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RedSoxtober
06-05-2008, 03:52 PM
This thread is only for the actual draft picks. If you'd like to debate whom they should select next, then go to the 2008 MLB Draft (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showthread.php?t=228707) thread.

RedSoxtober
06-05-2008, 04:56 PM
Focus Area

Comments
Hitting Ability: The biggest concern surrounding Kelly is whether the bat will play. It looked like he had made some strides early this season.
Power: The hope is that he'll grow into power. He has the chance to be a phsyical kid.
Running Speed: Kelly is an average runner, perhaps a tick better going around turns.
Base Running: Kelly has very good instincts on the basepaths.
Arm Strength: Also a pitcher and quarterback, Kelly has plus arm strength.
Fielding: Very graceful for his size, there's nothing that says Kelly can't play shortstop at the next level.
Range: He has good range, especially for a bigger middle infielder.
Physical Description: Kelly is a big, physical shortstop who's gained 15-20 pounds since last summer.
Medical Update: He missed about a month of the football season with a staph infection, but is fine now.
Strengths: Kelly is a tremendous athlete who can do a lot of things well on the field. As the son of former big leaguer Pat Kelly, he grew up around the game, so he plays it the right way.
Weaknesses: It's all a question of whether he'll hit. If he can, he could develop into an exciting, athletic Major League shortstop.


Focus Area

Comments
Fastball: Kelly throws his fastball in the 88-92 mph range, with room for more if he were to focus on pitching.
Fastball movement: He's got good life and sink down in the zone.
Curve: Kelly can spin a very good breaking ball.
Changeup: Considering his limited experience pitching, he has shown a good feel for a change.
Control: He throws plenty of strikes.
Poise: Kelly carries himself like a pro, someone who grew up around the game.
Strengths: He has an advanced feel for pitching despite his lack of experience.
Weaknesses: The lack of experience makes it harder to project him as a pitcher. His fastball velocity is only average at this point.
Summary: One of the better athletes in the class, whoever drafts Kelly will have to lure him from being a two-sport star at the University of Tennessee, where he is a quarterback recruit. Big and athletic, he has all the tools to play shortstop. The main question is whether he'll swing the bat well enough and that could determine his Draft status as a hitter. As a pitcher, he's a bit raw, but has the makings of three outstanding pitches and could be more intriguing to scouts on the mound.

UNHRedSox
06-05-2008, 05:30 PM
Second Pick for the Sox

Bryan Price RHP Rice University

Still waiting for his scouting report

UNHRedSox
06-05-2008, 05:32 PM
Price's Stats the last two years have been horrible?

UNHRedSox
06-05-2008, 05:34 PM
Wayne Graham said -- "Bryan is a real talent in terms of stuff. If he can develop the mound-presence, he could be one of the big surprises in college baseball."

RICE 2007: Developed excellent speed on fastball over the last two months to work his way into the Owls' official postseason roster... Appeared in eight games, but five were since returning from the University's final exams period in mid May and two were at the C-USA Tournament... Made his first start of the season, and only the fourth of his college career, in the tournament's championship game against East Carolina on the road in Greenville, NC... Worked a career-long 2.0 innings and struck out two... Surrendered six earned runs on seven hits and three walks... Earned first career save with 1.2 scoreless innings against Memphis... Fired scoreless innings in relief against Cal State Fullerton, Memphis, Baylor, Tulane and UCF... Struck out the side in his season-debut against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi... Averaged better than a strikeout per inning... Did not pitch in the NCAA Tournament... 2006: Appeared in eight games with three starts in first Division I season... Starts were against eventual College World Series participant Cal. State Fullerton and St. John's (a team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament the year before)... Also saw action against NCAA Tournament-bound teams Oklahoma and TCU... Struck out 10 in total of 7.0 innings, the highest strikeouts-per inning ratio on the team... Pitched scoreless innings in relief against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and McNeese State... Played in the Texas Collegiate League (Duncanville) over the summer.

HIGH SCHOOL2005 graduate of Marble Falls High School in Marble Falls... Three-year starting pitcher and letterman for the Mustangs under coach Ronnie Scearce... Earned 4A all-state honors as a senior... Selected as the District 27-4A most valuable player in 2004 and 2005... Named the 2003 district newcomer of the year... Posted a career 15-8 record with a 1.98 ERA and 202 strikeouts... Also a one-year starter and letterman in football... Maintained a 6.2 GPA on a 6.0 scale and received academic all-district awards three years in a row.

nyyfan4life
06-05-2008, 05:41 PM
The only think I have heard about Price is that he has a good heavy fastball and is usually in the 90-95 range. We get some of the Rice games televised down here in Houston.

(If I am not supposed to post here tell me)

sabrezealot
06-05-2008, 05:59 PM
The only think I have heard about Price is that he has a good heavy fastball and is usually in the 90-95 range. We get some of the Rice games televised down here in Houston.

(If I am not supposed to post here tell me)

Why would you not be allowed to post here?

GrkGawdofWalkz
06-05-2008, 08:23 PM
When Lobstein and Sheppers is available why was this guy picked. I looked at his scouting on MLB.com it wasnt anything special.

celticfan
06-05-2008, 08:24 PM
No Ryan Flarethy

nyyfan4life
06-05-2008, 09:11 PM
Why would you not be allowed to post here?

I read the first post wrong. I thought it meant that you can only post about a player getting picked.

RedSoxtober
06-05-2008, 09:37 PM
77 Gibson, Derrik Seaford HS (DE) SS R/R 6'01" 170 1989-12-05 HS
85 Fife, Stephen U Utah RHP R/R 6'03" 210 1986-10-04 JR
108 Weiland, Kyle U Notre Dame RHP L/R 6'04" 195 1986-09-12 JR
142 Hissey, Peter Unionville HS (PA) CF L/L 6'01" 1990-01-17 HS
172 Westmoreland, Ryan Portsmouth HS (RI) CF L/R 6'02" 195 1990-04-27 HS
202 Lavarnway, Ryan Yale U C R/R 6'04" 225 1987-08-07 JR

cclipper44
06-06-2008, 01:02 AM
Since I'm from Rhode Island, I'd have to say that its very interesting to see if Westmoreland will sign. He has some pretty good stuff from the mound and is really quick. However, a full ride to Vandy would really make me think twice, what do you guys think.

p.s. I played against him, just feeling special right now! lol :D

Wake's Fastball
06-06-2008, 01:11 AM
Liked the Weiland pick a lot.

RedSoxtober
06-06-2008, 07:56 AM
Arm without a lot of mileage. Price languished for two years at the back of the Rice bullpen, but emerged in spring 2008 with a 95 mph fastball with good movement and mid 80s hard slider. Good movement, but his fastball command can be erratic at times. Projectable frame. Very smooth delivery. Likely to be a starter in the Sox organization.

RedSoxtober
06-06-2008, 07:57 AM
Thin shortstop who can add some bulk. Elite defensive player, can play second, short, or centerfield as a pro. Great range and footwork., strong and accurate arm. With the bat, Gibson's stance is a little compact, but he connects with the ball and has doubles power. Good looking swing with fast hands. Gritty, fundamental player.

RedSoxtober
06-06-2008, 07:58 AM
Good pitcher's frame. At Utah, Fife worked middle relief in 2007 and earned a rotation spot for 2008. Fastball gets up to 95 mph, but generally sits in the low 90s. Nice sink creates a lot of grounders. Also works in a mid 80s slider and a 76-89 mph curve, both have excellent potential but need refinement. Good command. Workhorse, goes deep into games, maintaining velocity. Smooth. repeatable delivery. Really came on as a draft prospect late in the 2008 season.

RedSoxtober
06-06-2008, 07:59 AM
91-95 mph fastball complemented by a plus low 80s slider. Pounds the zone, but has shown Inconsistent command. Struggled recovering from a broken collarbone sustained prior to the 2007 season. Demonstrated flashes of dominance during his freshman campaign at Notre Dame. Delivery lacks fluidity, likely not suited for a starter's role.

RedSoxtober
06-06-2008, 08:01 AM
Speedy centerfielder with nice range and solid fundamentals. Overall, a great athlete. Below average power, projects as a doubles hitter without a ton of home run power. Above average plate discipline. Gritty, smart, and competitive. Committed to Virginia to play both baseball and basketball.

RedSoxtober
06-06-2008, 08:03 AM
Athletic local product was one of the top New England high school players in 2008. Slim, athletic build with the ability to add strength. Strong arm with nice outfield range. At the plate, "Westy" has above average power potential with outstanding plate discipline. Good speed on the basepaths. Very intelligent, has a full ride to Vanderbilt. Also a great pitcher, he pitched a perfect game in April 2008, striking out 19 of 21 batters.

RedSoxtober
06-06-2008, 08:04 AM
Intelligent catcher with plus power. Makes great contact, outstanding plate discipline. Slightly closed stance. Catching skills are a bit undeveloped, but he has a soft glove with a strong arm. His release is a little slow and he's been inconstant with blocking balls in the dirt. Sturdy frame. That being said, he hasn't worn out his knees yet as he's only been a full time catcher for since 2007. Also plays OF. Team leader. Led NCAA in batting average in 2007.

Towelie
06-06-2008, 08:46 AM
well we got a catcher hopfully he will pan out.

RedSoxtober
06-06-2008, 08:53 AM
well we got a catcher hopfully he will pan out.

I think the nerd pack crunching numbers for Theo (lots of Ivy grads) has gotten a little too chummy with their Ivy friends. That's two Ivy catchers two years in a row (Farkes, Harvard). Personally I can't get excited about him.

papipapsmanny
06-06-2008, 01:55 PM
i like the last 2 picks from yesterday in westmoreland and lavarnway

Wake's Fastball
06-06-2008, 02:18 PM
Federowicz, our 7th round pick, is a very intriguing player, and probably the best catcher we're getting in this year's draft.

RedSoxtober
06-06-2008, 03:17 PM
#232: Timoty Federowicz (C, UNC)
5' 11", 200lb Junior

In the seventh round the Red Sox selected University of North Carolina catcher Timothy Federowicz with their first pick on day 2. Federowicz, a native of Apex, NC is a 3 year starter for the Tar Heels. The 5'10 213 pound catcher played in 61 games in 2008. He hit .304 for the season while hitting 4 home runs and knocking in 39 RBI. In his freshman season of 2006 he was one of the nation's top catchers when he hit 12 home runs and drove in 65 runs while hitting .320. Federowicz also pitched for the Tar Heels in both 2007 and 2008 out of the bullpen. Should Federowicz sign he will likely begin 2008 with the Lowell Spinners.

RedSoxtober
06-06-2008, 03:18 PM
#262: Michael Lee (RHP, Oklahoma City U)
6' 7", 220lbs, Junior

n the eighth round of the 2008 MLB Draft, the Red Sox tabbed Oklahoma City University RHP Michael Lee. The 6 foot 7 Lee finished the 2008 for the NAIA power by going 10-2 with 2.79 ERA with 124 strikeouts in 94 innings. His fastball reaches upwards of 95 MPH and he has a power breaking ball that he uses as his strikeout pitch. He does not yet have a 3rd pitch but with his tall lean frame he has high ceiling ability. Lee was previously drafted by the New York Yankees in the 22nd round of the 2005 MLB draft. Should the Sox sign Lee he will likely start 2008 with the Lowell Spinners.

RedSoxtober
06-06-2008, 03:19 PM
#292: Christian Vazquez (C, Puerto Rico BB Academy HS)
5' 9", 195lbs

In the ninth round the Red Sox took yet another catcher this time in Christian Vazquez out of the Puerto Rican Baseball Academy High School. The 5 foot 9 catcher has a strong build in the Molina like mold but is said to retain very good quickness behind the plate. He has strong defensive skills as well as a plus arm. His offense is not as advanced as his defense but he has the potential to flash some power and solid bat speed on occasion. Should Vazquez sign he will begin 2008 with the GCL Red Sox.

RedSoxtober
06-06-2008, 03:20 PM
#322: Peter Ruiz (RHP, Santa Barbara CC)
6' 3", 205lbs

The Boston Red Sox have selected RHP Peter Ruiz out of Santa Barbara City College. The 6'3'' 205 lbs pitcher made eighteen appearances while making nine starts on the season. Ruiz pitched 65 2/3 innings between the rotation and the bullpen going 6-6 with a 3.97 ERA while striking out 59 and walking 38. The converted position player (1B) features a low 90's fastball and a sharp 12-6 curveball. Ruiz has signed on with Oregon for this coming Fall, but if he is signed by the Sox look for him to make his debut in Lowell.

RedSoxtober
06-06-2008, 03:20 PM
6' 3"

RedSoxtober
06-06-2008, 03:21 PM
6" 0', 170lbs

RedSoxtober
06-06-2008, 03:22 PM
6' 5", 192lbs

RedSoxtober
06-06-2008, 03:23 PM
6' 1", 196lbs

RedSoxtober
06-06-2008, 03:23 PM
6' 1"

RedSoxtober
06-06-2008, 03:24 PM
#502: Mitchel Herold (LHP, UCF)
6'0", 200lbs

RedSoxtober
06-06-2008, 03:25 PM
#532: Jordan Cooper
6' 2", 190lbs

RedSoxtober
06-06-2008, 03:26 PM
#562: LHP Brian Flynn (LHP, Owasso HS)
6' 8", 230lbs

RedSoxtober
06-06-2008, 03:27 PM
#592: Brian Humphries (CF, Granite Hills HS)
6' 3", 190lbs

RedSoxtober
06-06-2008, 03:30 PM
#622: Alex Meyer (RHP, Greensburg HS)
6' 7", 205lbs

A year ago, Jarrod Parker put the Indiana high school scene firmly on the Draft map when he wnt No. 9 overall. There was some hope that Meyer would follow suit and he certainly has had some good performances this spring, but truth be told, he's not as advanced as Parker. He is, however, extremely projectable and is one of the best examples of a high risk, high reward prospect in the Draft class. He's also being advised by Scott Boras, throwing another wrinkle into the situation.

RedSoxtober
06-06-2008, 03:30 PM
#652: Jonathan Hee (2B, U Hawaii)
6' 0", 180lbs

RedSoxtober
06-06-2008, 03:31 PM
#682: Anthony DeSclafani (RHP, Colts Neck HS)
6' 1", 175lbs

RedSoxtober
06-06-2008, 03:32 PM
#712: Seth Garrison (RHP, TCU)
6' 5", 205lbs

RedSoxtober
06-06-2008, 03:34 PM
#742: Efrin Oropesa (1B, Etiwanda HS)
6' 2", 215lbs
On the scene as botha hitter and a pitcher, he does have abilities in both areas. It seemed more were leaning towards seeing him as a power-hitting corner infielder than on the mound at the next level. He's got as much raw power as just about any high school hitter, it's just a matter of him making enough consistent contact to get that power in games. He's OK at third, with some thinking he's destined to first, but it's that bat that will get him drafted.

RedSoxtober
06-06-2008, 03:35 PM
#772: Justin Parker (LHP, Jesuit HS)
6' 4", 195lbs

RedSoxtober
06-06-2008, 03:35 PM
#802: Navery Moore (RHP, Battle Ground Academy)
6' 2"

RedSoxtober
06-06-2008, 03:36 PM
#832: Colby Cervenka (LHP, Ross S Sterling HS)
6' 1", 200lbs

RedSoxtober
06-06-2008, 03:37 PM
#862: Matthew Marquis (CF, Immaculata HS)
6' 0", 190lbs

RedSoxtober
06-06-2008, 03:44 PM
#892: Jacob Rogers (3B, Dunedin HS)
6' 5", 195lbs

BeAn 5 ToWnE
06-06-2008, 10:47 PM
Great job Redsoxtober. :D I like the stockpiling of arms and catchers.

Wake's Fastball
06-06-2008, 11:45 PM
If we can sign Meyer, we might have gotten the steal of the draft... BA had him as the 25th best player in the draft pool.

Philliefan90
06-07-2008, 01:28 PM
Ive watched Peter Hissey play cause his HS played mine, he through a laser from the 380 mark to home plate on target. He has an arm like no other. He has good power I think. better then they say. they let him do bp at the end of a game with a wooden bat and he smacked homers with ease.

RedSoxtober
06-12-2008, 08:58 AM
If SoxProspects.com is accurate, the Sox have already signed Ryan Lavarnway (C, Yale). That's a bit of a surprise. With a year of collegiate eligibility left and one collegiate batting title under his belt, Lavarnway was expected to be a hard sign, many thinking he'd return to school and try to improve over his 6th round selection.

Also shown as signed:
Stephen Fife (3rd, RHP, Utah)
Mike Lee (8th, RHP, Oklahoma City Univ)
Bryan Peterson (11th, OF, HS)
Tyler Yockey (14th, CF, HS)
John Hee (21st, 2B, Hawaii)
Alex Hale (30th, RHP, Richmond)
Andrew Freza (31st, OF, Barry)
Thomas DiBenedetto (37th, SS, Trinity)

ThreeIfBaerga
06-12-2008, 10:40 AM
I've seen reports that seem to indicate Hissey is going to sign. If everything goes well with this draft, the Sox should have the best system going in a year or two.

sboyajian
06-12-2008, 11:20 AM
Good to see so many Catchers. We'll likely see tek for another 2 years and we'll need someone who can step in fulltime. Cash can handle the plate duty, but I'd like to see someone down the stretch with a bit more pop with the offense.

homie564
06-12-2008, 07:02 PM
i loved the gibson westmoreland lavarnway picks they were all guys i had looked at

quiksilver2491
06-12-2008, 08:59 PM
Too bad Alex Meyer is asking for a ridiculous amount of money, he would be a MONSTER addition to our farm. He has as much potential as Kelly or even someone like Ethan Martin. Maybe we will get lucky and be able to sign him like we did with Lars Anderson back in 2006.

ThreeIfBaerga
06-13-2008, 01:10 AM
I have a sneaking suspicion that Meyer will get signed. After the Alvarez situation and the fact that I 3 former Sox draftees were first round picks (Casto, Dykstra, Alvarez) and two guys the Sox were linked to heavily before the 05 draft (Havens, Smoak) went on to become first rounders, I think it's time for the Red Sox to start trusting their scouts, as they're obviously very good at spotting talent.

I'd rather they sign Meyer at say, $2.25 (I believe he's asking $3 but c'mon), than sign 5 guys at $500k. At this point the Red Sox need to stop stockpiling talent and start stockpiling elite talent. They've had to many studs slip through their fingers. I'll be pissed seeing Nick Tepesch and Yasmani Grandal at the top of everyones draft boards in 09 and I'll be pissed if I have to hear about how Alex Meyer will be the first pitcher off the board in '10. I'm sick of it.

Wake's Fastball
06-13-2008, 12:07 PM
The Sox are saying they'll spend 9 million on signing draft picks this year, which is a ton. I think the Sox can splurge and sign Westmoreland, Hissey and the high-end guys from the top of the draft. Later though, I think it comes down to whether they'd rather have Meyer or a package of Oropesa, Marquis, Parker and Miller.

lil'papi
06-14-2008, 10:03 AM
I have a sneaking suspicion that Meyer will get signed. After the Alvarez situation and the fact that I 3 former Sox draftees were first round picks (Casto, Dykstra, Alvarez) and two guys the Sox were linked to heavily before the 05 draft (Havens, Smoak) went on to become first rounders, I think it's time for the Red Sox to start trusting their scouts, as they're obviously very good at spotting talent.

I'd rather they sign Meyer at say, $2.25 (I believe he's asking $3 but c'mon), than sign 5 guys at $500k. At this point the Red Sox need to stop stockpiling talent and start stockpiling elite talent. They've had to many studs slip through their fingers. I'll be pissed seeing Nick Tepesch and Yasmani Grandal at the top of everyones draft boards in 09 and I'll be pissed if I have to hear about how Alex Meyer will be the first pitcher off the board in '10. I'm sick of it.

I agree, but its hard when you keep winning. Elite talent lies in the beginning more then a the end. I'd rather they keep drafting lower and take some risks, which they seem to be doing.

Lower means we are winning. We have some holes to fill in the next couple of years. As long as they keep loading up on pitching , I'm fine!

Pitching is the easiest thing to trade for bats.

I guess you can grab guys other teams can't bankroll. that's where the slippage is and they seem to grab them not worrying about it. ;)

ThreeIfBaerga
06-14-2008, 10:58 AM
That's exactly what I mean. The Sox don't get many chances to nab guys who belong in the front end of the first round, so when they get a guy who slips, they need to make the effort and sign them.

GrkGawdofWalkz
06-14-2008, 01:10 PM
They are fantastic at drafting and this would be the perfect place to take a stance and officially pay the price to have elite youth in our system. Masterson, Bowden, Buchholz, Lester is nice, but there's nothing wrong with adding Kelly, Meyer, and others to that talent. To upgrade and maintain our system as an elite lauching point. Westmoreland, Hissey, Nixon, and Meyer should all be signed as should Kelly.

ThreeIfBaerga
06-14-2008, 01:19 PM
Kelly will get signed, and will likely get his shot to play short. He said a few days after the Sox signed him that he likely won't be going to Tenn.

After that I think Westmoreland will get signed (even though he supposedly was asking $1.6-2.2mil. I think that was just a ploy to get him to slip to the Sox), as will Oropesa and some of the other top notch draftees.

GrkGawdofWalkz
06-14-2008, 05:40 PM
Weiland has signed. Our second third round pick. I liked what I saw of him.

lil'papi
06-15-2008, 08:38 AM
Theo said he believes he can sign everyone of them. They rather spend the coin here than FA market. I could not agree more.
Load up, keep loading up....

Guys go down we plug and play......new concept for me also a brilliant one. They used to just trade and sign. Now it's more sign and develope.

I love telling my uncle who is 80 yrs old who is coming up and not to worry. He didn't believe me at first now he pays attention. He asks me are we ok, I say oh yea...
Weird feeling.....used to be panic city. lol

GrkGawdofWalkz
06-15-2008, 03:05 PM
Puerto Rican draftee 9th rounder C Christian Vazquez signed today.


Outstanding defensive catcher with a strong wide frame, and great agility behind the plate. Plus arm, excellent at throwing runners out. Loves the game, play tough behind the plate. Also has spent time at 3B, showing off his athleticism. With the bat, Vazquez isn't very advanced, but he has the frame and the drive to become an adequate hitter with some power.

http://soxprospects.com/dh.htm

ThreeIfBaerga
06-15-2008, 08:23 PM
Also while I'm thinking of it, the Red Sox were escorting around their 20th round draft pick, Alex Meyer, a 6-foot-7 right-handed pitcher from Greensburg (IN) High who has committed to the University of Kentucky, around Great American Ball Park yesterday. I love how his nickname is 'Bubba.'



http://www.bostonherald.com/blogs/sports/rob_bradford/index.php/2008/06/15/its-a-fathers-day-miracle/

RedSoxtober
06-16-2008, 08:59 AM
Apparently added to the list of signees:
Kyle Weiland (3rd, RHP, Notre Dame)
Christian Vazquez (9th, C, P.R. Baseball Academy)
Lance McClain (12th, LHP, Cumberland Univ)
Mitch Herold (16th, LHP, Central Florida)
Seth Garrison (23rd, RHP, TCU)
Jeremy Kehrt (47th, RHP, Southern Indiana)
Zach Gentile (49th, 2b, Western Michigan)

GrkGawdofWalkz
06-17-2008, 10:13 AM
Sox ink 10th rounder Ruiz, Dutch IFA
According to SoxProspects.com sources, the Red Sox have signed their tenth-round pick RHP Pete Ruiz of Santa Barbara City College ... The Sox have also signed 17-year-old RHP Swen Huijer out of The Netherlands. Huijer was reportedly a bit of a commodity in the international market, with both New York teams showing interest.

http://redsoxprospects57174.yuku.com/

RedSoxtober
06-18-2008, 07:56 AM
Assistant general manager Jed Hoyer played ballpark tour guide for Sox draft choice Derrik Gibson, a shortstop from nearby Seaford High in Delaware who was the team's third pick, taken at the end of the second round.
Source: Boston Globe

GrkGawdofWalkz
06-19-2008, 11:46 PM
Source: Boston Globe

:clap::clap: Get it done Hoyer & Company.

GrkGawdofWalkz
06-21-2008, 07:04 AM
Tyler D Yockey L/L 6'01" 196 1989-10-16 16 CF 06/20/2008

Signed as of Yesterday. Via redsox.com. Yet another guy who fell who signed on. Good stuff. :clap:

GrkGawdofWalkz
06-21-2008, 07:06 AM
Tyler D Yockey L/L 6'01" 196 1989-10-16 16 CF 06/20/2008

Signed as of Yesterday. Via redsox.com. Yet another guy who fell who signed on. Good stuff. :clap:

GrkGawdofWalkz
06-29-2008, 11:54 PM
The Red Sox have agreed to terms with supplemental first round pick RHP Bryan Price (#45 overall) for a reported $849,000 bonus, essentially slot value. The pick the Red Sox used to select Price was awarded as compensation for the departure of type-B free agent RHP Eric Gagne. Price, 21, was a senior draftee out of Rice University where he recorded a 4-4 record with a 3.72 ERA in 48.1 IP over 30 games (one start), allowing 20 ER on 38 hits and striking out 54 batters and issuing 27 walks. His arsenal features a 95 MPH fastball with good movement, a mid-80s hard slider and a third-pitch sinking change. Used as a reliever by the owls, Price is expected to be developed as a starter by the Red Sox.

Credit to soxprospects.com

lil'papi
06-30-2008, 07:36 AM
Who's left to sign?

quiksilver2491
06-30-2008, 01:10 PM
Who's left to sign?

Lots of great players, 1st rounder Casey Kelly, 2nd rounder, Derrik Gibson, 4th rounder Pete Hissey, 5th rounder Ryan Westmoreland, 7th rounder Tim Federowicz, 19th rounder Brian Humphries, 20th rounder Alex Meyer, 24th rounder Ricky Oropesa, 28th rounder Matt Marquis and 33rd rounder Brandon Miller.

Of course those are just the major names.

GrkGawdofWalkz
06-30-2008, 01:30 PM
Who's left to sign?

Casey Kelly, Derrick Gibson, Peter Hissey, Ryan Westmoreland, Tim Federowicz, Alex Meyer, Matt Marquis, Ricky Oropesa, then a myriad of younger guys in the later rounds. Ooo, good call forgot Miller.

RedSoxtober
07-01-2008, 08:12 AM
Casey Kelly, the team's first-round draft choice - taken No. 30 overall - is scheduled to work out at Fenway Park today and the club plans to meet with him afterward to continue contract negotiations. Kelly, who has been offered a scholarship to play quarterback at the University of Tennessee, is being advised by former pitcher Joe Sambito
Source: Boston Globe

RedSoxtober
07-03-2008, 08:17 AM
Top draft pick Casey Kelly, who worked out at Fenway Park Tuesday and doubled off the Monster in an intrasquad game, visited during batting practice yesterday. Kelly has signed a letter of intent to play quarterback at the University of Tennessee, but he is from a baseball family - his father, Pat, is a former catcher and currently manages Cincinnati's team in the Gulf Coast League - and several big league scouts predicted he will eventually sign with the Sox. Most teams project Kelly as a pitcher, but he also played shortstop at Sarasota (Fla.) High and after a slow start hit very well at the end of the season. He expressed a preference for playing every day but said he was open to pitching. "That's part of the negotiations," he said
Source: Boston Globe

lil'papi
07-03-2008, 08:31 AM
Theo said he was sure he could get him signed. No worries.....defensive ends , linebackers hit really hard.

Theo should just tell him the Tenn. offensive line sucks.

RedSoxtober
07-09-2008, 08:30 AM
The Sox signed catcher Tim Federowicz from the University of North Carolina, a seventh-round draft pick, and assigned him to Single A Lowell. The Sox have signed 19 draft picks .
Source: Boston Globe

Top 20 picks Currently unsigned:
1 (30) Casey Kelly, SS/RHP, Sarasota HS (FL)
2 (77) Derrik Gibson, SS, Seaford HS (DE)
4 Peter Hissey, CF, Unionville HS (PA)
5 Ryan Westmoreland, CF, Portsmouth HS (RI)
13 Tyler Wilson, RHP, Armuchee HS (GA)
15 John Lally, LHP, Santa Margarita HS (CA)
17 Jordan Cooper, RHP, Shanee Heights HS (KS)
18 Brian Flynn, LHS, Owasso HS (OK)
19 Brian Humphries, CF, Granite Hills HS (CA)
20 Alex Meyer, RHP, Greensburg HS (IN)

GrkGawdofWalkz
07-15-2008, 06:44 PM
The Red Sox have reportedly come to terms with their second round pick SS Derrik Gibson (# 77 overall) out of Seaford High School in Delaware for a reported $600k bonus. Gibson is an elite defensive prospect who could play both middle infield positions or outfield and features line drive power with the bat. He is with the organization in Fort Myers and is expected to debut with the GCL Red Sox in late August. The Sox have also signed 36th rounder Georgia high school LHP Richie Wasielewski.

source: Soxprospects.com Finally one of the higher end specs got signed today. Definitely has me excited hopefully Hissey/Westmoreland and or Kasey will soon follow. Meyer is most likely gone to Kentucky. Here's hoping they sign Navary Moore in his place.

GrkGawdofWalkz
07-16-2008, 11:58 AM
Ryan Lavarnway isn't signed as opposed to two different sources. He's still not signed as of the moment. Get this done.

ThreeIfBaerga
07-16-2008, 01:33 PM
Lavarnway will get signed, and I'm over Westmoreland and his unreasonable bonus demands. The new object of my affection is Navery Moore. Please Theo, sign this kid.

Scouting report I read had him compared to Doc Gooden before his TJ surgery, from which he's recovering nicely. Already back up into the mid-90s.

GrkGawdofWalkz
07-16-2008, 05:13 PM
Lavarnway will get signed, and I'm over Westmoreland and his unreasonable bonus demands. The new object of my affection is Navery Moore. Please Theo, sign this kid.

Scouting report I read had him compared to Doc Gooden before his TJ surgery, from which he's recovering nicely. Already back up into the mid-90s.

Absolutely Navery Moore is someone I like. I would love to see Lavarnway, Hissey, Oropesa, and Miller. Along with Casey, I think that will happen soon. They won't let him walk.

Wake's Fastball
07-16-2008, 05:16 PM
I'm very high on Matt Marquis as well.

The Intimidator
07-16-2008, 06:22 PM
westmoreland, the centerfielder, is supposed to be a real good catch as well. and i'm not just saying that because he's local. does anyone know of his plans? potentially the next rocco (or what rocco could have been)?

GrkGawdofWalkz
07-16-2008, 08:02 PM
westmoreland, the centerfielder, is supposed to be a real good catch as well. and i'm not just saying that because he's local. does anyone know of his plans? potentially the next rocco (or what rocco could have been)?

He wasn't with most of the other high end specs who came at the same time to Fenway for an initiatory tour etc. Hissey, Marquis are more realistic signs. Brandon Miller, Ricky Oropesa, amongst other's are there too.

The Intimidator
07-16-2008, 10:27 PM
so in your opinion, westmoreland is not realisticly in their plans?

ThreeIfBaerga
07-16-2008, 10:34 PM
Westmoreland is asking for upwards of 2 mil, which honestly, there's no way he's worth. Pass.

Marquis seems like he's made up his mind and will be going to college.

The Intimidator
07-16-2008, 11:18 PM
wow, i didn't know that he was asking for that much...time to say goodbye i guess.

Wake's Fastball
07-17-2008, 06:24 PM
Casey Kelly signed today. Haven't heard for sure how much he got, but I've heard rumors of 1.35 million.

The Intimidator
07-17-2008, 07:46 PM
Casey Kelly signed today. Haven't heard for sure how much he got, but I've heard rumors of 1.35 million.

yeah, the kelly signing is indeed official. they also officially signed derrik gibson today, and both will report to the gulf coast red sox.

official story: http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080717&content_id=3144496&vkey=news_bos&fext=.jsp&c_id=bos

ThreeIfBaerga
07-18-2008, 02:56 AM
No one else has mentioned this, so I guess I'll drop the bombshell:

Kelly got $3 mil.

lil'papi
07-18-2008, 09:07 AM
Over 5 years, thats how they goit away with it.

The Intimidator
07-18-2008, 02:37 PM
Casey will play shortstop for the GCL Sox, and will probably begin to pitch in the fall league. Both he and Gibson are great pitchers, but they are likely to have Gibson stick with shortstop and make Kelly a pitcher.

Wake's Fastball
07-19-2008, 04:48 PM
BP is reporting that the Sox signed Hissey and Westmoreland (terms undisclosed) and the signings of Meyer and Lavarnway are imminent. Absolutely coming out of nowhere on those ones.

Celts22
07-19-2008, 08:34 PM
Does anyone else know if Kelly is really good enough to be ranked 6th by Soxprospects already?

mustang22
07-19-2008, 09:34 PM
Westy is my boy

ThreeIfBaerga
07-19-2008, 10:33 PM
Will Middlebrooks debuted at #11, IIRC, and he isn't the elite talent that Kelly is. I think people underestimate Kelly's potential.

I've read scouting reports that say Kelly has Derek Jeter potential at the plate (maybe with a little more power if they straighten his swing out, he could hit 20-23 a year) and say he's a plus defensive SS. The only problem is that he may outgrow the position.

On the mound they're saying he's got uncanny command of three average or better pitches, with his hammer curve and FB grading out as potentially plus. He's got command of the changeup, but it doesn't have much life or deception as of yet.

So yes, he does deserve to be #6, although I think Michael Almanzar might join him in the Top 10 soon. He was just promoted to Low-A and the list of 17 year olds in Low-A in the last 15 years is. . . well, it's pretty damn impressive. Great showing so far for a kid who was supposedly "extremely raw". They were saying that he basically had to be taught how to play baseball.

As for Westmoreland and Hissey, Hissey has been reportedly imminent for a while now. Westmoreland has been having a great summer, batting over .500 in his summer league (playing for a team named after the Yankees, no less). Last I heard, Westmoreland wanted upwards of $2 mil, so signing him would be quite a coup, depending on how much he actually gets. Meyer I had given up as gone and had moved onto Navery Moore as my "gotta get" guy.

GrkGawdofWalkz
07-20-2008, 07:54 AM
Will Middlebrooks debuted at #11, IIRC, and he isn't the elite talent that Kelly is. I think people underestimate Kelly's potential.

I've read scouting reports that say Kelly has Derek Jeter potential at the plate (maybe with a little more power if they straighten his swing out, he could hit 20-23 a year) and say he's a plus defensive SS. The only problem is that he may outgrow the position.

On the mound they're saying he's got uncanny command of three average or better pitches, with his hammer curve and FB grading out as potentially plus. He's got command of the changeup, but it doesn't have much life or deception as of yet.

So yes, he does deserve to be #6, although I think Michael Almanzar might join him in the Top 10 soon. He was just promoted to Low-A and the list of 17 year olds in Low-A in the last 15 years is. . . well, it's pretty damn impressive. Great showing so far for a kid who was supposedly "extremely raw". They were saying that he basically had to be taught how to play baseball.

As for Westmoreland and Hissey, Hissey has been reportedly imminent for a while now. Westmoreland has been having a great summer, batting over .500 in his summer league (playing for a team named after the Yankees, no less). Last I heard, Westmoreland wanted upwards of $2 mil, so signing him would be quite a coup, depending on how much he actually gets. Meyer I had given up as gone and had moved onto Navery Moore as my "gotta get" guy.

Well Michael Almanzar was promoted to Greenville at the ripe age of 17, where he will split playing time between ss, and 3B (Where Middlebrooks get's most of his playing time). Almanzar is currently ranked as the 10th spec (on soxprospects.com). It will be interesting to see if he can keep his wirey frame up to the talent of the pitching. He will have plenty of time still, but it shows a lot of vigor by the Sox Scouting/Coaching to think he's ready. My favorite middle infield spec at the moment is Navarro. He continues to keep crawling slowly.

GrkGawdofWalkz
07-20-2008, 07:58 AM
Does anyone else know if Kelly is really good enough to be ranked 6th by Soxprospects already?

He was rated on Baseball America I believe as the 18th best prospect in the draft. He slipped because of QB demands at Tennessee. He's got a good arm for a RHP and some people like him as much as a SS. Nick Hagadone was rated as high as 7th last year, and was putting up good numbers until his TJ surgery. :pity: From everything I heard he's a legitimate spec.

ThreeIfBaerga
07-20-2008, 01:44 PM
McLeod called him the most projectable arm in the draft, which is saying a lot for a draft that features Gerrit Cole and Tim Melville.

GrkGawdofWalkz
07-20-2008, 01:57 PM
McCleod called him the most projectable arm in the draft, which is saying a lot for a draft that features Gerrit Cole and Tim Melville.

That is correct.

RedSoxtober
07-21-2008, 08:38 AM
Well Michael Almanzar was promoted to Greenville at the ripe age of 17, where he will split playing time between ss, and 3B (Where Middlebrooks get's most of his playing time). Almanzar is currently ranked as the 10th spec (on soxprospects.com). It will be interesting to see if he can keep his wirey frame up to the talent of the pitching. He will have plenty of time still, but it shows a lot of vigor by the Sox Scouting/Coaching to think he's ready. My favorite middle infield spec at the moment is Navarro. He continues to keep crawling slowly.

Middlebooks is playing 3B at Lowell, not Greenville.

quiksilver2491
07-21-2008, 09:18 PM
BP is reporting that the Sox signed Hissey and Westmoreland (terms undisclosed) and the signings of Meyer and Lavarnway are imminent. Absolutely coming out of nowhere on those ones.

Source? Its not that I don't believe you I just can never find any articles on BP.

GrkGawdofWalkz
07-21-2008, 10:53 PM
Source? Its not that I don't believe you I just can never find any articles on BP.


BP: Sox Sign Hissey & Westmoreland, close with Meyer & Lavarnway?
According to Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus, the Red Sox have "seemingly come to terms" with 2008 draft picks Pete Hissey (4th Rd.) and Ryan Westmoreland (5th Rd) (link - subscription required). Additionally, Goldstein is reporting that Boston is "very close" to signing highly-regarded pitcher Alex Meyer (20th Rd), a first-round talent who was previously thought to be unsignable. It was also reported that Ryan Lavarnway (6th Rd.) could sign shortly for late-third round money.

There you go.

quiksilver2491
07-22-2008, 11:02 AM
There you go.

Ahh thanks, this is verry good news indeed. If we can come away with both Meyer and Kelly that would deffinitely put us on the right track to rebuilding the farm.

RedSoxRok34
07-22-2008, 07:05 PM
Ahh thanks, this is verry good news indeed. If we can come away with both Meyer and Kelly that would deffinitely put us on the right track to rebuilding the farm.

i wasn't aware the farm was in need of rebuilding. our system has already contributed players such as papelbon, lester, youkilis, and pedroia who have become staples of the team, as well as buchholz, hansen, delcarmen, masterson, and lowrie that are on the team and definitely have the ability to be stars. and we still have plenty of quality guys in the system.

GrkGawdofWalkz
07-22-2008, 08:19 PM
i wasn't aware the farm was in need of rebuilding. our system has already contributed players such as papelbon, lester, youkilis, and pedroia who have become staples of the team, as well as buchholz, hansen, delcarmen, masterson, and lowrie that are on the team and definitely have the ability to be stars. and we still have plenty of quality guys in the system.

Injuries to Cox, Tommy John for Hagadone and a few other major injuries have made some of the upper tier teams weak in terms of Pitching. I like to use the word "spice up". I'm not sure why they have drafted so many CF guys this year. Yockey, Hissey, Westmoreland etc. But I guess it's based on ideas they have in mind.

ThreeIfBaerga
07-22-2008, 08:27 PM
As far as the amount of HS CFs they drafted, the way I see it you can always move guys to LF or RF out of CF, but you can't do it the other way around. Same this with SS. They've got logjams in the lower minors because of this, but it's a great problem to have.

quiksilver2491
07-22-2008, 10:59 PM
i wasn't aware the farm was in need of rebuilding. our system has already contributed players such as papelbon, lester, youkilis, and pedroia who have become staples of the team, as well as buchholz, hansen, delcarmen, masterson, and lowrie that are on the team and definitely have the ability to be stars. and we still have plenty of quality guys in the system.

We have a solid farm top to bottom but not too many elite prospects at this time as we have lost Buchholz, Masterson, and Ellsbury to MLB service time. Notice I never said rebuild the farm system, that is working just fine in getting very quality players to Boston but in a few years we will also be losing Lars, Bowden, Lowrie etc. and we need elite prospects to take there place, thats how an effective farm works by reproducing itself over and over again, similar to what Billy Beane has done in Oakland.

The Intimidator
07-22-2008, 11:03 PM
We have a solid farm top to bottom but not too many elite prospects at this time as we have lost Buchholz, Masterson, and Ellsbury to MLB service time. Notice I never said rebuild the farm system, that is working just fine in getting very quality players to Boston but in a few years we will also be losing Lars, Bowden, Lowrie etc. and we need elite prospects to take there place, thats how an effective farm works by reproducing itself over and over again, similar to what Billy Beane has done in Oakland.

well, the more free agents we let walk away, the more picks we can get to replace those guys. if there's one thing that theo has proven to be outstanding at, it is drafting top quality players in the early and later rounds.

lil'papi
07-23-2008, 09:46 AM
I guessing wildly here, but Theo doesn't scout or spend inordinate amounts of time on prospects his underlings do. He doesn't even run the draft.
He put the team in place that does though for that he gets credit. He is good at signing them also, for that, credit goes to him too.
But he has little to do with finding them. He says it all the time he relies on his staff. Scouting dept is huge iirc the largest in BB.

The real draft guy is highlighted.

SCOUTING
Director of Amateur Scouting Jason McLeod
Assistant Director of Amateur Scouting Amiel Sawdaye
Coordinator of Professional Scouting Jared Porter
Advance Scouting Coordinator Ben Crockett



BASEBALL OPERATIONS
Executive Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein
Vice President/Player Personnel Ben Cherington
Vice President/International Scouting Craig Shipley
Assistant General Manager Jed Hoyer
Assistant to the General Manager. Allard Baird
Senior Advisor/Baseball Operations Bill James
Director of Baseball Operations Brian O'Halloran
Assistant Director of Baseball Operations Zack Scott
Special Assistant to the General Manager David Howard
Executive Assistant Erin Cox



They are getting good at taking guys that other teams feel they can't sign or afford. Luckily he has the resources. Credit goes to the ownership for that.

I don't think people realize how many guys are involved. Foreign scouts also get serious credit.

quiksilver2491
08-15-2008, 06:23 PM
Around 6 hours before the signing deadline, anyone see us pulling in a Westmoreland, Hissey or Meyer at the last minute? At this point I doubt we get anyone and its sad because all of the deals looked like they had serious promise a few weeks ago.

GrkGawdofWalkz
08-15-2008, 11:55 PM
Around 6 hours before the signing deadline, anyone see us pulling in a Westmoreland, Hissey or Meyer at the last minute? At this point I doubt we get anyone and its sad because all of the deals looked like they had serious promise a few weeks ago.

Westmoreland signed for 2M. Hissey is signed at 1M, Stroup signed for about 100K. Working on Oropesa, but other than that, Meyer rejected 2.1M to go to Kentucky. He's not coming anywhere near boston.




Westmoreland will earn, successively, $200,000, $300,000, $400,000, $500,000 and $600,000 over five years.

Westmoreland will report to one of the Sox' Single-A minor-league clubs and will forgo his scholarship at Vanderbilt University.

A big reason he wanted to turn pro was the fact it was the Red Sox - his favorite team - that drafted him.

quiksilver2491
08-16-2008, 02:45 PM
Westmoreland signed for 2M. Hissey is signed at 1M, Stroup signed for about 100K. Working on Oropesa, but other than that, Meyer rejected 2.1M to go to Kentucky. He's not coming anywhere near boston.

No Oropesa or Meyer makes me :mad: :mad: :mad:. I like the signing of Westmoreland but honestly we have so man guys that play just like Hissey in our current farm. Then again the Sox always find a way to pleasantly surprise me in these sort of situations. We will have to see but Oropesa looks like a diamond in the rough and Meyer will be a top pick in a few years if not THE top pick.

papipapsmanny
08-17-2008, 03:55 AM
Man we really had a hell of a draft:
Kelly
Price
Gibson
Fife
Weiland
Westomreland
Lavarnway
Federowicz
yockey
cervanka
Blair
and peterson

and even tyler wilson has a lot of potential


i mean o well we missed out on meyer, oppressa and marquis but this is one of the best drafts i think the sox have had

ThreeIfBaerga
08-17-2008, 11:26 AM
we have so man guys that play just like Hissey in our current farm.

As far as I'm concerned you can never have too many potential 5-tool players.

Meyer just wouldn't be bought out, so I can't really feel bad. As far as Theo not really being involved in the draft/signing period, he flew down to Indiana where Meyer lives to meet with him and his family for one last ditch effort to sign him.

I would have been just as happy with Navery Moore, who likely has the highest upside of any pitcher the Sox drafted. He should be right up there with Meyer in 2011 at the top of every draft board.


The Sox got a great haul, they really did.

Humongo
08-17-2008, 12:26 PM
42nd round pick Caleb Brown didn't sign. He would've been a bargain at that pick in the draft considering teams were looking to draft him as early as the 7th round (http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2008/jun/06/male-athlete-of-the-year-caleb-brown/). Signability was a major issue, since it looked as if he was leaning towards a football scholarship. He wanted $200,000 though, and the Red Sox weren't willing to give it to him.

I care only because he went to my junior high, and just graduated from my high school's rival. He wasn't ever really expected to sign from what I've read since he's a better football player (killer TE from what some of my friends have said).