For all the challenges the Boston Red Sox have faced this season, there have been bright spots that should excite fans in Beantown.
One of those bright spots has been 23-year-old outfield prospect Bryce Brentz.
A first-round pick in the 2010 first-year player draft, Brentz is known for his power-hitting and defensive skills.
Fresh off a tremendous 2011 minor league season (.306 batting average/30 home runs and 94 RBI), this 6’0” 190-lb Knoxville Tennessee native has been a monster force for the Double-A Portland SeaDogs in 2012.
Through 119 games, Brentz is batting .300 (133-for-443) with 17 home runs and 73 RBI. He also has 30 doubles and seven stolen base to go with an OBP/SLG/OPS of .360/.488/.848.
In the past 10 games, Brentz has obliterated stitched circles. Gaudy to say the least, this right-handed thumper has batted .432 (16-for-37) with two home runs, 11 RBI and a .447 OBP/.703 SLG/1.150 OPS.
To be objective, Brentz does struggle with plate discipline, as revealed in his 127 strikeouts this season.
Defensively, Brentz has been pretty solid. According to Baseball-Reference.com, Brentz has committed five errors in 156 chances (.968 FPCT).
That said, does Red Sox brass think Brentz has performed well enough to warrant a spot on its recently retooled big league team?
The answer to this is anyone’s guess, for Brentz is currently not listed on the BoSox roster that is set to expand to 40-players on September 1.
Regardless, for this embattled ball club that boasts a solid youth movement, boasting a budding slugger like Brentz should give Red Sox nation hope for a brighter future.
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