Boston Red Sox Prospect to Look Out For in 2021

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2020 was an interesting season for the Red Sox.  The season being shortened to 60 games seemed like a gift, as it allowed Chaim Bloom to basically give tryouts to anyone in the Red Sox minor leagues that were not long-term pieces.  Most of these players have since been DFAed or are no longer with the Red Sox, leaving the minor leagues for the Sox in a much better spot than they were last year.  2021 could be a year where we see some exciting faces get their first action in the MLB.

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The first prospect I would look out for is Tanner Houck.  In 17 innings pitches last season, he only allowed one earned run and only allowed 6 hits to his 21 strikeouts.  His FIP (which measures a pitcher’s ability to limit home runs, walks, and hit by pitches and causing strikeouts) was 3.25, which is above the league average of 4.20.  In just a few starts last season, Red Sox fans were able to see his possible upside.  He has been given a similar comparison to Chris Sale, due to his lights-out slider.  According to Baseball Savant, batters put up a wOBA of .115 against his slider in 2020.  Yes, this is a small sample size, but Red Sox fans hope to see more of him in the future.

Another prospect I would look out for is Bobby Dalbec.  He also came up toward the end of 2020 and was able to show Red Sox fans the raw power he has.  In just 23 games he slashed .263/.359/.600 with an OPS of .959.  He also had eight home runs in that span, with an OPS+ of 152.  Looking to his minor league career, he hit 79 home runs in four seasons, showing that this power show was no fluke.  I think with more time in the majors, he will show that he has the power to be a big power threat in the MLB.

A third prospect Red Sox fans should be excited for, and my personal favorite prospect for the Red Sox is Jarren Duran.  He has not reached the majors yet like the other prospects spoken about, but he has shown signs that he can be a good piece for the Red Sox future.  He recently just got done playing in the Puerto Rican Winter League.  Duran was named to the all-tournament team for the Caribbean Series in Mexico after going 9 for 23 with seven runs, three extra-base hits, three stolen bases, and four RBIs in seven games.  He has shown a high upside, and I look forward to seeing him play alongside Alex Verdugo soon.

The final prospect I think Red Sox fans should look out for is Connor Seabold.  He came over from the Phillies in a deal last year where the Red Sox acquired him and Nick Pivetta for Heath Hembree and Brandon Workman.  The last time he saw any time of significance, like most minor leaguers, was in 2019 when he played for the Reading Fightin Phils.  There he made seven starts with a 3-1 record and a 2.25 ERA.  According to Sox prospects, Seabold can throw his fastball between 91-93 mph and has excellent command of the strike zone.  After watching a season where you were not sure if a pitcher coming in could throw quality pitches, he will be a breath of fresh air to watch pitch.

Although the Red Sox were not good in 2020, it was helpful for the organization to move forward and really build up farm system depth.  I only went through a few prospects here, but the Red Sox have many more prospects who can come up within the next few years.  One thing is for sure, the Red Sox will look very different in a few years than they do now.

 

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