Ryan Kalish, OF, Short-Season Lowell (Red Sox)
If there’s not a Ryan Kalish bandwagon already going, hop on, because I’m driving. Last year, the New Jersey prepster fell to the ninth round, as most teams saw him as a difficult sign. The Red Sox took care of that with a $600,000 bonus--around mid-second-round money--which looks like a sound investment at this point. Saturday, Kalish reeled off his fourth consecutive three-hit game, a streak in which he’s gone 12-for-15 with three doubles, a triple, and a pair of home runs, raising his season averages to .372/.476/.547 in 22 games while also stealing 18 bases. An ultra-athlete with power, speed and center-field skills, Kalish is making a very quick transition from toolsy to skillsy, giving a pitching-heavy organization that high-upside player they’ve been looking for.
YES!!! Finally a power-hitting prospect! Now if I get just get through the next couple of years with my fingers-crossed, all will be well. Most intriguing is that in addition to the impressive power numbers are the 18 stolen bases. This is the way that perennially successful major league teams have to operate to get top prospects: buy them in the late 1st, supplemental, and later rounds when they drop due to signability/money issues.
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