With opening day slated for April seventh, the Red Sox will begin spring training on Monday. Three prospects that could crack the 2022 opening day roster. Presently, there are several prospects to keep a close watch on. In this post, we will review potential opening day surprises.
Triston Casas/First Baseman
This prospect has risen through the system. This prospect has risen through the system. Drafted in 2018, Casas stands 6’4″ and weighs 252 pounds. What makes Casas stand out is his ability to hit all fields, Only, 22 he has great length. A gifted athlete is he can impress in spring training, he will be the starting first baseman.
If the team fails to resign, Kyle Schwarber Casas does not have much competition. With the strike over, first base is an area the organization needs to address. I look for General manager Chaim Bloom to keep the payroll thin and go with the young players.
Durbin Feltman/ Righthanded Pitcher
The Red Sox bullpen needs an upgrade in 2022. One prospect who may fill that role is Durbin Feltman. Selected in the third round in 2018 by the Red Sox, Feltman had his best season in 2021.
Splitting time between Worcester and Lowell, Feltman compiled a 6-0 3.29 and 2-1 2.59 record respectively. If Feltman can stay on the pace, he will be a big help for the organization. His arsenal includes a slider, curveball, and fastball.
Jay Groome/ Lefthanded Pitcher
Jay Groome has been in the Red Sox organization since 2016. Injuries have hindered his career. Only 23 he is finally healthy and ready to take a step forward. His massive 6 6′ 262 _pound frame makes him the perfect power pitcher.
He had a successful season in 2021 while at Portland. If he can stay healthy, and regain his confidence, he is a long shot to be in the team’s starting rotation in 2022. The key variable for Groome is staying healthy. With Eduardo Rodriguez signing with Detroit, Groome could be the perfect replacement.
With the strike over, the club has several holes to fill. With the tax threshold at 230 million, the Sox stands at 206 million. They are still paying David Price’s salary. Do not expect Chaim Bloom to be generous with his payroll.