Due to a flurry of offseason moves, the Boston Red Sox farm system took some hits. They lost Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech, and more but a solid core of prospects is trying to keep the Red Sox farm system relevant.
One of the most intriguing prospects the Red Sox have is Nick Longhi. The first baseman/corner outfielder hit .282 (.349 on-base percentange) and drove in 77 runs in Advanced-A last season. What makes Longhi so interesting isn’t the impressive number of RBI, it’s how he got them.
In 2016, Longhi hit just two home runs. While that may seem extremely low, he’s not void of power by any stretch of the imagination. The now-21-year-old had three triples and 40 doubles on the year as well.
The next logical step for Longhi would be Double-A. While he’ll still be behind Sam Travis (Triple-A), he should be ahead of Josh Ockimey (Advanced-A). Both Travis and Ockimey are first base prospects as well and could make for an interesting situation in the future for Boston.
Obviously, anyone would like to see more home run power out of their first baseman. While home runs are often a flashy if not overrated stat, the real question should be whether a player can drive in the runs. If the answer is yes, how it gets done seems somewhat irrelevant.
On the defensive end, Longhi has serviceable athleticism for first base. In the outfield, his arm is an absolute plus, but he loses any athletic edge at that position. Meanwhile, his speed is underrated. He’s not the fastest player by any means, but he tends to get categorized on the “slow” end. Anyone that’s watched Longhi leg out a triple or hit one of his many doubles will tell you that’s not true. While he’s not exactly fast, slow seems to be an exaggeration.
Double-A will be a great test for Longhi. If he plays well enough, he could definitely see Triple-A sometime this season. If he struggles, his ride to the majors will become that much harder due to the potential of Ockimey and Travis but few should count on him struggling.