Last week, the Boston Red Sox promoted one of their top prospects. Josh Ockimey was sent from Advanced-A to Double-A. While he’s only appeared in a few games, he’s shown no signs of adjustment problems.
Josh Ockimey is the 10th ranked (2nd first baseman) prospect in the Red Sox organization. The left-handed hitter has the type of raw power that teams love to see from prospects. Although, he’s struggled to put together a full season without any major hiccups in the minors. This season looks to be different though.
Starting the year with the Advanced-A Salem Red Sox, Ockimey put together a nice line. He slashed .275/.388/.438 in 100 games. He hit 11 home runs to go along with 20 doubles and two triples, while stealing one base. Finally, he drove in 63 runs (career-high) and scored 56 more.
Those numbers led to a promotion to Double-A. Since joining the Portland Sea Dogs, he’s shown no signs of growing pains. In fact, Ockimey is slashing an impressive .280/.419/.600 over seven games. The 21-year-old has two doubles and two home runs, while driving in three and scoring six more.
Ockimey’s fast pick-up of Double-A pitching bodes well for the Red Sox. While they have a lot of talented players set to be in their future lineups, not many have true home run power. Ockimey is one of the few prospects that has potential to really bring those home run totals up.
Ockimey’s set for a career-year in 2017. He already has more runs (62) and RBI (66) than he’s ever posted in a single season. Meanwhile, he’s on-pace for his most doubles and triples, and is flirting with breaking his single-season home run mark as well. Finally, his entire slash line is breaking the mold.
While he’s still got time before making his Major League debut, Ockimey’s 2017 has definitely helped his stock. A strong finish to the season, and a strong 2018 could push his time up.
With the way he’s playing now, Josh Ockimey being in the Majors by the end of 2018 isn’t out of the question.