The Boston Red Sox are struggling offensively over the last week and there is still one huge glaring hole in the lineup. Boston could greatly benefit from a left-handed hitting first baseman. At the trade deadline, chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom acquired a power hitting left-hander. The Red Sox will be getting Kyle Schwarber off the injured list very soon. However, Schwarber isn’t a first baseman but the Red Sox will attempt to try him out there. The Red Sox have an internal option to fill the void at first base, but right now he is in Tokyo trying to win a gold medal with Team USA. Triston Casas has been showing off his power potential for the world to see. Casas has been impressive during the Tokyo games, crushing three home runs and driving in eight RBIs.
Tokyo to Boston?
TRISTON CASAS THE AMERICAN NIGHTMARE WITH HIS THIRD BOMB FOR TEAM USA pic.twitter.com/sykOQQSqTZ
— Jared Carrabis (@Jared_Carrabis) August 4, 2021
Once the Olympics conclude, could Casas be a viable option for the 2021 Red Sox?
Manager Alex Cora wouldn’t commit to that for this season. While on WEEI’s “Ordway, Merloni & Fauria”, Cora commented on the top prospect.
“We’ve seen guys who made the jump and be successful, and we’ve seen guys who make the jump and they struggle,” said Cora. “It all depends on who you are as a hitter and where you are in your development as far as controlling the strike zone and recognizing pitches. It’s not impossible, but it’s gone both ways.”
Casas is the Red Sox top prospect within their system and will be their future first baseman for years to come. He will bring a thunderous bat to an already stout lineup in Boston. ESPN MLB Insider Kiley McDaniel says, “Casas has had 30-homer-caliber raw power since he was about 15 years old, and he’s slowly been proving it at each higher level,” McDaniel said of the big first baseman, ranking him No. 47. “There’s a good shot he’s in the Red Sox’s lineup at some point in 2022, and he may be there awhile.”
The Red Sox will more than likely not call-up Casas this season. Casas has not spent anytime hitting at the Triple-A level and will likely need the time to see elevated talent prior to coming to Boston. The 21-year-old is hitting .271 with six homers and 30 RBI in 46 games for Double-A Portland this year.
“We’ve seen what he’s done, and obviously it’s a different tournament,” Cora said. “Nothing against the teams they’re facing, but I think the quality of pitching is not the same as here, but he’s progressing. He’s done an amazing job since spring training all the way up until last night to keep getting better as a hitter. This guy is part of the future, like we’ve always said, but as of now, that’s not something we’re looking at — we haven’t talked about it.”
Red Sox top prospect, Triston Casas is all smiles as Team USA advances to the gold medal game! pic.twitter.com/PIRu5fZjIT
— Farm To Fame (@FarmToFame_) August 5, 2021
Bloom acquired Schwarber to be an option to play first base while utilizing the left-hander in the outfield and at DH. The Red Sox should not rush Casas and potentially stunt his development. because fans are unhappy with who’s playing first.
Casas is crushing the baseball in Tokyo and it’s exciting to see what he will be like as a future major-leaguer. Once he returns from the Olympics, give him time again in the system and let him mash pitching. If Casas continues to swing a hot stick at the plate, it will be impossible for Bloom and his front office to not take notice. Until then, Casas needs to return to minors and allow the Red Sox to see what they have in Schwarber at first base.
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