The Boston Red Sox are having one of the best season’s in recent memory — and it’s due, in large part, to the graduation of several top prospects over the last three seasons. Now, the club is looking to replenish some of the lost talent in the farm system.
Here’s a quick look at which of their draft selections slid into MLB Pipeline’s Top-30.
No. 3 Triston Casas (3B/1B)
- First Round; 26th overall — American Heritage HS (FL)
No. 12 Durbin Feltman (RHP)
- 3rd Round; 100th overall — TCU
No. 13 Nick Decker (OF)
- 2nd Round; 64th overall — Seneca HS (NJ)
No. 17 Nick Northcut (OF)
- 11th Round; 340th overall — William Mason HS (OH)
No. 29 Brandon Howlett (3B)
- 21st Round; 640th overall — George Jenkins HS (FL)
At 6-4, 238 lbs it’s no wonder why scouts rave about Casas’s power tool. A finger injury ended his rookie season after just four at-bats, however, the Red Sox are excited about the youngster’s power from the left side. Just look at his performance in the 2017 Under Armour All-America HR Derby.
There are many in the industry, including myself and Jason Kinander, that believe Feltman is ready to face MLB hitters right now. In fact, prior to being drafted, MLB.com’s Jim Callis chose him as the player most-likely to reach the majors this year. He’s worked his way up to High-A Salem already, and currently sports a 2.18 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP in 20.2 innings over three levels.
It’s not every day you see a 21st round selection break into a Top-30 prospects list, however, Howlett is certainly worthy. He has a raw bat but shows the potential to be a plus hitter. With signability in question after falling in the draft, the Red Sox, much to the dismay of Florida State Seminoles fans, were able to sign him after he fell to the 21st round.