Boston Red Sox Prospects: No. 27 Sergio Gomez
Sergio Gomez started his Minor League career in the Gulf Coast League at the age of just 16. He is now 20 and coming off an excellent season between Lowell and Greenville and was even named a NY-Penn League All-Star.
He is 6-foot-3 but weighs in at only 155 pounds. However, he has a fastball that can reach 94 mph. He has a solid change up but his curve was first introduced this season and could use some real work, despite the fact he has shown good control of the pitch already.
He has managed to impress at every level, but the Boston Red Sox are moving him along slowly to let his body and arsenal properly develop. This season he had nearly four times the strikeouts as he did walks and struck out more than a batter an inning. He has been the opening day starter twice in short season ball, which bodes well for his future with the organization.
He pitched well enough at Greenville this year that he could open 2014 in Salem, and if he continues to improve his he could get a taste of AA at the end of the year and an invite to big league camp in 2015.
One concern is that, despite only weighing 155 pounds, his body is not one that appears would be able handle much extra weight so it could become an issue in the future. His ceiling is probably that of a back of the rotation starter but more likely a man in the bullpen that can make a spot start at times.