The Boston Red Sox aren’t short on infielders for their future. Brett Netzer is just the latest reason why that’s a pretty obvious statement.
Rafael Devers recently graduated from prospect status. The 20-year-old seems to be the Red Sox clear third baseman of the future. Shortstop and second base seem locked up as well. Nevertheless, it doesn’t hurt to have some fallback plans.
Third base isn’t the only position feeling good though. There are multiple players at shortstop and first base, as well as one full-time second baseman (and a few part-timers).
With Devers off the list, naturally everyone moved up one spot. This left number 30 open for the taking. It only seems right that it was filled by another infielder in Brett Netzer.
Netzer was drafted this year, but has already made a strong impression. Although he’s only appeared in 48 games, the 21-year-old is putting up big numbers.
Netzer had no problems in 22 games with the Short-A Lowell Spinners. The left-handed hitter slashed .317/.376/.390 with six doubles in 82 at-bats. He drove in 14 runs while scoring another another 11 as well.
The strong start to his professional career earned a promotion to Full-A. There, Netzer has played 26 games with the Greenville Drive. In that time, his numbers aren’t as impressive as they were in Short-A, but they’re still nothing to complain about.
Netzer is slashing .260/.327/.300 with four doubles in 100 at-bats. While most of his numbers have seen a clear dip, not everything has dropped. He’s still driven in 13 runs and scored another 15 times, picking up five steals.
Currently, Netzer is listed as a second baseman. This is good news for the Red Sox, as this is probably their least full position in the minors at the moment. Nevertheless, there’s plenty of time for the prospect to learn a new position.
Nothing that Brett Netzer does ranks out as elite. While that may be true, he’s not bad at anything either. His arm strength is the lowest graded of his tools, but at second base that’s usually not the biggest concern.
Meanwhile, Netzer is a solid contact hitter with solid speed. Both of those can create a lot of good things on the diamond.
The Red Sox have a number of prospects deserving of a spot in their top-30 list. It’s hard to find any arguments against Brett Netzer taking it for himself though.