The Red Sox use their first pick to inject power into a weak farm system.
The Red Sox recent drafts have been filled with question marks, but they’ve found success at the 26th spot in the draft. A current member of the Sox 25 man roster, Blake Swihart, was selected in 2011. Then in 2014, the Sox selected a current top prospect, Michael Chavis.
With the 26th overall pick in the 2018 MLB draft the Boston Red Sox have taken 18 year old third baseman Triston Casas. Casas is a 6’4″ 238 lb corner infielder and a power hitting lefty that might have the most power out of all players in this years draft. Coming into the draft he was the #20 prospect according to MLB Pipeline and had planned on playing college ball at the University of Miami.
Triston is projected to be a pure power hitter, and though some scouts believe he may never be a guy that hits for average, he has the capability to contribute 30-35 HR’s.
Hopefully this pick will help the Red Sox rebuild a very depleted farm system as he’s drawn MLB comparisons to Freddie Freeman. Additionally, he attended the same high school as San Diego Padres first baseman, Eric Hosmer.