In this segment I thought we could look at the talent that the Sox have in the outfield. Unlike the infield, there is not too much depth in the outfield, but there is certainly enough talent to make up for the lack of man power.
The first player that I want to get to is the well-known, Rusney Castillo. I’m not going to spend too much on him as he has already been examined by many in his short time here in Boston. In his brief stint with the Sox late last year he managed to hit a very respectable stat line of .333/.400/.528. He’s currently hitting .313 in Triple-A Pawtucket, and with Victorino constantly battling injuries I would expect Rusney to get the call up very soon.
It was greatly believed that he would have started the season in Boston if he had not suffered a leg injury during spring training. My only concern with him is that he’s 27, and with a seven-year contract at $72 MM, that is a big commitment from the Sox for a guy who had never seen snow until last winter.
The next player worthy of taking note is 20 year old outfielder, Manuel Margot. Margot, who began his career with the Sox as a 17 year old, has seen time between both low and high Single-A. Through his time in high-A Salem, Margot has managed to hit .328 with 3 home runs and 21 RBI’s in 122 at bats.
Margot is never going to be a player who will hit for power, but like most young Sox outfielders his specialty is found in his legs. Through his entire minor league career he has 102 stolen bases and has been caught 34 times. He also has 47 doubles with a modest 17 triples. He is not a particularly big player, and strikes me as being similar to Jackie Bradley Jr. Obviously, he doesn’t have a fro anywhere near JBJ’s, but we’ll cut him some slack.
Margot has a lot of upside, especially on the defensive end. Now he normally plays center field, but he has had experience playing both left and right. In his minor career he has a .985 fielding percentage, with 638 putouts out of 659 chances. His speed and break off of the hit is extremely advantageous, and has allowed him to be successful on the field. Margot certainly has some potential and I feel that with time, and some maturity he could certainly be an every day player in the MLB.
The next prospect that I want to get to Carlos Asuaje. Asuaje has played both infield and outfield, but for the sake of this list we’ll classify him as an outfielder. He began his career back in 2013 with low-A Lowell, and has since moved up to double-A Portland, where his batting has struggled. Though his career has been short so far, it can be safe to assume that he will never be an everyday player for the Sox. He could, however, be a solid utility guy, similar to Brock Holt.
Since the start of last season back in 2014, he has seen action at every position except for first, catcher, and pitcher. He is solid at each position, but his forte seems to be in the outfield, left more specifically. He’ll never be a star, but he does have the capability to be a hard working utility fielder who can be plugged in anywhere that he’s needed.
Unlike the infield, the Sox outfield does not have too much depth in regards to potentially elite players. They do, however, have blue collar prospects who can step in and get the job done, which is what we Bostonians love to see.
In the final installment, I will take a look at some of the pitching prospects that the Sox have to offer, and who could potentially save this current rotation.
By Jake Cianci @JakeCianci