Despite the underwhelming and lackluster season the Boston Red Sox have struggled through, there have been some highlights. A major being 22-year-old Triston Casas, who’s made quite the impression in his first week in the big leagues of baseball. His call up to play in Boston with the Red Sox was a long time in the making, and one thing’s certain: he did not disappoint.
Since his MLB debut on September 4, Casas has homered twice. His first Fenway home run came on a shot deep to centerfield over the Green Monster – a very memorable first homer in Boston.
The first-basemen was drafted by Boston in the 1st round of the 2018 MLB draft. Even before being drafted to play baseball professionally, his resume was quite impressive. Not only has he played with Team USA in the 18U Baseball World Cup 2017, where he was the MVP and WBSC Player of the Year, he also appeared in the Olympics for the USA and was awarded a silver medal in Tokyo in 2021.
His 6’ 4,” 250-pound frame gives the left handed slugger tremendous power, which Boston has been in desperate need of. His power and control at the plate gives the Red Sox exactly what they’ve been looking for. This translates well to his time playing defense. Casas already seems comfortable at the integral position.
The Red Sox have been struggling at first base for a while now, unable to find a good fit for the position. Red Sox management went through a whole host of potential starters for first base while waiting for Casas arrival. This included Franchy Cordeiro and Bobby Dalbec sharing the everyday starts in the infield. As recently as early August, Boston traded for San Diego Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer, who also spent considerable time at the position.
It’s so far, so good for Casas with the Red Sox. The only concern is his speed given his larger size. However, it’s safe to say his future at Fenway is promising.