Monday, July 9, 2018

RSM Red Sox Top 30 Prospects- July 2018 Edition

We are back to take a look at the state of the Red Sox farm system.  It is a system replenished to a degree by the draftees taken in June's amateur draft. Here is a look at the top 30, the name of the team with each player is his assignment as of July 1.  The number in{ } is the June ranking.

1. Michael Chavis, Lowell 1B-3B {2}. Chavis is due to return from an 80 game PED suspension after July 2.  He will spend a week or so with Lowell, before likely going back where he finished 2017 in Portland. Chavis goes to the top of these rankings based his power potential and his relatively close proximity of being major league ready.

2. Jaleen Beeks, Pawtucket LHP {1}.  Beeks falls out of the top spot from June, partially based on his major league debut which came in June. Beeks lasted only four innings, allowing six earned runs on seven hits and three walks.  But his 2018 for the Paw Sox continues to go well: 5-5 with a 2.92 ERA with 102 K's.

3. Triston Casas, GCL Red Sox 3B {NA}.  Casas was the first round draft pick for Boston, taken at #26 overall.  Casas was a Florida high schooler who hits left handed. Casas was considered perhaps the best power hitting high schooler in the draft. Casas signed quickly and reported to the Gulf Coast League.  In a continuation of the terrible fortunes of this year's Red Sox minor league stars, Casas injured his right thumb on a diving play at third in his second pro game.  After evaluation, Casas required surgery to his ulnar collateral ligament in the thumb.  It is hoped Casas can return to play in this fall's instructional league.

4. Mike Shawaryn, Portland RHP {3}. Shawaryn continues his solid AA season.  With an ERA of 3.57 and 77 strikeouts vs. only 22 walks, the 2016 draftee continues to anchor the Sea Dog staff.

5. Bryan Mata, Salem RHP {5}. Mata has had some command issues throughout 2018, as illustrated by his 53 strikeouts to 50 walks on the campaign.  But for June in six starts, Mata has an ERA of 2.37.  The teenager will be the only Red Sox representative at the Futures Game.  Mata will be on the World team managed by David Ortiz.

6. Josh Ockimey, Portland 1B {4}. Ockimey only hit .228 in June for the Dogs, but added five home runs to his yearly total (which stands at 11 as of July 1). Despite the low batting average, Josh continues to maintain a healthy OBP of .377 for the season. Ockimey is third in the system in homers and fifth in doubles.  A promotion to AAA, is not out of the question in July or early August.  Ockimey could also be a trade chip if Boston makes a move at the July 31 trade deadline.

7. Tanner Houck, Salem RHP {9}. Last year's first round draft pick form Univ. of Missouri struggled through a miserable first half of 2018.  The Sox had tried to revamp his delivery and pitch selection.  The experiment was scrapped in June, and by the latter stages of June, it seemed like the change back was working. On June 14, Houck pitched six no hit innings, with 13 groundouts. Still to be determined if Houck's future is a starter or reliever. But he does now seem to be on a track to the big leagues.

8. Bobby Dalbec, Salem 3B {6}.  Dalbec continues to display  prodigious power in the Carolina League.  Dalbec hit five home runs in June bringing his seasonal total to fifteen. Dalbec has also tacked on 20 doubles, with an OBP of .350.  Dalbec strikes out a lot, as much as 35% of the time in a stretch in June.  With today's strikeout laden major leagues, if Dalbec could bring his K total down just somewhat, his power will play anywhere.

9. Danny Diaz, DSL 3B {17}. One of the 2017 top signees of the international crop, Diaz began his pro career this season.  And he began with a bang.  In his first 102 at bats, Diaz socked six home runs and 27 RBI.  There is some speculation Diaz could be moved up soon stateside to the GCL.

10. Jason Groome, unassigned {10}.While Groome recoups from his Tommy John surgery, he continues to sit here at 10.

11. CJ Chatham, Salem SS {8}. Chatham had been sharing reps at shortstop for Salem with Santiago Espinal.  But the Red Sox traded Espinal to the Blue Jays for veteran Steve Pearce.  Chatham had a good June in Virginia, hitting .288 with an OBP of .354. A promotion to AA could very well come in July.

12. Antoni Flores, DSL SS {NR}. Flores is another high money signees from 2017's international class.  Flores is also off to a red hot start in the Dominican Summer League. Antoni is hitting .347 with an OBP of .439 in his first 49 at bat's.

13. Travis Lakins, Portland RHP {20}.   Since being moved full time to the Portland bullpen the Ohio State product has not allowed an earned run.  As matter of fact, Lakins only allowed two hits in nine IP.  Do not rule out seeing Lakins in the Boston bullpen this year.

14. Nick Decker, GCL OF {NA}. Decker was the second round draft pick in 2018 for Boston.  Nick is a high schooler from New Jersey. He is considered a top raw power prospect, who projects to be a right fielder, mostly due to a strong arm.  Decker, who throws and bats left handed, also signed quickly and reported to the Gulf Coast League. In an almost unbelievable turn of events, like Triston Casas, Decker was also injured.  On July 1, before Decker even got into a GCL game, he injured his left wrist taking a swing.  The injury turned out to be a small fracture in his wrist.  Decker will be out 3-4 weeks and should be able to get into some August GCL games.

15. Alex Scherff, Greenville RHP {11}.  Scherff pitched much better in June than the early stages of 2018.  The 2017 draftee from a Texas high school had a June ERA of 3.65 and struck out eleven batters versus four walks.

16. Durbin Feltman, Lowell RHP {NA}. Perhaps the Red Sox took their most interesting 2018 draftee in the third round in the person of Durbin Feltman. The closer for TCU, Feltman at 5'11" was considered the most dominant closer in college baseball this season.  And nearly every amateur baseball expert and pundit considers Feltman the most nearly ready for the big leagues prospect in this draft.  After signing Feltman, the Sox assigned him to Lowell.  If the Red Sox have any intentions of Feltman reaching the bigs in 2018 (and they may not) if he dominates at Lowell a promtion to Salem or even Portland should come quickly.

17. Nick Northcutt , GCL 3B {NA}.  This third sacker form Mason City, Ohio could be the steal of the 2018 draft for Boston.  Northcutt was considered to be at least a third round pick but was considered a difficult, if not impossible sign due to a commitment to Vanderbilt. But Boston was able to sign the right handed hitter for over $600,000, using some savings on players drafted in the first ten rounds.  In his first 38 AB's in the GCL Northcutt is hitting .211 with four RBI. And thankfully, has not yet been injured.

18. Ty Buttrey, Pawtucket RHP {22}. Buttrey continues to dominate out of the Paw Sox pen.  In eleven June appearances, Ty was 1-0 with an ERA of 0.60, a WHIP of 0.73 and struck out 21 batters while walking only three.  For the season Buttrey through June has 56 K's and 12 walks with an ERA of 2.00.  Boston continues to bring the William Cuevas and Ryan Brasiers of the world up from AAA, Buttrey's chance must be close behind.

19. Kole Cottam, Lowell, C {NA}. Boston fourth round draft pick this June was Cottam, a catcher from the University of Kentucky. The 21 year old right handed hitter from Knoxville, showed power to all fields at Kentucky. At 6'3" Cottam is big for a catcher, but Boston feels he can stay behind the plate.  If Cottam is a catcher with his power he becomes a potential big time prospect.  But if he needs to move to first base or even DH his power is less outstanding when compared to his positional peers.

20. Roneil Raudes, Salem RHP {13]. On June 11 Raudes was placed on the disabled list with right elbow inflammation.  Raudes is expected to miss the reason 2018.

21. Bobby Poyner, Pawtucket LHP {12}. After making the Red Sox out of spring training, Poyner shuttled back and forth between Boston and Pawtucket.  Poyner had a AAA ERA of 2.61 in June, but it seems he has bypassed by other relievers in the system like Brandon Workman and Tyler Thornberg. Poyner may not see Boston again until September, if then.

22. Brett Netzer, Salem 2B {16}. Netzer had a great June hitting .337 with an OBP of .383 with eight doubles and a triple.  His move five places down the rankings are more of a reflection of the new draftees joining the list.  Netzer could be knocking on the door to Portland.

23. Tzu-Wei Lin, Pawtucket, U. {15} Lin, who is approaching graduation from the prospect list, is continuing a strong AAA season while he waits for the occasional call from Boston. Lin hit .325 for Pawtucket in June.

24. Chandler Shepherd, Pawtucket RHP {21}. In his first season as a starting pitcher in the Sox system, Shepherd continues to pitch well with an ERA of 2.97 in six June starts.  For the year, Chandler has 63 strikeouts while walking only 19.

25. Darwinzon Hernandez, Salem LHP {14}. Hernandez pitched very poorly in June with an 0-3 record while compiling an ERA of 6.65 in five starts.

26. Sam Travis, Pawtucket 1B {7}. Travis may have only the last two months of the Paw Sox season to salvage his prospect standing in the Red Sox system. Through June at AAA he was hitting only .225.  Also Travis had only five home runs in a year he needed to show more power.

27. Cole Brannen, Lowell OF. {25} Last year's second round draft pick, was assigned to Grenville to begin 2018 and fell on his face.  Cole was re-assigned to Lowell when their short season league opened in June.  The early returns are much, much better.  In his first 39 at bats for the Spinners, Brannen hit .282 with an OBP of .378.

28. Kutter Crawford, Greenville RHP {NR}. This right hander was drafted last year in the 16th round from Florida Gulf Coast ( Chris Sale's school).  After signing, Crawford pitched one single inning for Lowell.  Assigned to Greenville for the '18 campaign, Kutter has sparkled.  In fifteen games Crawford is 2-4 with an ERA of 2.95. Kutter has 87 K's with 22 walks through June.  Not to mention a really cool name for a pitcher.

29. Jake Thompson, Salem RHP {24}. Thompson's June numbers mirrored the first two months of 2018, leaving his ERA for the season at 4.57 on July 1.

30. Jarren Duran, Lowell 2B-CF {NA}. Another 2018 draftee on our list. Duran was drafted by Boston in the seventh round out of Long Beach State.  Duran has plus-plus speed, something lacking in the Sox system.  Duran played second base in college, but is not considered a top defender and could be moved to center field by the Sox.  Duran has used his speed to rain down triples in the New York-Penn League, including a pair (plus a double)in his pro debut.

Some other names that were considered:

Chase Shugart, RHP 12th round draftee for Texas Longhorns
Jhonathan Diaz , LHP
Chad De la Guerra, SS

 On July 2, the period for signing international players opened.  Next month these lists may have a name or two from that crop of players.

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