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A Red Sox draft pick will try his hand at a different spot due to immense struggling.
The Red Sox had high hopes when they drafted Trey Ball in 2013. The tall left hander was deemed to be one of the most intriguing prospects by multiple draft analysts.
Ball was a two-way player that was committed to the University of Texas, but signed to play for the Boston Red Sox instead. However, his pro career has been rough to say the least. The pitcher has posted a career 5.02 ERA and has not advanced past AA Portland. A key area of struggles has been his staggering amount of walks, with a 4.2 career BB/9 – not great for a starting pitcher.
His struggles led to a demotion to the Sea Dogs bullpen, but the transition was not smooth. Ball posted a 7.32 ERA in the bullpen leading to further questioning internally within the Red Sox organization.
The former two-way star was pushed back to his roots and moved to the outfield. Ball responded by belting a go-ahead double in his first at-bat, but went hitless in his final ten at-bats.
A Possible Path to the Majors?
Yes, Ball’s minor league has been a disaster. The former Top 100 prospect has been a colossal disappointment and only one of the recent misses by former Sox GM, Ben Cherington.
However, despite the disastrous results, one NL scout saw promise in Trey Ball the hitter, as Peter Gammons reported:
From an NL scout:”His timing isn’t there yet, but it is a really good swing. Hopefully he can go get swings and see if it works. He’s got a chance, and he looks relieved”
— Peter Gammons (@pgammo) September 4, 2018
To be quite frank, there is little reason to believe that Ball will become the next Rick Ankiel. He was labeled as a player with potential above-average tools as a hitter by Bleacher Report’s Adam Wells back in 2013. For the Red Sox, it is a project that is worth attempting, as it appears the first round investment is not going to pay off and may seek to get any production, at this point.
Ball is set to be a minor league free agent in 2019, after a season of full-time hitting duties, it may decide his future with the Boston Red Sox – and Major League Baseball.