Dave Dombrowski made a pointed effort to retain the key pieces of the Red Sox farm system.
As we know, the Red Sox did very little at the Trade Deadline; however it meant that a team with little organizational depth will keep its talent in tact. While there’s plenty of realistic arguments to be made that Boston could’ve – and should’ve – added talent and utilized the farm system this week, it’s important to take inventory of what the future may hold.
Future Red Sox / Rising Stock
Triston Casas was the Red Sox first round selection last season and has displayed his talent with the Greenville Drive in 2019. The corner infielder has launched 17 HR’s and driven in 67 RBI’s while with the Low A affiliate, but at a mere 19 year’s old has shown that he’s scratching the surface of his capabilities. At the Trade Deadline, Casas was considered all but untouchable in any deal – a good sign for his potential development in Boston.
Thad Ward has emerged from the barren wasteland that has been the Boston Red Sox pitching development. After a promotion to Salem this season, Ward has posted a 2.43 ERA and a .227 BAA and has seen his stock rise to within the top ten organization prospects, according to MLB. As a fifth round selection, the Sox should be encouraged by his development.
Time Will Tell?
Bryan Mata dominated Salem’s competition earlier this season to the tune of a 1.79 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and .201 BAA while earning a promotion to Portland. Since then, the opposition has adjusted at the AA level while hitting .270 against Mata. On the encouraging side, the Red Sox have a 20 year old arm that boasts a high 90’s fastball and a power slider. He’ll need to continue to develop his arsenal in order to accumulate sustained success as he progresses through organizational ranks.
Durbin Feltman should’ve been in Boston last season…at least if you asked the GM’s of social media platforms. After a third round selection last season, the Red Sox relief prospect has struggled with sustained control issues in 2019. He’s posted a 4.95 ERA in Portland and accumulated a mere three saves after the midway point this season. There’s little doubt about the existing potential, but he’ll have to earn the right to close baseball games at Fenway – especially with the emergence of Darwinzon Hernandez.
The relief development of Tanner Houck and Mike Shawaryn will be interesting to track, as the Red Sox have shifted each player from the rotation to the bullpen. While each resides in Pawtucket, it would not be a surprise to see both players residing in the Red Sox bullpen by the end of the season. Noah Song recently made his debut with the Salem Red Sox. As many know, he’s a Naval Academy graduate and will choose to serve while fulfilling professional duties to the Sox. He’s thrown 3 innings, while striking out six. Song’s arsenal has the potential to be the best in the organization and it will be key to track his development.
Jay Groome should be on track to return to baseball activity in the coming weeks. As a former first round pick, he’ll get back on the mound after Tommy John surgery. Groome, among others, will hope to break the trend of a lack of homegrown pitching.