Potts' contract was purchased by the Red Sox on Friday. The headliner in the trade that sent Mitch Moreland to San Diego, Potts could have really used a traditional minor-league season to work on his approach against upper-level pitchers after struggling at Double-A in 2019 (93 wRC+, 28.6 percent strikeout rate). Even so, he just turned 22, so he wouldn't even be old for the level if he were sent back to Double-A at the start of the 2021 season. He still possesses plus right-handed pop and has a chance to handle third base.
Potts and Jeisson Rosario were traded from the Padres to the Red Sox on Sunday in exchange for Mitch Moreland, Dennis Lin of The Athletic reports. Potts was included in the Padres' 60-player pool, allowing him to be traded ahead of Monday's deadline. The 21-year-old was one of San Diego's top prospects and spent most of 2019 at the Double-A level, posting a .227/.290/.406 slash line, 16 homers and 128 strikeouts in 409 at-bats.
Potts (hamstring) was moved to minor-league camp Sunday, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Potts got off to a good start this spring, going 3-for-9 with a pair of RBI through five Cactus League games. However, he has been hobbled by a tight hamstring since late February. Potts hit .227 with 16 home runs and 59 RBI with Double-A Amarillo last season.
Potts is dealing with hamstring tightness and will likely be limited for several days, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. It's unclear exactly when or how Potts sustained the injury, but he could be shut down for several days as he recovers. The 21-year-old likely isn't in consideration for an Opening Day roster spot, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him back in action after several days as he prepares for the start of the minor-league season.
Potts went 1-for-4 with an RBI for Peoria of the Arizona Fall League on Saturday. Potts has showed well thus far in his first AFL stint, picking up a hit in each of his three games. He continues to struggle making contact, however, striking out four times in 11 at-bats after whiffing 128 times in 107 games with Double-A Amarillo this season.
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