Boston Red Sox Prospect Update: Rafael Devers Ready, Jason Groome Healthy, Bryce Brentz Hot, And Michael Chavis Needs Time
Our last prospect update came on June 16th where we had updates on Rafael Devers, Michael Chavis, and Rusney Castillo. Today we will take a look at Chavis’s statistics in Double-A Portland after his call-up, as well as Devers and where he is at in terms of heading to Pawtucket, and a look at some pitchers and overachieving players.
Devers Still Hot, Time For Triple-A Is Now
When the Boston Red Sox called up Chavis a few weeks ago the impression was Devers was going to see a call-up to Pawtucket. But that hasn’t happened yet with Devers still in Portland. He is expected to be called up right after the all-star break, but it seems he should be up there now.
In his last ten games, Devers in 36-at-bats is batting .333 with 3 home runs and 8 RBIs. This drives his season Avg up to .306 with 17 home runs and 52 RBIs.
The one thing that keeps on keeping this third baseman back is his defense.
Since June 16th Devers has committed 4 errors and his fielding percentage went from .940 to .926 on the season. His season error total in 60 games at third base is 12.
While a Devers call-up to Pawtucket is coming soon, his defensive skills will need to be honed ahead of any Major League call-up.
Chavis Still Adjusting To Life In Double-A Portland
21-year-old third base prospect Michael Chavis has been trying to get used to playing in AA-Portland. He has played in 9 games so far getting 33 at-bats and is batting .242 with 3 home runs and 4 RBIs.
His season average is .309 with 20 home runs and 59 RBIs.
Chavis has only played 4 games at third base with Devers currently being at the same level. In those four games, he committed one error to add to the 11 errors he committed in Salem.
As you probably have gathered, both Devers and Chavis have struggled mightily on the defensive side of things. Chavis will likely play out the remainder of the 2017 season at the double-a level barring a Devers call-up to Boston in August or September.
Bryce Brentz Lighting It Up For Pawtucket
It wouldn’t be a true Red Sox prospect update if we didn’t talk about the hottest batter in the entire organization.
Bryce Brentz is batting .429 in his last 10 games with 5 home runs and 13 RBIs. This is quite the turnaround for a player that saw his average dip in the low .200’s to start the month of May.
This season for the PawSox the veteran minor leaguer has batted .282 with 18 home runs and 49 RBIs.
Brentz is a 28-year-old outfielder that has failed to break out of the minor leagues. He has appeared in 34 games for Boston and in 87 at-bats he actually impressed with a .287 average. But he has consistently been overlooked and is an option for the Boston Red Sox if something happens in terms of injury or trade.
Jay Groome Looking Solid For The Lowell Spinners After Coming Back From Injury
The 18-year-old pitching prospect Jason Groome gave the Boston Red Sox quite the scare on April 10th when he went down with an injury. But the left-handed hurler has had 3 solid rehab starts in a row and looks ready to be called back up to the Greenville Drive.
#1: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 4 K’s
#2: 3.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 5 K’s
#3: 5 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 6 K’s
As you can see from his rehab starts, Groome has been built back up slowly and he seems ready to now head back to Greenville and continue his journey through the Boston Red Sox organization.