Triston Casas

22-Year-Old First Baseman1B
Boston Red Sox AAA
Injury Ankle
2022 Fantasy Outlook
Casas was quite busy last season, hitting .279/.394/.484 with 14 home runs in 86 games across Double-A and Triple-A before hitting .372 with one home run and six doubles in 21 games in the Arizona Fall League. He also hit .385/.484/.615 while representing Team USA in the Olympics in the middle of the summer. Casas's 70-grade raw power hasn't fully translated in games just yet, with his top current skill being an extraordinary command of the strike zone for a player who will turn 22 in January. He registered a 15.8 BB% and a 19.0 K% across his three non-Olympic stops, and while he wasn't drafted by this current Red Sox regime, he is the exact kind of hitter they value and want to build around. Casas, who measures in at 6-foot-5 and 245 pounds and bats left-handed, will always be more valuable in OBP leagues than in AVG leagues, and it remains to be seen how much of his raw power he will get to at his peak. The hope is that he will eventually be a Matt Olson type of middle-of-the-order run producer. He will head back to Triple-A to start the season before getting a chance to take over the everyday duties at first base for Boston around June or July. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
$Signed a $2.55 million contract with the Red Sox in June of 2018.
Nursing ankle issue
1BBoston Red Sox  AAA
May 17, 2022
Casas exited Tuesday's game with Triple-A Worcester for precautionary reasons after tweaking his ankle, Joe McDonald of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette reports.
It doesn't appear to be a serious injury, as Casas attempted to remain in the contest before leaving with the training staff, per McDonald. The 22-year-old, who is the Red Sox's top prospect, will be re-evaluated Wednesday and should be considered day-to-day for the time being.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Public reports on Casas' time at Boston's alternate training site have led to him rocketing up prospect lists, even though we don't have tangible data to back up that ascent. He was already trending up after a breakout 2019 season at Low-A, but it sounds like he took another leap this past summer. The lefty hitting first baseman reported to camp in great shape and showed strong plate coverage and an all-fields approach against more advanced pitchers. He is power over hit, but should log high walk rates in the majors, so he is probably going to be more valuable in OBP leagues. The 6-foot-4 slugger is lauded for his makeup and work ethic, and while it is unclear if he will hit .245 or closer to .275, he seems like a safe bet to produce enough to clear the offensive bar of being a big-league first baseman. If there is a minor-league season, Casas could open the year at Double-A with an MLB ETA of early 2022.
First base prospects are a dying breed -- only a handful crack the top-100 fantasy prospect rankings. Casas is one of a select few who have a real chance to be a top-10 fantasy first baseman some day. The No. 26 overall pick in 2018, Casas was seen as a power-over-hit prospect whose swing-and-miss issues could sink him. He quieted those concerns in his full-season debut, logging a 136 wRC+, .218 ISO, 35.7 Hard%, 23.5 K% and 11.8 BB% as one of the youngest players in the Sally League. He is adept at lifting the ball (42.8 GB%) and surprisingly excelled at using the whole field (35.7 Oppo%). Casas hit just .213 with a 33.7 K% against southpaws, so it's possible he will need a platoon partner at the highest level, but he also has several years to work on improving that aspect of his hitting. He should spend most of 2020 at High-A and should reach the majors in late-2021 or early-2022.
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Needs to improve vs. LHP
1BBoston Red Sox  AAA
May 10, 2022
Chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom said the Red Sox want Casas to be at Triple-A long enough for pitchers to get a chance to adjust to him so that he can make adjustments of his own, Christopher Smith of reports. "One of the things about the game today more than at any point maybe ever, certainly at any point I've been in it, is when you get to the major leagues, there is already a book on you," Bloom said. "And you will get attacked the way you should be attacked from pitch one. So going through that period of making those adjustments is really important."
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Not considered for promotion
1BBoston Red Sox  AAA
April 29, 2022
Casas was not considered for a promotion when the Red Sox opted to call up Franchy Cordero, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.
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Invited to big-league camp
1BBoston Red Sox  AAA
March 12, 2022
Casas was invited to Boston's major-league spring training Saturday.
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Moving up to Triple-A
1BBoston Red Sox  AAA
September 20, 2021
Casas was promoted to Triple-A Worcester from Double-A Portland on Monday, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.
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Powering up
1BBoston Red Sox  AAA
September 5, 2021
Casas went 2-for-3 with two walks, two home runs and four RBI for Double-A Portland on Saturday.
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