The Boston Red Sox’ ‘top prospect’ who hit a home run against Ko Young-pyo (KT Wiz) at the Tokyo Olympics will not participate in the World Baseball Classic (WBC).
Chris Cotillo of Boston’s local media ‘Mathlive.com’ reported on the 2nd (Korean time), “Boston Red Sox Triston Casas will not be participating in the 스포츠토토 WBC.”
Casas is one of Boston’s “top prospects.” Casas was nominated by Boston with the 26th overall pick in the first round of the 2018 rookie draft and stepped on the professional stage. Casas is ranked 2nd in Boston’s prospect list by the MLB Pipeline and 25th overall in the major leagues.
Casas was first called up to the major leagues last year and played in 27 games, hitting 5 homers and 12 RBIs with a batting average of .197 and .766 OPS. Casas, who debuted last year, did not have a good batting average. However, he showed potential, including 6 out of 15 hits and 19 walks. If there are no special variables, he is likely to be used as the first baseman starting this season.
Casas is a name familiar to domestic baseball fans. Casas participated as the US national team at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics and drew a two-run arch against Ko Young-pyo in the second game of Group B. Koh Young-pyo doesn’t have many home runs in the 2021 regular season, with only 9 home runs in the 2021 season and 7 in the 2022 season.
At that time, Koh Young-pyo was left with 4 runs in 4⅔ innings, such as being hit by a home run by Casas, and wrote the yoke of defeat. And Korea lost 2-4 to the United States,
Casas competed for the U.S. team at the Tokyo Olympics. However, in the case of the WBC, he can compete with the national team of his parents. According to Cotillo, Casas considered joining the WBC for Puerto Rico, not the United States, but he ultimately decided not to compete in the major leagues.