Boston added Whitlock via the Rule 5 Draft and he became a key part of manager Alex Cora’s bullpen with a 1.96 ERA in 46 appearances. The right-hander spoke about his departure from the Yankees and their decision not to retain him.
“I wouldn’t say I was angry, but there was a bit of disappointment. I got to thinking how good it would have been to pitch with them. But at the same time, I also understood that he was coming out of Tommy John surgery and I didn’t take it personally.”
A recent listing of FanGraphs prospects put Triston Casas in 16th place, which speaks to the huge impact it could have in 2022.
The 22-year-old is coming off a .279 hit with 14 home runs, 59 RBIs and an .878 OPS in 86 minor league games in 2021.
It is expected that in the next MLB season he can begin to add experience at the highest level.
The Colombian Jeter Down did not have a good performance in 2021 but the Red Sox continue to have full confidence in him.
Downs is coming off hitting .191 with a .272 OBP and .606 OPS with 14 home runs and 9 doubles in 99 games played. The worrying thing is that he struck out in 32.3% of his at-bats.
Boston’s high command continues to see him as a future starting player in MLB, but in 2022 he should show notable improvement. Baseball America lists him as the Red Sox’ sixth-best prospect.
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