Neumann Goretti High's Josh Ockimey is making noise with the Red Sox organization

Matt Leon
July 31, 2018 - 12:07 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Josh Ockimey has emerged as one of the top prospects in the Boston Red Sox organization.

The 22-year-old first baseman is a Philadelphia native who starred at Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti Catholic High School. The left-handed hitter has spent the 2018 season with Double-A Portland, where he has really produced. In 87 games this season with the Sea Dogs, he is batting .252 and leads the team with 14 home runs and 53 RBI. 

"I really wouldn't be here without help from a lot of my coaches and a lot of experience I've been through the past couple of years," he said this past weekend when the Sea Dogs were visiting the Trenton Thunder.

Ockimey has made steady progress in the Boston system since being drafted out of Neumann Goretti in 2014 in the fifth round. He actually got his first taste of Double-A at the end of last season, and he has relished the challenge this level presents.

"Every level you go up you're seeing better pitchers," he said. "But it's funny — going from Single-A to Double-A, you're facing older guys and guys who have pitched in the Major Leagues. [You're] really getting a taste of what the Major Leagues [are like]. Really just teaching you how to sharpen your approach. I like it, I think it's a really good experience."

Ockimey added that his high school days helped set the table for his success as a pro.

"Going to Neumann Goretti taught me a mindset," he said. "You go out there and whether you're having a good day or a bad day, you're stilling doing everything you can to be able to win that game. You may be having a tough week or tough month, but still, the object is go out there and win."

The series in Trenton gave Ockimey a chance to play close to home — an opportunity he cherishes.

"I get a chance to see the family, get some of mom's home cooking. I love coming back and playing near home," he said.

Ockimey homered in Sunday's game in Trenton.

The Sea Dogs begin a home series with Erie on Tuesday night.

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