Red Sox To Promote Triston Houses – MLB Trade Rumors

Red Sox To Promote Triston Houses - MLB Trade Rumors

The Red Sox will add a first base prospect Triston Houses to the team tomorrow, according to MassLive’s Chris Cotillo. This report was confirmed by Julian McWilliams of the Boston Globe, which adds that Bobby Dalbec will be optioned to Triple-A Worcester. Casas is not currently on the club’s 40-man roster, meaning they will have to make room for him. However, it would likely be to transfer someone to the 60 day IL, such as Tanner Houckwho was previously reported to be done for the season.

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

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

After that excellent season, he jumped to No. 19 on BA’s 2022 top prospects list and seemed like a candidate to make his major league debut this season. The Red Sox stuck with Dalbec as their first baseman to start the year and Casas was taken off the table when he suffered an ankle injury in May, returning to Worcester at the end of July. In Triple-A this year, he hit .273/.382/.481 for a wRC+ of 127, walking in 14.5% of his trips to the plate while going down with a strike just 21.5% of the time. He is currently ranked as the number 28 prospect in the league Baseball America#14 of FanGraphs and #31 of Keith Law of The Athletics.

Red Sox fans have been clamoring for this move for some time now, not only because of Casas’ strong showing, but also because of Dalbec’s struggles. After hitting 25 home runs last year and slashing .240/.298/.494 for a wRC+ of 107, he dropped this year to a .211/.282/.363 showing. That production is 22% below league average, as evidenced by his 78 wRC+. Based on those disappointing results, he and Casas will switch spots, with Dalbec going down to the minors to try to get back on track.

The Red Sox are seven games behind the Blue Jays for the final Wild Card spot in the American League with three teams in between, making it very difficult for them to make a serious playoff run during the final month of the season. Regardless, they’ll give Casas a look over the rest of the campaign to see how he fares against big leaguers in the next few weeks and hopefully head into the winter with some momentum heading into next season. Eric Hosmer was acquired by the Padres at the trade deadline but is currently on the IL. Assuming Casas performs well enough to earn himself regular playing time, the club will have to figure out how to balance having both in the team.

With just a few weeks until the offseason, it’s unlikely that Casas will reach 130 at-bats here in 2022, meaning he’ll stick to his rookie/prospect status through the winter. This is a potentially important note under the new collective bargaining agreement. Players with less than 60 days of service who appear between two preseason Top 100 lists on Baseball America, ESPN or MLB Pipeline may enter their team an additional amateur draft pick based on their early career finishes in award voting, provided their club has . them on the MLB roster for a full service year. If Casas cracks next year’s Opening Day roster and sticks around for the entire season, and he wins Rookie of the Year or places highly in MVP voting during his first two seasons, the club could pick up an extra draft pick down the line .

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