Boston Red Sox select corner infielder Tristan Casas with the 26th overall pick
Feature image: MINNEAPOLIS, MN- AUGUST 27: Triston Casas #26 of the USA Baseball 18U National Team bats against Iowa Western CC on August 27, 2017 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Getty Images)
With the 26th pick in the first round, the Boston Red Sox selected third basemen/first basemen Tristan Casas from American Heritage HS. He stands at an imposing 6’4″ and 240 pounds with big power and high exit velocities.
Here is a quick video from MLB.com regarding the newest addition to the Red Sox.
Also, here’s Fangraphs’ writeup on him in their MLB Draft Rankings for 2018.
Another player who’s performed well this summer with batting-practice shows and big exit velos, Casas has been a standout for a while and may have 80 raw power. He’s also likely a first baseman, so any contact concerns have a bigger impact on his stock
Scouts rave about the 18-year-old’s raw power, seeing him profile better as a first baseman than a third basemen. He’s got some sneaky speed, too. The big concern with him is his ability to make enough contact to be a valuable player.
Only time will tell how this pick ultimately shakes out for the Red Sox, but it seems the team has snagged a big bat for their system, which is fairly devoid of that skillset.
Update (10:48 p.m.)
Casas on his scholarship commitment to Miami: ‘I like this fit. It’s going to be hard for me to turn this down.’
— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) June 5, 2018