Ryan Kalish had gotten overshadowed a bit in the prospect parade this spring.
Jose Iglesias and Casey Kelly have been the more compelling stories in camp. Iglesias defected from Cuba last summer, leaving his family behind to chase a dream while Kelly was a top football prospect and shortstop before deciding to focus on pitching. Oh, and his dad played in the big leagues.
Kalish is a nice kid from Jersey who plays the outfield and was taken in the ninth round of the draft a few years ago. It’s not exactly a movie script.
But of the trio, Kalish could well be the first who helps the Red Sox win games as he continues a steady climb.
He had a strong all-around game against Boston College tonight. It started in the second inning when Kalish sprinted to the gap in right field to take what looked like a double away from BC’s best hitter, Mickey Wiswall.
Kalish also went 1 for 2 with a walk, two runs scored and a sacrifice fly.
“Fun night,” he said shortly after coming off the field. “It’s always fun when you win. But it was good to finally get out there and play a game.”
Kalish turns 22 later this month and is coming off a good season (.271/.341/.440) at Portland. His hope is to reach Pawtucket sooner than later this year. He is playing center field now but could end up in one of the corners depending on what happens with Jacoby Ellsbury.
Josh Reddick is more advanced at the moment, but Kalish is closing ground with a nice combination of tools and intelligent play. He’s somebody to keep an eye on.