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A perfect fit between prospect and team, Kyle Teel was scooped up by the Red Sox with the 14th overall pick in last year's draft, and proceeded to dominate three levels of the minors over a small sample. Not only will Teel have a favorable home park to hit in, but he is essentially unchallenged as Boston's long-term starting catcher. The Virginia product hit .429 with one home run and zero strikeouts in three Florida Complex League games. He then hit .377 with as many walks as strikeouts (11) in 14 games at High-A and .323 with one home run and two doubles in nine games at Double-A. All told, it was a .363/.483/.495 slash line with two home runs and three steals in 26 games. He had a linedrive rate over 32 percent and an opposite-field rate over 39 percent at High-A and Double-A. Based on his small pro sample and his .407 average and .475 OBP as a junior, the lefty-hitting Teel has a chance to be near the top among all catchers in batting average and on-base percentage during his prime years. Impressive runs and RBI totals should follow, but he may be capped at around 15-20 home runs, even with steady playing time. He could debut in late 2024 or early 2025.

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  • Red Sox's Kyle Teel: Could reach majors in 2023

    Teel could make an impact at the big-league level in 2023, Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports. That seems far-fetched considering Teel -- the organization's first-round draft pick in 2023 -- played just 26 games as a professional during his first season, including nine at Double-A Portland. In the past, the Red Sox have been conservative when it comes to promoting talent, and Abraham notes newly minted chief baseball officer Craig Breslow seems to carry a similar approach. The 21-year-old Teel was impressive in his first pro season, batting .363/.483/.495, but he'll likely need to garner much more real experience and prove himself at Triple-A Worcester before reaching Boston.
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