Tomase: Casas named No. 2 prospect in Arizona Fall League in scouts poll


The accolades keep rolling in for Red Sox farmhand Triston Casas.

In a poll of scouts by the Athletic, Casas was named the No. 2 prospect in the Arizona Fall League, trailing only catcher Gabriel Moreno of the Blue Jays. One scout called him, "the best player out here."

A consensus top-50 prospect in baseball and the No. 2 player in the Red Sox farm system behind fourth overall pick Marcelo Mayer, Casas hit .372 with Scottsdale this fall, driving in 11 runs and recording a .982 OPS.

He only hit one home run, but power is not projected to be a problem for the 21-year-old, who blasted 14 homers in 86 games between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Worcester. Casas also delivered for Team USA at the Tokyo Olympics, leading the tournament in home runs (3) and RBIs (8) while helping the U.S. to silver.

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What is Casas's future?

He could arrive in Boston sometime this season, when he's likely to make Bobby Dalbec expendable. One scout who spoke to the Athletic pegs him as a six-hole hitter with 35-homer power, while another wonders if he'll be more like Travis Shaw, a second-tier regular who falls short of All-Star.

Either way, the Red Sox have to feel good about the 2018 first-rounder's development. At 6-foot-4, 252 pounds, he's blessed with the physical gifts to hit for power, and with an approach modeled on Reds All-Star Joey Votto, he shows signs of controlling the strike zone, too.


Consider his performance in Arizona -- and the respect it is garnering across the game -- another positive step in his development.