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The Red Sox have another bat in the organization courtesy of Seattle as completion of the trade for Roenis Elias. Eric Filia is a career .343 hitter in the minors with two drug suspensions.
A .400 hitter? The Red Sox now have one albeit a minor league .400 hitter in 25-year-old left-hand hitter Eric Filia. Filia is the player to be named later when the Red Sox shipped lefty Roenis Elias to Seattle in April. The completion of the deal was announced on the same day Carson Smith’s latest injury would require surgery. Smith and Elias had come to Boston for Wade Miley and Jonathan Aro. As the world turns in baseball.
Elias did little in his tenure in Boston accomplishing a dismal 0-1, 12.38 ERA in his two seasons with the organization. Elias was promoted to the Mariners from their Tacoma (AAA) affiliated and has a win with a 1.50 ERA in just six innings of work. But what about our .400 hitter?
Filia – a right fielder/first baseman – is hitting .426 at Arkansas (AA) in 13 games (through 6/12). Why the short games? Filia just completed a 50 game suspension – his second – for a positive drug test. The 20th round selection (2016) has an interesting hitting history with a .343 average in 210 minor league games. Filia also hit .408 in 22 games in the Arizona Fall League.
Filia has limited power since his minor league home run totals sit at just 10 with 119 RBI in 792 at-bats. Filia also has fewer career whiffs (68) than walks (114). The case in point is Filia – a UCLA draftee – may be younger competition in the leagues he has been in. The assumption is Filia will be with the Portland Sea Dogs (AA).
Filia’s bat is worth following to see if his numbers are maintained in the Eastern League and possibly Pawtucket. Filia could be similar to Jeremy Barfield who hit 27 home runs for Portland in just 92 games last season. When exposed to Triple-A the results were disastrous and Barfield was released in May. Will Filia face the same daunting task as pitching elevates?
In a very thin Red Sox farm system, Filia will certainly slide in as a top 15 member and could provide the organization with valuable depth.