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Boston Red Sox Prospect Update: Devers Ready, Groome Healthy, Brentz Hot

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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.

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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.

Rehab Starts:

#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.

If you have prospects you would like us to take a look at, leave their names in the comment section below.

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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Bottom Line: Boston Red Sox Need Stanton

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Boston Red Sox Team President Dave Dombrowski isn’t a great talent evaluator. Throughout his entire career, he has built his success by acquiring proven big league talent. Betting on that changing anytime soon is foolish, so why not make another move for proven talent?

Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins has long been rumored to be on the trade block and Boston is just one of his potential destinations. Reports have stated thought that Stanton would prefer a trade to a team like the Dodgers despite “advisers” pushing for Boston.

The Stanton vs Judge potential is enough to get any baseball fans heart racing. But should Boston present Miami a god offer? Some have balked at the potential of trading any more prospects but let me tell you a very well known secret, Boston’s farm system has been pillaged. Jay Groome and Michael Chavis are considered the best two prospects remaining under Dombrowski.

So any thought of depleting the farm system anymore should be tossed out the window as there isn’t much left there, to begin with. On top of that, the current makeup of the team and the organization is winning now, a strategy that is far from working given the current talent in the lineup. Last season the Red Sox lacked true pop in their lineup after the retirement of David Ortiz. Many at the time sold it as the 2015 Royals who nickeled and dimed their way to a world series title. But when it came down to it the 2017 Boston Red Sox lacked balls.

Boston needs a power bat in the heart of their order. Not just for the home runs from that player, but for the protection they would offer the other hitters in the lineup. If you were a pitcher facing the Red Sox last season almost every hitter in the lineup could be pitched too. The only exception might be Hanley Ramirez, but the BIG HR simply was set up to fail to have to step in for Ortiz with no protection around him.

Stanton would instantly bring in pop, lineup protection, and the much needed “it” factor that will help drive fans to the team. Without this type of move, it is hard to see how next season will be any different.

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Minimum Expectations for the 2018 Red Sox

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Last year, it was Chris Sale; in 2016, the exorbitantly expensive David Price was all the hype. Both of these roundly heralded saviors produced the same underwhelming results. Another short-winded trip to the playoffs; another bummer of a year.

The Red Sox simply cannot afford a third consecutive first-round exit, in the 2018 postseason. And it seems that Dave Dombrowski knows this. In an attempt to prevent car-flipping anarchy in the streets, he fired the overseer of all this recent failure (his direct subordinate) – John Farrell.

Now the Sox will be heading into next season with a newfangled remedy. No, it’s not a hundred-million dollar player. This time around, management has received the upgrade. It’s the newly hired manager, Alex Cora, who will be charged with the burden of resurrecting one of the most venerated franchises in professional sports.

On Monday, Cora was formally introduced to Boston as the new manager (or scapegoat).

Good luck, buddy! You’re gonna need it.  

Should Boston fans really expect an appreciable change to be affected by just one man? After all, this is exactly what we’ve done, to no avail, for the past few years. And if Cora really represents the end-all-be-all solution, what is a realistic accomplishment for him, and his club, in the first season of his tenure?

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Like Looking in the Mirror

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After watching the Houston Astros win the 2017 World Series, Red Sox fans deserve to be upset.

Go ahead and sink into your bed of indignance, for a couple of days, and don’t let anyone stop you, Red Sox Nation. You’re safe there.  

The asseveration has lingered on the tip of Boston’s tongue, ever since the ALDS – “That could have been us!” And it’s true, it could have been the Sox hoisting that trophy, on Wednesday night.

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