The Boston Pink Sox’ rookie class has earned recognition from a few of baseball’s greatest prospect evaluators.
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On Tuesday, MLB Pipeline honored baseball’s greatest newcomers by releasing their 2023 All-Rookie Groups. You received’t need to scroll too far to search out the primary Pink Sox consultant, as they selected Triston Casas as its first baseman on the primary group.
Casas struggled to begin his 2023 season, as he completed his April batting .137/.284/.301 with three dwelling runs and 6 RBIs in 24 video games. However as soon as the summer season got here, he asserted himself as one of many Pink Sox’ most vital hitters. He batted .286/.375/.476 with 11 RBIs in June and solely acquired higher in July, when he batted .348/.442/.758 with seven dwelling runs and 13 RBIs to earn AL Rookie of the Month.
He wasn’t simply the most effective hitters on the Pink Sox, although. Casas had the fourth-highest OPS of all main leaguers with a minimum of 200 plate appearances in video games performed after the All-Star break with 1.034, trailing solely MVP candidates Shohei Ohtani, Ronald Acuña Jr., and Matt Olson.
Casas will virtually actually be an in depth contender for this 12 months’s AL Rookie of the Yr race alongside Baltimore’s Gunnar Henderson and Texas’ Josh Jung, each of whom be a part of him on MLB Pipeline’s First Workforce at their respective positions.
Casas isn’t the one Pink Sox participant to be featured on one in every of these lists. MLB Pipeline positioned Masataka Yoshida as one of many three outfielders on its second group alongside St. Louis’ Jordan Walker and Minnesota’s Matt Wallner.
Yoshida appeared to have the alternative season Casas had. He had an unbelievable begin to his rookie 12 months, batting .316/.382/.492 with 10 dwelling runs and 44 RBIS earlier than the All-Star break, and his .319 batting common led the AL on the finish of July. However these numbers dropped to .254/.278/.386 within the second half of the season, and he didn’t regain his early-season magic earlier than his season was over.
Nonetheless, Yoshida completed the 12 months batting .289/.338/.783 with 15 dwelling runs and 72 RBIs. His .289 batting common ranked as the very best amongst all certified Pink Sox gamers final season, and it was the very best of any Pink Sox rookie since Dustin Pedroia in 2007.
The three outfielders who made the primary group over Yoshida had been Arizona’s Corbin Carroll, Colorado’s Nolan Jones, and James Outman of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Yoshida’s lackluster second half possible contributed to the snub, however he vowed on Instagram to work laborious within the offseason in order that he can replicate his first-half manufacturing year-round. If that occurs, followers throughout the league will look again and marvel why Yoshida was solely positioned on MLB Pipeline’s All-Rookie Second Workforce.
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