Red Sox Prospects To Watch This Summer

Following key trades over the past year, Red Sox prospects have been hard to find. But as May begins, here are five young players to watch through the summer months.

Danny Mars – Portland, OF

The sixth round draft pick in 2014 is second on the team in average (.313) and slugging red sox prospects(.500). At 23, the Mars is already excelling beyond expectations at Double-A, meaning that by the end of the year he could find himself in Pawtucket. However, the Red Sox young and talented outfield already poses a roadblock to Mars.

Jalen Beeks – Portland, LHP

So far in 2017, the southpaw from Arkansas is 3-1 with a 1.99 ERA in four starts. Beeks (pictured above) is also averaging 6.5 K’s per game and has a WHIP of 1.08. After spending the second half of 2016 in Double-A as well, I wouldn’t be surprised if Beeks makes his way to Pawtucket as well.

Aneury Tavarez – Pawtucket, OF

Tavarez, on the other hand, has already been called up to Triple-A this season. While with the Sea Dogs, he was batting .377 with 6 stolen bases. But like Mars, he also faces the reality of a crowded outfield not only at the big club but also with the PawSox. Never the less, he is one of the most well-rounded Red Sox prospects in the entire organization.

Shaun Anderson – Greenville, RHP

In 27.2 innings pitched with Greenville this season, Anderson has 24 K’s, averaging just under one per inning. And with a 0.98 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP, the young righty could move quickly through the low minors in a bullpen role. Anderson’s professional role is ambiguous because he pitched for Florida in college and was the closer simply because the staff was so deep.

Josh Ockimey – Salem, 1B

Ockimey is a Cherington draftee whose ascension through the minors has been steadily progressing. But so far this season, the 6’1″ 215-pound infielder has excelled with Salem, batting .347 with a .549 SLG. Scouts also point to Ockimey’s impressive power and work ethic. By season’s end, I  project that he could play his way into Double-A games.

Sea Dogs Forced To Modify Game Schedule Frequently

After starting out 5-0, the Portland Sea Dogs have been forced to only play six games. Likewise, they have not played a game since last Tuesday, in which they defeated Portland Sea Dogs game scheduleBinghamton 2-0. Weather has not been a friend to the Sea Dogs, causing many changes to the game schedule.

Games previously set for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday were postponed. The first two were away match-ups versus the Rumble Ponies while Friday’s match-up was the first of three against the Trenton Thunder. It was also set to be the start of a six-game homestand. The postponement was Portland’s second moved home game of the year. They were previously forced to move the Opening Day game against Reading.

They got the chance to resume their schedule Saturday when they played a doubleheader beginning at 1 pm. Both games were against Trenton.

Portland Sea Dogs Modified Game Schedule

According to the Sea Dogs website, “tickets for Friday’s postponed game may be exchanged for tickets of equal or lesser value to any remaining 2017 Sea Dogs home game, subject to availability. Any questions regarding rained out tickets can be directed towards the Sea Dogs Ticket Office at 207-879-9500 or tickets@seadogs.com.”

The Sea Dogs played a single-admission doubleheader on Saturday, April 22nd, which consisted of two seven-inning games. Tickets for April 22nd were good for both games of the doubleheader.

The Binghamton road games have been rescheduled to June and August.

Obviously, the Sea Dogs have been hard-pressed to continue what started as a historic season. Thus far, they have relied heavily on superb pitching performances—mainly from Teddy Stankiewicz and Jalen Beeks. Additionally, the Sea Dogs have benefited from the rising stardom of Rafael Devers and Danny Mars.

The grand thing about baseball is that there is usually a tomorrow.

The Sea Dogs split the doubleheader with Trenton on Saturday, 3-0 and 0-5 respectively. On Sunday, they walked off in a 6-5 thriller. Monday, Portland lost to Hartford 5-0. As for Tuesday’s game, it was moved to May 16th at 5:00 due to rain.

Flying Under The Radar: Danny Mars

Danny MarsRanked 338th on the Baseball America top 500 prospect list, the Boston Red Sox snagged outfielder Danny Mars in the sixth round. The Chipola College prospect was rated low mostly because he played at the Junior College level, but he still tore up the competition nonetheless. In fact, his teammate Ian Rice, whom the Red Sox also drafted, was ranked higher, but he has yet to sign with the team. Unlike Rice who Boston drafted in a late round, the Red Sox offered Mars slot money, so he quickly signed with the Red Sox and reported to Lowell for his pro debut.
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In nine games for the Lowell Spinners this year, Mars is tearing the cover off the ball. Known as a contact hitter, Mars is hitting a whopping .405 in 37 at-bats while boasting a .450 OBP. To put it this way, Danny Mars is definitely doing his part and then some for the team. He is a switch hitter who hits much better from the left side of the plate, so eventually he might stop hitting righty all together.

On defense, Mars, who is an outfielder, can play all three outfield positions, although center field is his preference. He definitely has what it takes to stick in center field given his speed and athleticism. With this being said, Mars is also the type of guy who could potentially be a serious threat on the basepaths in the future.
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Right now, it is clear that Danny Mars is a legitimate prospect despite whatever he was ranked. In the sixth round, Mars was a steal for Boston and has a chance to really make a name for himself. In the future, Mars has what it takes to be a lead-off hitter and other teams will be jealous that they did not draft him. As for this year, Mars will likely get a promotion to Greenville at some point if he keeps up what he is doing, putting him in a great position for a breakout 2015 season.