2021 Boston Red Sox Instructional League Roster
The Red Sox's instructional league group is topped by second baseman Nick Yorke, one of the biggest surprises in the 2020 draft and one of the loudest performers in the 2021 season. Yorke's .325 average was the best in Boston's system, and his .412 on-base percentage was the best in the system among players outside of the Dominican Summer League. Evaluators this year marveled at the maturity of Yorke's hit tool, which fits in well with his talented peers in the minors.
Outfielder Jhostynxon Garcia put up loud numbers in his pro debut, which occurred a year later than planned because of the pandemic. In the DSL, Garcia posted a .905 OPS with seven doubles, four triples and four homers. As an amateur, he earned recognition for a well-rounded blend of tools and skills. Keep an eye out, too, for Juan Chacon, who signed in the same class as Garcia. Chacon hit .311 in his pro debut and walked as many times (26) as he struck out.
On the mound, lefty Jay Groome, whose career has been littered with roadblocks, is a name to know for obvious reasons. Groome's 134 strikeouts were the most in the system. Also keep an eye out for Luis Perales, a fireballing righthander who got into one game this year in the DSL but nevertheless should be on Boston fans' radars.