Red Sox prospect watch: Yoan Moncada, Sam Travis in big slumps - Metro US

Red Sox prospect watch: Yoan Moncada, Sam Travis in big slumps

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The Red Sox have plenty of patience for their young, minor league hitters.

They have plenty of potent bats at the major league level, as one of MLB’s best offenses continues to score runs at a sufficient clip for the Sox to vie for another AL East crown.

But the future, in baseball, is never far off. So for fun, here’s a look at how the top five prospects in Boston’s farm system have done of late:

Yoan Moncada (Single-A, Salem)

Moncada, a highly-touted Cuban prospect whom many expect to be a potent infielder for the Red Sox in the not-so-distant future had been red hot during his first taste of American baseball over the first two months of the season. But lately he’s hit a snag, hitting .237 over his last 10 games. He did drive in five runs in an impressive performance on June 2.

Rafael Devers (Single-A, Salem)

The 19-year-old left-handed infielder Deversstarted his season in A-ball with a cold bat. But he’s lifted his average nearly 20 points over the last two weeks and is starting to round into form with a .297 batting average over his last 10 games.

Andrew Benintendi (Double-A, Portland)

Benintendi was the first of Salem’s talented trio of prospects called up to Double-A. And the 21-year-old outfielder has answered the call, hitting .304 since his call up. The change of scenery must have done the slugger well, as he hit just .220 in Single-A this spring.

Anderson Espinoza (Single-A, Greenville)

The 18-year-old Espinoza has had three good outings in a row in Greenville, tossing 11 shutout innings in back-to-back starts on May 25 and 30. His ERA has decreased from a high of 4.50 on April 30 to a respectable 3.70 (he is 4-4 on the year).

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.

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