By John ‘The Dude’ Hardiman, 985TheSportsHub.com
High school slugger and first-round pick, Triston Casas, is shipping up to Boston to sign with the Red Sox pending a physical later this week.
The slugging infielder has been on the Red Sox radar for some time now. And it just so happens that the youngster slipped to them at No. 26 in the first round of last week’s MLB Draft.
The 6-foot-4, 240-pound first/third baseman recently visited Boston for a pre-draft workout, according to Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston. Who also says that he’s expected to sign a full slot deal with the Sox worth $2,552,800, pending his physical with team doctors.
“It was a great experience going to Boston,” Casas said. “It was my first time in Boston and in Massachusetts, so I really enjoyed my time there, I really loved the city and I love the build of it and I love the way that Fenway fit right in the middle of it, just like another building. I’m really excited and I can’t be more happy with the way [the draft] turned out. I feel like the park suits my swing well, and hopefully, I get up to the big-league club soon and make an impact.”
Originally, Casas committed to play ball at the University of Miami (FL), but now the Hurricanes will be missing out on a five-star prospect following the American Heritage alum’s selection by the Sox.
The interesting thing about him is that in 30 innings on the mound, he’s never allowed a run. Impressive.
And according to MaxPreps, the two-time Under Armour All-American finished his senior season with a .385 batting average, to go along with 35 RBIs and seven home runs.
He struck out only 17 times, while walking 27 times. He also finished the year with a .545 OBP, .884 SLG, and 1.430 OPS.
From the sounds it, Casas is excited to bring his talents to Boston in the near future.
“I love the way that Fenway fit right in the middle of (the city), just like another building,” said Casas during a recent conference call. “I’m really excited and I can’t be more happy with the way (last night) turned out. I feel like the park suits my swing well and hopefully I get up to the big league club soon and make an impact.”
He just might get the call up sooner rather than later if he keeps hitting to all fields, which he says comes naturally to him.
“It was preached to me at a young age to hit the ball to all fields and try to become a complete hitter because I knew I was going to become big and strong, so at that point it was just having the ability to barrel up balls and the ball that I got a little backspin on happened to go out of the yard,” said Casas.
Casas plays both third and first base, but is open to playing anywhere. He just wants to be in the starting lineup.
“My greatest comfort in the field is probably in the lineup,” said Casas. “To me, it doesn’t matter where I play. I feel that makes me pretty valuable to a team. I’m pretty versatile, and I can play multiple positions pretty well. Whether it be third base or first base, left field, right field, catcher, shortstop, center field, to me it doesn’t matter. I love making an impact at the plate, and to me, the field is just a little bit of a bonus.”
The Red Sox have been in the market for a top-teir first and third baseman for some time now.
Sure, there’s Rafael Devers, who’s playing well for the Sox and appears to be a legit MLB third baseman. But what about down the line when it’s time to move on Mitch Moreland and others?
Can Casas be ready to make the jump to the big leagues whenever that time comes?
Time will tell, but this kid has an extremely bright future with a well run organization. So the sky’s the limit!
Oh and by the way, he’s boys with San Diego Padre, Eric Hosmer. Who also went to the American Heritage School in Plantation, Florida and has worked with him in the past.
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The Red Sox (46-22) will look to complete the three-game sweep of the Orioles (19-47) on Wednesday afternoon. First-pitch is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. at Camden Yards in Baltimore.
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