The Red Sox farm system may not be quite as bare as some may think.
When referring to the Red Sox farm system, there’s typically an audible groan around the fan base. A once fruitful pipeline was largely depleted in order to bolster the Major League roster, but resulted in a World Series championship last season. Despite what many may believe, the Sox have plenty of promising players within their system.
Entering this season, Michael Chavis was largely the consensus top prospect within the Red Sox season; however injuries have forced him into big league action. He’s lived up to the expectations while in Boston, collecting ten homeruns and 30 RBI’s over 47 games. While the beloved Sox rookie has graduated prospect status, there are a couple of newer names to pay attention to.
Baseball America has inserted Triston Casas and Jarren Duran into their Top 100 prospects within all of baseball. While there’s no guarantee that either of these players reach elite Major League status, it’s worth highlighting a couple of names from a prestigious prospect organization.
Casas was the Red Sox first round selection in the 2018 MLB Draft. The power-hitting corner infielder collected four at bats last season, before ending up on the injured list for the rest of the season.
This season has been a different story for the Sox top prospect as he’s collected 11 HR’s and 48 RBI’s in Single A Salem. At only 19 year old, the Red Sox will surely take their time with Casas’ development; however the power numbers and production are noteworthy. He’s currently listed as the number one prospect in the organization by both MLB.com and Sox Prospects. Baseball America has him ranked at 98.
While he’s unlikely to reach Boston for a considerable amount of time, his development is one to keep an eye on.
Unlike Casas, Jarren Duran was not one of the most highly touted players in the 2018 draft class. As a seventh round pick, his development was more, or less, based around his elite speed that he possesses. Additionally, Duran possesses positional flexibility as an infielder that can play outfield, as well.
In 2018, he caught the attention of many fans and analysts as he collected a .367 average in Greenville and a .348 average in Lowell (Low A) throughout his first season of professional baseball. The strong performance allowed him to begin this season in Salem (High A) where he collected a gaudy .397 average en route to a promotion to Portland.
Prospect ranking sites differ in opinions with Duran as MLB has him 9th within the Red Sox organization, while Sox Prospects has him at 3rd overall. Regardless, his ability to hit for a high average has accounted for the meteoric rise within the pipeline, earning him 99th overall in the Baseball America Top 100.
As a collegiate signing, Duran’s development may be quicker than Triston Casas, but don’t expect to see him in Boston anytime soon.