Red Sox prospect Triston Casas launches home run amid strong rehab assignment

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Triston Casas update: Red Sox prospect begins rehab stint with a bang originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

The Boston Red Sox could use a power-hitting first baseman. Might they get some help from within?

Triston Casas currently is the second-ranked prospect in the Red Sox' farm system behind Marcelo Mayer and sits 29th on Baseball America's overall prospect rankings. At 6-foot-4, 250 pounds, the 22-year-old first baseman boasts impressive power from the left side and looked like a potential call-up candidate earlier this season.

Casas suffered a high-ankle sprain in mid-May, however, and was sidelined until last Tuesday, when he began a rehab assignment for the FCL (Florida Complex League) Red Sox.

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Apparently the time off did Casas some good, because he's tearing it up in Fort Myers.

Casas boasts a .429 batting average through four rehab games and launched his first home run since May in his third rehab game. Here's a look at Casas' stat line in Florida:

6 for 14, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, 3 BB, 2 K, .429 AVG, .529 OPB, .857 SLG, 1.387 OPS

Four of Casas' six hits have gone for extra bases, as he has three doubles in addition to his solo homer.

The real test for Casas will be how he performs in Triple-A Worcester; the Miami native hit six home runs through 36 games for the WooSox before his injury but was batting just .248 with 35 strikeouts.

If Casas can lower his strikeout rate in Triple-A, the Red Sox should seriously consider a second-half call-up, as current first basemen Bobby Dalbec (.205 batting average) and Franchy Cordero (.225 average) are both struggling mightily at the plate.

Boston is off until next Friday due to the MLB All-Star break, so Casas' progress is worth monitoring over the next few weeks.