It's time to shine for OTM's No. 3 Red Sox prospect.
Ryan Kalish got hot and is now out of Portland. Kalish, 22, a left-handed outfielder, was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket after Monday's game at Hadlock Field.
Kalish was 2-for-4 with a double and three runs. He not only went 9-for-13 in the past three games, but was batting .432 over the last 10 games.
This year, Kalish batted .293 in 41 games with the Sea Dogs, with 8 home runs and 29 RBI.
Jonathan Van Every was traded this morning and OTM's own intelligent author wolf9309 said it could mean a Kalish promotion to Pawtucket. He was right. Praise the Wolf Man. Ryan Khoury will be sent to Portland.
Kalish was certainly ready for some bigger competition. The 22-year-old outfielder has a .931 OPS in 41 games at Portland (AA). His ability to get on base (.404 OBP) makes him a prototypical prospect the Red Sox love.
Perhaps the ideal situation for Kalish and the Red Sox in the future is for Kalish to replace J.D. Drew if he decides to retire soon. Or, if the Red Sox get sick of Jacoby Ellsbury, Kalish could man left field. It even works out if Mike Cameron doesn't pan out; the Sox could move Ellsbury (or he's there now, right? Who knows?) to center and Kalish slides into left.
No matter how you slice it, there seems to be a future for Kalish in the bigs for the Red Sox. The last -- and biggest step -- is now in process.