The Boston Red Sox aren’t short on pitching prospects. Jason Groome is their number one overall prospect, while Tanner Houck sits at number four. Bryan Mata is 15th, while Jalen Beeks is ranked 17. Then there’s under-the-radar prospects like Dedgar Jimenez (who had a phenomenal year). It’s Hildemaro Requena who might climb the ranks faster than anyone else though.

Hildemaro Requena started the season not inside the Red Sox top-30 prospect list. There really isn’t much of a logical argument as to why that was though.

Sure, you could say Requena wasn’t the most known international signing back in 2013. You could also say he hadn’t been given that many innings to showcase his talent heading into 2017. Neither are going to convince many people once they look at his stats though.

Requena was 16 when he got his first action of Rookie Ball back in 2014. The right-handed pitcher threw 7 2/3 innings over five appearances, posting a 1.17 earned run average.

Requena spent all of 2015 in Rookie Ball too. This time though, he threw 52 2/3 innings over 16 appearances. He posted a 2.73 ERA and 1.04 walks plus hits per inning pitched (WHIP). Meanwhile, opponents hit .218 against him, and he walked 11 batters compared to 35 strikeouts.

2016 was once again spent in Rookie ball for Requena. He appeared in just 13 games, but made his first seven career starts. Requena had a 2.35 ERA and 0.97 WHIP, while opponents hit .234 against him. Most impressive though was the fact that he walked just six hitters over 65 innings (52 strikeouts).

The Red Sox finally seem to be taking the kid gloves off with how they treat Requena. He spent the entire 2017 in Full-A.

With the Greenville Drive, he appeared in 32 games (eight starts). In that time, Requena had an 11-3 record with a 1.98 ERA and 1.08 WHIP. Opponents hit .212 against him, while he struck out 84 and walked 31 over 95 1/3 innings.

The fantastic season pushed Hildemaro Requena into the Red Sox top-30 prospects (29). A fast rise through the ranks seems to be the next move for the 20-year-old.

I’m not just talking about his status on the prospect list either.

The jump not only in minor league levels but innings pitched, makes it appear that the Red Sox are ready to cut Requena loose. He’s been incredibly effective to this point in his career, and Boston should give him a chance to prove himself with more innings and higher competition.

Due to that, he could see a major upswing in usage, while getting promoted to higher minor league levels.

Hildemaro Requena could push himself further up the prospect ranks, while pushing himself higher up the minor league ranks. He’s going to do it fast too.

Hunter Noll is a Staff Writer for Outside Pitch MLB. Follow him on Twitter

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