The Boston Red Sox lost a few key pieces this past winter when Xander Bogaerts, J.D. Martinez, Nathan Eovaldi, and Michael Wacha departed via free agency.
However, they have banked heavily on the emergence of a young star at first base in prospect Triston Casas.
Casas made his MLB debut last season and is prepared to take the starting first base job from Bobby Dalbec, who was recently sent down to Triple-A Worcester.
On Tuesday, the Red Sox played their final spring training game against the Atlanta Braves, and Casas came in swinging a hot bat as he hit one out to deep center for a home run off of Charlie Morton.
Casas has also homered.
Hopefully the front office did something productive this month and announce his contract extension tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/bxkIWGZzeG
— Red Sox Stats (@redsoxstats) March 28, 2023
While the Red Sox offseason was very much a mixed bag, Casas could be an integral piece of the team in 2023.
The team let go of Eric Hosmer this past offseason, which opened the door for Casas to claim the starting first base job.
Dalbec’s struggles have been well documented, but the Red Sox are quite high on Casas.
The 23-year-old has produced quite well this spring.
His home run on Tuesday was his fourth of the spring.
Casas was selected by the Red Sox in the first round of the 2018 draft with the 26th pick.
Now, he finally has a shot to prove himself at the big-league level and help the Red Sox win some games in 2023.
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