The Red Sox went looking for power in the first round of the MLB entry draft. With the 26th overall pick the Sox selected Triston Casas. The 6’4″ 238-pound third baseman from American Heritage High School (FL) is known for his raw power to all fields.
Casas was rated a top-two hitter among high school players, compiling a .387 batting average with seven home runs, and 34 runs batted in during the past year. At age 16, Casas was the youngest player on the 18-under USA national team, helping win 3 gold medals.
Casas has been training alongside fellow American Heritage alum and current MLB star Eric Hosmer during the past couple of offseasons. American Heritage coincidentally was also home to this year’s Patriots first-round pick, running back Sony Michel. For the 2018-2019 season, Casas is committed to the University of Miami.
Though he is listed as a 3rd baseman Casas projects as a first baseman in the majors mainly because of his size. Asked about whether he’d like to continue playing third at the next level Casas referenced a former Sox third baseman as an example of someone he would not try to emulate.
Red Sox first-rounder Triston Casas, who pitched and hit in high school, was asked what he'd have to do to stick at third base. Interesting answer that will likely endear him to Boston fans: pic.twitter.com/El1vW4dBvf
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) June 5, 2018
Wherever Casas plays the Red Sox naturally are hoping he has a more fruitful career than Sandoval did during his short tenure with the Sox.
Written by Garrett Bampos