Casas will return to High-A Salem whenever the 2020 season begins, Ian Cundall of SoxProsepcts.com reports. Casas played mostly at Low-A Greenville before a two-game stint at Salem in 2019. Depending on which prospect list you're viewing, the 20-year-old is number one or two in the organization. The 6-foot-4, 252-pounder, who has grown since being drafted, is expected to make a permanent move from third to first base for the Salem Red Sox in 2020. He has plus-plus power with potential to be a middle-of-the-order bat, which should overcome concerns about him being a first base-only prospect. Casas did not have much exposure to left-handers last season -- 104 plate appearances, 33 percent strikeout rate, .733 OPS -- so that will be an area to watch in 2020. The swing-and-miss will always be part of his game, but Casas has a relatively good understanding of the zone and should get on base with regularity.
Casas was named the Offensive Player of the Year in the Red Sox minor-league system, Christopher Smith of MassLive.com reports. Casas, the team's first-round in 2018, slashed .256/.350/.480 with 20 homers, 26 doubles, five triples and 81 RBI in 118 games at Low-A Greenville and two games at High-A Salem this season. He entered the organization as a third baseman but was used primarily at first base in 2019. With Rafael Devers locked in at the hot corner for the next few seasons, Casas moved across the diamond to a position of need within the organization.
Casas went 4-for-5 with a home run, double and four RBI on Monday in Low-A Greenville's 9-2 win over Kannapolis. The four-hit performance was the first of Casas' career since he was selected in the first round of the 2018 first-year player draft. The third baseman has delivered multi-hit efforts in three of his past six starts and maintains a .275/.350/.517 line for the season.
Casas went 0-for-1 with a walk and a strikeout in Sunday's game against the Rays. Casas made his debut in a major-league game, entering in the fifth inning for first baseman Mitch Moreland. Casas was Boston's first-round pick in 2018, then suffered a season-ending thumb injury two games into his professional career. He played third base in high school, but the organization is deep at that position, so expect to see more of the 6-foot-5, 240-pound Casas being exposed to first base.
Casas (thumb) took batting practice at Boston's minor-league camp Friday, Christopher Smith of MassLive.com reports. Casas, the Red Sox's top pick in the 2018 draft, suffered a right thumb injury in his second professional game last June and underwent season-ending ulnar collateral ligament repair surgery. The gigantic third baseman -- the media guide lists the 19-year-old at 6-foot-5, 240 pounds -- is healthy once again. RotoWire ranks him fifth among Boston's prospects, but he may be the best power hitter in the system.