The month of June has not been kind to the Salem Red Sox.
Well, most of them anyway. Victor Acosta is an exception.
Entering Friday’s doubleheader with Frederick, the Sox had won just three times in 11 games this month. Acosta, though, went on a hot streak over that same span, going 12 for 29 (.414) with a homer, a double and six RBIs.
The June success raised his season average from a solid .282 to a stellar .307, which ties him for fourth place among Carolina League qualifiers. Acosta also sports a .383 on-base percentage, which ranks 10th in the circuit.
Though only 23, Acosta is in his seventh professional season. The Red Sox signed him out of Venezuela in January of 2013.
He showed immediate promise in his pro debut, hitting eight home runs during an all-star season in the Dominican Summer League. Boston named him its Latin Program Player of the Year.
Since then, however, his progress has been sluggish. He spent parts of three seasons in the New York-Penn League. Last season, he split time between Greenville and Salem, taking all-star honors in the South Atlantic League but hitting a modest .253 with no homers in 30 Carolina League games.
Initially a second baseman, Acosta has moved around the diamond a lot. He’s also played third base and all three outfield positions as a farmhand. He’s spent most of this season in left.
Given his service time, Acosta is eligible for the Rule 5 Draft in December. So not only is he playing for the Boston organization, but also for scouts of other clubs who might want his services. More months like June could pique their interest.