Red Sox Prospect Update: Rafael Devers Looks Ready For Pawtucket, Chavis Hot, Castillo Ready For Trade
The Boston Red Sox prospect pool has gotten smaller in the Dave Dombrowski era, but there are still some prospects who are doing well down on the farm.
Rafael Devers Is Playing Like He Is Ready For Pawtucket
Rafael Devers is playing for the AA-Portland Sea Dogs and the 20-year-old infielder is having quite the season. Devers has played in 57 games so far this season for Portland and has had 214 plate appearances.
In those plate appearances Devers has a .308/.369/.561 slash line and has 16 doubles, 12 home runs, 21 walks, and 40 RBIs. In the field Devers has started 49 games at third base and he has a .940 fielding percentage and Devers has 8 errors. Not great in the field for Devers, but his bat makes up for his defensive struggles.
If Devers is called up to AAA-Pawtucket the current roster in AAA has Deven Marrero, Ryan Court, Matt Dominguez, Jantzen Witte, Steve Selsky listed as players who can play third. Heiker Meneses has been placed on the 7-day-dl so their is some room for playing time, but a Devers call-up would mean a roster change-up. But if he is ready, that is something Boston would do in a heartbeat.
Michael Chavis Is Red Hot In Salem, Could Be In Portland If Devers Called Up
Another hot prospect in the Red Sox system is another third basemen.
Michael Chavis has been red hot in High-A Salem with a .332 avg in 214 plate appearances this season. Chavis has 17 home-runs and 55 RBis and 17 doubles for Salem and looks ready to take the next step in AA-Portland.
Chavis defensively has been poor though with the third basemen committing 11 errors this season which gives him a .847 fielding percentage. Poor third basemen defense is a trend in the Red Sox system with Marrero being rated the best defensive third basemen in the organization.
Rusney Castillo Getting Hot For The Pawtucket Red Sox
Castillo isn’t necessarily a prospect at this point with the outfielder being 29-years of age and has 317 career at-bats at the Major League level. Castillo has a .262 average during his time at the Majors but his general lack of baseball IQ paired with other outfielders more talented than him has kept the Cuban native in Pawtucket.
This season Castillo has gotten hotter and hotter with the season progressing. Castillo has appeared in 53 games with 217 plate appearances and is batting .295 on the season.
Castillo has 17 doubles, 9 home runs, and 27 RBIs. Castillo has played flawlessly in the field starting 46 games at center field and has yet to record an error with a 1.000 fielding percentage.
Castillo’s road to the majors in Boston is blocked barring any big trade or injury to multiple players. With his bat getting hot and fielding at an elite level in Pawtucket you could see Castillo become a trade piece for Dombrowski.