The Boston Red Sox had six prospects head to Tokyo for the Olympics. Five came home with medals.
Top Sox prospect Triston Casas led Team USA to the gold medal game vs. Japan, but they had to settle for the silver as Japan squeaked out a 2-0 victory. The Dominican Republic, which had three Red Sox representatives on the roster, earned bronze.
Here's a look at how all six Red Sox prospects fared in Tokyo.
Team USA: INF Triston Casas, UTIL Jack Lopez
Casas led Team USA with three home runs and eight RBI, but he came away dissatisfied with the final result.
“That silver medal isn’t something that’s going to be hanging up in my house, I’ll tell you that," he told The Boston Globe. "I’m not embarrassed but it’s not what I came here to do. I came here to win a gold medal.”
Still, Casas has plenty to be proud of. The 21-year-old showed off the pop Sox fans are anxiously waiting to see at the big-league level. For now, he'll return to Double-A Portland where he's hitting .271 with six homers and 30 RBI in 36 games.
Lopez isn't the slugger Casas is -- he hit .143 with zero homers and two RBI in Tokyo -- but he did have a couple of clutch moments. One came at the plate, the other came at third base with a terrific web gem to seal the Team USA victory over South Korea.
Lopez will report to Triple-A Worcester.
Dominican Republic: RHP Denyi Reyes, OF Johan Mieses, C Roldani Baldwin
Denyi Reyes made two appearances (one start) for the Dominicans, allowing two hits and two runs in 4 2/3 innings while striking out four. One of those hits was a home run given up to his Portland Sea Dogs teammate, Triston Casas.
Johan Mieses hit .188 (3-for-16) with two home runs in the tournament, including this absolute moonshot against Israel:
Mieses has 14 home runs and 31 RBI in 40 games split between Worcester and Portland this year.
Baldwin finished the tourney 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. The 25-year-old has 18 hits in 24 games at catcher for the Sea Dogs.
Mexico: UTIL Joey Meneses
Meneses was one of Mexico's hottest hitters. The 29-year-old hit .500 (6-for-12) in the tournament with one home run and a 1.333 OPS. Sea Dogs in both hits (54) and RBIs (41) through 44 games