Since his debut last September 87% of Red Sox Nation knew Triston Casas ( I'm going to really need to get past my dislike of the name Triston long story.) would be the Red Sox starting first baseman come opening day 2023…. Alex Cora made it official by telling Casas on Sunday ( Ian Browne of MLB tweeted ) that he’d made the Opening Day roster. Casas had to know this, after going 18-for-50 (.360) with three dingers and five doubles in 17 grapefruit league games.
The last 13% of Red Sox nation well they were hoping for an import in the off season. Count me as one of those lonely 13%. After all, we were looking at a very short sample size of Casas big league at bats. He had played just 27 games at the big league level. In those 27 games he batted just .197 belted 5 home runs and had driven in 12. granted 5 of these RBI were off his own HR total. but still Cora and the front office liked his plate discipline. He worked 19 walks and struck out just 23 times for an OBP of ( doing math in my head ) .358 and that along with his meager contract kept him in the forefront of Bloom’s vision of the 2023 Red Sox.
And here we are on the cusp of 2023. In grapefruit action he’s hit .346 hit 3 HR to go along with 5 double baggers and has 5 RBI. Casas is so firmly entrenched at first base. Bobby Dalbec has been trying to hang onto a roster spot playing short and second. Hint with Yu Chang back in the states that's not happening. Justin Turner will back up Casas at first.
So that's it my rabid readers. Get your Coppertone bottles out for autographing. Triston (ugh, still not over it) Casas and his tan have arrived.
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