Boston Red Sox 60-Man Roster Prospect Analysis
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The Red Sox listed only 47 players on their roster, but among them were a number of career minor league pitchers who should be able to help this year. LHP Kyle Hart, RHP Robinson Leyer and RHP Domingo Tapia all pitched in Triple-A last year, while RHPs Chris Mazza and Phillips Valdez both made their ML debuts with brief stints last year. The player pool also includes No. 15 prospect Connor Wong, who came over from the Dodgers in the trade for Mookie Betts and David Price.
Only two of the Red Sox's Top 10 prospects made their initial player pool: 3B Bobby Dalbec (No. 2) and LHP Darwinzon Hernandez (No. 5). Dalbec finished last year in Triple-A and Hernandez made his major league debut. 1B Triston Casas (No. 1), SS Jeter Downs (No. 3), RHP Bryan Mata (No. 4), OF Jarren Duran (No. 5) are the top prospects who were excluded, as was notably LHP Jay Groome (No. 6).
The Red Sox traded away Betts and Price but still put together a roster like a contender, emphasizing upper-level pitching help, non-roster veteran invitees and prospects with Triple-A experience. With 13 spots still to be filled, they have some flexibility whether they want to add more upper-level players or devote those spots the development of younger players like Downs, Mata and Duran, who reached Double-A last year and could conceivably help the club in the near future.