As the Red Sox season has come to a close, let’s take a look at some future bright stars in the Boston Red Sox organization.
Michael Chavis, who was the team’s first-round pick in 2014, went, from Salem to Portland this season.
He has raw power, slugging 17 homers in (A) Salem before his promotion to (AA) Portland where he hit another 14, for a grand total of 28. This was second in the Sox minor leagues to Bryce Brentz who finished with 31.
Position-wise Chavis played mainly third, as well as splitting DH duties. He will be splitting time between playing third base and learning first base while attending the Arizona Fall League.
#RedSox Michael Chavis has been belting homers for Portland (Double-A).
He now has 27 homers this year. Absolutely crushed this curveball. pic.twitter.com/Y9dV8WXHOC
— Gus (@gusweinstein) August 4, 2017
Josh Ockimey is a 21-year-old first baseman drafted in 2015.
He started in (Low-A) Greenville and made it to (AA) Portland. He finished the year with a slash line of .274/.385/.436 with combined 14 home runs between the two levels.
The young first baseman could very well become a bat that the Boston Red Sox will rely on.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDb5eR-25UQ]
Bobby Dalbec, a third baseman who was drafted out of the University of Arizona, suffered a broken hamate bone early in the season which zapped him of his prolific power that he had demonstrated prior to the injury but returned strong by the end of the season.
Dalbec flashes potential with his thundering home runs.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rveGQDMGnk]
Jay Groome struggled with injuries and will most likely be repeating High-A Salem, or starting in Greenville for 2018.
The left handed pitcher was projected to be a potential number one overall pick in 2016. After he slipped to the Red Sox, many thought he would re-enter the draft the following season. Despite the speculation, the prep school lefty took the Red Sox offer and signed with his favorite team.
Early this season Groome showcased his dominance, before being sent to the DL with a deep strain in his throwing elbow. Groome has the potential to be a top of the rotation pitcher who exemplifies great feel for his mid to high 90’s fastball and excellent offspeed.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iMv1YjRTSU]
Pitchers who made strides in 2017 include Jalen Beeks, a left-handed pitcher, who went from little known to a prospect to keep an eye on. Along with Beeks is Mike Shawaryn who had a high 11.3 strikeouts and 3.2 walks per nine combined between two levels at (Low-A) Greenville and (A) Salem. Shawaryn showcases a swing-and-miss slider with a low-90s fastball.
Expect Beeks to contend for a fringe-starter spot with Brian Johnson and Hector Velasquez in 2018. Shawaryn will also contend for a bullpen spot, possibly forcing Heath Hembree out of the current 40 man roster.
The pitcher who made the biggest improvement was Bryan Mata. Once a teammate of former top pitching prospect Anderson Espinosa, Mata took the biggest steps forward and, at only 18, has one of the highest ceilings of any pitcher in the system.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JC1GCcPjJk]
Perhaps the most disappointing prospect this season was Henry Owens. The former first round pick was expected to be the next front line starter. The lefty rushed through the minor leagues, but since his Major League debut, he has been unable to find the strike zone.
Owens began the season in (AAA) Pawtucket, but was quickly demoted to (AA) Portland due to the inability to throw strikes while averaging almost a walk an inning. A once promising prospect may ultimately need to find his way with a different club.
Tanner Houck is another name to keep an eye on, as previously discussed in a comparison to current Nationals’ ace, Max Scherzer.
While most of these players won’t be in Boston till at least 2019 – 2022 it’s fun to speculate on the future of the Sox.
*Some videos taken from SoxProspects.com*