Red Sox Minor League first baseman Triston Casas and utility player Jack Lopez were named to the US baseball team’s 24-man roster for the Olympics on Friday.
Darren Fenster, the outfield and base running coach of the Red Sox minor league, will serve as the third base coach for Team USA.
However, Jarren Duran, who is expected to make his Major League debut at some point this season, was not on the roster for Tokyo despite helping the US qualify for the Olympics in June.
According to a Major League source, the decision not to include Duran on the team was made by the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee. The Red Sox would have been fine if he left provided they could call him if they wanted to call him. Given the visa requirement and the logistical challenges of replacing a player, the US chose not to add Duran to the roster for the same reason that the team does not include members of the 40-man roster of the MLB: Duran is de facto in the league in great depth point.
Casas is the top ranked Red Sox candidate at number 30 in the latest rankings from MLB.com. He beats .275 / .375 / .413 with four home runs with the Double A Portland Sea Dogs this season. He was drafted in the first round in 2018 by the Sox to 26th overall.
Casas knows international competition. He competed for Team USA at the 2017 U18 World Cup and was named MVP.
Lopez, who plays for the Red Sox in Triple A, will play a useful role for the team. Fenster has been training in the Red Sox’s minor league system since 2013 and has been the team’s minor league outfield and baserunning coordinator since 2019.
USA baseball is aiming for its third gold medal in the Tokyo Olympics this summer and the first since 2000. Team USA will open the Olympic baseball tournament against Israel on Friday, July 30th.
The final list includes 12 pitchers and 12 position players.
Full US baseball roster
Infielder: Nick Allen (Oakland Athletics AA), Eddy Alvarez (Miami Marlins AAA), Triston Casas (Boston Red Sox AA), Todd Frazier, Jamie Westbrook (Milwaukee Brewers AAA).
Outfield player: Tyler Austin (Yokohama DeNA Baybears), Eric Filia (Seattle Mariners AAA), Patrick Kivlehan (San Diego Padres AAA), Bubba Starling (Kansas City AAA)
usefulness: Jack Lopez (Boston Red Sox AAA)
Catcher: Tim Federowicz (Los Angeles Dodgers AAA), Mark Kolozsvary (Cincinnati Reds AA)
Jugs: Shane Baz (Tampa Bay Rays AAA), Anthony Carter (Saraperos de Saltillo), Brandon Dickson (St. Louis Cardinals AAA), Anthony Gose (Cleveland Indians AAA), Edwin Jackson, Scott Kazmir (San Francisco Giants AAA), Nick Martinez (Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks), Scott McGough (Tokyo Yakult Swallows), David Robertson, Joe Ryan (Tampa Bay Rays AAA), Ryder Ryan (Texas Rangers AAA), Simeon Woods-Richardson (Toronto Blue Jays AA).
Coaching staff: Mike Scioscia (Manager), Roly de Armas (Bullpen Coach), Darren Fenster (Third Base Coach), Dave Wallace (Pitching Coach), Jerry Weinstein (First Base Coach), Ernie Young (Hit Coach)