Casas was promoted to Triple-A Worcester from Double-A Portland on Monday, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports. The 21-year-old has a .284/.395/.484 slash line in 329 plate appearances for Portland, and with the Double-A season wrapped up, he will continue his season with a handful of games with Worcester. Casas, who is Boston's top prospect, is unlikely to open 2022 in the majors but could make his big-league debut sometime next year if he performs well at Triple-A.
Casas went 2-for-3 with two walks, two home runs and four RBI for Double-A Portland on Saturday. Casas had been in an extended power drought since the middle of July, hitting just one homer over 20 games (66 at-bats), but the Red Sox's No. 1 prospect busted out this weekend. Including the three home runs he belted during Friday's doubleheader, Casas has five in the last two days.
Casas hasn't hit a homer since May 23, batting just .222/.311/.278 -- a .589 OPS -- across 25 games for Double-A Portland in that span. The bright side is that he's still drawing walks at a steady pace while not striking out too much. Nonetheless, Casas is certainly erasing memories of his hot start to the season, and he has just four homers in all alongside a .268/.348/.395 batting line. This skid will certainly delay the timeline for the 21-year-old, who's been compared to the likes of Joey Votto and Anthony Rizzo, but is currently struggling to get to his power in game scenarios. Dynasty-league managers would do well to stay patient with him.
Casas went 2-for-3 with a walk, two runs, a stolen base and an RBI in Double-A Portland's 9-8 win over New Hampshire on Tuesday. The 21-year-old first baseman had been inactive for Portland for the past two weeks due to obligations for Summer Olympics qualifiers, but he was back in action Tuesday. He didn't miss a beat in his return to the lineup, extending his streak of two-hit games to four thanks to his pair of singles. He's now slashing .343/.418/.557 with four home runs and 17 RBI across 79 plate appearances for the Double-A affiliate.
Casas went 4-for-6 with two home runs, six RBI and three runs scored for Double-A Portland in Wednesday's win over Hartford. Casas entered the night batting .182 with 11 strikeouts over 25 at-bats before erupting against the Yard Goats. The offensive explosion raised his average 104 points while his OPS soared to .891. "Those first few games were tough," Casas told Michael Avallone of MLB.com. "I think I was trying to do too much last week. Tonight I just shortened up my approach, didn't go out of the [strike zone] and had some success." Casas is ranked as the organization's No. 1 or 2 prospect depending on the source. He came up as a third baseman but has played only first base for the Sea Dogs in 2021.
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