The Pink Sox are going so as to add first base prospect Triston Casas to the crew tomorrow, in accordance with Chris Cotillo of MassLive. That report has been confirmed by Julian McWilliams of the Boston Globe, who provides that Bobby Dalbec can be optioned to Triple-A Worcester. Casas shouldn’t be at the moment on the membership’s 40-man roster, which means they must open a spot for him. Nevertheless, it will possible come right down to transferring somebody to the 60-day IL, equivalent to Tanner Houck, who was beforehand reported to be carried out for the season.
Casas, 22, was chosen by Boston within the first spherical of the 208 draft, twenty sixth general. He obtained a short exhibiting in rookie ball that yr and jumped to A-ball to start out 2019. He hit 19 dwelling runs for the Greenville Drive whereas slashing .254/.349/.472, producing a wRC+ of 136 and incomes a short promotion to Excessive-A to complete the yr.
After that sturdy exhibiting in his first full season as an expert, he was ranked the #70 prospect within the sport by Baseball America. In fact, the minor league seasons had been canceled that yr by the pandemic, stopping Casas from taking part in organized ball that season. In 2021, he cut up his time between Double-A and Triple-A, hitting 14 homers and slashing .279/.394/.484. He walked in 15.4% of his plate appearances whereas hanging out in simply 19.1% of them, producing a wRC+ of 141.
After that wonderful season, he jumped as much as #19 on BA’s 2022 prime prospects listing and appeared a candidate to make his main league debut this season. The Pink Sox caught with Dalbec as their first baseman to start out the yr and Casas was taken off the desk when he suffered an ankle damage in Could, returning to Worcester on the finish of July. In Triple-A this yr, he’s hit .273/.382/.481 for a wRC+ of 127, strolling in 14.5% of his journeys to the plate whereas happening on strikes simply 21.5% of the time. He’s at the moment ranked because the #28 prospect within the league by Baseball America, #14 by FanGraphs and #31 by Keith Regulation of The Athletic.
Followers of the Pink Sox have been calling for this transfer for a while, not simply due to the sturdy exhibiting of Casas, but additionally the struggles of Dalbec. After hitting 25 dwelling runs final yr and slashing .240/.298/.494 for a wRC+ of 107, he’s slumped this yr to a exhibiting of .211/.282/.363. That manufacturing is 22% under league common, as evidenced by his 78 wRC+. Based mostly on these disappointing outcomes, he and Casas will swap locations, with Dalbec happening to the minors to attempt to get again on monitor.
The Pink Sox are seven video games behind the Blue Jays for the ultimate Wild Card spot within the American League with three groups in between, making it very troublesome for them to make a severe playoff run over the ultimate month of the season. Regardless, they may give Casas a glance over the rest of the marketing campaign to see how he fares in opposition to huge league pitching within the subsequent few weeks and hopefully go into the winter with some momentum in the direction of subsequent season. Eric Hosmer was acquired from the Padres on the commerce deadline however is at the moment on the IL. Assuming Casas exhibits effectively sufficient to earn himself common taking part in time, the membership must determine tips on how to stability having each on the crew.
With only some weeks to go till the offseason, it’s unlikely that Casas will attain 130 at-bats right here in 2022, which means he’ll hold onto his rookie/prospect standing via the winter. That’s a doubtlessly essential word underneath the brand new collective bargaining settlement. Gamers with lower than 60 days of service who seem amongst two preseason Prime 100 lists at Baseball America, ESPN or MLB Pipeline can internet their crew a bonus beginner draft selection based mostly on their early-career finishes in awards voting, as long as their membership carries them on the MLB roster for a full service yr. If Casas cracks subsequent yr’s Opening Day roster and sticks round all season, and he wins a Rookie of the 12 months or locations extremely in MVP balloting throughout his first couple seasons, the membership may choose up an additional draft selection down the road.
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