A much improved farm since Chaim Bloom took over in 2020, the Red Sox have combined strong drafting with some sneaky acquisitions in order to bolster the system. It also helps when you have a three-headed monster of top 50 prospects in Triston Casas, Marcelo Mayer and Nick Yorke along with Brayan Bello who is set to debut on our top 100 prospect update at the end of February.
An important note: Jarren Duran graduated by our standards with 100 MLB at-bats last season.
1. Triston Casas – 1B – (Triple-A)
Age: 22 | Height/Weight: 6’4′, 240 | Bat/Throw: R/R | 1st Round (26), 2018 (BOS) | ETA: 2022
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The rare high floor/high ceiling combination for a big bodied power hitter, Casas boasts 30+ home run potential with an innate feel to hit.
2021 Stats (AA/AAA): .279/.394/.484, 14 HR, 32 XBH, 141 wRC+, 15.4 BB%, 19.1 K%
Big body with long natural levers and tremendous strength throughout his frame, Casas deploys a small leg kick that is very slow and controlled and allows him to maintain incredible balance throughout every swing. His strength and long arms allow him to create big bat speed and he features plus-plus raw power at present. Capable of doing damage to all parts of the ballpark.
Despite his long levers, Casas has a very short stroke designed to be as short to the ball as possible. The swing itself is somewhat reminiscent of Freddie Freeman due to the ability of using a short swing as a XXL frame with long levers.
Casas’ approach at the plate could make him a special hitter at the Major League level. He already understands how to use the count to dictate his approach, with most of his damage coming while he’s ahead in the count and an innate ability to battle and spray the ball when he’s behind. He chokes up and widens out with two strikes and simply looks to put the ball in play rather than do damage and often still winds up doing damage. Casas has just started to tap into his elite pop but has still been wildly productive in Double-A thanks to his strong approach. Casas could become a force at the plate as a dynamic bat capable of producing plenty of extra-base hits, walks and a tolerable amount of strikeouts.
Casas’ XXL frame limits him to first base, where he moves well and already excels at picking and has solid footwork around the bag. His arm is easily plus, however his near bottom of the scale speed would make a transition to the outfield difficult. He has the agility to be an above-average defender at first for his size.
Casas has the classic look of a slugging first baseman capable of producing runs in bunches. While the power is immense, it’s the hit tool that really has us intrigued. Casas has shown flashes of his plus plus raw power, including three moonshot homers in the Olympics, but the 22-year-old is still working on consistently tapping into it. Power is the last tool to develop for a lot of great hitters, and Casas is just that. Casas has the potential to be a very potent bat for years to come and a good baseline thanks to his feel to hit.
2. Marcelo Mayer – SS – (Complex)
Age: 19 | Height/Weight: 6’3, 190 | Bat/Throw: R/R | 1st Round (4), 2021 (BOS) | ETA: 2024
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Viewed by many as the potential No. 1 overall pick in last year’s draft, the Red Sox were thrilled when Mayer fell to them with the fourth selection. Mayer has tools across the board and is silky smooth at the plate and in the field.
2021 Stats (Complex): .275/.377/.440, 3 HR, 8 XBH, 121 wRC+, 25.2 K%, 14 BB%
Smooth and simple left-handed stroke that features easy plus bat speed. Tons of feel to hit and he’s shown the ability to drive the ball to the opposite field with ease. Mayer’s profile is currently hit over power, although that could change due to the fact that he has tons of projection remaining in his 190-pound frame; he could add around 20-30 pounds of muscle as he matures.
Everything Mayer does on the baseball field looks smooth and easy. As he continues to refine the mechanics of his swing, the smooth athleticism should translate into fantastic lower half adjustability. His bat-to-ball skills are advanced, as is his ability to navigate at-bats.
He currently has a tendency to lose his lower half at times but once he learns to sit into his back hip consistently and adds strength, Mayer could grow into plus raw power and possibly more. Mayer has the look of a player who could produce doubles in bunches as well as the bat-to-ball skills to produce good batting averages and on-base percentages on an annual basis.
The same smoothness that Mayer features as a hitter translates directly to the field where there are very few questions about his ability to play shortstop in the big leagues. He has above-average range that he pairs with an above-average arm and soft hands. He has the ability to make solid throws even when his body is in unorthodox positions, a trait you see in fantastic big league shortstops. He is currently an average runner, however, it remains to be seen if he’ll lose a step as he physically matures.
Mayer was in contention to go first overall due to the relative ease that he plays the game with. The physical tools are certainly impressive as Mayer has an outside chance to have four plus tools. As is the case with teenage prospects, there is a lot of variance and possible outcomes in regards to the kind of player Mayer will become. His ceiling is certainly high, but his above average tools in nearly every facet of his game combined with a strong feel to hit give him a higher chance than most of being an above average regular. We very well could be looking at a face of the franchise talent for the next decade plus in Boston.
3. Nick Yorke – 2B – (High-A)
Age: 19 | Height/Weight: 6’0, 200 | Bat/Throw: R/R | 1st Round (17), 2020 | ETA: 2023
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Already looking like one of the steals of the 2020 draft, the Red Sox somehow nabbed Yorke for nearly $1 million below the slot value with the 17th pick. Yorke is a beyond his years hitter with frame defying pop.
2021 Stats (A/A+): .325/.412/.516, 14 HR, 39 XBH, 149 wRC+, 15.6 K%, 11.8 BB%
Simple set up, relaxed hands, short stride into an explosive swing. Yorke has some of the quickest hands you’ll see in the minors, allowing him to generate surprising above-average power for his six-foot, 200 pound frame. Similar to Anthony Volpe, Yorke’s lack of physical imposition and strong feel to hit led many to believe that he will be a high contact doubles guy. Instead, York added some muscle after being drafted in 2020 and has slugged 14 home runs between Low and High-A.
The most impressive aspect of Yorke’s game however is his feel to hit. The second baseman has limited body movement and a short, compact, quick swing which leads to confidence in making late decisions. Yorke rarely expands the zone and is adept at spoiling tough pitches. His takes are easy as well, backed by his 15% K-rate and 12% walk rate. York goes to all fields really well and has even showed above-average power to the opposite field.
Yorke seems to have found a permanent home at second base. His arm has looked solid and healthy, which of course was the biggest question when it came to his defense. At 19 years old, Yorke could make major strides defensively, especially at a position like second base where much can be aided by just footwork improvement. He is an above-average runner, who is smart on the basepaths and can steal bags opportunistically.
Yorke is likely to be a bat-first second baseman, but a darn good one. While the hitting styles are quite different in terms of set up, a Dustin Pedroia type of outcome in terms of production is a feasible best case scenario. Yorke doesn’t quite boast the glove or speed of Pedroia, but his feel to hit and burgeoning power give us reason to believe he is capable of becoming the Red Sox second baseman of the future if all works out. Expect many, many doubles with a solid amount of homers sprinkled in.
4. Brayan Bello – RHP – (Double-A)
Age: 22 | Height/Weight: 6’1, 175 | Bat/Throw: R/R | IFA: $28K (2017) | ETA: 2023
An under the radar electric and athletic right-hander, Bello broke out in a big way thanks to a velocity bump and increased feel for a slider that was much tighter.
2021 Stats (A+/AA): 95.1 IP, 3.87 ERA, 3.02 FIP, 1.28 WHIP, 32.8 K%, 7.7 BB%
Anytime a pitcher sees his fastball jump to the upper-90s the rest of his arsenal will usually play up as well. That is exactly what happened for Brayan Bello in 2021. The 22-year-old struggled at times in the past with his fastball flattening out, resulting in it being fairly hittable. The bump in velocity created more separation from his secondaries–specifically his upper-80s plus changeup–allowing him to get away with his inconsistently located heaters a bit more, but even in the 96-98 mph range the pitch was hit more than you may expect.
Bello has been able to circumvent his inconsistent fastball with wildly improved feel for his 85-88 mph sweeping slider, throwing it early in the count and even when he is behind. Bello is comfortable manipulating the slider to break more like a gyro slider, capable of stealing called strikes while also ripping it as a wipeout pitch when ahead.
Right-handed hitters will get a steady diet of the fastball/slider combination, but Bello is extremely confident in his plus change with impressive arm-side fade. Because of the 17 inches of horizontal break the pitch possesses, Bello has success burying it under the hands of righties, which sets up his slider exceptionally well.
Unsurprisingly, Bello leans on his changeup heavily against left-handed hitters, but he is extremely confident in his ability to backdoor with his slider or bury it on the back leg lefties as well. The effectiveness of Bello’s secondaries against both lefties and righties is a huge plus for the Red Sox best minor league arm. Despite his fastball still being closer to 55 than 60 grade, the uptick in velocity was huge for the pitch individually as well as his arsenal as a whole.
Bello went from a $28K international free agent to the best pitching prospect in the Red Sox organization rather thanks to a ton of hard work in the weight room during 2020’s layoff. Not only did the 22-year-old totally change his outlook, but he also expedited his timeline. It only took six starts for the Red Sox to realize that Bello was too good for High-A, promoting him to Double-A where he would make 15 starts.
Bello’s ERA jumped from 2.27 in High-A to 4.66 in Double-A though his FIP only ascended from 2.82 to 3.12 and the strikeout numbers remained consistent. Boasting ridiculous arm speed and explosive athleticism on the mound, sometimes Bello rushes himself to the plate causing some inconsistency with his ability to locate.
Overall, Bello does a good job of recapturing the strike zone after a noncompetitive pitch and despite not quite boasting pinpoint command yet, the right-hander has more than solid control and throws enough strikes. I’d expect Bello’s command to continue to improve given his feel for the slider and even changeup paired with the impressive athleticism.
I’d imagine that Bello is one of the prized prospects for Chaim Bloom as he is now head and shoulders above the rest of the arms in the Red Sox system. On the surface, Bello may seem to carry reliever risk, however his ability to weaponize his secondaries to hitters on each side of the plate paired with hope for above-average command lead me to believe that he will stick as a starter and could be a darn good one.
5. Jeter Downs – 2B/SS – (Triple-A)
Age: 23 | Height/Weight: 5’11, 195 | Bat/Throw: R/R | 1st Round (32), 2017 (CIN) | ETA: 2022
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A disastrous 2021 season in Triple-A not only delayed the big league debut of Jeter Downs, but also casted doubt over his longterm outlook.
2021 Stats (AAA): .190/.272/.333, 14 HR, 23 XBH, 62 wRC+, 32.3 K%, 9.4 BB%
Prior to last season, Downs sported a 124 wRC+ and 19% K-rate in his nearly 300 games between Rookie Ball and Double-A. After being packaged in the Mookie Betts trade, Downs seemed poised for a potential late 2021 call up with the Red Sox. Unfortunately, the disintegration of Downs’ approach and an inability to hit off-speed came to the forefront during the 23-year-old’s 99 games in Worcester.
Downs showed some signs of life in his Arizona Fall League stint, thought the league was a bit light in the pitching department this year and definitely inferior to what Downs was seeing in Triple-A. It seemed like Downs was often trying to do too much at the plate in Worcester.
His chase rates were up and he was extremely pull-happy. Downs power stands out much more to his pull-side and it seemed like he was pressing to get into that pull-side pop. As a result, Downs was going out to get pitches and often caught on his front foot on off-speed pitches, which he posted an OPS below .500 against.
How Downs could go from posting 24 homers and 24 stolen bases between High-A and Double-A to what we saw last season is a bit of a head scratcher and could be a result of factors we might not even be aware of. There’s no doubting the concern that Downs’ 2021 campaign has drummed up, however the former first round pick has a track record of hitting all the way back to his early high school days in South Florida and it is just too early to completely give up on the talented infielder.
Downs made 78 of his 99 starts at shortstop last season at Triple-A Worcester and is capable at the position, but projects as a second baseman long-term. Downs has good hands and decent range, along with a solid arm which should help him play above-average defense at second, as well as fill in at short when needed.
Though just a slightly above-average runner, Downs gets great jumps and is really savvy on the base paths. Downs was 18/21 on stolen base attempts last year and should be an annual threat for 15-20 bags because of his ability to pick the right spots to run.
The good news for Downs is that he reached Triple-A at 22 years old and will get a mulligan at the level for next year. Still on a normal development track, Downs could turn things around and make his MLB debut at 24 years old. In order to do that, we need to see him find more consistency with his approach and use the whole field. There is still an above-average middle infield bat here, let’s just hope the Red Sox can help Downs rediscover that guy.
6. Jay Groome – LHP – (Double-A)
Age: 23 | Height/Weight: 6’6, 250 | Bat/Throw: R/R | 1st Round (12th) – 2016 | ETA: 2023
It has been a wild ride for the former first rounder, who showed signs of life after returning from Tommy John surgery last season. While the ship may have sailed for Groome to be a frontline starter, the 23-year-old looks to be back on track with a chance to be a good big league arm.
2021 Stats (A+/AA): 97.1 IP, 4.81 ERA, 3.84 FIP, 1.27 WHIP, 32.3 K%, 8.7 BB%
Groome continued to look stronger as the year went on, seeing his velocity creep closer to the mid 90s more frequently following his return from Tommy John surgery. The heater has good life and arm-side run, allowing it to be effective in the low 90s, however Groome as more in the tank.
A pitcher who has earned high marks for his athleticism on the mound, Groome struggled with his conditioning post-operation, showing up to Red Sox camp around 260 pounds. As a result, Groome struggled to sustain velocity deeper into starts and at times his mechanics would break down.
If Groome can get back to a place where his athleticism can shine through a bit more on the mound, he could massively improve his staying power in the starting rotation. While the southpaw does not have a plus secondary pitch, his curveball, slider and changeup all look like they could at least be average MLB offerings. Groome’s above-average slurvy curveball stands out as his best offering, throwing it evenly to both lefties and righties with success.
Groome’s fastball is strangely much more difficult to pick up for right-handed hitters than lefties, resulting in surprisingly dramatic reverse splits. Righties posted an OPS of just .619 against Groome, while lefties were nearly 300 points higher at .890. For that reason, I’d argue that it is actually more important for Groome to develop his slider than the changeup as the pitch is more likely to have success left on left. Another solution for Groome would be to just throw his superior curveball more frequently left on left. Groome favored his curveball against lefties only slightly despite the pitch being dramatically more effective.
Drafted in 2016, it may feel like Groome has been around for a while. The reality is, the 23-year-old has only tossed 163 innings in professional baseball. Pair the lack of innings as a prep arm with the fact that Groome spent much of last season rediscovering a feel for his arsenal post-operation and there is plenty of reason to hold out hope that the left-hander can continue to improve.
The days of hoping for Groome to develop into an ace may be behind him, but the southpaw still has plenty of potential. While injuries and a pandemic cancelled season are out of his control, Groome is in charge of his conditioning and that will be something to watch moving forward. Groome showed flashes of the stuff that got him drafted in the first round out of high school six years ago, but he often would fade as he ventured deeper into the outing.
If Groome can continue to feel out his arsenal and find the most effective way to attack hitters, he can circumvent his dramatic reverse splits. With those improvements, along with just simply getting in better game shape, there is still a potentially solid rotation piece here.
7. Blaze Jordan – 3B/1B – (Low-A)
Age: 19 | Height/Weight: 6’2, 220 | Bat/Throw: R/R | 3rd Round (89), 2020 (BOS) | ETA: 2024
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A viral sensation in his early teenage years thanks to age-defying power, Jordan has developed into a legitimate prospect and impressed with his feel to hit in his first pro stint.
2021 Stats (CPX/A): 28 G, .324/.368/.590, 6 HR, 15 XBH, 145 wRC+, 18.4 K%, 7 BB%
A physical 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, Jordan’s strength shines through in the box with a simple swing, yet violent impact. Jordan relies on a subtle weight shift to his back-side and small gathering load before uncorking his explosive rotational power. In limited action last year between the Red Sox complex and Low-A, we already saw Jordan launch six homers and post exit velocities above 110 mph.
Jordan’s quiet swing allows him to be on time pretty frequently, which hedges his youthful approach. The 19-year-old is definitely swing happy, which is understandable given the fact that he has been expected to put on a show every time he has stepped in the box since he was 13 years old. As Jordan continues to get more at-bats under his belt and develops an approach, there could be an average or better hitter here to complement his plus pop.
The fact that Jordan already has good timing, while being efficient with his moves in the box, gives me confidence that he can develop as a more complete hitter than some may expect.
Though many expect Jordan to ultimately move to first base, he has looked pretty decent at the hot corner and has a plus arm to help him stick. While he may be a well below-average runner, Jordan moves his feet pretty well at third and I am not quite ready to relegate him to first.
It is super early in Blaze Jordan’s development, however I will admit that he is much more well-rounded of a ballplayer than I had anticipated when the Red Sox shelled out a well over-slot deal of $1.75 million to nab Jordan in the third round.
Profiles like Jordan’s are of course risky, not just because of the potential for swing-and-miss but also because of how much pressure is on the bat. Jordan being able to stick at third will undoubtedly improve his overall outlook, but at the end of the day the power-hitting teenager will only go as far as his bat will take him. The good news for Jordan and the Red Sox is there is a chance that he could be similar to Bobby Dalbec, but with less swing-and-miss.
8. Bryan Mata – RHP – (Double-A)
Age: 22 | Height/Weight: 6’3, 230 | Bat/Throw: R/R | IFA: $25K – 2015 | ETA: 2023
Mata looked to be trending towards putting things together before unfortunately undergoing Tommy John Surgery during 2020’s Spring Training.
*Did not pitch in 2021
2019 Stats (A+/AA): 105 IP, 3.43 ERA, 3.54 FIP, 1.38 WHIP, 24.7 K%, 9.7 BB%
Mata finished the 2019 season with a ton of momentum, reaching Double-A in his age-20 season and touching 99 mph at the Arizona Fall League. The flame-throwing right-hander has had a history of arm flare ups making it a bit of a head-scratcher that the Red Sox would send him to the Arizona Fall League after throwing a career-high 105 innings in 2019, but that is in the rearview at this point.
Mata’s fastball can be a bit flat at times, but has enough life to be effective at its high velocity as well as set up the rest of his arsenal (especially his changeup). The change is Mata’s best secondary offering with late arm-side fade. The right-hander almost exclusively throws the pitch to left-handed hitters, relying on his curveball and slider to get righties out.
In the 2019 season, Mata went to his slider more frequently as it is an easier pitch to throw for a strike, especially when he manipulates it to be more of a cutter. Mata does a good job of repeating his release point with his slider, making it difficult to differentiate from his fastball out of the hand and is firm at 88-91 mph. His curveball–the nastier breaking ball in terms of profile–is loopier in the low 80s and is easier to pick up out of Mata’s hand. Regardless, the pitch is extremely difficult to square up. The challenge is getting hitters to bite on a lower velocity pitch that is easier to see out of the hand; hitters will generally have an easier time shutting down the pitch.
The hope is that Mata will return before the 2022 All Star Break and his ETA will be dependent on how he looks when he is back on the bump. It will have been more than two years since we last saw Mata pitch, so all we can really do is wait and see, but Mata is still just 22 years old so time is on his side.
If the power right-hander can recapture his 2019 momentum, there is middle of the rotation upside. Mata’s quality of stuff give him a swing and miss bullpen fallback.
9. Connor Seabold – RHP – (MLB)
Age: 26 | Height/Weight: 6’2, 190 | Bat/Throw: R/R | 3rd Round (83) – 2017 (PHI) | ETA: 2022
Acquired (fleeced) by the Red Sox along with Nick Pivetta in exchange for Heath Hembree and Brandon Workman, Seabold is a high-floor arm with a track record of pounding the strike zone while being able to miss just enough bats to be effective.
2021 Stats (AAA): 54 IP, 3.50 ERA, 4.37 FIP, 1.15 FIP, 22.9 K%, 8.4 BB%
Nothing jumps off the page when you watch Seabold other than the fact that he pours in strikes and works quickly. The right-hander does a great job of mixing up his pitches and his fastball has enough riding action to dodge barrels in the low 90s. Seabold’s best pitch is his above-average changeup that flashed plus in several outings I watched. Operating in the low 80s, Seabold locates the pitch well and is comfortable using it right on right because of the screwball type action it has.
Seabold’s ability to locate his average slider allows it to play up a bit. While he can comfortably throw it to left-handed hitters, thanks to the gyro action the pitch has, Seabold’s slider is much more effective against righties. The newly turned 26-year-old will also mix in a slow curve to steal strikes, but the pitch is average at best.
Any time you have a pitcher with Seabold’s pitchability, along with a potentially plus changeup, there is plenty of reason to hope for a back-end rotation arm. Mix in the fact that Seabold’s fastball has characteristics that allow it to play up and his slider is a good enough third offering and you should have a solid No. 5 starter.
Seabold gives the Red Sox some much needed starting pitching depth and could thrive in a swingman role. If his fastball ticks up a hair or the slider can trend closer to above-average there could be an average No. 4 starter here.
10. Chris Murphy – LHP – (Double-A)
Age: 23 | Height/Weight: 6’1, 190 | Bat/Throw: R/R | 6th Round (197) – 2019 | ETA: 2023
A stuff over control guy going back to his days at the University of San Diego, the Red Sox drafted Murphy with the hope of helping him harness his stuff. Since his pro debut in 2019, Murphy has already demonstrated an improved feel to pitch.
2021 Stats (A+/AA): 101.1 IP, 4.62 ERA, 5.07 FIP, 1.26 WHIP, 30.3 K%, 8.5 BB%
Murphy’s bread and butter is his mid 93-95 mph fastball which plays well up in the zone thanks to a low attack angle and life. The southpaw’s above-average heater sets up his above-average changeup well. Murphy has a pair of below-average breaking balls which he is still finding a consistent feel for, but mixes in enough to keep hitters from exclusively thinking about fastball/changeup.
One of Murphy’s two breaking balls will likely have to develop to at least average in order to improve his staying power in the starting rotation.
The slider shows a bit more promise as Murphy seems to be a bit more comfortable repeating his release point on the low 80s offering. Murphy’s upper 70’s curveball has the tendency to hang a bit more and can get a bit loopy.
Generally speaking, it is easier to develop a breaking ball with a young starter than a changeup and Murphy has the latter down. If the 23-year-old can develop one of his breaking balls to be average or better along with continued improvements in the command department, there could be a swing-and-miss back-end starter here.
Murphy’s fastball/changeup combination boosts his floor a bit and the southpaw would likely sit in the mid 90s out of the bullpen if the third pitch and command never get to where they need to be. Murphy has the qualities of an arm who could be a late bloomer, but he comes with plenty of risk.
Other Names to Watch
Gilberto Jimenez – OF – (Low-A): A plus running switch hitter with good contact skills is always an interesting profile to follow and thanks to those tools Jimenez almost cracked the top 10. The challenges with Jimenez are that he struggles to impact the baseball with much authority and also was bordering noncompetitive from the right side of the plate last year. The 21-year-old hit .330/.377/.428 from the left side while just hitting .211/.222/.316 from the right side.
Wilkelman Gonzalez – RHP – (Low-A): An athletic righty with impressive arm speed, Gonzalez was viewed as a developmental project when he was signed for $250,000 as a 145-pound international free agent in 2018. The 19-year-old’s fastball has ticked up to the mid-90s with his changeup looking like a potentially plus pitch. Gonzalez is an exciting young arm to watch in this system and could crack the top 10 very soon.
Alex Binelas – 3B/1B – (Low-A): Acquired in the Hunter Renfroe deal just ahead of the lockout, Binelas was a high =-upside third round selection in the 2021 draft out of Louisville. Once viewed as a first round talent, a brutal junior season impacted the 21-year-old’s stock. Binelas came out and mashed in his professional debut with the Brewers, launching nine home runs in 29 games while getting on base at a .379 clip. Swing-and-miss will be something to monitor at the higher levels as well as whether Binelas can stick at third base.
Tyler McDonough – UTIL – (Low-A): A high-floor utility bat with a track record of mashing at NC State, McDonough enjoyed a bit of a power breakthrough in his junior season, helping the Wolfpack unexpectedly reach Omaha. McDonough grinds out at-bats and is difficult to punch out. He also offers above-average speed and can play all three outfield spots as well as second and third base.
Josh Winckowski – RHP – (Triple-A): Winckowski was well traveled in 2021, starting the season with the Blue Jays before being sent to the Mets in exchange for Steven Matz. Not long after, the Mets sent Winckowski to the Red Sox as part of the three-team Andrew Benintendi deal. Winckowski enjoyed upper level success last season thanks to an uptick in his velocity and a decent slider. The 23-year-old could develop into a depth starter if his splitter improves.
Noah Song – RHP – (N/A): Song could very well be one of the best pitching prospects in this system if he were currently playing baseball. The most dominant pitcher to ever wear a Navy uniform, Song backed up his collegiate dominance by dealing in the Cape Cod League, as well as in his brief pro debut. Song is currently serving a two-year military commitment with his baseball future a bit up in the air, however if/when he returns to the mound, Song could be a force.
Niko Kavadas – 1B – (Low-A): A left-handed masher who will likely end up as a DH, Kavadas has big time power potential and put it on display with 22 homers in his final season at Notre Dame. Kavadas has pretty good bat-to-ball skills for such a powerful hitter and a decent feel for the strike zone.