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Baseball America Ranks Four Sox Prospects in annual Top 100 Prospects List
Keith Law of Baseball America has recently shared his Top 100 Prospects in baseball. In his rankings, four Red Sox prospects were included. Here is a brief rundown of the Red Sox top prospects.
(18) Marcelo Mayer
Marcelo Mayer is a generational talent who the Red Sox selected fourth overall in the 2021 MLB draft. How good is he? Well, without playing a full season of professional baseball, MLB.com ranked Mayer as the ninth best prospect in baseball. Baseball America only ranks him at eighteen due to inexperience at the Pro level. He was the consensus number one selection for the 2021 draft and somehow fell into the Red Sox hands at number four overall. It is likely that Mayer is the biggest Red Sox prospect the organization has had in awhile. The fourth overall selection was the highest draft pick Boson has had in fifty four years. Fortunately, for Mayer the Red Sox had a quick rebuild and are already back into playoff contention in the always tough American League East. Scouts love Mayer’s bat and defensive skills and believe he quickly progresses throughout the minor league system.
(37) Nick Yorke
Nick Yorke has been steamrolling through his competition at the minor league level since being drafted in 2020. Yorke was selected at seventeenth overall in the 2020 draft and was the first player Chaim Bloom drafted as the Red Sox’s Chief Baseball Officer. In his first professional season, Yorke tore up A ball with a .325 batting average, fourteen home runs and a .928 OPS. A shoulder injury prevented him from being properly evaluated by scouts prior to the draft but the Red Sox believe Nick Yorke has the potential to become a great hitter. Prior to his shoulder injury, Yorke was a Shortstop but due to the surgery he has played Second Base at the professional level, where he will likely stay. Is an elite middle infield duo consisting of Yorke and Mayer in the Red Sox future?
(56) Triston Casas
Triston Casas is the 18th ranked prospect in all of baseball and is the projected First Baseman of the future for Boston. At twenty years old, he has impressed scouts across the baseball world with his raw power at the plate and his ability to succeed at every level. Casas was drafted by the Red Sox at 26th overall in 2018, when Dave Dombrowski the President of Baseball Operations. It appears to be a smart pick. Casas has shown confidence at every level. He spent the majority of the 2021 season in AA with the Portland Sea Dogs where he dominated. Casas’s numbers were outstanding with a .879, 13 home runs and a .284 batting average. His success in Portland was rewarded with a promotion to the Worcester Red Sox where he had hit eight hits in nine games. It is extremely likely that Casas will start the season in Worcester for 2022 so if you want to see the Red Sox’s First Baseman of the future there are plenty of opportunities for Red Sox fans to see him before he arrives in Boston, which is likely to be in the middle or end of the 2022 season.
(86) Brayan Bello
Brayan Bello is the last Red Sox prospect to be in Baseball America’s Top 100. He is a pleasant surprise to make the list due to an inconsistent 2021 season but he certainly has the talent to be considered one of the game’s best prospects. It is no secret that the Red Sox have struggled to draft and develop good starting pitching over the years but things may finally be looking up for Boston in the pitcher development department, with plenty of emerging young arms entering the Red Sox system. Brayan Bello is one of the most intriguing arms in the Red Sox farm system. The twenty year old right hander signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2017. Bello has three solid pitches which allows him to get swing and misses or weak ground ball contact. At twenty two, Bello has plenty of time to develop in the minor leagues. If he continues to work on fastball command Bello will likely develop into a big league pitcher. Scouts definitely believe Bello has the upside of a middle of the rotation starter.
It is clear the Red Sox built up their once depleted farm system. In fact, under Chaim Bloom’s leadership, the Red Sox are quickly becoming one of the best farm systems in all of baseball.Not to mention, the Red Sox system still included former top prospects Jeter Downs and Jarren Duran, who still have potential to be full time Major League players. Moving forward, the Red Sox organization will be filled with solid prospects that the organization can keep or use to make trades. The future at Fenway Park is bright.