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2019 Lowell Spinners Players to Watch

The best way to ensure continued success throughout an organization is by building a strong, reliable farm system stacked with future starts. While the Red Sox Farm has seen better days, there are still a few interesting prospects to watch at each level in 2019. While nobody on the Lowell Spinners will make it to the majors in 2019, these players could develop into the next wave of Red Sox

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2019 Players to Watch: Lowell Spinners

Antoni Flores

Michael Chavis is the only Red Sox in MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 list, but that could change with the emergence of shortstop Antoni Flores. Flores has played just 15 games in his short career, but the 18-year old is already turning heads with his bat and all-around game. During his time on the field last season, Flores posted a .340/.435/.528 slash line with an accompanying 173 wRC+. While he was the beneficiary of some batted ball luck, Flores has all the tools needed to succeed at the major league level.

His age will prevent him from seeing the majors for a while, but Flores has already shown the ability to hit for power. If he can stay healthy and continue his development, Flores could finish 2018 as the top prospect in the Red Sox’ system.

Nick Decker

The Red Sox farm had horrific injury woes in 2018, and Nick Decker couldn’t escape the injury bug. The outfielder played just two games with the Red Sox before suffering a season-ending wrist injury. Still, despite the lack of service time, Decker remains one of the top prospects in the system.

Back in high school, Decker demonstrated the ability to hit to all portions of the field while boasting adequate range and arm on the field. While he probably won’t last in center field, Decker has encouraging traits which will hopefully develop with meaningful playing time. Of course, the only way to know how good he can be is by seeing him on the field.

Gilberto Jimenez

Gilberto Jimenez is just the 21st prospect on my top 30 list, but the 18-year old international free agent has all the tools needed to be a major league mainstay. He’s obviously a long way from reaching that ceiling, but Jimenez did a lot of good things during his first year in the system. Jimenez started switch-hitting and has the ability to send the ball to any part of the field. While he’s not a home run threat, Jimenez has elite speed which allows him to earn extra bases when on the basepaths.

Jimenez is still a raw prospect and needs time to develop in the low minors. Jimenez’ work in the outfield leaves a lot to be desired, as he relies on his elite speed to make up for a slow break on the ball. Additionally, his swing from the left side of the plate needs some work, although he could have dramatic improvements on that during the off-season.

Danny Diaz

Third baseman Danny Diaz played in just 26 games last season, but the 18-year put together some good numbers when on the field. Diaz boasts great power from the hot corner and has the ability to utilize that power to every part of the diamond. While he was a subpar fielder in 2018, the righty reportedly spent the offseason working on improving his conditioning.

If this scouting report sounds familiar to you, it’s because it’s basically the same as Rafael Devers. Diaz doesn’t possess the same massive upside as Devers, but he has a similar profile. Diaz is currently one of the many prospects stuck in the corner infield logjam, but he has the chance to establish himself as the best of the young bunch in 2019.

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