Red Sox prospect watch: Yoan Moncada, Rafael Devers swinging hot bats in minors - Metro US

Red Sox prospect watch: Yoan Moncada, Rafael Devers swinging hot bats in minors

Yoan Moncada could be on the fast track to the majors.
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The Red Sox are in good shape at baseball’s All-Star break.

They are chasing an American League East title and possibly a pennant whileriding a potent offense to what is currently the fourth best record in the AL and a Wild Card berth.

But lets talk big picture. After this season there will not be a sudden rebuild, like there was after the 2013 Sox won it all. There is a bright future ahead.

Here’s a look at how Boston’s five top prospects have performed in the first half of the season:

Yoan Moncada (Double-A, Portland)

Moncadahas been named by many publications as the top prospect in all of baseball. The Cuban talent has ascended to Double-A already after making quick work of Single-A pitching in Salem. Now with the Sea Dogs, Moncada has made his 16 games count compiling a .328 batting average. He’s in the midst of an eight-game hitting streak where his average is above .350. The second baseman has also smacked five homers in just over two weeks in Portland.

Rafael Devers (Single-A, Salem)

The 19-year-old left-handed infielder Deversis also red hot, to the tune of a .410 batting average over his last 10 games. In that span, the Dominican product boasted five multi-hit games, two of them for three and one for four. Devers is a long way from the bigs, but is showing promising signs early in his pro career.

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Andrew Benintendi (Double-A, Portland)

Benintendiis another Sox prospect who started in Salem — like Moncada — and is currently holding his own as an outfielder in Double-A. Through 47 games in the Eastern League the 22-year-old is hitting .288. And over the last two weeks he’s lifted his batting average by nearly 20 points. Benintendi can also hit for power — he has 22 extra base hits with the Sea Dogs.

Anderson Espinoza (Single-A, Greenville)

Espinoza is very blue, just 18-years-old and has had some growing pains in Single-A. He’s still listed as the Sox top pitching prospect but has a 4.18 ERA and 4-8 record over 16 starts for the Drive. There are some good stats too: he’s allowed just one homer all year and has struck out 65 batters while walking only 25.

Sam Travis (Triple-A, Pawtucket)

The 22-year-old first baseman has been on a downward spiral at the plate, seeing his average drop from .289 three weeks ago to .272, thanks to a .194 stretch in his last 10 games. He’s struck out 40 times in 47 games, but does have 29 RBI. He’s been on the disabled list since May 29.

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