Keith Legislation: Purple Sox’ Roman Anthony ‘is perhaps the largest breakout prospect’ in baseball

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“The Sox deserve credit score for taking what was already swing and turning it into probably the greatest within the minors.”

Roman Anthony ended his season in Double-A Portland.
Roman Anthony won’t flip 20 till Could 2024. Salem Purple Sox

The Purple Sox’ farm system has been anchored by acquainted names like Marcelo Mayer, Ceddanne Rafaela, and Miguel Bleis during the last yr.

However no Boston prospect’s inventory has risen extra over the summer time than 19-year-old outfielder Roman Anthony.

In his first full season of professional ball, Anthony superior from low-A Salem all the best way to Double-A Portland, slashing .272/.403/.466/.869 over 106 video games with 14 dwelling runs and 64 RBI.

Anthony, who gained’t flip 20 till Could 2024, will seemingly begin subsequent season with Portland and has accelerated his timeline as much as the large leagues briefly order.

The 2022 second-round choice’s fast rise has caught the eye of a number of MLB prospect evaluators, together with Keith Legislation of The Athletic.

In Legislation’s newest minor-league pocket book, the longtime baseball scribe supplied up excessive reward for Anthony and his potential as an influence bat on the subsequent stage.

“Outfielder Roman Anthony isn’t simply Boston’s breakout prospect this yr, he is perhaps the largest breakout prospect in the entire minors,” Legislation wrote on Monday. 

Legislation ranked Anthony twelfth total inside Boston’s farm system coming into the 2023 season, with many nationwide prospect rankings omitting the teenager outfielder from their high 100 lists after solely taking part in 20 complete video games within the Purple Sox group in 2022.

However after a scorching stretch with each Excessive-A Greenville and Double-A Portland, Anthony is now the Thirty fifth-ranked prospect in baseball, in accordance with 

Throughout their midseason rankings replace, Baseball Prospectus even tabbed Anthony because the No. 9 prospect in baseball, even forward of Mayer (No. 10).

Regardless of batting .228 with only one dwelling run and 18 RBI over 42 video games with Low-A Salem, Anthony’s exit velocity and bat velocity supplied up hope that his numbers on the plate have been going to rebound.

All it took was a promotion as much as Greenville to see these outcomes play out. Because the youngest participant in Excessive-A ball, Anthony batted .294 with a .412 on-base proportion, .981 OPS, 12 homers, 38 RBIs and 41 runs over 54 video games.

His spectacular play in opposition to elevated competitors prompted Boston to advertise Anthony to the Sea Canine over the ultimate weeks of Portland’s season.

In a 10-game pattern measurement, Anthony batted .343 with 4 doubles, one dwelling run and eight RBI with the Sea Canine. In his 44 plate appearances in opposition to Double-A pitching, Anthony labored eight walks and solely struck out twice.

Legislation managed to catch Anthony and the Sea Canine shortly earlier than their 2023 marketing campaign wrapped.

“The Sox deserve credit score for taking what was already swing and turning it into probably the greatest within the minors, and possibly the very best I’ve seen in particular person all yr,” Legislation wrote. “They’ve loosened Anthony up on the plate, from his setup, the place his fingers are extra free, to his precise swing, the place his lead arm stays barely bent so he doesn’t lose contact high quality or bat velocity at his follow-through.

When folks speak about fairly left-handed swings, they imply this. That wouldn’t imply a lot and not using a sturdy eye, however Anthony has already proven wonderful plate self-discipline and protection for his age, together with very low chase charges, particularly earlier than he will get to 2 strikes. I solely noticed three at-bats earlier than the rains got here, however I bought a number of swings that have been picture-perfect together with two arduous line-drive doubles to middle subject.”

With Mayer, Anthony and catcher Kyle Teel all anticipated to open the 2024 marketing campaign with Portland, the Purple Sox might not have to attend very lengthy for some blue-chip kids to start out pushing for taking part in time up within the huge leagues.