While the ongoing MLB lockout casts more and more doubt around an uninterrupted 2022 season, the calendar is still a few weeks from March. That means baseball will soon sit center stage on the minds of sports fans everywhere.
Regardless of what happens with the lockout, Minor League Baseball will start on time because MiLB players are not a part of the MLBPA. MiLB Spring Training is less than a month away and offers desperate baseball fans a temporary relief from these dreaded CBA negotiations.
Fortunately, ESPN recently released a top-100 list of current MLB prospects and there's a lot to love for Boston Red Sox fans.
Boston Red Sox Prospects
As a team that won 92 games and reached the ALCS a year ago, Red Sox fans still have much to look forward to with the franchise. ESPN's Kiley McDaniel lists three Red Sox prospects in the top 50: shortstop Marcelo Mayer at No. 22, first baseman Triston Casas at No. 46 and second baseman Nick Yorke at No. 47.
Mayer is the consensus top player in Boston's farm system, which is pretty incredible give his age (19) and that he was only drafted last year. It's clearly early, but expect Mayer to continue climbing these lists.
McDaniel describes Mayer with shades Corey Seager or Christian Yelich, citing his strong speed, defensive skills at the position and developing power at a young age. Mayer has only played rookie ball, but slashed .275/.377/.440 across 26 games.
Casas is 22-years-old and was selected 26th overall in the 2018 draft. He's got massive power potential and McDaniel points to a spectrum of MLB mainstays as his pro comps, anywhere from Joey Votto to C.J. Cron.
Because first base has such a "small margin of error since it's so bat-reliant," his floor is closer to Cron. But, that still offers teams an everyday starter that's hit 28-plus home runs a few times throughout his career. Casas hit 13 home runs and 52 RBIs in 77 games at AA last year.
Yorke is another youngster at just 19, but McDaniel likens him to a Whit Merrifield with his average power, potential for elite contact, and a combo of speed and throwing skills at 2B. The former 17th overall pick slashed .325/.412/.516 with 20 doubles, 14 home runs and 62 RBIs between 97 games of High-A and Low-A ball.
Boston will surely be in the playoff conversation again next season, but it's nice to know there's some young potential stars just a few years away.
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