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The Red Sox drafted offense heavily in the most recent MLB draft and it has paid dividends at Lowell.
It’s no secret that the Red Sox have struggled with developing prospects throughout the most recent drafts.
Fans have seen highly touted players such as Henry Owens & Blake Swihart reach Boston with little to show for their hype. They’ve heard about the excitement of Trey Ball, and others, but have only see the struggles in Portland. There’s also been the promise of Jay Groome and Michael Chavis that have been hampered by suspension and injuries.
Despite all of the recent troubles, the Red Sox drafted a number of players with high potential – and two have risen above the rest early on.
Firing on All Cylinders
Through 18 games at Lowell, Duran is hitting a sterling .347 with 10 extra base hits – including 6 (yes six) triples. The Red Sox have sought to utilize his speed in the outfield as well, as he’s played multiple games there in addition to being a staple at second base.
Yes, it’s early, but the blazing start to Duran’s MLB career is worth tracking and could prove to be a long term solution to the Red Sox second base conundrum.
The TCU alumni has tortured the hitters he’s faced, compiling 7 strikeouts with zero baserunners allowed in 4 innings. The hard throwing Feltman features a high 90’s fastball with a wipeout slider that has proved to be an issue for minor league hitters.
Christopher Smith of MassLive was able to grab video of Feltman’s dominance:[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRFrSRI4OD4&w=560&h=315]
It is worth noting that Red Sox first round pick, Triston Casas suffered a season-ending injury to his thumb. This should do very little to disrupt his timeline to the big leagues as he’s a mere 18 years old.
Additionally, Nick Decker suffered a fracture in his left wrist. He was the Red Sox second round pick this season.
There’s plenty to be excited about, but keep an eye on Feltman & Duran as they look to continue their hot start!