Down on the Farm

The Boston Red Sox farm system is not among the best in the MLB. Sox GM Dave Dombrowski has dealt a significant amount of highly rated prospects away during his tenure in Boston, and the farm system is a bit depleted because of that. There are, however, more than a few bright spots scattered throughout the minor leagues, and today’s article will highlight some prospects that could potentially see some time in the bigs in 2018.

All stats are as of Tuesday, April 14, 2018.

Sam Travis: Travis just missed the final roster cut after a very impressive Spring Training. So far in 8 games with AAA Pawtucket, he’s hitting .303/.343/.767 in 33 at-bats. He’s logged a double, a home run, 5 RBI and 4 runs scored. Tzu-Wei Lin proved to be first on the call-up list after Xander Bogaerts went down, but Travis is surely right behind him should Boston need any help at first base or DH. Expect to see him at some point in 2018 with the September call-ups at the latest, if not earlier.

Rusney Castillo: Once considered a prized prospect, Castillo’s career has fizzled a bit over the last few years. He’s been effective so far with Pawtucket, though, hitting .275 with 6 RBI and 2 steals in 9 games. He’s part of the outfield depth equation, and could be an injury replacement if Boston loses more than 2 of their current outfielders at the same time this season.

(Photo credit: Over the Monster)

Jalen Beeks: The 24-year old lefty hasn’t gotten a whole lot of attention from the common fan, but he possesses some good stuff. His fastball tops out around 94 mph, and he has a nice little changeup to mix in, as well. He’s carrying a 1.13 ERA and 16 K’s through 8 IP in 2 starts thus far in Pawtucket, but his 1.38 WHIP is a little high. He could be a nice lefty option out of the bullpen come September when the rosters expand.

Roenis Elias: Another guy who just missed the cut this past Spring, Elias has spent all of his time this season in the bullpen for the PawSox. He’s been effective in that role, posting a 1.80 ERA and an impressive .80 WHIP in 5 IP. Like Beeks, Elias could prove to be an option out of the ‘pen in the Fall.

(Header photo credit: Over the Monster)

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