Highly touted Boston Red Sox prospect Triston Casas believes he can reach Ted Williams’ red seat in the right field of Fenway Park.
Casas blasted a 477-foot home run Tuesday off former No. 1 overall pick Mark Appel before clubbing another 410-foot shot over the Worcester Wall the following day, as he’s led the WooSox to a 7-1 start. Friday is a doubleheader after Thursday was rained out. The left-handed hitting first baseman that’s No. 2 prospect on the SoxProspects Top 60 list believes he can reach the 502-foot red seat in right field, that’s marked for Ted Williams’ homer in 1946.
“Absolutely. I can’t wait until I barrel one,” Casas said with a smile, according to Joe McDonald of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. “That was the ongoing joke (Tuesday), but I think I got all of that ball. Trackman had it a 477, but the guys were teasing me about the wind that it could’ve been 500. So, yeah, I definitely think I’ve got 500 in me one day.”
The story on the Telegram & Gazette also notes that his father, Jose, said he hit a 500-foot homer when he was an 18-year-old, though Casas understated it, saying it was with composite bats and “golf-like baseballs.”
Regardless, a great piece from Joe on Casas and his father — though it is for Telegram & Gazzette subscribers only.
But, that’s not even the furthest homer hit at Polar Park. Last year, Tate Matheny — who recently retired after spending his final season in pro ball with Triple-A Worcester — hit a 481-foot blast that triumphs Casas’ mark. Matheny likely had more eyes though on the homer that he robbed in front of Chris Sale on the mound last year, and Matheny found $500 in his locker from Sale following the game.
Nick Yorke with five-hit night, Greenville offense scorching hot
Nick Yorke had a five-hit night in the Greenville Drive’s 17-3 win Wednesday.
“I think hitting’s contagious,” Yorke said, per MLB.com. “I really do, and when you’ve got someone like Tyler McDonough and Ceddanne Rafaela hitting in front of you and they’re going in and being super aggressive, taking really good pitches and putting really good ‘A’ swings on a lot of pitches, it kind of feeds over into my at-bat and then hopefully into the guys behind me.”
Yorke is part of a High-A Greenville offense that’s exploded in the early going, and they scored 28 runs in two days this week.
Yorke mentioned hitting in front of Rafaela, who has joined Yorke in getting off to a hot start. Rafaela has hit .429/.467/.786 across six games with a pair of doubles, walks, and homers, while Yorke through five games has slashed .360/.385/.440 though he has just one double and no homers.
Notable lines; a starting pitching masterclass
Connor Seabold for Triple-A Worcester Wednesday: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K
Thomas Pannone for Triple-A Worcester Tuesday: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K
Chris Murphy for Double-A Portland Thursday: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K
Jay Groome for Double-A Portland Wednesday: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 4 K
Brayan Bello for Double-A Portland Tuesday: 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 10 K
Brandon Walter for Double-A Portland Monday: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 7 K
Wilkelman Gonzalez for Single-A Salem Thursday: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 9 K
David Hamilton (JBJ-Hunter Renfroe trade) for Double-A Portland: has stolen eight bases and has hit .421/.522/.842, while the majority of his complimentary stats (two homers, nine RBI) come largely from his first night with the team
Marcelo Mayer through six games with Single-A Salem: .440/.517/.600, 4 2B, 8 RBI, 4 BB
Alex Binelas (JBJ-Renfroe trade) across six games for High-A Greenville: .409/.533/.864, 3 HR, 1 2B, 6 BB
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