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Red Sox calling up top prospect Moncada for Friday

Kristopher Love | 01 September, 2016, 13:33

Moncada is now ranked by MLB.com as the top prospect in all of baseball, and was also ranked first in Baseball America's midseason rankings.

The Boston Red Sox could bolster their roster in the stretch run of the 2016 MLB Season.

The Boston Red Sox's All-Star center fielder has been mired in a month-long slump, batting just.176 in 27 starts since August 1.

In the bottom half, Ramirez led off with a walk, Sandy Leon bunted him to second and pinch-hitter Brock Holt singled him to third.

Signed for what could end up being a bargain $31.5 million during spring training in 2015, the Sox were so excited about adding the switch-hitting infielder to their organization that they were willing to pay another $31.5 million to the league in luxury tax, the penalty for going over their global signing limit.

Moncada, who is averaging.295 with 11 home runs in his first 44 games with the Portland Sea Dogs, appears ready to make the big leap. He opened the year with Class A Salem, where he hit.307 with four homers and 36 steals in 61 games.

The biggest mistake: Kiermaier or Beckham? Farrell said his closer was not available to get a four-out save a day after throwing 22 pitches in a non-save situation just so he could get his work in. Craig Kimbrel closed for his 24th save.

"Teams that have had success have always had an injection of young players late in the season that have helped carry the team to the postseason", Farrell said. In two starts since coming back from a right shoulder strain, Wright has allowed nine runs on 14 hits in 19 innings. John Farrell, the Red Sox manager, said Wednesday that Moncada was having trouble with balls hit directly at him. Moncada has rewarded the Red Sox for then-general manager Ben Cherington's confidence in him, growing to a massive linebacker-size while officially weighing in at 205 pounds.

Red Sox: Off Thursday, at Oakland on Friday with David Price (13-9) against Andrew Triggs (1-1).