Red Sox to add first baseman contender Triston Casas According to the team tomorrow Chris Cotillo of MassLiveThat report was confirmed by Julian McWilliams of the Boston GlobeCasas is currently not on the club’s 40-man roster, so the club will have to clear a spot for him. However, like he could end up transferring someone to IL for 60 days. tanner hookhad previously been reported to take place during the season.
Casas, 22, was drafted by Boston in the first round of the 208 Draft, 26th overall. He had a short show at the Rookie Ball that year and to start 2019 he jumped to the A-ball. 254/. 349/. 472, producing his wRC+ of 136 and earning a short promotion. to High-A to end the year.
After performing strongly in his first full season as a pro, he was ranked the 70th-best prospect in the sport by Baseball America. In 2021, he split his time between Double-A and Triple-A, hitting 14 home runs and slashing .279/.394/.484. Did. He walked in 15.4% of his at-bats, but only 19.1% in at-bats and wRC+ he had 141.
After that stellar season, he jumped up to No. 19 on BA’s 2022 Top Prospects list and looked like a contender to make his major league debut this season. The Red Sox used Dalbec as first baseman, while Casas was sidelined in May with an ankle injury and returned to Worcester at the end of July. With wRC+ 127, he walked 14.5% of his moves to the plate and struck just 21.5%. He currently ranks him 28th in the league by Baseball He America, 14th by FanGraphs and 31st by Keithrow of The Athletic.
Red Sox fans have been calling for the move, not only because of Casas’ strong performances, but also because of Dalbecco’s struggles. He hit .240/.298/.494 last year where he hit .25 home runs and had a wRC +107 before falling to .211/.282/.363 this year. increase. That output is 22% below the league average, as evidenced by his 78 wRC+. Based on these disappointing results, he and Casas switch places, and Dalbec gets down to Minor to try and get back on track.
The Red Sox are seven games behind the Blue Jays for the final wild card spot in the American League, with three teams in between, making it very difficult to make the full playoffs in the final month of the season. . Regardless, they’ll give Casas the rest of the campaign to see how he handles against big-league pitching in the coming weeks and hopefully get him into the winter with some momentum heading into next season. Enter. Eric Hosmer was acquired from the Padres at the trade deadline but is now in IL. Assuming Casas has performed well enough to earn regular playing time, the club will have to figure out a way to balance both in the team.
With only a few weeks left until the offseason, Casas is unlikely to reach 130 plate appearances here in 2022, so he’ll be stuck with rookie/prospect status all winter. This is a potentially important note under new collective bargaining agreements. Players with less than 60 days of service who are included in his two preseason Top 100 lists in the Baseball America, ESPN, or MLB pipelines for as long as the club has a career, based on early-career exits in awards voting. can give the team a bonus amateur his draft pick. They will be on his MLB roster for his full-service year. If Casas makes the opening roster for next year, performs well throughout the season, earns Rookie of the Year honors in his first few seasons, or scores highly in MVP voting, the club will earn an additional draft pick. be able to.
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