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Red Sox promote top prospect Marcelo Mayer to High A Greenville

The outstanding play of Marcelo Mayer (shown last season at Fenway Park) made it clear he was ready to move up.John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

Red Sox top prospect Marcelo Mayer is moving up to High A Greenville.

Sox farm director Brian Abraham confirmed that the 19-year-old shortstop would be promoted from Single A Salem. Mayer, taken with the No. 4 pick in the 2021 draft, was sensational in Salem, hitting .286/.406/.504 with 9 homers and 36 extra-base hits, with a 25.3 percent strikeout rate, in 66 games.

He also was 16 for 16 in stolen base attempts — a testament to baserunning acumen rather than pure speed — while showing tremendous defensive skill at short.

Mayer has stood out all season for his advanced talent and feel for the game against older opponents, and his performance continued to improve as the season progressed, particularly once he got into the rhythm of the daily routine after being slowed by a wrist injury in April and May. Over his last 30 games, he hit .317/.478/.577, a performance that made it abundantly clear that he was ready to move on.


“These guys often tell us when they’re ready,” Abraham said in late July. “I think Marcelo is yelling at us. It’s been fun to watch, fun to see him progress and improve.”

Joining Mayer on the Salem-to-Greenville ascent is another 19-year-old member of the infield, Blaze Jordan. Jordan, a 2020 third-rounder, hit .287/.357/.446 with 8 homers and 40 extra-base hits in 95 games while posting a 16.1 percent strikeout rate. Though the corner infielder spent the majority of his time at third base in Salem, he projects as a first baseman.

Alex Speier can be reached at alex.speier@globe.com. Follow him @alexspeier.