After Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers, the prospect in the Boston Red Sox‘ organization that has the most power hitting potential might be Trey Ball — only he is a better pitcher than he is hitter. Ball was the seventh overall pick in this past MLB Amateur Draft and might have the highest upside as any pitcher in the organization; he is just too young to put higher than eight for me.
His fastball can touch 95 mph, but given he is 6-foot-6 and just 190-pounds, he has room to fill out and potentially add something to that pitch. His change has the chance to be really good and already has some late movement. He has only been throwing his curve for two years, but it might end up being better than his change.
The tall lefty has a very easy and smooth delivery that is already repeated quite well. At times he can get a little on his front foot, but that should be easily corrected.
Ball only has seven professional innings under his belt, but he will probably start the 2014 season at Greenville as he gets used to the professional pitcher’s workload. While he is probably three years away from getting any consideration for the big leagues, he does have the potential of being an ace.
It is rare for the Red Sox to pick as early as No. 7 overall and get a chance to pick up someone with as much raw talent as Ball. The Red Sox have as talented a system in the high minors as any, and with guys like Ball in the low minors the long-term outlook is bright too.