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Boston Red Sox Top 20 Prospects for 2017: Mid-Season review

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Checking in on the pre-season Red Sox prospect list.

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We continue our mid-season organization reviews with a look at the Boston Red Sox Top 20 Prospects from the beginning of 2017. The index for other team reviews can be found here.




This list was originally published December 29th, 2016.

1) Andrew Benintendi, OF, Grade A: Age 23, first round pick in 2015 from University of Arkansas; hitting .265/.347/.409 with 12 homers, 45 walks, 71 strikeouts in 362 major league at-bats; a bit up-and-down with his performance but I retain full confidence in him and still think he’ll be an All-Star eventually.

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2) Rafael Devers, 3B, Grade A-: Age 20, signed for $1,500,000 out of Dominican Republic in 2013; hit .311/.377/.578 between Double-A and Triple-A, promoted to majors on July 24th and hitting well so far; I’d give him a straight Grade A now, simply an outstanding prospect.

3) Jason Groome, LHP, Grade B+: Age 18, first round pick in 2016 from high school in New Jersey; hit hard early in Low-A, went on DL, rehabbed in New York-Penn League with good performance, now back in Low-A; overall 7.24 ERA in 32 innings with 41/19 K/BB; stuff reports very positive, still working on his command.

4) Bobby Dalbec, 3B, Grade B-: Age 22, fourth round pick in 2016 from University of Arizona; hitting .236/.324/.382 with 18 walks, 67 strikeouts in 157 at-bats in Low-A; missed a month with a sore wrist; contact issues the big question but a high ceiling and no need to rush him.

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5) Sam Travis, 1B, Grade B-: Age 23, second round pick in 2014 from Indiana University; hitting .275/.350/.395 in Triple-A, .279/.380/.395 in 43 major league at-bats; what you see is what you get.

6) Marco Hernandez, INF, Grade B-: Age 24, originally signed by Cubs out of Dominican Republic, traded to Red Sox in 2014; hit .276/.300/.328 in 58 major league at-bats until going down with shoulder injury; season over.

7) Roniel Raudes, RHP, Grade B-: Age 19, signed out of Nicaragua in 2014; 4.28 ERA in 95 innings in High-A, 75/37 K/BB, 106 hits; throws strikes, projectable, still working to build strength.

8) C.J. Chatham, SS, Grade C+/B-: Age 22, second round pick in 2016 out of Florida Atlantic; has spent almost the entire year on the disabled list with hamstring trouble.

9) Michael Chavis, 3B, Grade C+: Age 21, first round pick in 2014, hitting .306/.361/.606 with 25 homers, 30 walks, 78 strikeouts in 350 at-bats between High-A and Double-A, tapping his power more often and showing a much more mature approach at the plate; glove needs more work but overall this season is a large step forward, probably a Grade B right now.

10) Josh Ockimey, 1B, Grade C+: Age 21, fifth round pick in 2014; hitting .279/.393/.446 in High-A with 11 homers, 66 walks, 106 strikeouts in 341 at-bats; power/patience bat showing improved feel for hitting this year; defense remains weak but he’s young enough to improve.

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11) Brian Johnson, LHP, Grade C+: Age 26, 2.84 ERA in 63 innings in Triple-A with 51/21 K/BB, made five major league starts with 4.33 ERA, 21/8 K/BB in 27 innings, can be a competent fourth starter if he stays healthy but that’s a considerable if, now on DL with shoulder inflammation.

12) Kyle Martin, RHP, Grade C+: Age 26, 3.54 ERA in 41 innings in Triple-A, 37/18 K/BB; threw two innings of MLB relief with one run allowed; could be 11th man on staff if given an opportunity.

13) Chandler Shepherd, RHP, Grade C+: Age 24, 13th round pick from University of Kentucky in 2014; 4.31 ERA in 40 innings in Triple-A, 48/13 K/BB; like Martin, Shepherd can be useful in the back part of a bullpen.

14) Jake Cosart, RHP, Grade C+: Age 23, third round pick in 2014 from Seminole State Community College; younger brother of Jarred Cosart; 3.75 ERA in 36 innings in Double-A, 35/36 K/BB; good stuff but has to lower the walk rate to survive at higher levels; like Martin and Shepherd, could be useful pen arm.

15) Luis Ysla, LHP, Grade C+: Age 25, 5.05 ERA in 46 innings in Double-A with 44/32 K/BB; like Cosart, needs to improve control, could be decent reliever if he does that; traded to Los Angeles Dodgers yesterday for cash.

16) Shaun Anderson, RHP, Grade C+: Age 22, third round pick in 2016 from University of Florida; solid year with 3.58 ERA in 100 innings between Low-A and High-A, 87/30 K/BB; traded to San Francisco Giants for Eduardo Nunez on July 26th.

17) Mike Shawaryn, RHP, Grade C+: Age 22, fifth round pick in 2016 from University of Maryland; solid season with 3.93 ERA in 101 innings, 133/34 K/BB, just 87 hits between Low-A and High-A, maintaining high strikeout rates, should watch him closely as he moves up.

18) Nick Longhi, 1B-OF, Grade C+: Age 21, 30th round pick in 2013 from high school in Florida but would have been 25 rounds higher without LSU commitment; hit .262/.302/401 in 237 at-bats in Double-A; sold to the Cincinnati Reds on July 2nd, hurt elbow on July 14th and had to have surgery, will miss rest of season.

19) Gerson Bautista, RHP, Grade C+: Age 22, signed out of Dominican Republic in 2013; 5.16 ERA in 45 innings in High-A with 53/28 K/BB; clocked as high as 100 MPH but still more thrower than pitcher, high ceiling but needs time.

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20) Ben Taylor, RHP, Grade C+: Age 24, seventh round pick in 2015 from South Alabama; 17 innings in majors with 5.19 ERA, 18/9 K/BB, injured much of year, missing time with elbow soreness than an intercostal strain; can be a useful middle man if healthy.

Jalen Beeks, LHP: 2.56 ERA in 105 innings between Double-A and Triple-A, 116/40 K/BB, stock up.
Tyler Hill, OF: Hitting .271/.335/.388 with 31 steals in Low-A.
Bryan Mata, RH: 2.79 ERA in 48 innings in Low-A, 44/12 K/BB, only 18 years old; stock moving up rapidly.
Yankory Pimentel, RHP: 2.45 ERA in 29 innings between High-A and Double-A, 27/10 K/BB, suspended June 9th for 80 games after testing positive for steroids.

Feel free to ask questions about any Red Sox prospects ranked pre-season, anyone not ranked pre-season, and 2017 draftees. I’ll do my best to answer in the comments.