Red Sox To Promote Triston Casas

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The Red Sox are going to add the first base prospect Triston Casas tomorrow to the team, according to Chris Cotillo of MassLive. That message has been confirmed by Julian McWilliams of the Boston Globe, adding that Bobby Dalbec will be an option for Triple-A Worcester. Casas is currently not on the club’s 40-man roster which means they will need to clear a spot for him. However, it would probably amount to transferring someone to the 60-day IL, such as: Tanner Houckwhich was previously reported to be ready for the season.

Casas, 22, was selected by Boston in the first round of the 208 draft, 26th overall. He got a short show in rookieball that year and jumped to A-ball to start 2019. He hit 19 home runs for the Greenville Drive while cutting .254/.349/.472, producing a wRC+ of 136 and earning a brief promotion to High-A to close out the year.

After that strong performance in his first full season as a professional, he was ranked the #70 prospect in the sport by Baseball America. Of course, the minor league seasons were canceled that year due to the pandemic, which prevented Casas from playing organized ball that season. In 2021, he split his time between Double-A and Triple-A, hitting 14 home runs and hitting .279/.394/.484. He walked in 15.4% of his at bats, while striking out only 19.1% for a wRC+ of 141.

After that outstanding season, he jumped to #19 on BA’s 2022 top prospects list and looked like a candidate to make his major league debut this season. The Red Sox stayed with Dalbec as their first baseman to start the year and Casas was taken off the table when he sustained an ankle injury in May and returned to Worcester in late July. In Triple-A this year, he hit .273/.382/.481 for a wRC+ of 127, taking 14.5% of his trips to the plate, while coming down to strikes only 21.5% of the time. He is currently ranked as the #28 prospect in the league by Baseball America, #14 by FanGraphs and #31 by Keith Law of The Athletic.

Red Sox fans have been calling for this move for some time now, not only because of Casas’ strong performance, but also because of Dalbec’s struggles. After hitting 25 home runs last year and lowering .240/.298/.494 for a wRC+ of 107, he dropped to a result of .211/.282/.363 this year. That production is 22% below the competition average, as witnessed by 78 wRC+. Based on those disappointing results, he and Casas will switch places, with Dalbec going to the minors 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 for them to make a serious playoff run in the final month of the season. season. Anyway, they will give Casas a peek into the rest of the campaign to see how he fares against pitchers in the big league in the coming weeks and hopefully head into the winter with some momentum into next season. Eric Hosmer was acquired from the Padres on the trading deadline, but is currently on the IL. Assuming Casas shows well enough to earn regular playing time, the club will have to figure out how to balance both on the team.

With only a few weeks to go until the off-season, Casas is unlikely to hit 130 at bats here in 2022, meaning he’ll keep his rookie/prospect status all winter long. That is a potentially important comment under the new collective labor agreement. Players with less than 60 days of service who appear in two top 100 preseason lists at Baseball America, ESPN, or MLB Pipeline can earn their team an amateur draft bonus based on their early career endpoints in award voting, as long as their club but put them on the MLB roster for a full year of service. If Casas cracks next year’s opening day and stays all season, and he wins a Rookie of the Year or a high position in the MVP voting during his first few seasons, the club could get an additional draft pick later on.

Image courtesy of USA Today Sports.


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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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