Triston Casas Worcester Red Sox First Base

       
 
Age: 21
Born: January 15, 2000
Birthplace: Pembroke Pines, FL
Height: 6-5
Weight: 250
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
   
Drafted: 1st round, 2018 by BOS
How Acquired: Draft
College: (Miami commit)
High School: American Heritage (FL)
ETA: Mid 2022

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Pronunciation: KAH-sus
First Pro Contract: June 14, 2018 (BOS)
Signing Scout: Willie Romay
Signing Bonus: $2,552,800
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2022
MLFA Eligible: November 2024
   
Pro Debut: June 22, 2018 (GCL)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut: -
Service Time (1/22): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2022): MiLB contract
   
Twitter: @mvptc37
Instagram: @tristoncasas

 
 
 
 
 
     
  Scouting Report & Links      
         
  Physical Description: Strong, imposing frame. Thick, fully developed lower half. Some remaining projection in his upper body, but strong already. Will have to work to maintain body and athleticism. Very long limbs. Has done a good job with conditioning early in his career, showing up to 2020 Alternate Training Site with a more toned physique.

Hit: Starts slightly open in a slight crouch. Quiet pre-pitch. Utilizes a leg lift timing device and gets his foot down in time. Easy load, hips really fire through. Plus bat speed; whips the bat through the zone. Smooth, fluid swing, especially given his size. Strong feel for hit for a high school draftee. Utilizes all fields. Will always have some swing-and-miss and holes in his swing. Has shown willingness to try adjustments to swing and to abandon them if they are not working. Has clear two-strike approach in which he widens his stance and chokes up on the bat. Potential to develop strong plate discipline skills in the future. Needs to continue to refine approach and pitch recognition, but has the potential to develop an above-average hit tool.

Power: Plus-plus raw power. Easy all-fields power, but power plays best to the pull side. Has the ideal combination of size, strength, and bat speed for a power hitter. Ball really jumps off his bat. Drives the ball with backspin. How power actualizes will depend on development of hit tool, but can project for at least plus in-game power at his peak and potentially more.

Run: Well below-average speed. Not a part of his game. Will likely continue to get slower as he matures. Smart baserunner, reads the game well.

Field: Confident picking out throws in the dirt. Moves well enough for first base. Potential above-average defender there. Drafted as a third baseman but footwork was choppy, lacked range, and looked awkward fielding the ball there given his size.

Arm: Plus arm. Touched the low 90s on the mound in high school. Would have been plenty of arm for third base had he stuck there.
  Career Notes: Originally an old prospect for his draft class, reclassified in 2017 and graduated high school early so that he could enter the draft a year earlier. Reportedly put up some of the highest exit velocities in the 2018 high school class. Excelled in showcase events and led Team USA in home runs and RBI on the way to winning the MVP of the U-18 Baseball World Cup. Attended the same high school as Red Sox draft picks CJ Chatham, Shaun Anderson, and Deven Marrero. Had committed to the University of Miami. Tore the UCL in his right thumb diving for a ground ball in his second game after signing and missed the rest of the 2018 regular season after surgery. For first month of 2019, tried to use a pronounced crouch in his pre-pitch setup and swing all the time, but struggled (.208/.284/.364, 35% K rate). Returned to a more natural swing, saving crouch for when he has two strikes, and improved drastically, posting great numbers for his age even despite a July slump (.267/.364/.506, 21% K rate). Was a late addition to the Alternate Training Site in 2020, where he impressed as one of the best hitters despite being one of the youngest and least experienced players there. Participated in the Fall Instructional League in 2018, 2019, and 2020, but did not play in games in 2020. Received a non-roster invitation to spring training in 2021. Played for Team USA in the 2021 Americas Olympic Qualifier and at the 2021 Olympics, where he hit three home runs and was named to the All-Olympic Team as the U.S. won the silver medal.

Summation: Potential everyday regular. Ceiling of an all-star capable of hitting for both average and significant power. Looks the part of a prototypical bat-first first baseman capable of anchoring a lineup. Projects to add some value defensively at first base. Hit tool still needs development and will have to ensure the swing-and-miss in his game does not impact his ability to tap into his power. Strong instincts and feel for the game.

 
Links
Spring Training Video of Triston Casas (3.21.19)
Spring Training Video of Triston Casas 1 (3.23.19)
Spring Training Video of Triston Casas 2 (3.23.19)
State of the System: Corner Infielders (4.22.20)
Scouting Report Update (5.13.2020)
Scouting Report Update (7.29.2020)
Video from Pawtucket (9.2.2020)
Scouting Report Update (3.8.2021)
Scouting Scratch: Breaking Down the Arizona Fall League Contingent (10.27.2021)
 
   
     
    Hitting Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
2017 American Heritage --- HS --- 17 24 74 22 33 5 1 4 18 52 15 10 2 0 0.446 0.559 0.702 1.262
  2018 American Heritage --- HS --- 18 29 78 31 30 6 6 7 35 69 27 17 5 1 0.385 0.545 0.884 1.430
  2018 GCL Red Sox GCL Rk Bos 18 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0.000 0.200 0.000 0.200
  2019 Greenville SAL A Bos 19 118 422 64 107 25 5 19 78 199 58 116 3 2 0.254 0.349 0.472 0.820
  2019 Salem Car A+ Bos 19 2 7 2 3 1 0 1 3 7 0 2 0 0 0.429 0.429 1.000 1.429
  2020 Season Cancelled --- --- Bos 20 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
  2021 Team USA OQ Int'l --- 21 4 15 3 6 2 0 0 3 8 2 2 0 0 0.400 0.471 0.533 1.004
  2021 Team USA Oly Int'l --- 21 6 23 4 5 1 0 3 8 15 3 6 0 0 0.217 0.308 0.652 0.960
  2021 Portland DNE AA Bos 21 77 275 57 78 12 2 13 52 133 49 63 6 3 0.284 0.395 0.484 0.879
  2021 Worcester TAE AAA Bos 21 9 33 6 8 3 1 1 7 16 8 8 1 0 0.242 0.381 0.485 0.866
  2021 Scottsdale AFL Fall Bos 21 19 73 17 26 6 0 1 10 35 14 18 0 1 0.356 0.472 0.479 0.951
   
     
    2022 Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
2022 TBD --- --- Bos 22     stats                            
   
     
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  Awards   SoxProspects.com Awards  
  2017 WBSC International Baseball Player of the Year
2017 USA Baseball Richard W. Case Award
2019 South Atlantic League All-Star
2019 South Atlantic League Season-End All-Star
2019 Red Sox Minor League Offensive Player of the Year
2020 Olympics Silver Medal
2020 Olympics All-Olympic Team
Double-A Northeast League Player of the Week (Aug. 30 - Sep. 5, 2021)
Double-A Northeast League Player of the Month (Sept. 2021)
2021 Arizona Fall League All-Star
  2019 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star
SoxProspects.com Player of the Month (May 2019)
SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (August 19-25, 2019)
2019 SoxProspects.com All-Star
2019 SoxProspects.com Offensive Player of the Year
2020 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star
2021 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star
SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (May 11-16, 2021)
SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (August 30-September 5, 2021)
2021 SoxProspects.com All-Star
 
   

   
     
     
     
 
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