck out 85.

Gilberto Jimenez

The eighth-best prospect in Boston’s farm system is outfielder, Gilberto Jimenez. He is currently playing in Short Seasoned A with the Lowell Spinners. Jimenez is 19 years old and is projected to reach the majors in 2022. He was signed as an international free agent on August 7, 2017. In 35 games played in the minors so far this season, Gilberto Jiminez’s batting average is .353 with two home runs and 13 RBI’s, along with seven stolen bases. His on-base percentage is .388.

Thad Ward

The ninth-best prospect in the Boston Red Sox’s farm system is right-handed pitcher, Thad Ward. He was a fifth-round pick in the 2018 MLB Draft. Ward is currently in High-A with the Salem Red Sox. He is 22 years old and most project him to reach the majors in 2021. Thad Ward has a very high strikeout rate. He throws three very good pitches and his fastball reaches 96 MPH. Ward started the season in Single-A with the Greenville Drive. In 21 games pitched so far this season, his record is 6-4 with a 2.20 ERA. In 110.2 innings pitched, he has given up 83 hits and 36 runs. Thad Ward has walked 46 batters and has struck out 134.

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C.J. Chatham

The tenth-best prospect in their farm system is shortstop, C.J. Chatham. He is currently playing in Double-A. Chatham was a second-round pick in the 2016 MLB Draft. C.J. Chatham also plays some second base as well. He is also a very good contact hitter without a lot of power. Chatham is 24 years old and is projected to reach the majors sometime next season. His batting average in 84 games played so far this season is .297 with two home runs and 32 RBI’s, along with five stolen bases. C.J. Chatham’s on-base percentage is .331.

For more information on these prospects, visit MLB.com and search top prospects.

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