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  1. 1. Marcelo Mayer | SS
    Marcelo Mayer
    Born: Dec 12, 2002
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 188
    Signed By: J.J. Altobelli.
    Minors: .280/.399/.489 | 13 HR | 17 SB | 350 AB

    BA Grade: 65/Very High

    Track Record: Eastlake High School featured an eventual first-rounder in 2019 in third baseman Keoni Cavaco, but whenever Red Sox area scout J.J. Altobelli went to see Cavaco, he invariably started raving about sophomore shortstop Marcelo Mayer. Based on his performance as an underclassman as well as a summer with Team USA's 18U National team in 2019, Mayer entered last spring as one of the top players in the draft class and never disappointed, batting .397/.555/.886 with 14 home runs, 31 walks, and eight strikeouts against top competition in San Diego County while showing ease and fluidity both in the batter's box and at shortstop. He was viewed as a candidate to first overall in the 2021 draft, and the Red Sox felt the chances he'd get to them were remote. But when he remained available with the Sox in possession of the No. 4 pick, their highest in selection in more than 50 years, the team was elated and quickly selected him. Mayer signed for $6,664,000 to forgo a Southern California commitment and immediately stood out as the top prospect in the Florida Complex League in his pro debut, making the game look easy on both sides of the ball.

    Scouting Report: Mayer is a natural, graceful player with an advanced feel for the strike zone and the ability to manipulate the barrel with a sweet, lefthanded swing. His swing is mechanically sound and allows him to take a versatile offensive approach, alternately drilling line drives and turning on pitches to get to power. He will swing and miss at times, but with his strong plate discipline and good swing decisions, he should draw enough walks to post high on-base percentages while hitting for power. Though Mayer has below-average speed, his excellent instincts, smooth actions, sure hands, and plus arm strength all suggest a potential defensive standout at shortstop. He may outgrow the position, although his size and lefthanded swing drawing frequent comparisons to Corey Seager, who has remained a shortstop throughout his major league career. Mayer never lifted weights in high school, creating both the possibility of additional power as well as the risk that he gets too big as he adds strength to his lean frame and has to move off of shortstop. If he does, the additional power potential at third base, where he would project as a potentially elite defender, would maintain his status as a standout player.

    The Future: Mayer's defense at a premium position and sound swing and approach give him an easy projection of at least an above-average regular. His ultimate ceiling will be determined by whether he stays at shortstop or outgrows it, as well as how his power develops in pro ball. Still, few who scouted him as an amateur would be surprised if he emerges as an all-star and Red Sox franchise cornerstone.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 65. Power: 55. Speed: 40. Fielding: 60. Arm: 60.

  2. 2. 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, and Rollie Pino.
    Minors: 10-4 | 2.34 ERA | 129 SO | 36 BB | 96 IP

    BA Grade: 60/High

    Track Record: Bello signed with the Red Sox for just $28,000 as a slender 17-year-old with a whippy arm during the 2016 international signing period. He progressively filled out as he matured and made his largest strength gains during the 2020 coronavirus shutdown, resulting in a significant uptick in velocity and stuff once minor league play resumed in 2021. Armed with newfound velocity, Bello's strikeout rate jumped more than 10% as he rose from High-A to Double-A and earned a selection to the Futures Game.

    Scouting Report: Bello's athleticism produces a repeatable delivery that allows him to consistently attack the strike zone with his three-pitch mix. His fastball velocity improved from the low-90s before the shutdown to now sitting comfortably in the mid-90s and touching 98 mph. Bello's long arm path allows hitters to get a good read on his fastball, however, and its lack of movement means he has to command it to ensure its effectiveness. When he locates his fastball up in the zone, his changeup falls off of it as a plus offering, while his improving slider increasingly projects to be an above-average offering. He is in the process of developing a two-seamer to create a more complete pitch mix. Bello pounds the strike zone with above-average control and has limited his walks at every level.

    The Future: Bello is likely to progress to Triple-A during the 2022 season and could emerge as a big-league rotation option by the end of the year. He has mid-rotation potential as long as he maintains his velocity jump and improves his fastball command.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 55. Slider: 55. Changeup: 60. Control: 50.

  3. 3. 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.
    Minors: .281/.389/.500 | 12 HR | 0 SB | 278 AB

    BA Grade: 60/High

    August Update: After returning from injury Casas has taken some time to adjust. Still just 22 years old in Triple-A, Casas has time to develop into the type of impact hitter the Red Sox believe he can become. Despite his highly touted combination of contact and power, Casas has never hit .280 or above in a season or slugged .500 or above.

    Track Record: Casas has stood out for his immense raw power and mature, adaptable approach since his amateur days and was drafted 26th overall by the Red Sox in 2019 . He held his own as one of the youngest players at every level of the minors and broke out with a banner year in 2021. Casas bounced between Double-A, Triple-A, and playing for Team USA at the Tokyo Olympics and performed at every stop. He posted an .877 OPS at the highest levels of the minors during a disjointed year and led Team USA with three home runs and eight RBIs in Tokyo, earning raves from manager Mike Scioscia and other Team USA veterans.

    Scouting Report: Casas is a massive presence in the batter's box at 6-foot-5, 245 pounds and possesses the plus-plus raw power expected from someone of his stature. While he occasionally sells out for power early in counts, he prides himself on being a well-rounded hitter who chokes up, spreads out his stance, and uses the whole field with two strikes. While his hit-over-power approach has impressed, many evaluators believe he'll ultimately focus more on driving the ball in the air, with middle-of-the-order power numbers to follow. Casas should be able to make that shift given his professorial understanding of his swing and still projects to be an above-average hitter. A former third baseman, Casas has a strong arm, soft hands and solid footwork at first base, where his size makes him an inviting target.

    The Future: Casas will begin 2022 back in Triple-A and could reach the majors during the season. If his power develops as expected, he's a potential all-star first baseman who can anchor the lineup.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 55 Power: 65. Speed: 40. Fielding: 55. Arm: 50.

  4. 4. Ceddanne Rafaela | SS
    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.
    Minors: .299/.342/.538 | 21 HR | 28 SB | 481 AB

    BA Grade: 55/High

    Track Record: Rafaela has commanded attention since signing for $10,000 as someone whose tools vastly exceed his size. He's posted solid numbers throughout his career, including a .251/.305/.424 line with 10 homers and 23 steals in 102 games in Low-A Salem in 2021. Yet it was his defense that truly stood out. Rafaela, who'd moved around the infield in 2018-19, emerged as a dazzling outfielder in 2021, grading as easily the best in the system while opening a path as a super-utility player.

    Scouting Report: Rafaela's unexpected bat speed is particularly apparent against lefties (.267/.304/.627 with four homers). His speed shows up on the bases and in the field, where Rafaela takes excellent routes and jumps on hard-to-reach contact to the outfield. His arm grades as above-average to plus in both the infield and outfield. His bat-to-ball skills are a double-edged sword, as he had a reasonable 18.3% strikeout rate but with a tendency to chase pitches on which he made weak contact. His 5.8% walk rate is concerning, and he'll need to hone his approach to have a chance to be more than a glove-first reserve.

    The Future: With greater selectivity, Rafaela could become a super-utility player who is a plus defender at every position. If that doesn't happen, he looks like a valuable reserve who can fill in anywhere.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 50. Power: 55. Run: 60. Fielding: 60. Arm: 60

  5. 5. 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.
    Minors: .231/.303/.365 | 11 HR | 8 SB | 337 AB

    BA Grade: 55/Very High

    August Update: It's been an incredibly difficult 2022 for Yorke as he's been mired in a season-long slump. His swing has been out of whack all season and he's struggled to hit for contact and power in the way he did in 2021. There's still hope for Yorke as his approach is still strong, and he could make the necessary adjustments to put this season behind him, but it's been a noticeable downturn that has adjusted expectations around Yorke's projection long term.

    Track Record: Most teams considered Yorke a potential second- or third-round pick in 2020, but the Red Sox went above industry consensus and made Yorke the surprise first-round pick of the draft when they took him 17th overall. Yorke entered his pro debut intent on proving doubters wrong and largely accomplished that mission. After a slow start, he caught fire during the summer to win the Low-A East batting title (.323) and OPS crown (.913) before receiving a late promotion to High-A Greenville.

    Scouting Report: Yorke's quick, compact swing and excellent barrel control permits him the ability to hit the ball hard to all fields. He complements those physical gifts with excellent pitch recognition and plate discipline to earn consensus projections as a future plus hitter. While Yorke showed gap power early, he adjusted to create space with his body to drive the ball in the air to his pull side down the stretch, resulting in 11 homers in his final 35 games. While few doubt Yorke will hit, his defensive outlook is murkier. His fringe-average speed, which results in some difficulty making plays to his right, and long arm stroke create questions about his ability to stick at second base despite solid hands and average pure arm strength. If he can't stay at second, he's likely to land in left field.

    The Future: Yorke's performance suggests a player who may be one of the best pure hitters in the minors. He profiles as a top of the order hitter and will see the upper levels of the minors in 2022.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 70. Power: 50. Speed: 45. Fielding: 45. Arm: 50.

  6. 6. Miguel Bleis | OF
    Miguel Bleis
    Born: Mar 1, 2004
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 180
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2021.
    Signed By: Eddie Romero/Manny Nanita
    Minors: .301/.353/.542 | 5 HR | 18 SB | 153 AB

    BA Grade: 55/Extreme

    August Update: Over his first 37 games stateside Bleis has hit .299/.350/.544 with five home runs and 17 stolen bases over 20 attempts. He's an excellent center fielder with easy plus running ability. Bleis is one of the more talented complex level players the Red Sox have had in some time, and he brings an exciting tooled-up skill set with emerging power.

    Track Record: The Red Sox signed Bleis to a $1.5 million bonus in January 2021 based on his size, athleticism and what assistant general manager Eddie Romero described as “extreme bat life.” His solid performance in the DSL as a 17-year-old in 2021 (.252/.331/.420 with four homers and seven steals) did nothing to dispel that perception.

    Scouting Report: Bleis has the hands and wrists to generate outstanding bat speed and loud contact with atypical frequency at a young age. He often features a fairly significant leg kick in his load, but has the athleticism and balance to make it work. He'll also adjust his swing and approach from that power-generating load, showing the ability to make mechanical adjustments to create a solid hit tool. In the outfield, he glides to the ball with speed and routes that seem suited to sticking in center.

    The Future: Bleis is among the most exciting prospects in the system. He'll start progressing in the States in 2022. He's years away from the big leagues but has the potential to be an everyday player in center.

  7. 7. 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.
    Minors: 7-3 | 2.49 ERA | 105 SO | 46 BB | 83 IP

    BA Grade: 55/Extreme

    Track Record: Mata signed late in the 2015-16 international signing period for a $25,000 bonus but quickly shed his low profile when size and strength gains helped him develop the most powerful arsenal in the Red Sox's system. After a strong 2019 campaign, he showed an electric pitch mix at the alternate training site in 2020 to put himself in position to be a potential contributor in 2021. Instead, he suffered a forearm injury that required Tommy John surgery in April and wiped out his first year on the 40-man roster.

    Scouting Report: Mata featured huge stuff prior to surgery, starting with a mid-to upper-90s two-seamer and nasty, plus slider that darts out of the same tunnel. Both produced ground balls and swings-and-misses and largely kept batters in check on their own. Mata also has a four-seamer, average changeup and below-average but usable curveball at his disposal, allowing him to work to all quadrants of the strike zone. The movement he generates on his pitches can make it difficult for him to keep them in the strike zone, but he was making his delivery more compact to address his below-average control before he got hurt. While Mata has a sturdy starter's build and the pitch mix to stay in the rotation, he has yet to demonstrate he can stay healthy through a full season.

    The Future: Mata will spend most of 2022 rehabbing and could return to an affiliate by mid-year. If his stuff comes back, he could emerge as a late-inning reliever or a carefully managed starter by 2023.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 70. Curveball: 40. Slider: 60. Changeup: 50. Control: 40.

  8. 8. 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.
    Minors: 7-11 | 4.03 ERA | 149 SO | 72 BB | 152 IP

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Track Record:: The Sox took Murphy in the sixth round of the 2019 draft believing that he had swing-and-miss weapons and better command than his 12% walk rate at San Diego suggested. The lefthander has largely rewarded that view, emerging as a steady performer who at times dominated after his late-season promotion to Double-A in 2021. He went 8-5 with a 4.62 ERA between High-A Greenville and Double-A Portland in 2021, with a 30.2% strikeout rate on the year that included a 34.1% mark in Portland.

    Scouting Report: Murphy leans hard on a 92-94 mph fastball—occasionally running it up to 96-97—that hitters struggle to pick up at the top of the zone, but sometimes the pitch loses ride and becomes vulnerable to hard contact, contributing to the 21 homers allowed in just over 100 innings. His best secondary offering is an above-average changeup that dives away from righties for swings and misses, while he features a curveball that shows average potential. His slider is currently a below-average offering, and may ultimately be reshaped into a cutter. Sox officials rave about his competitiveness, believing that his makeup will allow him to work past transitional bumps in the big leagues, and that his openness to pitch design work will help him find the arsenal he needs to be effective.

    The Future: Murphy's dominance against lefties gives him a solid reliever floor, but so long as he throws enough strikes, Murphy's four-pitch mix gives him a chance to emerge by late 2022 or early 2023 as rotation depth with a No. 4 starter's ceiling. Scouting Grades: Fastball: 50. Slider: 45. Curveball: 50. Changeup: 55. Control: 50

  9. 9. Brandon Walter | LHP
    Brandon Walter
    Born: Sep 8, 1996
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 200
    Signed By: Reed Gragnani
    Minors: 3-3 | 3.59 ERA | 75 SO | 7 BB | 58 IP

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Track Record: Walter had Tommy John surgery in his sophomore year at Delaware in 2017 and missed the entire 2018 season while rehabbing, but showed enough feel for pitching during his return as a redshirt junior to convince the Sox to take him as a day three selection. He was diligent in his work during the 2020 shutdown and returned as a different pitcher, with major gains in his entire arsenal that produced the most unexpected leap in the Sox system in 2021.

    Scouting Report: Walter represents an unusual case: A pitcher whose age suggests reservations about his impressive numbers at two levels of Class A—particularly given that the Sox had him open the year out of the bullpen. But his stuff and pitch data suggest reason to believe in a big ceiling, making him a popular target in trade talks. The lefty throws from a low three-quarters arm slot and is a database-breaker for hitters, particularly now that his sinker sits at 93-95 mph with a sweeping slider and changeup that plays against both righties and lefties. His 5.4% walk rate is more indicative of Walter's ability to induce chases than control. He'll need to throw more strikes to stay in the rotation, but his raw stuff is elite.

    The Future: Walter likely will be pushed to Double-A to open 2022, and the upper levels will give a greater indication of whether he's a late-blooming starter or if 2021 was a mirage. If his stuff holds and he harnesses his pitches in the zone, he may challenge the Sox to put him on an aggressive development track.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 50. Slideer: 60. Changeup: 55. Control: 55

  10. 10. Blaze Jordan | 1B/3B
    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.
    Minors: .289/.363/.445 | 12 HR | 5 SB | 463 AB

    BA Grade: 55/Extreme

    Track Record: Jordan's power made him a YouTube sensation as a 13-year-old, but there were enough reservations about his all-or-nothing approach and future position to cause him to fall to the third round of the 2020 draft. The Red Sox stopped his slide there and signed him away from Mississippi State for an overslot $1.75 million bonus. Jordan delivered a positive early return on that investment in his pro debut, batting .362/.408/.667 with 12 extra-base hits in 19 games in the Florida Complex League to earn a quick promotion to Low-A Salem.

    Scouting Report: Jordan's plus-plus power is a show-stopper. He hits towering home runs to all fields and gets to his power even with a disconnect in his upper and lower halves that should get smoothed out over time. Though he lacks any real semblance of an approach, he sees the ball well, allowing him to remain more controlled in the batter's box than might be expected. Jordan projects to be no more than a fringe-average hitter, but his pitch recognition gives him the foundation to get to his power enough to be an everyday player. Defensively, Jordan is a third baseman now but is likely to move to first base with his strong, physical frame at a young age. The Red Sox believe he can continue developing at third, which he does have the plus arm strength for.

    The Future: Jordan is set to open 2022 in Low-A and is likely to move deliberately through the system. If everything clicks, he could emerge as a player with considerable power and run-production capabilities in the bottom half of the order.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 45. Power: 70. Speed: 40. Fielding: 45. Arm: 60.

  11. 11. 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).
    Minors: 2-4 | 3.82 ERA | 62 SO | 18 BB | 62 IP

    BA Grade: 45/Medium

    Track Record: Winckowski was an unheralded 15th-round pick of the Blue Jays out of Estero (Fla.) High in 2016 and spent his first four pro seasons in the low minors throwing strikes with a low-90s fastball and slider. His velocity jumped into the mid-90s at 2020 instructional and he showed improved action on his changeup, leading teams to target him in trades. Though Wincowski went unpicked in the Rule 5 draft, the Mets acquired him in the deal for Steven Matz prior to the 2021 season and the Red Sox acquired him two weeks later in the three-team that sent Andrew Benintendi to the Royals.

    Scouting Report: Winckowski attacks the strike zone with a well-rounded repertoire. His above-average four-seam fastball sits 94-96 mph at times and gets swings and misses in the strike zone. He sometimes works below that velocity but is still effective when he does. He also uses a two-seam fastball in the low-90s to create different movement profiles and keep batters guessing. Winckowski's average slider and changeup both come in firm in the mid-80s and feature enough movement to spread the zone to both his arm and glove sides. He'll reshape the slider into a cutter to vary looks. Winckowski throws all his pitches for strikes with above-average control and is extremely efficient, allowing him to work deep into starts despite the lack of an overpowering, putaway pitch.

    The Future: Winckowski is a lock to be added to the 40-man roster this offseason and is likely to make his big league debut in 2022. He may break in as a reliever but has the potential to be a solid No. 4 or 5 starter.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 55. Slider: 50. Changeup: 50. Control: 55.

  12. 12. Mikey Romero | SS
    Mikey Romero
    Born: Jan 12, 2004
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 175
    Minors: .304/.368/.506 | 1 HR | 2 SB | 79 AB

    BA Grade: 55/Extreme

    August Update: Romero established himself as one of the top players his age as an underclassman at Vista Murrieta (Calif.) High and transferred to national prep power Orange (Calif.) Lutheran High for a chance at increased exposure. He got off to a slow start this spring and struggled at the National High School Invitational, but he recovered to show well at the Boras Classic and finished the season strong. Romero has a pretty, natural lefthanded swing and an advanced feel for hitting. He identifies pitches well and frequently gets the barrel to the ball to make consistent contact, including against high-end velocity and quality breaking stuff. Though Romero makes lots of contact, it's often soft contact. He has a slender build and lacks the strength to do damage even when he squares balls up. He needs to make substantial strength gains to reach his potential as an above-average hitter with below-average power, with opinions sharply divided on whether he will be able to. Romero is an instinctive defender at shortstop with sure hands and a quick transfer, but his range is limited by his fringe-average speed and his fringy arm strength makes it difficult for him to make throws moving to his right. He is likely to move to second base or play a utility role. Romero is a mature, mentally tough individual who performed in high-pressure situations while his father battled advanced stage cancer. He also has athletic bloodlines: his older sisters Sierra and Sydney were two of the best college softball players of their generation at Michigan and Oklahoma, respectively. He signed with the Red Sox for $2,300,000 after being slected with the 24th overall pick in draft.

  13. 13. 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.
    Minors: .282/.338/.492 | 18 HR | 20 SB | 478 AB

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Track Record: The Red Sox drafted Lugo in 2019 and signed him for $1.1 million with the hope that he could develop as a solid defensive middle infielder—likely a second baseman—with above-average pop. Early in his pro career, his defense advanced ahead of expectations while his bat came around slowly. But after a rusty beginning to the 2021 season, Lugo closed his first full season of pro ball with a .303/.383/.429 line in his final 61 games in Low-A Salem.

    Scouting Report: Lugo lets the ball travel and has a direct-to-the-ball swing that represents both a strength and limitation. On one hand, at a young age, he shows good pitch recognition that allows him to draw walks and limits his strikeouts. On the other hand, the approach results in a lot of ground balls and hinders his ability to take advantage of his considerable strength. Even so, his ability to hit for average and get on base down the stretch in 2021 suggested a player who is making gains, with the possibility that power (beyond the four homers and 28 extra-base hits he had in 105 games) will follow. Defensively, Lugo showed fluidity and good arm strength at shortstop that provides hope that he can remain an option at the position, though he has yet to develop the diversity of arm slots that characterizes most who excel at the position. The nephew of Carlos Beltran, Lugo is considered very mature in his work ethic and habits.

    The Future: Given the relatively limited game exposure Lugo received in Puerto Rico, he may follow a level-to-level progression, with an assignment to High-A Greenville for much or all of 2022 likely. If he develops 15-18 home run power, he's a potential everyday middle infielder.

  14. 14. Wilkelman Gonzalez | RHP
    Wilkelman Gonzalez
    Born: Mar 25, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 167
    Signed By: Wilder Lobo/Rollie Pino
    Minors: 4-3 | 4.21 ERA | 121 SO | 54 BB | 99 IP

    BA Grade: 55/Extreme

    Track Record: When the Sox scouted Gonzalez in Venezuela, they saw a slender pitcher with a mid-80s fastball, feel for a changeup, the ability to spin a curveball and plenty of projection as he filled out. After a respectable DSL debut in 2019, he used the shutdown to build strength and impressed in instructs in 2020 when he sat in the low 90s and topped out at 95. In 2021, he had a strong showing in the States, forging a 2.91 ERA with a 30.6% strikeout rate and 7.4% walk rate while logging 52.2 innings in the Florida Complex League and with Low-A Salem.

    Scouting Report: Gonzalez features an easy, compact delivery that makes his fastball—which averages 93-94 mph and tops out at 97—appear to jump on hitters. He repeats his mechanics well and attacks the strike zone with his three-pitch mix. His changeup is currently his best secondary pitch and has plus potential, while his curveball remains inconsistent but flashes depth and sweep to give it above-average projection.

    The Future: Gonzalez shows the potential for three above-average or better pitches, giving him mid-rotation potential if he can remain healthy and build upon his considerable development of the last two years.

  15. 15. Cutter Coffey | SS
    Cutter Coffey
    Born: May 21, 2004
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 190
    Minors: .125/.300/.156 | 0 HR | 1 SB | 32 AB

    BA Grade: 55/Extreme

    August Update: Coffey teamed with Stockdale's Austin Charles to give Bakersfield, Calif., two of the best two-way players in this year's draft class. Coffey initially projected better as a pitcher, but he made significant improvements as a hitter this spring to make it viable for him to be drafted as a position player. Coffey is an excellent athlete who impresses on the mound, in the field and in the batter's box. As a pitcher, he has a quick arm that generates 90-94 mph fastballs with sink and 81-83 mph sliders with late tilt that flash plus. He consistently throws strikes out of a repeatable, efficient delivery and has above-average control. Coffey has the natural actions for shortstop and a good internal clock. He has plenty of arm strength for the position and demonstrates an advanced feel for manipulating his arm stroke. His lateral range is a tick below-average, but he has a chance to stay at shortstop and projects to be an impact defender at either second or third base if he has to move. Coffey has average raw power to his pull side and began making more contact this spring to tap into it, but whether he'll make enough contact remains an open question. At times he flashes the bat speed, strength and ability to make adjustments to project to be an above-average hitter, while at others he takes long, jagged swings that lack timing and balance and invite questions about whether he will be even a below-average hitter. Coffey's talents have him in top-three rounds consideration for most clubs regardless of whether they view him as a pitcher or position player. He signed with the Red Sox for $1,847,500 after being selected with the 41st overall pick.

  16. 16. Enmanuel Valdez | 2B
    Enmanuel Valdez
    Born: Dec 28, 1998
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'9" Wt.: 171
    Minors: .296/.376/.542 | 28 HR | 8 SB | 500 AB

    BA Grade: 45/High

    August Update: Acquired from the Astros in the Christian Vazquez trade, Valdez has been one of the most productive hitters in the minor leagues this season. He's a bat-first infielder with a good combination of power and contact but major defensive questions. He's almost a major league ready hitter who needs to be added to the 40-man roster this winter.

    Track Record: Signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2015, Valdez has taken a few years to develop, first debuting in the Dominican Summer League in 2016. He spent the 2021 season split between High-A Asheville and Double-A Corpus Christi, taking full advantage of the generous hitting environments while posting the best power numbers of his career. Valdez returned to Corpus Christi to begin 2022.

    Scouting Report: Over the last two seasons, Valdez has progressed from an aggressive contact hitter with bat speed-driven raw power to a complete hitter at the plate. He now makes contact at an above-average rate, rarely expands the zone and shows exit velocity data that would rank above-average in the major leagues. He's a tough out that grinds out at-bats, can hit for contact and punish mistakes. While he's progressed into a legitimate offensive prospect there are questions around his long-term defensive home. He logged time at second and third base as a professional but is likely to land at second base long term, where there will be added pressure on his bat to produce.

    The Future: Valdez has a bat-first second base profile with a lot of offensive skills to believe in. Valdez will need to hold up his advanced level of performance over the next year to earn a shot at a full-time role at the major league level.

  17. 17. Elmer Rodriguez-Cruz | RHP
    Elmer Rodriguez-Cruz
    Born: Aug 18, 2003
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 160
    Minors: 0-3 | 1.88 ERA | 42 SO | 15 BB | 39 IP

    BA Grade: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: Rodriguez-Cruz was drafted by Boston in the fourth round of the 2021 draft out of Leadership Christian Academy in Puerto Rico. A projectable righthander who was just 17 years old at the 2021 draft, the Red Sox held Rodriguez-Cruz back last summer. He eventually debuted this spring in the Florida Complex League.

    Scouting Report: After sitting 88-91 mph as an amateur Rodriguez-Cruz has been sitting 92-93 mph and up to 95-96 mph this spring. His fastball features only moderate hop with spin rates in the 2,000-2,100 rpm range, but does have average vertical ride with above-average arm-side run giving it some life at the plate. His high-70s-to-low-80s curveball is his bread-and-butter secondary, with 11-5 shape with solid depth. He mixes in a mid-80s cutter-slider hybrid pitch, and shows feel for a firmer high-80s changeup. In games Rodriguez-Cruz has shown the ability to throw strikes, generate whiffs and weak groundball contact.

    The Future: Rodriguez-Cruz is still very much a work in progress but he has the upside of a mid-rotation starter or quality bullpen anchor. It's a matter of improving his overall pitch quality and power without sacrificing Rodriguez-Cruz's inherent pitcher traits.

  18. 18. Eddinson Paulino | SS
    Eddinson Paulino
    Born: Jul 2, 2002
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 155
    Signed By: Esau Medina/Eddie Romero
    Minors: .266/.359/.469 | 13 HR | 27 SB | 463 AB

    BA Grade: 50/Extreme

    Midseason Update: The 2018 international signee has put a difficult April behind him and has shown strong on-base skills and game power over the last two-plus months. He's split time between the infield and outfield providing the positional versatility that the Red Sox have started to covet under Chaim Bloom.

    Track Record: Signed for just over $200,000 on the day he turned 16, Paulino has what one evaluator described as “special hand-eye coordination” that, in tandem with good swing decisions, has allowed him to excel in the DSL in 2019 and the Florida Complex League in 2021.

    Scouting Report: Though Paulino looks like someone who might be knocked over by a fastball, he consistently finds the barrel against heaters in the strike zone, resulting in hard contact. He possesses a line drive stroke best geared for singles and doubles, projecting for below-average power despite his ability to square up pitches. His 11.3% walk rate and 15.8% strikeout rate highlight both his bat-to-ball skills and his plate discipline. He shows the agility to move around the infield with the potential to be average at multiple positions and his solid speed should result in some exposure in center field as he progresses.

    The Future: After his standout performance in the FCL, Paulino should get his first taste of full-season ball in 2022. He joins the growing list of versatile, athletic, multi-positional Red Sox infielders.

  19. 19. 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).
    Minors: .197/.316/.412 | 16 HR | 18 SB | 284 AB

    BA Grade: 45/High

    Track Record: Originally drafted by the Reds in 2017, Downs was traded to the Dodgers in the deal for Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp after the 2018 season and had a standout campaign in his lone year in the Dodgers' system, leading the Red Sox to acquire him in the trade that sent Mookie Betts to Los Angeles. Downs spent all of 2020 at the Red Sox's alternate training site and made his highly-anticipated organizational debut in 2021, but he was overmatched for much of the season in Triple-A. His low point came during a shocking 52-game stretch from July through mid-September in which his approach unraveled completely and he hit .117/.207/.211.

    Scouting Report: At his best, Downs has an efficient, righthanded swing that allows him to let pitches travel deep. He drives balls hard from left-center to right-center with above-average power when he connects, but he is prone to stretches of poor pitch selection and giving away at-bats. He started pressing in 2021 and made poor swing decisions that led to both an alarming number swings and misses and an inordinate amount of weak contact. While Downs flashes the traits of an average hitter, the lack of consistency in his approach has yielded a career .248 batting average in the minors. Defensively, Downs is an average defender at second base with decent hands and an average arm and can play shortstop in a pinch. He has just average speed but is a dangerous base-stealer with his advanced reads and instincts.

    The Future: Downs will get a do-over in Triple-A in 2022. He is young enough to re-establish himself as a potential everyday middle infielder.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 45. Power: 55. Speed: 50. Fielding: 50. Arm: 50.

  20. 20. 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.
    Minors: .262/.397/.385 | 6 HR | 28 SB | 397 AB

    BA Grade: 45/High

    Track Record: The Red Sox believed that Bonaci had the potential for a well-rounded skill set when they signed him for $290,000, and that view remains intact after the switch-hitter posted a .245/.336/.383 line with 20 extra-base hits and 12 steals in as many attempts over 49 games between the Florida Complex League and Low-A Salem in 2021.

    Scouting Report: Bonaci had good feel for both sides of the ball as an amateur, and then added muscle after signing in 2018. While he lost some of his physical gains during the pandemic (something he planned to address by working out in the offseason in Florida), as an 18-year-old, he showed feel to hit and unusual plate discipline given his age. While he moved from short to second to accommodate Marcelo Mayer, Bonaci adapted well to that position and appears capable of developing at both middle-infield positions, with a chance to develop into average or better power given his feel for the barrel and approach. He runs well and shows good instincts on the bases.

    The Future: Bonaci seems likely to open 2022 back in Low-A Salem, but with a chance to move up at midseason and remain on a more aggressive development path than peers in his signing class. He has the potential to emerge as an everyday middle infielder with near-average or better tools across the board who, as a switch-hitter, may avoid platoon confinement.

  21. 21. Roman Anthony | OF
    Roman Anthony
    Born: May 13, 2004
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 200
    Minors: .306/.373/.361 | 0 HR | 1 SB | 72 AB

    BA Grade: 50/Extreme

    August Update: Hailing from the same Southern Florida powerhouse that also produced Anthony Rizzo, Jesus Luzardo and, more recently, Coby Mayo, Anthony is the latest top prospect to come out of the program and he brings a powerful lefthanded bat with him. Listed at 6-foot-3, 190 pounds, Anthony looks the part of a developing young slugger with wide shoulders and present strength that shows up in the form of massive, 400-plus foot home runs. His raw power is easily plus, and when he catches a pitch on the barrel, there are few players in the class who can send a baseball as far as he can. However, Anthony struggled with swing-and-miss issues over the showcase circuit, which raised questions about his pure hitting ability. He made more contact this spring as the three-hole hitter for one of the best high school teams in the country, and he led all hitters with seven hits at USA Baseball's National High School Invitational. A center fielder now, Anthony likely moves to a corner outfield position in the future, but he moves well underway and is a savvy and aggressive baserunner currently. He signed with the Red Sox for $2,500,000 after being selected with the 79th overall pick.

  22. 22. Wilyer Abreu | OF
    Wilyer Abreu
    Born: Jun 24, 1999
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 180
    Minors: .247/.399/.435 | 19 HR | 31 SB | 457 AB

    BA Grade: 45/High

    August Update: Acquired from the Astros in the Christian Vazquez trade, Abreu has played all over the outfield and is a surprisingly twitchy athlete. He has strong plate discipline and plus raw power but is prone to swing and miss. He's a potential fourth outfielder.

    Track Record: Signed out of Venezuela in 2017, Abreu has slowly climbed the Astros minor league ladder impressing in 2021 with improved game power, on-base ability and the defensive chops to handle centerfield. Assigned to Double-A Corpus Christi out of spring training Abreu has once again a showed a jump in game power and on-base skills at Double-A. Scouting Report: After trading contact for power coming out of the 2020 pandemic, Abreu has found a happy medium this season, showing better hat to ball skills allowing him to more consistently access his power in game. He's an extremely patient hitter with a discerning eye at the plate, leading to high walk totals and some strikeouts due to passivity. Overall it's high level swing decisions with above-average game power. He has enough bat-to-ball skills to avoid the three-true-outcome label, but his average will fluctuate due to his flyball heavy approach. Defensively he can handle centerfield and tests highly on the Astros internal athleticism measurements. He has an unusual build as he's a bigger bodied player for centerfield, but he has the ability to hit and provide versatility in the outfield. The Future: A breakout position player over the last two seasons, Abreu has quietly proven he has value on both sides of the ball with the power and on-base ability to develop into a solid average regular at the major league level.

  23. 23. 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).
    Minors: 8-2 | 3.32 ERA | 89 SO | 19 BB | 87 IP

    BA Grade: 40/Medium

    Track Record: The Red Sox acquired Seabold and Nick Pivetta from the Phillies in August 2020 in exchange for relievers Brandon Workman and Heath Hembree, an imbalanced trade that could become more lopsided if Seabold emerges as a big league contributor. Though slowed by elbow inflammation to start the year, Seabold—true to the form he'd shown in the Phillies system—displayed a good feel for a four-pitch mix while going 4-3 with a 3.50 ERA, 22.9% strikeout rate and 8.4% walk rate in 54 Triple-A innings. He also made his big league debut (a three-inning start) in September.

    Scouting Report: At his best, Seabold features a low-90s fastball that tops out in the mid 90s, but his velocity fluctuated (perhaps a reflection of his elbow issue), as he sometimes pitched closer to 88-91 mph. His changeup has swing-and-miss action though when his velocity is down, it becomes easier to spoil or put in play. Seabold also throws a slider and added a curveball to his mix in 2021. While the changeup shows potential as an above-average offering, his strongest attributes are his feel for sequencing and the ability to command his pitches in the zone. Durability and health are concerns for the slight righthander, who has thrown just over 150 professional innings since the start of 2019.

    The Future: Seabold represents big league-ready, optionable depth for the Red Sox entering the 2022 season, with a chance to emerge at some point as a back-of-the-rotation option if healthy.

  24. 24. Tyler McDonough | SS
    Tyler McDonough
    Born: Apr 2, 1999
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 180
    Signed By: Kirk Frederiksson
    Minors: .230/.311/.357 | 9 HR | 21 SB | 457 AB

    BA Grade: 45/High

    Track Record: McDonough returned to school after getting bypassed as a draft-eligible sophomore in 2020, a decision that proved wise when he emerged as one of the more reliable bats in the 2021 draft while hitting .339/.423/.631 with 15 homers in a season where he had a 53-game on-base streak. He hit the ground running in pro ball, hitting .296/.397/.491 while splitting time between second and center in 31 games in the Florida Complex League and Low-A Salem.

    Scouting Report: McDonough showed a full array of skills both in college and pro ball, emerging as the sort of versatile, switch-hitting, multi-positional player now coveted in baseball. He shows solid bat-to-ball skills, strike zone recognition and modest pop from both sides of the plate. His average speed combined with strong instincts suggests a multi-dimensional player who can contribute in center or at second with low-teens power totals and double-digit steals—the sort of utility profile that once suggested a valuable reserve but that now fits a versatile everyday depiction.

    The Future: McDonough could open 2022 in High-A, where he'll continue his development at both second and center while potentially incorporating more positions down the road. He is perhaps the most polished player drafted by the Red Sox in 2021, and his versatility could help him find a spot in the big leagues at some point in 2023.

  25. 25. 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.
    Minors: 0-2 | 2.28 ERA | 66 SO | 19 BB | 52 IP

    BA Grade: 45/High

    August Update: Ward has returned from Tommy John surgery and is pitching for Double-A Portland. The command is not all the way back, but prior to the injury Ward was on a back-end starter trajectory.

    Track Record: The Red Sox saw untapped potential when scouting Ward as a sinker/slider swingman in college. Improved velocity and the development of a cutter in 2019—as well as work on a changeup and four-seamer—gave him a mix that contributed to one of the lowest ERAs (2.14) and highest strikeout rates (29.9%) of any pitcher to throw 100 innings. But after the shutdown of 2020, Ward made just two appearances in Double-A Portland in 2021 before blowing out his elbow in May and having Tommy John surgery in June.

    Scouting Report: In 2019, Ward worked largely at 93-96 mph with his sinker while showing a slider with plus potential. Both the cutter and slider tunneled well off his sinker. The changeup was a point of emphasis for Ward during the 2020 shutdown. He is a good athlete with a repeatable delivery that created the expectation of control gains—but, of course, the return from Tommy John could set back that anticipated progression.

    The Future: Ward seemed a candidate to fast-track after 2019, but the lost 2020 season followed by Tommy John surgery altered that trajectory completely and resulted in the Red Sox leaving him off the 40-man (and Rule 5 eligible) after the 2021 campaign. Pre-surgery, he had a No. 4 starter's ceiling with a middle-innings floor and a potential 2021 or 2022 big league debut. Now, it would represent success for him to return to the mound in games in 2022.

  26. 26. Nathan Hickey | C
    Nathan Hickey
    Born: Nov 23, 1999
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 210
    Signed By: Dante Riccardi
    Minors: .263/.415/.522 | 16 HR | 0 SB | 255 AB

    BA Grade: 45/High

    Track Record: Hickey posted a .316/.436/.539 line with nine homers in 60 games as a draft-eligible redshirt freshman in 2021. The Red Sox made a bet on his ability to continue catching, signing him to a $1 million bonus after taking him in the fifth round.

    Scouting Report: Hickey features an unusual offensive profile for a catcher. He knows both the strike zone and his strengths within it, resulting in a 15.3% walk rate in college in 2021 compared to a strikeout rate of 14.2%. He makes plenty of hard contact, especially on pitches down in the zone, with the potential for an above-average hit tool and strength to suggest untapped power potential. He's far from a sure bet to stay behind the plate, where he lacks agility and technical polish when both receiving and blocking. While he has solid arm strength, he ended his 2021 college season at third base.

    The Future: Hickey may move more deliberately than other college players with his offensive profile given the need to develop behind the plate, but he'll be given every chance to develop into a bat-first everyday catcher. If he can't stay at the position, he could fit in a corner.

  27. 27. Shane Drohan | LHP
    Shane Drohan
    Born: Jan 7, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 195
    Minors: 7-8 | 3.89 ERA | 157 SO | 51 BB | 130 IP

    BA Grade: 45/High

    Track Record: Drafted in the fifth round of the 2020 draft by Boston, Drohan had been drafted once before as a highly regarded high school prospect by the Phillies in the 23rd round of the 2017 draft. Drohan instead honored his commitment to Florida State, where he cracked the rotation in 2019, before starting all four weekends of the pandemic-shortened 2020 college season. The lefthander made 23 starts for Salem in 2021, compiling a 7-4 record with a 3.96 ERA and 86 strikeouts over 88.2 innings. Drohan did struggle with command as he walked 11.7% of batters he faced. Scouting Report: Drohan has a three-pitch mix led by a low-90s fastball that sits 89-91 mph, touching 93 mph at peak. Despite a lack of power on his four-seamer he shows the ability to backspin the pitch from a tilt that creates both ride and run. He plays his vertical break well off of his changeup, a low-80s offering with 10-plus mph of velocity separation and late bite. His curveball is his third pitch but an essential part of his arsenal, sitting 74-77 mph with two-plane break and spin rates in the 2,600-2,700 rpm range. Drohan's ability to throw any of his three pitches in any count to either handedness for a strike has led to improved success this season. Drohan has cut his walk rate and improved his strikeout rate despite the jump in level year over year. The Future: With advanced feel for his three-pitch mix and some projection remaining in his slender and athletic frame, Drohan has back-of-the-rotation upside if he can continue to fool hitters with sequencing and pitch shapes.

  28. 28. Freili Encarnacion | SS
    Freili Encarnacion
    Born: Jan 26, 2005
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 181

    BA Grade: 45/Extreme

    Track Record: Encarnacion's offensive upside stood out as an amateur in the Dominican Republic. While the Red Sox gave Dominican shortstop Fraymi de Leon slightly more money ($1.2 million), Encarnacion—signed for $1.1 million on Jan. 15, 2022—is their most exciting player from that international class.

    Scouting Report: Encarnacion's swing, approach and power all stand out for a 17-year-old. He has plus raw power, and while a lot of strongly-built players his age who can crush the ball in batting practice don't necessarily translate that juice against live pitching, Encarnacion has shown the ability to tap into that power in games. He has a sound swing and a mature, all-fields approach, with the ability drive the ball out of the park to right-center field or pull his hands inside the ball to drive the ball with impact to left field. A fringe-average runner, Encarnacion is at shortstop now but his range will probably slide him over to third base, where he has the hands and strong arm to play.

    The Future: Encarnacion has the upside to be an impact hitter, with the combination of hitting ability and power that point toward what should be a strong pro debut this year in the Dominican Summer League.

  29. 29. Luis Ravelo | SS
    Luis Ravelo
    Born: Nov 5, 2003
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 187
    Minors: .197/.303/.265 | 1 HR | 6 SB | 132 AB

    BA Grade: 45/Extreme

    Track Record: Signed by the Red Sox for $545,000 in Jan. 2021, Ravelo is a switch-hitting shortstop who debuted in the Dominican Summer League in 2021 and made his stateside debut in the Rookie-level Florida Complex League in 2022. He's an aggressive hitter with a fairly linear bat path but he shows the ability to adjust the barrel, with no split issues early in his professional career. He has bat speed and has some projection in the body to add power, but Ravelo's game is centered around his ability to hit. Ravelo has good hands and flashes instincts for the position on his better days, though like a lot of young shortstops, consistency still needs to come.

  30. 30. Niko Kavadas | 1B
    Niko Kavadas
    Born: Oct 27, 1998
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 235
    Minors: .280/.443/.547 | 26 HR | 1 SB | 393 AB

    BA Grade: 45/Extreme

    Track Record: One of the best power hitters in college baseball during his time at Notre Dame, the lefthanded-hitting first baseman clubbed 22 home runs in 2021. The Red Sox selected Kavadas in the 11th round of the 2021 draft and signed him to an over-slot bonus of $250,000. He debuted in the Florida Complex League out of the draft and saw a late-season promotion to Low-A Salem.

    Scouting Report: Assigned to Salem again out of spring training Kavadas laid to waste Low-A pitching, as he posted a 1.062 OPS over the first 59 games of the season. Kavadas has plus power with the ability to get to it in games. His extremely good swing decisions and on-base skills might be his best attributes, allowing him to toe a line of average to fringe-average contact and still maximize his power. He doesn't have high-end exit velocities, through they are well above-average. It's Kavadas' ability to take optimal attack angles to the baseball that maximizes his raw power. Defensively he's limited to first base, with a role there or at DH most likely long term.

    The Future: Kavadas is an on-base and power focused hitter with enough contact to be dangerous. He's limited defensively, meaning his bat will have to carry him.

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