Boston Red Sox: Potential Royals Who Could Be the Future PTBNL

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The Red Sox and the Royals will at some point finalize their trade that sent fan favorite Andrew Benintendi to Kansas City.  Boston has already acquired outfielder Franchy Cordero from Kansas City and will receive three additional players. 


Photo courtesy of kansascitystar.com

Here is a breakdown of potential players who could come back to the Red Sox to complete the deal.  Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom has been rebuilding his minor league system since taking over before last season.  In his efforts to restock the system, he has been looking at overall balance of his system to the dismay of fans who want pitching only. 


Who could come back to the Red Sox to complete this deal? 

1B Vinnie Pasquantino 

Pasquantino was drafted in the 11th round of the 2019 MLB Draft.  During his rookie year in 2019, he played in 57 games hitting .294 with 14 home runs and driving in 53 RBI’s.

He was named an Appalachian all-star and player of the year for his team in the minors.  The 6-foot-4, 245 pound power hitting lefty crushes the ball. His swing is very similar to current Royals infielder Hunter Dozier. 


The left-handed slugger would add additional depth at a position that it is pretty deep for Boston.  Their system is led by Bobby Dalbec, who’ll get a chance to compete for a spot on the big league roster. Triston Casas is currently one of their top prospects in the system and Pasquantino could add depth behind the young slugger.  He is a legitimate power hitter coming up in the system for Kansas City who Bloom could be coveting to add more power in his minors. 

LHP Christian Chamberlain 

The Royals have been stocking up on young pitching over the years.  Kansas City had six picks in last years draft and selected three pitchers.  One of those pitchers was Chamberlain with the 105th pick in the fourth-round. 


Chamberlain was really good in college including a 2-1 record with a 0.82 ERA over four starts last year.  His season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 


He held opponents to six hits and 11 walks over 22 innings and struck out 34 batters.  The former national champion with Oregon State has a fastball that can hit mid-90’s, a strong 12-to-6 curveball and is developing a changeup. 


Here is what Keith Law of The Athletic said about Chamberlain, “Their fourth-rounder was Christian Chamberlain, generously listed at 5-10, a lefty who might have three average pitches including an above-average curveball, although we have to see how his velocity holds up when he’s pitching every fifth day rather than once a week.”

Chamberlain mostly pitched in the bullpen in college, but he has a high upside and could be a back of the rotation arm.  The Royals don’t know where he projects right now, but the lefty and his makeup could be a target for Bloom. 

RHP Carlos Hernandez 

Coming into Spring Training, it was unknown what role Hernandez could play for the Royals.  The top-15 prospect in Kansas City’s system is being stretched out in camp.  There is speculation he could earn a spot in their bullpen this season. 


Hernandez made his Major League debut in 2020 and struck out 13 in 14 2/3 innings.  He pitched in five games and made three starts for the Royals.

Prior to the 2020 season, Hernandez did not pitch above Class A.  While the club will stretch him out, he projects more as a power arm in the bullpen.  His plus fastball hits the mid-to upper 90’s and is accompanied by an above-average curveball. 


Law ranks Hernandez as the Royals No. 13 prospect in their system.  Here is the breakdown from Law regarding Hernandez: 


Courtesy of The Athletic / Keith Law

The Royals signed Hernndez as an international free agent prospect at 19.  He offers a high ceiling that could fit nicely into the Red Sox bullpen in the future. 


The 6-foot-4, 175 pound righty could be a target for Bloom who values power fastballs and spin rate.  Hernandez can also offer a slider within his arsenal however it’s not considered a dynamic pitch. 


As the Red Sox make decisions on who they’ll acquire back in the Benintendi trade, they’ll be no shortage of quality prospects to chose from.  These players listed are all speculation but based off the money exchanged in this deal, Boston should receive a better return than fans will expect. 



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  1. Hernandez can't be the PTBNL, it cannot be anyone on an active roster this year.

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