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  1. 1. Triston Casas | 1B
    Triston Casas
    Born: Jan 15, 2000
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 245
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Plantation, Fla., 2018 (1st round).
    Signed By: Willie Romay.

    Hitting: 55. Power: 65. Run: 40. Fielding: 55. Arm: 50
    Track Record: Casas combined elite power in high school with a surprisingly mature approach that became evident against advanced competition in showcase events and playing for USA Baseball’s 18U National Team. The Red Sox drafted Casas 26th overall in 2018 and signed him for just over $2.5 million. After most of his 2018 pro debut was wiped out following a strained thumb ligament, his 2019 minor league season didn’t disappoint. He joined Xander Bogaerts as the only Red Sox teenagers in more than half a century to hit 20 or more homers in one year and ranked as the top infield prospect in the low Class A South Atlantic League. Casas was set to open 2020 in high Class A before the coronavirus pandemic wiped out the minor league season, and he joined the team’s alternate training site in late August. He arrived in tremendous shape and ready to hit against more experienced pitchers.

    Scouting Report: Casas already has the size and strength to launch moonshots from left-center to right field. He has some swing-and-miss to his game, like most big power hitters, but he’s shown the self-awareness and aptitude to cover holes. That trait was evident at the alternate site, where he showed an improved ability to turn on and backspin velocity on the inner half, while continuing to drive pitches away to the opposite field. That all-fields approach is evidence of a player committed to being more than an all-or-nothing hitter. Casas, who considers Joey Votto a model, spreads out his stance and chokes up with two strikes. His strike-zone awareness ranks among the best in the system. While Casas was drafted as a third baseman, his future is at first base, where he has a chance to be at least an above-average defender given his wingspan and solid arm strength. Casas is uncommonly mature, showing both an interest in feedback while also having the self-understanding to filter what works for him. He has worked out with big leaguers in South Florida for years, something that helped him remain unfazed against older competition.

    The Future: Casas made a compelling case to open 2021 at Double-A with his performance at the alternate site. Some in the organization believe he is sufficiently advanced to fast track to the majors by the end of the season. Even if Casas travels a more conservative time frame, team officials believe he will become a middle-of-the-lineup staple for years to come. In an era where first basemen are rarely considered top prospects, Casas has an offensive ceiling that allows him to fit the bill. .

  2. 2. Jeter Downs | 2B
    Jeter Downs
    Born: Jul 27, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 180
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Miami Gardens, Fla., 2017 (1st round supplemental).
    Signed By: Hector Otero (Reds).

    Hitting: 55. Power: 55. Run: 50. Fielding: 50. Arm: 50.
    Track Record: Unlike the eponymous Yankees superstar for whom he’s named, Downs already has become accustomed to changing teams. The Reds traded Downs to the Dodgers before the 2019 season, and when the Red Sox pivoted away from Brusdar Graterol in the Mookie Betts blockbuster, Los Angeles shipped him to Boston prior to spring training in 2020. Downs made his Red Sox debut at the alternate training site and was one of the team’s top performers in Pawtucket.

    Scouting Report: Downs has an efficient swing with impressive whip, driving the ball from gap to gap for doubles and homers. His bat speed buys time for good pitch recognition, allowing him both to manage the strike zone and identify pitches to drive. Downs has crushed lefthanders while doing enough against righties to suggest a potential regular. While he’s mainly spent time at shortstop, his solid but unspectacular range suggests a future at second base. Downs features average speed that plays up with his excellent baseball IQ and strong feel for the game.

    The Future: Downs could open 2021 in Triple-A with a solid spring and will be part of Boston’s depth equation. With offense down at second base across the majors in recent years, Downs projects as an above-average regular at the position with a chance to be an all-star. .

  3. 3. Bobby Dalbec | 1B/3B
    Bobby Dalbec
    Born: Jun 29, 1995
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 225
    Drafted/Signed: Arizona, 2016 (4th round).
    Signed By: Vaughn Williams.

    Hitting: 40. Power: 70. Run: 45. Fielding: 50. Arm: 70.
    Track Record: Dalbec’s elite power made him first-round candidate in the 2016 draft, but his struggles as a junior caused him to slip to the fourth round. The Red Sox signed the two-way standout for $650,000. He made that slide look misguided in pro ball with a combined 59 home runs in 2018 and ’19, sixth-most in the minors. He continued that power display with eight home runs in 19 games in his big league debut.

    Scouting Report: Dalbec has massive all-fields power with enough strength and leverage to allow even some mis-hits to leave the yard to right field. He also has sizable holes for big league pitchers to exploit, both on elevated fastballs as well as breaking balls and offspeed pitches below the zone. The cerebral Dalbec posted a 42.4 percent strikeout rate in the big leagues but has shown the ability to adjust and lower his strikeout rate throughout his pro career. While Dalbec spent most of his time at first base in Boston, he continues to be somewhat stiff there and remains a work in progress. He is more natural at third base, where he is a solid defender and his arm plays as double-plus—but he’s blocked by Rafael Devers.

    The Future: Dalbec’s first exposure to the majors validated the impression he can become a valuable power hitter and corner infielder. He’ll open 2021 back in Boston. .

  4. 4. Bryan Mata | RHP
    Bryan Mata
    Born: May 3, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 225
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2016.
    Signed By: Alex Requena/Eddie Romero.

    Fastball: 70. Curveball: 40. Slider: 60. Changeup: 50. Control: 45.
    Track Record: Signed for just $25,000 during the 2015-16 international signing period, Mata quickly emerged as one of the organization’s top pitching prospects. After reaching Double-A in 2019, he made his way to the alternate training site in 2020 and solidified his standing as the pitcher with the best pure stuff in Boston’s system.

    Scouting Report: Mata has a diverse arsenal of pitches anchored by a mid-to-high-90s two-seam fastball and a nasty slider that tunnels well off his two-seamer. His two-seamer and slider have the shape and power of plus offerings or better, eliciting bad contact and swings and misses. His four-seamer, changeup and curveball are inconsistent but create options to attack righties and lefties in different parts of the zone. Below-average control remains the focus of Mata’s development, but he has improved, dropping his walk rate from 7.3 per nine innings in 2018 to 3.6 per nine in 2019. To continue that progress, Mata adjusted his delivery at the alternate site in hopes that fewer moving parts will result in a more consistent attack on the strike zone.

    The Future: Mata’s combination of big stuff but below-average control suggests a No. 3 or 4 starter. He has a chance to put himself on the radar as a major league depth option in 2021. .

  5. 5. Jarren Duran | OF
    Jarren Duran
    Born: Sep 5, 1996
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 200
    Drafted/Signed: Long Beach State, 2018 (7th round).
    Signed By: Justin Horowitz.

    Hitting: 55. Power: 45. Speed: 70. Fielding: 50. Arm: 45.
    Track Record: In college, Duran was a second baseman whose speed and offensive performance pointed to bottom-of-the-order or utility skills. Area scout Justin Horowitz believed Duran had more potential based on his bat life and strength and that he could unlock greater defensive impact in the outfield. In his first full season, Duran raced to Double-A Portland, then made offseason swing adjustments that led to eight home runs at the alternate training site.

    Scouting Report: Duran’s swing was originally calibrated to take advantage of his plus-plus speed with a flat bat path that resulted in grounders and liners to all fields. Duran has since lowered his hands in his stance, an alteration that allowed him to keep a clear path to turn on inside pitches. With more aggressive swings may come an uptick in strikeouts, but Duran’s plus-plus speed and ability to spray liners on two-strike counts should help sustain solid batting averages. Duran relies more on speed than route efficiency to track balls in the outfield but has shown enough improvement to convince the Red Sox that he has a future in center. His arm is below-average.

    The Future: Duran’s speed gives him an avenue to the majors. If his swing adjustments hold, he could become a dynamic power-speed threat.

  6. 6. Jay Groome | LHP
    Jay Groome
    Born: Aug 23, 1998
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'6" Wt.: 250
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Barnegat, N.J., 2016 (1st round).
    Signed By: Ray Fagnant.

    Fastball: 55. Curveball: 55. Slider: 50. Changeup: 50. Control: 55.
    Track Record: One of the top high school talents in the 2016 draft, Groome has pitched just 66 minor league innings due to injuries, including having Tommy John surgery that wiped out his 2018 season and most of 2019. The Red Sox sent him to their alternate training site in 2020 to get innings, and he held his own against more advanced hitters while offering a reminder of why he’d been so highly-regarded as an amateur.

    Scouting Report: Groome has the raw materials of a lefthanded starter, including a powerful build, a controlled, repeatable delivery and giant hands that allow him to manipulate the ball. He typically works at 92-94 mph with his four-seamer, and the deception in his delivery resulted in lots of whiffs on fastballs at the alternate site. The plus-plus curveball he featured pre-Tommy John has not come back, but still flashes above-average to plus. Groome emphasized his changeup while rehabbing, and the pitch projects as average. He’s also started experimenting with a slider, and could feature either that or a cutter as a fourth pitch.

    The Future: Groome possesses mid-rotation potential but still has a lot to prove, including whether he can stay healthy over a full season. He’ll likely open 2021 in high Class A. .

  7. 7. Gilberto Jimenez | OF
    Gilberto Jimenez
    Born: Jul 8, 2000
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 220
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2017.
    Signed By: Eddie Romero/Manny Nanita.

    Hitting: 55 Power: 45 Run: 70 Fielding: 60 Arm: 70
    Track Record: Jimenez signed for just $10,000 out of the Dominican Republic but quickly surpassed many players who signed for more. He began switch-hitting after signing with the Red Sox and was a standout in the college-heavy short-season New York-Penn League as an 18-year-old. The 2020 season, unfortunately, represented a lost year of development after he wasn’t invited to the alternate site camp.

    Scouting Report: Jimenez represents one of the most intriguing talents in the Red Sox organization: a player with the athleticism, strength, hand-eye coordination and elite speed to perform well even while learning. He is still developing his swing path after a choppy approach to the ball resulted in a 64% percent groundball rate in 2019. Nonetheless, his sub-four seconds times to first base allows him to turn many of those grounders into hits, particularly from the left side. Jimenez is still learning to hit lefthanded but hit .374 against righties in 2019, and all three of his homers came while hitting lefthanded. His plus-plus speed and arm strength suggest impact potential both on the bases and in center or right field.

    The Future: The 2021 season should offer Jimenez his first exposure to full-season ball. There’s a lot of development left, but he has a ceiling rivaled by few in the system.

  8. 8. Tanner Houck | RHP
    Tanner Houck
    Born: Jun 29, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 220
    Drafted/Signed: Missouri, 2017 (1st round).
    Signed By: Todd Gold.

    Fastball: 60. Slider: 65. Splitter: 45. Control: 45.
    Track Record: When the Red Sox drafted Houck with the 24th overall pick out of Missouri in 2017, they believed he had the athleticism and aptitude to add to his sinker/slider and emerge as a starter. In 2020, Houck made good on that belief as he refined his delivery and pitch mix over two months at the alternate training site and made a dazzling big league debut with one earned run over 17 innings while dominating three playoff teams.

    Scouting Report: Houck quieted his crossfire delivery at the alternate site to establish better direction to home plate. He also raised his low three-quarters arm slot a tick, establishing a better release point for his 90-93 mph sinker, 92-94 four-seamer and low-80s slider. After struggling for much of his career to handle lefthanded hitters, Houck shelved his changeup in favor of a splitter, which he rarely used in the big leagues but shows potential as a viable third pitch. He demonstrated excellent poise in the majors and adapted well to whatever was working, alternately emphasizing his two- and four-seam fastballs while displaying a wipeout slider against which hitters were 0-for-15 with 10 strikeouts.

    The Future: Houck put himself in position to open 2021 in the big league rotation with his debut performance. The development of his splitter will likely determine his career path. .

  9. 9. Nick Yorke | 2B
    Nick Yorke
    Born: Apr 2, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 200
    Drafted/Signed: HS--San Jose, Calif., 2020 (1st round).
    Signed By: Josh Labandeira.

    Hitting: 60.Power: 45. Run: 40. Fielding: 50. Arm: 50.
    Track Record: The Red Sox stunned the industry when they drafted Yorke with the 17th overall pick last June, but the team had years of familiarity that informed its willingness to buck consensus. Area scout Josh Labandeira believed Yorke’s ability to drive the ball to center and right-center at an early age harbored similarities to what he’d seen in the minors playing against David Wright. The Red Sox signed Yorke for a below-slot $2.7 million bonus and invited him to the alternate training site, where he reached base in seven of 10 plate appearances.

    Scouting Report: There is an ease about Yorke in the batter’s box, where his quickly accelerating bat allows him an extra beat to recognize pitches and make smart swing decisions. He barrels balls to the entire field, creating the potential for high batting averages and on-base percentages with high extra-base hits totals. Yorke added 15 pounds of muscle his senior season to add more power to his game, but he always projects to hit for average over power. While Yorke will move off his high school position of shortstop, the Red Sox believe he can stay in the middle of the diamond at second base.

    The Future: Yorke should open 2021 in low Class A. The Red Sox believe his advanced bat and uncommon maturity could allow him to jump on the fast track. .

  10. 10. Thad Ward | RHP
    Thad Ward
    Born: Jan 16, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 192
    Drafted/Signed: Central Florida, 2018 (5th round).
    Signed By: Stephen Hargett.

    Fastball: 50. Slider: 60. Cutter: 50. Changeup: 45. Control: 45.
    Track Record: Ward was largely overlooked as a swingman who worked chiefly out of the bullpen at Central Florida. The Red Sox thought he had the ability to emerge as at least a reliever and might be able to start, so they took a flier on him in the fifth round in 2018. Ward rewarded that decision with a standout 2019 season in which both his ERA (2.14) and strikeout rate (11.2 per nine innings) were among the best in the minors by any pitcher who threw at least 100 innings. He spent the canceled 2020 season working out on his own and developing a changeup.

    Scouting Report: Thanks to strength gains in pro ball, Ward’s sinker ticked up from a low-90s offering to a 93-96 mph pitch in 2019. Both that pitch and a cutter he developed in 2019 allow him to miss barrels and generate bad contact early in counts. Ward’s mid-80s slider is his putaway pitch. While those three pitches are his primary options, Ward is willing to employ additional pitches—including a four-seamer and changeup—to further unbalance opponents and to give him game-planning options. He has an easy delivery but struggles with walks at times.

    The Future: Ward likely will open 2021 in Double-A. He has back-of-the-rotation potential. .

  11. 11. Connor Seabold | RHP
    Connor Seabold
    Born: Jan 24, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 190
    Drafted/Signed: Cal State Fullerton, 2017 (3rd round).
    Signed By: Demerius Pittman (Phillies).

    TRACK RECORD: Seabold came to the Red Sox from the Phillies as a pitcher with a solid three-pitch mix. After Seabold finished 2018 in Double-A, an oblique injury at the start of 2019 limited him to 56.1 innings and prevented him from advancing. Nonetheless, he looked like a potential big league starter at Reading and then in the Arizona Fall League, where he recorded a 1.06 ERA with 22 strikeouts and three walks in 17 innings. That led Boston to target him in an August 2020 trade as part of the return for relievers Brandon Workman and Heath Hembree.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Seabold's three-pitch mix includes a 90-93 mph fastball that sometimes ticks up slightly higher, an excellent changeup with sink and fade and a below-average slider that plays up because of command and deception. Toward the end of his month at the alternate training site, Seabold started to incorporate a fringy curveball. Though Seabold's stuff lacks a wow factor, his feel for pitching, sequencing, strike-throwing and competitiveness gives him a strong chance to emerge as a back-end starter.

    THE FUTURE: Seabold will likely open 2021 in Triple-A. He has a chance to serve as a big league depth starter during the year.

  12. 12. Noah Song | RHP
    Noah Song
    Born: May 28, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 200
    Drafted/Signed: Navy, 2019 (4th round).
    Signed By: Reed Gragnani.

    TRACK RECORD: Song came to the Red Sox with a first-round college pedigree and arsenal but uncertainty given his service obligation as a Naval Academy graduate. The Red Sox hoped that Song might be able to fulfill his service obligation while also pitching in pro ball, a notion that seemed to gain steam when he was allowed to pitch for Team USA at the 2019 Premier12 tournament. His request to pursue a dual track languished for more than a year after he graduated, and he reported to flight school last summer.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Song arrived in Annapolis with a mid-80s fastball, but gained considerable strength that translated into easy mid-90s velocity with a putaway slider from a repeatable delivery as a senior. He seldom used his curveball or changeup in college, but both pitches impressed in short-season Lowell and the Premier12 in 2019.

    THE FUTURE: Song can petition for a military service waiver in May 2021 -- two years after he graduated -- but no one knows when, or if, such a request might be granted. If he's given permission to return to baseball, it's hard to forecast what kind of pitcher he'll be after at least a year and a half away from competition.

  13. 13. Ronaldo Hernandez | C
    Ronaldo Hernandez
    Born: Nov 11, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 230
    Drafted/Signed: Colombia, 2014.
    Signed By: Angel Contreras

    TRACK RECORD: Signed for $225,000 in the same 2014 international class that produced righthander Diego Castillo, Hernandez was an infielder the Rays immediately converted to catcher. His bat has always outpaced his glove, but he mainly focused on his defense in 2020. He spent much of the year traveling with the Rays as a taxi squad member, catching bullpens and side sessions.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Hernandez's stints on the taxi squad gave him experience catching premium stuff, but fewer opportunities to work on his hitting. Hernandez has the plus power to hit 20-25 home runs, but he has to do a better job selecting which pitches to hit. He makes frequent contact with his solid hand-eye coordination but often swings at pitches that are tough to drive. Hernandez's approach is very pull-heavy. Every home run of his pro career has been hit to left or left-center field. Hernandez has a plus arm behind the plate and moves well for a big catcher, but his receiving is fringe-average and needs to continue to improve.

    THE FUTURE: The Rays added Hernandez to the 40-man roster after the 2019 season knowing he still needed time to develop. He is likely to open the 2021 season in Double-A.

  14. 14. Garrett Whitlock | RHP
    Garrett Whitlock
    Born: Jun 11, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 190
    Drafted/Signed: AlabamaBirmingham, 2017 (18th round).
    Signed By: Mike Wagner (Yankees).

    TRACK RECORD: Whitlock's draft-eligible sophomore season at Alabama-Birmingham in 2017 was thrown off by food poisoning and a back strain. His strong turn in the Cape Cod League in 2016 was enough to convince the Yankees to sign him as an 18th-rounder for nearly $250,000, a total that counted against the Yankees' bonus pool He had Tommy John surgery in the middle of the 2019 season but was recovered by December 2020, when the Red Sox selected him in the major league Rule 5 draft.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Whitlock's main weapons are a low-to-mid-90s fastball and a hard-darting slider. His lower arm slot gives his fastball excellent sinking life and has made him a reliable groundball pitcher. Whitlock also throws a changeup in the low-to-mid 80s, but the pitch lags behind his fastball and slider. The 2019 season was Whitlock's first long look at Double-A, but his injury limited him to 70.1 innings.

    THE FUTURE: Boston's pitching was not good in 2020 and was exacerbated by losses of Chris Sale to Tommy John surgery and Eduardo Rodriguez to Covid-19. Whitlock has a chance to stick in either the rotation or bullpen, giving him a chance to stick on the major league roster as a Rule 5 pick.

  15. 15. Chris Murphy | LHP
    Chris Murphy
    Born: Jun 5, 1998
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 175
    Drafted/Signed: San Diego, 2019 (6th round).
    Signed By: J.J. Altobelli.

    TRACK RECORD: In college, Murphy displayed a swing-and-miss fastball as the anchor of a mix that as a junior produced 12.2 strikeouts per nine innings, which ranked 23rd in Division I, but control issues pushed him to the sixth round. The walks, however, were partly a product of an effort to force chases out of the zone in two-strike counts. In Murphy's pro debut in short-season Lowell in 2019, he excelled with a more aggressive approach and he continued to impress at instructional league in 2020.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Despite some effort in his delivery, Murphy still has harnessed his mechanics in pro ball in a fashion that has allowed him to work in the zone with a four-pitch mix. His fastball -- which averaged 93 mph and topped at 95 in instructional league -- has deception and life at the top of the zone, and his changeup is a plus pitch that plays off of it. Murphy complements those two pitches with both a below-average slider and curveball that have been sufficient to keep both lefties and righties honest. In pro ball, he's proven capable of applying data to identify where his stuff is most effective.

    THE FUTURE: So long as he throws enough strikes, Murphy's four-pitch mix gives him a chance to move relatively quickly through the system as a potential No. 5 starter.

  16. 16. Matthew Lugo | SS
    Matthew Lugo
    Born: May 9, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 185
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Manati, P.R., 2019 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Edgar Perez.

    TRACK RECORD: The nephew of Carlos Beltran, Lugo emerged as an earlyround draftee in 2019 thanks to potential plus power along with the athleticism to stay on the middle infield. Drafted in the second round, he got off to a sizzling start in his pro debut in 2019 before fading down the stretch. Minor wrist soreness prevented him from playing games at instructional league in 2020

    SCOUTING REPORT: Scout Edgar Perez saw a number of traits in Lugo that led the Red Sox to sign him for $1.1 million. Among those traits were athleticism, projectability, strength to create above-average power potential, maturity and baseball acumen to create confidence in his ability to advance through the minors. Lugo is described as strikingly mature in his routines and work, including strength work that led one evaluator to describe him as, pound for pound, the strongest prospect in the system. While many expected him to move to second base in pro ball, he has made significant strides at shortstop and many with the Red Sox now believe he can stick at the position.

    THE FUTURE: Lugo should start 2021 in full-season ball, with the potential to emerge eventually as a bat-first middle infielder.

  17. 17. Connor Wong | C
    Connor Wong
    Born: May 9, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 181
    Drafted/Signed: Houston, 2017 (3rd round).
    Signed By: Clint Bowers (Dodgers).

    TRACK RECORD: Wong started college as a shortstop but broadened his resume as a sophomore, when he spent time behind the plate for Houston and moved around the infield and outfield. His versatility, power, and athleticism—he had 12 homers and 26 steals as a junior—led the Dodgers to draft him in the third round in 2017. His defensive versatility and power potential made him attractive to the Red Sox, who acquired him as the third player in the deal that sent Mookie Betts and David Price to the Dodgers.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Wong is deceivingly wiry, a physically unimposing presence who nonetheless has the athleticism and strength to make an impact in a number of areas. He typically sells out on his swing, resulting in a pull-heavy approach that emphasizes launch but renders him vulnerable to offspeed pitches and has yielded a strikeout rate of nearly 31%. Still, his hard contact has translated to both power and high batting averages on balls in play over three minor league seasons. Wong is still developing his technical skills behind the plate, but he's considered a solid receiver with the intelligence and body control to handle the position and the athleticism to play other infield spots.

    THE FUTURE: Wong's swing-and-miss issues likely cap his ceiling as a reserve, but his versatility could make him more valuable than the typical backup catcher. He'll likely open 2021 in Triple-A as a depth option.

  18. 18. Blaze Jordan | 3B/1B
    Blaze Jordan
    Born: Dec 19, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 220
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Southaven, Miss., 2020 (3rd round).
    Signed By: Danny Watkins.

    TRACK RECORD: Jordan's power as an amateur bordered on legendary after videos of him blasting 500- foot homers started circulating when he was 13. Yet questions about his all-around game and the consensus view of his likely future at first base left him on the board until the third round of the 2020 draft, when the Red Sox signed him away from a Mississippi State commitment with a $1.75 million bonus.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Jordan generates his tremendous power with size and a well-synced kinetic chain that seems to transfer every drop of his frame into contact. One evaluator noted some similarities with Matt Holliday. He's a show-stopper in batting practice and has shown in games that his power can play against both velocity and breaking pitches. As might be expected of a high school draftee, his approach is immature and he's prone to chase pitches. Jordan is somewhat stiff at third base, and the general expectation is that he'll end up at first base. The Red Sox felt that he responded well to coaching at third during instructional league.

    THE FUTURE: Jordan will be 18 for the entire 2021 season because he reclassified to become draft eligible a year earlier than his peers. He has always looked comfortable against older competition, creating the likelihood that he'll open at a full-season affiliate. Whether he defies doubts and sticks at third or moves to first, he has a chance to emerge as a middle-of-the-order bat if his pitch and strike-zone recognition develop.

  19. 19. Brainer Bonaci | SS
    Brainer Bonaci
    Born: Jul 9, 2002
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 175
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2018.
    Signed By: Manny Padron/Junior Vizcaino/Eddie Romero.

    TRACK RECORD: Bonaci's balanced skill set impressed the Red Sox when they signed him for $290,000 as a 16-year-old, and his early performance as a professional has added to the sense of his potential. He hit .279/.356/.397 in the Dominican Summer League in 2019, and he continued to hold his own against older competition at instructional league in 2020.

    SCOUTING REPORT: The switch-hitting Bonaci has gotten stronger by adding about 35 pounds since signing, strength that generates steady, hard contact with some power. That power is amplified by his advanced approach, strike-zone management from both sides of the plate and good bat-to-ball skills. He shows the hands, range, and above-average arm to stick at shortstop, with speed to have further impact on the bases.

    THE FUTURE: Bonaci is advanced for his age, with a chance to move quickly through the lower levels. His well-rounded game gives him an unusually solid floor for a player who's never played full-season ball, with a chance to emerge as an average to above-average everyday shortstop.

  20. 20. Brayan Bello | RHP
    Brayan Bello
    Born: May 17, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 170
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2016.
    Signed By: Manny Nanita/Todd Claus/Rollie Pino.

    TRACK RECORD: Bello built on a dominant pro debut in the Dominican Summer League in 2018 with a strong spring in 2019, convincing the Red Sox to push him to low Class A Greenville in his age-20 season. He struggled through the first three months of 2019 before a breakthrough fueled by both a greater willingness to attack the strike zone and improved command over his last 10 starts.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Bello's fastball sat at 94-95 mph and topped at 98 at instructional league in 2020, but a long arm path creates problems with deception and command. His continually improving velocity gives his fastball a chance to reach above-average if his command improves. His changeup is average with the potential to be better than that, while his mid-80s slider—a pitch he honed at instructs—could go from average to plus. He's prone to being tentative, but he's a good athlete with a quick arm and pitches that suggest enough starter potential to make him a popular ask in trade proposals.

    THE FUTURE: Bello should start in high Class A. He has the absolute ceiling of a No. 4 starter.

  21. 21. Jeisson Rosario | OF
    Jeisson Rosario
    Born: Oct 22, 1999
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 191
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2016.
    Signed By: Felix Feliz/Ysrael Rojas/Alvin Duran (Padres).

    TRACK RECORD: One of the top prospects in the 2016-17 international signing class, Rosario signed for $1.85 million with the Padres based on his athleticism, speed and a projectable frame. The Padres' 40-man crunch led them to deal Rosario to the Red Sox in 2020 as part of a two-prospect package for Mitch Moreland.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Rosario is an electrifying athlete who can do standing backflips and throw with both hands, but his in-game contributions have been modest. His patience has created an extraordinary walk rate of nearly 15% for his career and a .376 on-base percentage but also results in late swing decisions that lead to grounders and weak, opposite-field contact. Evaluators are routinely frustrated by the infrequency with which he swings. He glides in center field with efficient routes and a solid arm, but his speed has ticked down from plus when he signed and now projects as average or slightly above. His above-average arm would fit in a corner spot, too.

    THE FUTURE: Rosario's most likely future is as a backup outfielder, but his youth still gives him time to reach a regular's ceiling. The Red Sox added him to their 40-man roster in November.

  22. 22. Miguel Bleis | OF
    Miguel Bleis
    Born: Mar 1, 2004
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 180
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2021.

    TRACK RECORD: The Red Sox landed one of the best athletes in the class when they signed Bleis at the start of the 2020-21 international signing period on Jan. 15.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Bleis has a lean, lively frame that's sleek and athletic with high physical upside. His tools have trended up over the past year as projected, with plus speed and a plus arm now. He has long, gliding strides with an easy gait, covering a lot of ground in center field with the physical projection for his arm to potentially develop into a 70-grade tool. Bleis has fast bat speed and his power has jumped up from a little below-average to now showing above-average raw power, driving the ball fairly easily with backspin from center field over to his pull side. With room to put on another 25-30 pounds of good weight, there could be more power in the tank. Bleis isn't an advanced pure hitter, but he isn't raw either, so if he can develop into an average hitter, he has the secondary tools to be a dynamic center fielder.

    THE FUTURE: Bleis is one of the most athletic, tooled-up players the Red Sox have at the lower levels of the system, though he’s still several years away. He will likely make his pro debut in 2021 in the Dominican Summer League.

  23. 23. Jonathan Arauz | SS
    Jonathan Arauz
    Born: Aug 3, 1998
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 195
    Drafted/Signed: Panama, 2014.
    Signed By: Norman Anciani (Phillies).

    TRACK RECORD: Arauz signed with the Phillies in 2014 and was traded to the Astros after the 2015 season as a low-level throw-in in the deal that sent Ken Giles to Houston. He was suspended for a drug of abuse in his second season with the Astros, then was selected by Boston in the 2019 Rule 5 draft. He made his big league debut on July 24 and got into 25 games with the Red Sox.

    SCOUTING REPORT: In 2020, Arauz lived up to his reputation as a light-hitting infielder who can play on both sides of the keystone. His average exit velocity was 85.3 mph, which would have ranked among the lowest figures in the game if he had garnered more at-bats. He saw action at shortstop, second base, third base and DH over the course of the season. Arauz is not particularly fleet of foot, and his sprint speed of 25.9 feet per second ranked in the 28th percentile of qualified big leaguers.

    THE FUTURE: Arauz's role in 2020 was roughly the same as what he'll play in 2021 barring an injury to a Red Sox regular infielder. The key difference is that with his Rule 5 restrictions lifted he may be optioned to the minor leagues.

  24. 24. Josh Winckowski | RHP
    Josh Winckowski
    Born: Jun 28, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 202
    Drafted/Signed: HS—Estero, Fla., 2016 (15th round).
    Signed By: Matt O'Brien (Blue Jays).

    TRACK RECORD: Drafted in the 15th round out of high school by the Blue Jays, Winckowski spent three years in short-season ball and one more at Class A. He would have spent 2020 at Double-A had there been a minor league season. Winckowski was left unprotected in a deep Toronto system for the Rule 5 draft but went unselected.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Winckowski logged a career high 127.1 innings in 2019, peaking at high Class A Dunedin. He logged a 2.69 ERA, struck out 108 and walked 43. Winckowski is a solid strike-thrower who did not go to Toronto's alternate training site last year but went to instructional league, where he ran his fastball up to 96 mph toward the end of camp and was in the process of learning a splitter.

    THE FUTURE: Winckowski will serve as rotation depth for the Mets, probably at Double-A at the outset of 2021.

  25. 25. Aldo Ramirez | RHP
    Aldo Ramirez
    Born: May 6, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 180
    Drafted/Signed: Mexico, 2018.
    Signed By: Sotero Torres/Eddie Romero/Todd Claus.

    TRACK RECORD: Ramirez was advanced enough to pitch in the Mexican League as a 16-year-old in 2018 before the Red Sox purchased him from Aguascalientes for $550,000. His maturity and understanding of his three-pitch mix allowed him to dominate in his 2018 pro debut in the Dominican Summer League. He held his own as an 18-year-old in the New York-Penn League in 2019, when he struck out 9.2 per nine innings in the college-heavy league.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Ramirez typically worked in the low 90s with his fastball in Lowell but arrived at instructional league in 2020 having added strength. His fastball took a corresponding velocity bump and now sits at 93 mph and tops out at 96. His fastball doesn't have a lot of deception, though he does spot it well, and his feel for his curveball and changeup help them play above their grades.

    THE FUTURE: Ramirez currently has the stuff of a swingman or back-of-the-rotation starter, but his feel for pitching and command give him a chance to exceed that projection. Those traits also give him a chance to be given aggressive assignments relative to his age.

  26. 26. Chih-Jung Liu | RHP
    Chih-Jung Liu
    Born: Apr 7, 1999
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 180
    Drafted/Signed: Taiwan, 2019.
    Signed By: Louie Lin/Brett Ward/Chris Becerra/Eddie Romero.

    TRACK RECORD: Liu was a two-way player in high school, went to college as a shortstop, then dominated when committing full-time to the mound in 2019, when he was the Asian Baseball Championship's MVP. The Red Sox signed Liu for $750,000 after seeing him throw high-90s fastballs with a slider, curve and splitter in multi-inning relief stints in 2019.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Liu lacked access to full training facilities during the coronavirus shutdown, so his fastball was down to averaging 91 mph and topping out at 94 in instructional league. His fastball still had impressive riding life at the front of an array of five pitches—which now includes a changeup—that showed potential to grade anywhere from fringe-average to above-average. It's still too early in Liu's development for the Red Sox to pinpoint which of his five pitches work best when grouped with one another.

    THE FUTURE: Liu's future has more variance than most, but his athletic delivery, varied repertoire and past success could help find a spot in a rotation.

  27. 27. Hudson Potts | 3B
    Hudson Potts
    Born: Oct 28, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 205
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Southlake, Texas, 2016 (1st round).
    Signed By: Matt Schaffner (Padres).

    TRACK RECORD: Potts was a surprise first-round selection and under-slot signing by the Padres in 2016, but his early professional performance, including 39 homers in his first two full seasons, seemed to validate the selection. He went backward as a 20-year-old in Double-A in 2019, but his plus power remained and he was young for the level. The Red Sox acquired him in the 2020 deadline trade that sent Mitch Moreland to San Diego.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Though Potts has plus to double-plus raw power, he has increasingly struggled to get to it in games thanks to concerning swing-and-miss issues on pitches both in and out of the zone. Though he's shown the ability to drill balls to the opposite field, he's also had issues rushing to his front side and becoming more pull-oriented, with rising groundball rates over two years in Double-A. He has shown adequate tools at third base but has started incorporating other positions, and should see time at second base and first base in addition to third base in 2021.

    THE FUTURE: Despite Potts' steps back, he still has time to reach his ceiling. The Red Sox added him to their 40-man roster in November.

  28. 28. Jacob Wallace | RHP
    Jacob Wallace
    Born: Aug 13, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 190
    Drafted/Signed: Connecticut, 2019 (3rd round).
    Signed By: Mike Garlatti (Rockies).

    TRACK RECORD: Wallace's selection by the Rockies in 2019 continued a trend—Colorado had also selected Connecticut relievers in 2012 and 2018. With the Rockies trading Wallace to the Red Sox at midseason for outfielder Kevin Pillar, Wallace will now try to join another UConn product, Matt Barnes, in Boston's bullpen.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Wallace is a pure reliever prospect, but his pitch mix should allow him to move through the system rather quickly. His fastball sits in the mid 90s and can touch a few ticks higher. He pairs it with a snappy mid-80s slider with a spin rate of 2,800 revolutions per minute that hitters in the short-season Northwest League struggled to identify and put in play. Wallace was working on a changeup in 2019 as well. NWL hitters swung and missed at Wallace's pitches nearly 17% of the time, ranking him 12th among league pitchers with at least 20 innings. Wallace is twitchy and athletic and has the uptempo, aggressive delivery befitting of a late-inning stopper.

    THE FUTURE: Wallace's power arsenal should allow him to start 2021 at least at high Class A and get him to Double-A rather quickly.

  29. 29. Ceddanne Rafaela | UTL
    Ceddanne Rafaela
    Born: Sep 18, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'8" Wt.: 145
    Drafted/Signed: Curacao, 2017.
    Signed By: Dennis Neuman/Rollie Pino/Todd Claus.

    TRACK RECORD: Though Rafaela didn't look much bigger when he signed for $10,000 as a 16-year-old than he did when playing for Curacao in the Little League World Series as an 11-year-old, he's shown not only plus running speed but also surprisingly loud contact in the lower minors. His track record includes a .244/.319/.409 batting line with six home runs and nine stolen bases in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League and short-season Lowell in 2019.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Rafaela is hard to miss. His high-energy style of play is evident in every aspect of the game and he turns heads with his unexpected bat speed and ability to put a charge in pitches in the zone, particularly against lefthanders. However, his bat-to-ball skills can work against him given that he's a free-swinger who is prone to weak contact against pitches outside the zone. Still, he has a chance to offer relatively solid impact as a versatile up-the-middle player, at least at second base and shortstop with the possibility of future work in center field.

    THE FUTURE: Rafaela's ability to hone his aggressiveness will dictate his future. His most likely role is as a versatile reserve.

  30. 30. Andrew Politi | RHP
    Andrew Politi
    Born: Jun 4, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 195
    Drafted/Signed: Seton Hall, 2018 (15th round).
    Signed By: Ray Fagnant.

    TRACK RECORD: The Red Sox took Politi as an unheralded 15th-round selection in 2018 after a redshirt junior year in which he had a 5.44 ERA but struck out 12.6 batters per nine innings, mostly out of the bullpen.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Politi entered pro ball with a mid-90s four-seam fastball that features elite spin and movement, as well as a mid-80s curveball that gave him the basis of a north-south attack. The addition of an 89-93 mph cutter in 2019 set the stage for a dominant performance at high Class A Salem over his final 50 innings of 2019, a run in which he posted a 1.42 ERA and struck out 63 batters. He moved from the bullpen to the rotation during that stretch, making five starts. Politi is also working on a changeup. The effort in his delivery leads to skepticism about his ability to start, but based on what he showed in late 2019 and then in 2020 at instructional league, the Red Sox will give him a chance in the rotation.

    THE FUTURE: Politi has the solid floor of a big league reliever with a chance that his cutter and changeup could open additional doors as an opener, bulk reliever or even starter.

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