Purple Sox’ first-round decide Kyle Teel batting .571 to begin his professional profession

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The 21-year-old is already turning heads by means of six minor league video games.

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The Purple Sox’ 2023 first-round draft choice is already having fun with success within the minor leagues, batting .571 with two groups.

Catcher Kyle Teel has spent simply three video games with Boston’s Excessive-A affiliate Greenville Drive in South Carolina, however already has amassed 9 hits in 14 at-bats.

Within the 21-year-old’s three Greenville appearances, he’s logged as many three-hit video games. Teel batted 3-for-4 in Saturday night time’s victory over the Grasshoppers whereas additionally drawing a stroll and scoring twice. He batted 3-for-5 with two runs batted in in his preliminary Drive sport. Teel then collected three RBIs, three hits, one stroll, and touched residence twice in his second Greenville begin.

The No. 14 general decide was first assigned to the Florida Complicated League Purple Sox on Aug. 3. Teel logged simply seven at-bats in Florida however batted .429 with one residence run and three complete hits. His promotion to Excessive-A got here 5 days later.

Combining Teel’s FCL Purple Sox and Drive numbers, he’s slashing .571/.640/.762 with a 1.402 OPS in six video games. He hit one residence run in Florida however has but to hit one in Greenville. Teel has struck out simply twice in 21 at-bats in comparison with drawing 4 complete walks.

Not solely has his batting impressed, however Teel’s work behind the plate has equally been eye-popping. Having thrown out two of two base-stealers in Excessive-A, he has caught 43 % of runners within the minor leagues.

Drafted out of the College of Virginia, Teel’s early stellar performances mustn’t come as a shock. The previous Cavalier possessed a .343 profession batting common throughout three seasons alongside a .433 on-base share and slugged .547. In 177 collegiate video games performed, Teel logged 236 hits, 28 being residence runs, and drove in 155 runs. With 80 extra-base hits beneath his belt in Virginia, the staff’s beginning catcher struck out 109 occasions and drew 97 walks.

Committing simply 9 errors behind the plate in faculty, Teel additionally threw out 37 % of base stealers (25-for-67).

Presently ranked the 88th-best prospect in baseball by MLB Pipeline and slotted at ninety fifth by Baseball America, Teel’s skilled profession is off to a scorching begin. Whereas his numbers will not be sustainable, he has definitely made a constructive first impression and has gotten off on the proper foot.