The Boston Red Sox farm system has improved since Chaim Bloom took over as chief baseball officer. Boston has used trades and strong drafting to rebuild their farm system. Marcelo Mayer, Triston Casas, and Nick Yorke are the Red Sox’s top three prospects.
Marcelo Mayer / SS / ETA:2024
Last year, Mayer hit .275 in the Flordia Complex League. He hit three home runs and drove in 17 runs; Mayer was drafted by the Red Sox last July with the fourth overall pick. He ranked as the best hitter and defender in the 2021 MLB Draft.
Mayer is left-handed and has an outstanding swing. He hits the ball all over the field and has a good eye at the plate. Mayer has raw power, but he does not try to hit for power; he lets it come naturally. In addition, the shortstop displays fast hands and a strong arm at shortstop. Many scouts say Mayer has Corey Seager‘s bat and Brandon Crawford‘s fielding ability. The Red Sox will have an all-time great shortstop if that comes true.
Triston Casas / 1B / ETA: 2022
Last year, Casas spent time in Double-A and Triple-A, hitting 14 home runs and batted .279. In addition, he ranked second in extra-base hits with 49. At 6-5, Casas displays much power to all fields. Along with his power, Casas does have impressive bat speed. The good thing about Casas is that he is a power hitter who likes to use all fields and not just pull everything. The first baseman does know how to use the bat and control the strike zone.
Casas provides a big target at first base and has soft hands and a strong arm. However, it will be hard for him to get to certain balls at first base with his size.
Nick Yorke / 2B / ETA: 2024
Yorke was selected 17th overall in the 2020 MLB Draft. He hit .325 with 14 homers in Low and High-A ball last year; Yorke handles the bat well at the plate and is good at pitch recognition. He hits the ball to all fields and with power. Yorke is adding more strength, becoming a 20 homer a year player.
Yorke was a shortstop before a shoulder injury caused him to have surgery. He will likely be at second base, and Yorke does have good hands and should make the transition easy.