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RedSoxtober
01-02-2016, 01:54 AM
To start off the new year, another new listing of the top 20 prospects according to the posters of the forum. This year the prospects on the list do not expect to deliver quite as much to the MLB level as last year's youngsters hopefully fill out some of the promise and expectation set by (and for) them in 2015. This year's prospects are dominated guys at the lower levels of the organization with at least one (Benintendi) who might skip quickly to the top.


Moncada (http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.cgi?id=moncad000joh)
Espinoza (http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.cgi?id=espino005and)
Benintendi (http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.cgi?id=benint000and)
Devers (http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.cgi?id=devers000raf)
Kopech (http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.cgi?id=kopech000mic)
Johnson (http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/j/johnsbr02.shtml)
Travis (http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.cgi?id=travis000sam)
Marrero (http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/marrede01.shtml)
Chavis (http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.cgi?id=chavis000mic)
Rijo (http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.cgi?id=rijo--000wen)
Longhi (http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.cgi?id=longhi000nic)
Ball (http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.cgi?id=ball--000tre)
Basabe (http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.cgi?id=basabe000lui)
Light (http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.cgi?id=light-001pat)
Dubon (http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.cgi?id=dubon-000mau)
Ysla (http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.cgi?id=ysla--000lui)
Jerez (http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.cgi?id=jerez-000wil)
Buttery (http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.cgi?id=buttre000ty-)
Stankiewicz (http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.cgi?id=stanki000ted)
Raudes (http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.cgi?id=raudes000ron)

Station 13
01-02-2016, 02:41 PM
Top heavy system with Margot and Guerra gone. But having a front loaded is having blue chippers to make bigger trades.

The Ball signing is a huge mistake, what a let down. I would have sent him instead of Allen to san Diego.

RedSoxtober
01-04-2016, 03:37 PM
Red Sox signed OF Rainel Rosario to a minor league contract.

The 27-year-old outfielder has spent the last two seasons playing for the Hiroshima Carp in Japan's Central League where he slashed .309/.370/.503 with 16 homers and 61 RBI over 111 games. He'll add organizational outfield depth for the Red Sox.roto

AI
01-04-2016, 06:23 PM
I'm surprised people ranked Espinoza and Benintendi over Devers already, I can understand why though. And just to be clear, I'm not saying I'm against it. The one thing I don't agree with is Basabe dropping behind Ball and Rijo. Everything else is decent as is.

BoSox47
01-05-2016, 03:30 PM
I do not think it is a reflection of devers either. More a case how much Espinosa and benintendi has grown

RedSoxtober
01-05-2016, 03:32 PM
Anderson Espinoza, RHP, Red Sox: Boston thought he was the top pitcher on the international amateur market when it paid him a Venezuelan-record $1.8 million bonus in July 2014, but it didn't realize Espinoza was this good. He reached Class A at age 17 in his pro debut, posting a 65-14 K-BB ratio along the way, hitting 100 mph with his fastball and displaying advanced secondary stuff and command. He also earned some hyperbolic Pedro Martinez comparisons.
Jim Callis' comments on including Espinoza in the list of top 10 prospects (http://m.mlb.com/news/article/160706752/jake-bauers-among-prospects-poised-to-surge) whose value should soar this year.

RedSoxtober
01-05-2016, 03:38 PM
Christian Vazquez has played 30 games in Puerto Rico this winter and is in the playoffs with Santurce. He has hit .302 with a .644 OPS. Vazquez has not caught in Puerto Rico and will wait for spring training to really test his surgically repaired elbow.

On Monday, Caguas beat Santurce, 7-4. International Man of Mystery Rusney Castillo was 1 for 4 for Caguas with a two-run triple. He joined the team just for the playoffs.

Bryce Brentz (1 for 3) also played for Caguas, as did Red Sox outfield prospect Henry Ramos, who was 4 for 4 with two doubles.

The game also featured Jose De La Torre, who pitched seven games for the Sox in 2013, and former Sox outfield prospects Ryan Kalish and Rey Fuentes.

Caguas is managed by former Sox infielder Alex Cora and Santurce is led by Ramon Vazquez, another former Sox player.Boston Globe

celticsman2009
01-06-2016, 02:26 PM
For the top 5 guys, where do they start the season?

Moncada- Salem
Espinoza- Greenville
Benintendi- Portland
Devers- Salem
Kopech- Greenville

RedSoxtober
01-06-2016, 03:01 PM
Those projections are not unreasonable. I just checked in on some of the Tigers top prospects and, from the looks of it, DD does not have a habit of pushing guys through the system any more quickly than BC so I will not be surprised if Benintendi starts in Salem even if the stay is brief.

By contrast, I wouldn't be surprised to see Kopech up at Salem. While his season was shorted due to the PED suspension, he handled A-ball pretty well (70K/27BB/53H/65IP) and would not seem to gain much by repeating time here. His biggest issue would currently seem to be building up arm strength/stamina to throw 180+ IP and he can do that just as well at A+.

Station 13
01-07-2016, 12:10 PM
Fangraphs has Benintendi as our #1 prospect. He's going to be good isn't he?

celticsman2009
01-07-2016, 04:54 PM
Fangraphs has Benintendi as our #1 prospect. He's going to be good isn't he?

I think he's the most MLB ready prospect we have besides Brian Johnson who was basically in the big leagues last year. I really don't consider him a prospect anymore, even though he retains that title.

BoSox47
01-07-2016, 05:40 PM
Benintendi should start the season in Portland and make his way from AA to AAA. Curious to see if we will see any time in the MLB at the end of the season.

RedSoxtober
01-08-2016, 10:44 AM
Fangraphs has Benintendi as our #1 prospect. He's going to be good isn't he?

Several scouts down here in the SAL said he was the best (most complete?) Sox prospect they had seen. Considering they were saying this while also watching Moncada hit .310/.415/.500 in the second half, that's quite a compliment. BA's poll of scouts listed him as quickest college player to reach MLB, best pure hitter, best pro debut (college player), and second best power hitter.

Station 13
01-08-2016, 11:21 AM
FG:
1. Andrew Benintendi, OF
2. Yoan Moncada, 2B
3. Anderson Espinoza, RHP
4. Rafael Devers, 3B
5. Brian Johnson, LHP
6. Michael Kopech, RHP
7. Mauricio Dubon, 2B/SS
8. Deven Marrero, SS
9. Michael Chavis, 3B
10. Luis Alexander Basabe, OF

http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/evaluating-the-2016-prospects-boston-red-sox/

RedSoxtober
01-18-2016, 03:35 PM
Red Sox trade 2B Yoan Moncada to Mets for LHP Steven Matz and SS Luis Carpio

This is a blockbuster. Moncada is one of the best position prospects in baseball. Matz is among the best pitching prospects in the game. And a swap would help fill big needs for both. Moncada could be the Mets long-term answer at second base (where Neil Walker has been acquired as a short-term replacement for Daniel Murphy) but his versatility means he also could become a rangy, explosive center fielder. That’s not an option in Boston where Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley already in the majors.

For the Red Sox, the only risk in acquiring Matz is his struggles at times to stay healthy. Stuff-wise, he’s a front-line starter who has demonstrated that in the big leagues. And he has thrown 150+ innings each of the past two seasons so many of those health concerns have been somewhat alleviated.

Initially this deal did not include Carpio, but a scout surveyed about this deal said he felt that Moncada is a significant enough talent and Matz has enough injury concerns that they believed the Mets would have to include an additional piece. Carpio fits the bill as a middle infielder who is far enough away (he played in the Appalachian League last season) that his ETA would be closer to the 2019-2020 window where Boston may eventually start looking for middle infield help.Baseball America (Badler)

RedSoxtober
01-18-2016, 03:44 PM
The Red Sox contingent in Puerto Rico saw a lot of playing time this week for Caguas, with the team currently tied with Santurce for second place in the Round Robin tournament. Henry Ramos had a hit in every game, going 8 for 21 with a double and four walks. Rusney Castillo went 8 for 20 with a double, walk, and three strikeouts, and Bryce Brentz went 3 for 14 with a double, three walks, and three strikeouts. SoxProspects

RedSoxtober
01-22-2016, 10:25 AM
http://www.bostonherald.com/sites/default/files/styles/gallery/public/media/2016/01/22/012116soxar01.jpg?itok=FUCrux7S

Moncada expected to spend part of the winter playing in Puerto Rico for a team managed by former Red Sox infielder Alex Cora. But a bruised right hand, suffered when he was hit by a pitch in the instructional league in October, scuttled those plans.

Instead, he has been working out 4-5 days per week at the Sox’ complex in Fort Myers. The results are evident. He nearly busted through a white T-shirt that he wore around the hotel yesterday.

“He doesn’t fit into the suit he wore (to Fenway Park) last October,” Hastings said, referring to Moncada’s late-season visit to Boston to be honored as the Sox’ Baserunner of the Year. “We took him to the tailor, and the tailor said, ‘I can’t let the arms out any more.’ ”
Boston Hearald

RedSoxtober
02-14-2016, 04:22 PM
Another day, another high ranking for the players in the Red Sox farm system.

ESPN’s Keith Law, one of the most respected names in prospect evaluation, released his top 100 prospect list (http://insider.espn.go.com/mlb/insider/story/_/id/14740443/corey-seager-tops-2016-ranking-top-100-prospects-mlb) on Thursday, and three Red Sox cracked the top 20, with another making the top 40.

Law rated third baseman Rafael Devers as the No. 7 overall prospect in the game. Devers has been overshadowed by the heralded arrivals of Yoan Moncada (No. 17) and Andrew Benintendi (No. 18), but Law sees the 19-year-old as the jewel of the system, praising the 6-foot, 195-pounder’s, “acumen to match his prodigious tools.”

“The bat would profile at first base, of course, with the power and contact upside there, but the potential for above-average defense at third on top of 30-35 homers and a high batting average (even if it’s without a high OBP) is what makes him a top-10 prospect,” Law wrote.

Law is more cautious in his evaluation of Moncada, whom he pegs for 15-18 home runs a year, noting that his swing from both sides of the plate isn’t really geared for the long ball. He still considers him a player with “a couple of paths to becoming an All-Star.”

Law is actually more bullish on Benintendi, whom he could see making a Kyle Schwarber-like jump to the big leagues this year as a potential 20-20 center fielder down the road.

The other Red Sox prospect on the list is right-hander Anderson Espinoza, who’s still only 17 years old. Law says he could be Pedro Martinez as a starter or Aroldis Chapman as a closer, at least according to the hyperbole, but he praises the youngster’s feel for three pitches, one of them being a 99 mph fastball.

“With three big league-caliber pitches and shocking feel for his age, Espinoza is the living definition of a player being ‘scary good,’ because we haven’t seen a player like him in quite a while,” Law wrote.

As for the rest of the list, Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager checked in at No. 1, while two former Red Sox — Manuel Margot (No. 25) and Javier Guerra (No. 34) — both cracked the top 50 after being acquired from the Padres in a deal for closer Craig Kimbrel.


Baseball America likes what the Red Sox are doing.
The publication’s annual list ranking the top prospects in baseball is out, and it is heavy with Red Sox youngsters in the Top 20.

Yoan Moncada is the highest-ranking Red Sox player on the list, coming in at No. 3, only behind Dodgers infielder Corey Seager and Twins outfielder Byron Buxton.

The next Red Sox prospect on the list is outfielder Andrew Benintendi, who comes in at No. 15. Not too far behind are infielder Rafael Devers and pitcher Anderson Espinoza, who come in at No. 18 and No. 19, respectively.

The only other Red Sox prospect on the list is Michael Kopech, who is rated as the 89th best prospect.
weei.com

RedSoxtober
02-22-2016, 06:15 PM
[Benintendi] performed brilliantly even after a late-season promotion to Single-A Greenville. The similarly pedigreed Deven Marrero had received a similar invitation in his first spring training three years ago.

But it was Red Sox manager John Farrell -- who, unlike most managers, has a strong background in player development -- who pushed back. Farrell expressed a strong preference that Benintendi go through his first professional spring training on the minor-league side.

“It’s important to go through the progression of going through the draft, going through minor-league camp, and then ultimately coming to big-league camp,” Farrell said. “Once a player comes to the big-league environment, he might be more appreciative of the path traveled.”

“We think of highly of him as any other player that we have,” Red Sox general manager Mike Hazen said, “but I think we just felt like, going into that first year, he was better served going to (minor-league camp).”ProJo

papipapsmanny
02-28-2016, 04:11 PM
Again I'll keep saying got to give Credit to BC for setting us up in this position. I mean we got some last place finishes with a WS, while behind the scenes he was really setting up the farm/teams for future success.

I Just hope DD doesn't trade them all away

RedSoxtober
02-29-2016, 10:03 AM
For anyone else starved for something beyond the repetition of things that could go wrong this season, here are some early ST hacks (http://fullcount.weei.com/sports/boston/baseball/red-sox/2016/02/27/glimpse-into-red-sox-future-andrew-benintendi-rafael-devers-yoan-moncada-michael-chavis-take-batting-practice/) by the top hitting prospects in the BP cage.

RedSoxtober
03-08-2016, 04:41 PM
Michael Kopech has run into trouble again.

Kopech, one of the Red Sox’ top pitching prospects, fractured his right hand after engaging in an altercation with a teammate recently. The right-handed pitcher could be seen wearing a cast on his throwing hand at JetBlue Park Tuesday.

Red Sox general manager Mike Hazen wrote in a text to WEEI.com that the organization is handling the situation internally while continuing to work through a medical plan.

Later, speaking to reporters in Sarasota, Hazen admitted to being disappointed in the right-hander.

“It was stupid,” Hazen said. “He’s going to have to grow up, obviously, with the things that have happened so far. He’s got a long road to go to get to the big leagues. He obviously has a ton of potential. He’s got a long way to go. These types of things, you don’t want to put more barriers in front of you than playing professional baseball already presents you.”Clearly Kopech has never watched Bull Durham.

RedSoxtober
03-16-2016, 10:39 AM
The Red Sox received some clarity on right-handed prospect Michael Kopech, who had a screw inserted in his broken right hand and won’t be able to throw for at least six weeks, according to the Boston Globe. Kopech was injured in a fight with his roommate.weei.com

RedSoxtober
03-17-2016, 10:20 PM
Righthander Anderson Espinoza, all of 18, opened his first minor league game on Thursday with four straight fastballs: 94 m.p.h., 94, 96, and 98. He also employed a curveball that incited a righthanded hitter to drop an expletive after he took it for a called strike three. Here’s a glimpse (http://click.email.bostonglobe.com/?qs=4ce92d1fcc762bd626f68e2911cdbbc6619d0d596ff055 b49a09ee8f787638342e9f1a3c414b0f6f).

Outfielder Andrew Benintendi also earned strong marks for the quality of his plate appearances in his first minor league game of the spring, particularly this left-on-left lineout (http://click.email.bostonglobe.com/?qs=4ce92d1fcc762bd6a675fd5c371a3c4f3b73f9e1f978dc 82a3c1a4df6e66d380ee184b36db390022) on a full count.

Still, the greatest excitement was the product of a play by 26-year-old Jayce Ray, a former indy leaguer who spent 2015 with the Wichita Wingnuts. Ray made a leaping grab against the fence with the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth of a Wednesday game to preserve a win.Speier

RedSoxtober
03-18-2016, 05:15 PM
This spring is not the first time Sam Travis has distinguished himself as a different kind of hitter.

Shortly after the Red Sox tabbed Travis as their second-round pick in the 2014 draft, he delivered a statement that he can demolish baseballs like few others in the system. On June 27, in his ninth pro game for the Lowell Spinners, the first baseman Roy Hobbs-ed a baseball in Vermont’s Centennial Field.

“He hit it off the scoreboard, like 450 feet away, off his own face,” recalled Jordan Betts, Travis’ teammate on that Lowell team. “It was like, ‘Oh my God.’”

“The crack of the bat actually hurt your ears,” added Nick Longhi, also a member of that Lowell team. “In my entire life of going to MLB games, it was probably the hardest hit ball I’ve ever seen. It was unreal.”

This spring, the visibility of the stage has changed. The production has not, even as Travis is blitzing through the Red Sox system, with his steady performance at the heart of his rapid emergence as one of the Sox’ best prospects.

In less than two years since he was drafted, Travis has excelled at each of his five stops – Lowell and Single A Greenville in 2014; High A Salem, Double A Portland, and the Arizona Fall League in 2015. He’s hit at least .290 in each of those leagues, with the sort of consistent contact and low strikeout totals (a 12.8 percent minor league strikeout rate) that typically characterizes slap hitters. After his midseason promotion in 2015 to Portland, he walked nearly as many times (33) as he struck out (34).

But Travis isn’t a slap hitter. His contact is resounding, sometimes even explosive, as when he unloaded on a Vance Worley fastball and blasted it off the batter’s eye in center field at JetBlue Park on Thursday. While most players face a level-to-level transitional adjustment, Travis’ emphasis on blunt force has allowed him to avoid any prolonged hiccups to this point.

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“What we get to see every day inside of that is a guy that’s got incredible intensity and focus. He’s not letting anything get in his way,” said Lovullo. “It looks like right now, at this point, anything that’s in his way to get to where he wants to get to, he’ll run right over. We haven’t quite seen somebody like that in a while. Dustin Pedroia has got the same sort of characteristics. Sam is on a very, very good path.”
Speier

RedSoxtober
03-18-2016, 05:21 PM
Former Red Sox prospect Manuel Margot impressed Padres officials during his time in big league camp, going 7-for-22 (.318) with three doubles and a triple along with one walk and five strikeouts while showing impressive center field defense.

One evaluator who’s been watching the Padres this spring offered the following take on the prospect group (Margot, shortstop Javier Guerra, lefthander Logan Allen, and utilityman Carlos Asuaje ) that San Diego acquired from the Red Sox in exchange for Craig Kimbrel: “I can’t believe (San Diego) got all four of them for a closer.”Speier
:rolleyes:

RedSoxtober
03-23-2016, 12:09 PM
Jake Cosart, a 22-year-old with a big arm who’d moved to the mound in recent years following a career that had been spent mostly in the outfield, could not harness his stuff as a member of the Lowell rotation in 2015, his first full pro season. However, he’s shown encouraging signs this spring in his move to the bullpen, where his mid-90s velocity has been a natural fit for the mentality of the role.

Lefthander Trey Ball has been sidelined while rehabbing a knee injury that could slow the start of his 2016 season.

Undrafted free agent Austin Glorious , whom the Sox signed out of the Florida Collegiate League last summer, has shown the makings of a pair of swing-and-miss options. He worked at up to 96-97 mph last summer in Lowell with a knuckle-curve that played as a strikeout pitch. That said, even as he’s able to generate velocity, his fastball has also been vulnerable to loud contact when elevated.

And then there is top pitching prospect, whose three-pitch mix at the age of 18 is … different. On Tuesday, in a minor league game, he featured:

■ A swing-and-miss changeup (http://click.email.bostonglobe.com/?qs=a6ec7eb4490767cae0b02a3a5cf7322ce479aa45e285f7 0f693d870e1b072a84a219285c22953960) against a lefty

■ A swing-and-miss curve (http://click.email.bostonglobe.com/?qs=a6ec7eb4490767caac079fbf0a6d544f4fd4d2cf68d171 9b2bd9f029b444360b2abba00e6bda34ca) against a righty

■ A swing-and-miss fastball (http://click.email.bostonglobe.com/?qs=a6ec7eb4490767ca9dfd3cfe85d582b07e580bb5239feb a665ca21ecbe7420af736901e4d59fc54b) that dialed effortlessly into the mid-90s

Espinoza did yield some hard contact on his fastball and also didn’t locate his curveball particularly well, but the pure action on all three pitches at a very young age underscores why evaluators think he has extraordinary potential.Speier

RedSoxtober
04-08-2016, 11:42 AM
RHP Aaron Wilkerson pitched shutout baseball over 5 2/3 innings, earning the Opening Day victory (1-0) with a final line of: 5 2/3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 11 SO (84 pitches, 56 strikes). The 11 strikeouts were a career high for the 26-year-old Wilkerson, who last season went 11-3 with a 3.10 ERA over 29 outings combined between Single-A Greenville, High-A Salem and Double-A Portland, striking out 137 in 136 2/3 innings of work.

Signed by Boston in July of 2014 from the Grand Prairie AirHogs out of the independent American Association, Wilkerson was promoted to Double-A Portland on Aug. 5 of last year. In his last six starts dating back to last year, Wilkerson has allowed just three total earned runs over 35 2/3 innings (0.78 ERA) with 36 whiffs to just 10 walks over that span.

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Center fielder Andrew Benintendi (Boston’s No. 3 prospect at MLB.com) made his High-A debut a memorable one, going 4-for-5 with a triple, a double, three RBIs and two runs scored in the season opener at Salem Memorial Stadium. It was the first four-hit game of his pro career.

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Moncada, 20, went 2-for-4 with two walks, a stolen base and two runs scored from the leadoff spot of the batting order. Dubon, 21, hit in the two-hole and went 2-for-6 with a triple and two runs scored.

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The much-anticipated Salem lineup featured five of Boston’s top-17 prospects (as ranked by MLB.com) in spots one through five of the batting order, with first baseman Nick Longhi (No. 17, 2-for-4 with a walk, two runs and an RBI) hitting cleanup and third baseman Rafael Devers (No. 2, 0-for-4 with a walk and an RBI) hitting fifth. Salem batted around twice and scored 11 runs in the first three innings Thursday on a cold, rainy, and windy night.weei.com

celticsman2009
04-08-2016, 12:14 PM
weei.com

Benintendi will be playing LF by All-Star Break. Much like the Mets with Conforto last year.

RedSoxtober
04-08-2016, 01:36 PM
Benintendi will be playing LF by All-Star Break. Much like the Mets with Conforto last year.

I have high expectations for him but I doubt the timing you're suggesting. Holt/Young should be more than adequate for this season and if it's not then I doubt we burn his service time. I wouldn't be surprised to see him in the mix to start 2017 though.

RedSoxtober
04-08-2016, 02:39 PM
Here's an overview (http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/redsox/2016/04/07/red-sox-minor-league-affiliates-set-open-season/XKcwmkwTQhjXeUJYvSRnUM/story.html?s_campaign=108stitches:newsletter) of the Sox farm team rosters.

RedSoxtober
04-12-2016, 02:48 PM
Designated hitter Sam Travis had a nice day at the plate, going 2-for-4 while launching a solo home run in the ninth inning — the first for him in a Triple-A game. The 22-year-old Travis turned heads in spring training with the Red Sox this year, batting .469 with two home runs, two doubles, 13 RBIs and four runs scored. He was a second-round pick for the Red Sox in 2014, coming out of Indiana University.

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Starting Pitcher Brian Johnson (Boston’s No. 3 prospect on MLB.com) had a solid outing but still got the loss. He went four innings, allowing five hits, one earned run and one walk while striking out four. He threw 76 pitches.

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Center fielder Andrew Benintendi (Boston’s No. 4 prospect on MLB.com) shined once again on Monday night, going 2-for-3 with a triple and three RBI. This was his third triple of the season, and his average currently sits at .368.

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In a low-scoring affair in which the Drive collected only three hits all game, a clutch two-run single by third baseman Michael Chavis (Boston’s No. 8 prospect on MLB.com) ended up being the difference in the game. He was 2-for-3 in the contest with two RBIs and a strikeout. This was his fourth consecutive multi-hit game, and his average now is at an impressive .421.

Boston Herald

a4anthony
04-12-2016, 06:27 PM
Boston Herald
Do you happen to know when is Espinozas next home start? I completely forgot about it opening day.

WilymoPena
04-12-2016, 07:48 PM
Andrew seems about as close to can't miss as a prospect can get but it will be difficult to unseat Rusney this season barring a collapse

Station 13
04-13-2016, 11:04 AM
Andrew seems about as close to can't miss as a prospect can get but it will be difficult to unseat Rusney this season barring a collapse

Rusney isn't even a starter. He lost his job to Holt. The Benintendi wagon might not arrive till next season.

RedSoxtober
04-13-2016, 11:36 AM
The Sox signed lefty reliever Wesley Wright to a minor league deal. He’ll go to Pawtucket and can make $1 million in the big leagues, according to a baseball source.

Wright, 31, has been in the big leagues for parts of eight seasons and played for five major league teams, with a 4.16 ERA. He’s spent most of his career with the Houston Astros and pitched last season for the Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays.

President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said the signing was a depth move.

Wright has struck out almost a batter per inning in his major league career but has been wild too, with an average of four walks per nine innings.

He relies on an 89-mph fastball and 87-mph slider. He also has a curveball, sinker and changeup he uses with less frequency, per BrooksBaseball.net.Boston Herald

RedSoxtober
04-13-2016, 11:41 AM
Do you happen to know when is Espinozas next home start? I completely forgot about it opening day.

Espinoza actually got the second start of the season -- probably because they were doing fireworks for the Friday game. Assuming that he stays on a five-day schedule that would line him up to start tonight (Wed, 7pm vs West Virginia).

Duh, they list him as today's pitcher on the Drive site. That's probably a good indicator that he'll be on the mound :facepalm:

RedSoxtober
04-13-2016, 12:08 PM
Sam Travis had the lone RBI for the PawSox when he singled home Josh Rutledge in the bottom of the first inning. Rutledge finished 1-for-5 and had the team’s only extra-base hit with a double. Travis’ single was his only hit, and he now has one home run and four RBIs over his first six games with Pawtucket.

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Right-hander Pat Light (Boston’s no. 18 prospect on MLB.com) threw two scoreless innings in the seventh and eighth. He walked one and struck out three while allowing just one hit.

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Catcher Jake Romanski had a nice day at the plate, finishing 2-for-4 with a double and a walk. In four games this season he is hitting .438 and is 2-for-3 throwing out baserunners. Shortstop Tzu-Wei Lin also had a multi-hit game for the Sea Dogs, going 2-for-4 with an RBI and a walk, pushing his average to .294 on the young season.

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Top Red Sox prospects Yoan Moncada and Andrew Benintendi both went 2-for-5 in Salem’s loss. Moncada’s hits were singles, while Benintendi had a double, his second of the season. Moncada’s batting average now sits at .333 while Benintendi’s is at .375.

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Shortstop Mauricio Dubon (Boston’s No. 17 prospect at MLB.com) had another nice day at the plate, going 2-for-5. Right fielder Danny Mars was 2-for-3 with an RBI, two walks and a strikeout, and left fielder Mike Myers knocked in two runs on a bases-clearing triple. Salem racked up 12 hits but left 12 men on base.
Another appearance or two like that from Light and we'll see him in the BP, bumping Noe. The latter has issued at least one BB in every appearance. While his 5.2IP/5K is the kind of number that you expect -- the reason he's on the roster -- he had 4K in on appearance and none in two others. Light battled control issues in his first appearance so they'll need another few chances to see how he's starting.

a4anthony
04-13-2016, 02:49 PM
Espinoza actually got the second start of the season -- probably because they were doing fireworks for the Friday game. Assuming that he stays on a five-day schedule that would line him up to start tonight (Wed, 7pm vs West Virginia).

Duh, they list him as today's pitcher on the Drive site. That's probably a good indicator that he'll be on the mound :facepalm:
Looks like im going to Fluor field today, last time i went i was impressed by the pitcher that day as well, i believe it was Kopach.

RedSoxtober
04-14-2016, 09:18 AM
LHP Henry Owens allowed only one run and two hits, but it was enough to tag him with a loss on a day when he labored with his control. The final line for Owens (1-1, 0.75 ERA) read: 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 6 SO (99 pitches, 59 strikes). Owens did not allow his first hit until the fifth inning, but in addition to walking four he also hit two batters. The lone run allowed by the 23-year-old southpaw on the day came during a 27-pitch second inning after three consecutive walks and an ensuing RBI ground out.

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Relievers Jorge Marban and Heath Hembree combined for three scoreless innings of relief, and Hembree was particularly impressive as he recorded five of his six outs via strikeout. The 27-year-old righty reached 96 mph on the McCoy Stadium radar gun as he fanned the first five batters he faced in the eighth and ninth, two of them looking.

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Center fielder Andrew Benintendi (Boston’s No. 3 prospect at MLB.com) tripled for the fourth time in seven games this season, finishing 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. On the year the 21-year-old Benintendi is now 10-for-27 (.370) with six extra-base hits, six RBIs, five runs scored, and just one strikeout.

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RHP Anderson Espinoza (Boston’s No. 4 prospect at MLB.com) allowed four runs — the most of his young professional career — taking the loss (0-1, 2.70 ERA) with a final line of: 5 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO (70 pitches, 42 strikes).

Espinoza allowed a double to left on the game’s first pitch, and the runner would come around to score after tagging on a fly out followed by a ground out to short. Two more runs would cross in the third after three singles, with one runner breaking from third on catcher Roldani Baldwin’s throw to second base. Finally, in the fifth, another leadoff double would lead to a run after a throwing error from Espinoza; a sacrifice bunt fielded by Espinoza near the the third-base line was thrown high over the first baseman and into foul territory.weei.com

a4anthony
04-14-2016, 08:27 PM
I watched Espinoza last night. He had some shaky innings and a few dominant 123 innings. I would guess he was just working on some pitches. His fastball was 91-92, his change was 82 and i dont know what it was but i think it was a curve which was usually 72.

Also, Luis Alexander Basabe was very impressive. He was in center field. His twin wasnt bad either, Luis Alejandro Basaba is a solid shortstop. Chavis was pretty bad at the plate. I left after the sixth inning and to that point he had swung at 4 pitches in the ground, it was pretty pathetic, hopefully yesterday was a one off for him.

RedSoxtober
04-18-2016, 11:17 AM
RHP Aaron Wilkerson pitched six shutout innings, with a no-decision final line of: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO (87 pitches, 60 strikes). Both hits allowed by Wilkerson were singles, and he stranded two other runners that reached via error.

“He puts it right where he wants it,” catcher Jake Romanski told the Portland Press Herald. “If you have a well-located pitch, it’s hard to hit. I put my glove down and I’m not moving it. He is super fun to catch. He can throw anything in any count.”

The 26-year-old Wilkerson is 1-0 on the season through three starts with an ERA of just 0.54, as he’s allowed one earned run in 16 2/3 innings of work with 22 strikeouts and only three walks. Acquired by Boston in August of 2014 out of the independent American Association, Wilkerson impressed in 2015 by going 11-3 with a 3.10 ERA in 29 appearances split between High-A Salem and Double-A Portland.

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Second baseman Yoan Moncada (Boston’s No. 1 prospect at MLB.com) hit a ninth-inning double to drive in shortstop Deiner Lopez and break a 1-1 tie, with Moncada coming around to score on center fielder Danny Mars’ ensuing double for an insurance run. Moncada finished the day 2-for-4 with the double, a walk, an RBI and run scored to go with three stolen bases. On the season Moncada has 10 steals, tied for the most in the Carolina League.

Signed by Boston for a record $31.5 million bonus out of Cuba last year, Moncada now has an eight-game hitting streak and is slashing .333/.444/.528 over his first 10 games this season with two triples, three doubles, eight walks, five RBIs and eight runs scored.

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DH Andrew Benintendi (Boston’s No. 3 prospect at MLB.com) went 1-for-5 with a triple — his fifth three-bagger of the season — to extend his hitting streak to eight games. Benintendi is slashing .326/.396/.651 over his first 11 games with nine extra-base hits, although he has yet to hit a home run on the year.

The two through four hitters in Greenville’s order combined to go 9-for-15 with four homers, two doubles, seven RBIs and seven runs scored on Sunday as DH Mitchell Gunsolus, third baseman Michael Chavis (Boston’s No. 10 prospect at MLB.com), and first baseman Josh Ockimey (Boston’s No. 16 prospect at MLB.com) led an 18-hit attack by the Drive.

Gunsolus, 23, pulled solo home runs to right in the first and third innings and drove in another run in the fourth on a ground out. Selected by Boston in the 10th round of the 2015 draft out of Gonzaga University, Gunsolus is off to a 10-for-33 (.303) start to 2016 with Sunday’s homers marking his first two of the year. In 2015 with Short-Season Lowell Gunsolus slashed just .225/.319/.281 with one homer and six doubles in his first 49 games as a professional.

Chavis, 20, doubled and scored in the first, singled and scored in the third, and hit a two-run homer — his first of the season — in the ninth to finish the day 3-for-5 with two RBIs and three runs scored. A first-round pick of Boston’s in 2014, Chavis is now hitting 14-for-40 (.350) on the season and has hit safely in eight of his last nine games.

Ockimey, 20, went 4-for-5 with a homer, a double, two RBIs and two runs scored as his third dinger of the season capped Greenville’s scoring in the ninth. Selected by Boston in the fifth round of the 2014 draft out of high school in Pennsylvania, Ockimey is off to an 11-for-34 (.324) start with six extra-base hits in nine games played.weei.com

Moncada also stole home on Friday night, part of a double-steal with Benintendi (of course).

RedSoxtober
04-19-2016, 03:14 PM
In Triple A Pawtucket, Henry Owens continued to miss bats in the early season, tossing six shutout innings with nine punchouts on Monday, punctuating the outing by striking out the side (finishing with a curveball to get David Murphy); he now has a 1.00 ERA with 23 strikeouts and 10 walks through three starts.

Rusney Castillo has hit the ground running in his return to Pawtucket, going 6-for-16 with three walks, three steals, and making at least one spectacular defensive play.

In Double A Portland, righthander Teddy Stankiewicz continues to offer hints of being able to get more swings and misses. He punched out five while allowing one run in six innings on Friday, and he now has a 1.50 ERA with 10 strikeouts and one walk in 12 innings. Second baseman Wendell Rijo is mired in a season-opening funk, hitting .148/.207/.333 with 10 strikeouts in 29 plate appearances.

In High A Salem, Yoan Moncada continues to run wild. He’s 4-for-7 with three walks and five steals in his last two games. On the year, he’s reached base in all 11 games, hitting .359/.480/.538 with 10 walks, nine strikeouts, and 12 steals – second-most in the minors. On the other end of the spectrum, Rafael Devers snapped an 0-for-18 slump with a ninth-inning single on Monday; he’s struggled to a .150/.261/.300 start.

In Single A Greenville, Michael Chavis has back-to-back three-hit games with a homer, giving him a .378/.417/.578 line through 11 games – a tremendous start, though with his ratio of one walk to nine strikeouts offering a bit of reason for caution. First baseman Josh Ockimey blasted his second and third homers of the year over the weekend. He’s hitting .282/.364/.590 for Greenville. Righthander Anderson Espinoza matched a career-high with seven strikeouts on Monday while allowing a run on three singles and two walks in five innings; the 18-year-old has a 2.40 ERA with 16 strikeouts and two walks in 15 innings.Speier

RedSoxtober
04-20-2016, 03:32 PM
Sam Travis had another monster night at the plate in the cleanup spot, going 4-for-5 with a double, two RBIs and three runs. He led the way offensively in a game where the PawSox racked up nine runs. This was his third consecutive multi-hit game, and he now is batting .327 through 13 games, with two home runs and 10 RBIs.

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Rusney Castillo was 2-for-5 with two singles. Blake Swihart was just 1-for-5. Castillo is batting .381 since being sent down to Triple-A, while Swihart is right on the Mendoza line at .200.

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Roman Mendez went 1 1/3 innings in relief, allowing two earned on one hit and two walks. Pat Light (Boston’s No. 18 prospect on MLB.com) came in for the ninth and set Rochester down in order, striking out two of the three batters he faced.

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Pitcher Kevin McAvoy remained undefeated on the season with another impressive performance. The 22-year-old right-hander from Bryant University went six innings, allowing just one earned run on four hits. He walked two and struck out four. McAvoy now is 3-0 through his first three starts with a 2.16 ERA, 0.90 WHIP and 14 strikeouts in 16 2/3 innings of work.

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Center fielder Andrew Benintendi (Boston’s No. 4 prospect on MLB.com) extended his hitting streak to 10 games as he went 2-for-5 with a triple and three RBIs, upping his batting average to .327.

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Shortstop Mauricio Dubon (Boston’s No. 17 prospect on MLB.com) finished 3-for-7 in the extra-inning affair, raising his average to .362. Yoan Moncada (Boston’s No. 1 prospect on MLB.com) was 1-for-3 with two RBIs, three walks and two runs scored.

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Starting pitcher Travis Lakins allowed just one run over five innings of work but did not factor into the decision after the Red Sox bullpen blew the lead he left with. The right-hander from Ohio State allowed five hits, walked two batters and struck out seven.

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Catcher Austin Rei (Boston’s No. 14 prospect on MLB.com) led the way in what was an offensive rampage by the Drive, who scored 16 runs after putting 13 on the board Monday night. Rei was 2-for-5 with a triple, a home run and five RBIs.

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Third baseman Michael Chavis (Boston’s No. 8 prospect on MLB.com) homered for the third consecutive game. He finished 2-for-4 with a home run, one RBI and two walks. His season average is .388, with three home runs and 13 RBIs.weei.com

Benintendi's 6 triples (in 11 games!) leads the minor leagues... as does Moncada's 13 SB.

Rusney is screaming AAAA.

BoSox47
04-20-2016, 04:20 PM
I would rather have Rusney getting AB's than chris young.

RedSoxtober
04-21-2016, 09:15 AM
First baseman Sam Travis had another good day at the plate. Travis went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. He is now batting .339 on the season.

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Despite getting no-decision, Teddy Stankiewicz was impressive for the third start in a row. He went six shutout innings and allowed four hits, while not walking a batter and striking out six. In his three starts (18 innings) he’s allowed just two runs.

“He’s throwing strikes,” manager Carlos Febles said via the Portland Free Press. “He has a four-pitch mix and can throw them all for strike, keeping (hitters) off balance. He’s been doing that since his first start. Very impressive.”

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Williams Jerez pitched two scoreless innings of relief and then Luis Ysla pitched the ninth to earn the save.

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Mike Meyers paced the [Salem] offense with three hits, including a home run. He is now hitting .286 on the year.weei.com

Benintendi, Chavis, and Moncada all had the day off.

Bo Sox Fan
04-21-2016, 10:02 AM
Travis' stock seems to be rising immensely on a daily basis. You'd think he, Swihart and Devers could be the key to landing the #1A / #2 starter this team so desperately needs at some point this season.

RedSoxtober
04-22-2016, 12:37 PM
LHP Brian Johnson (Boston’s No. 6 prospect at MLB.com) took the loss with a final line of: 5 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 5 SO (95 pitches, 54 strikes). The 25-year-old Johnson (1-2, 2.51 ERA) battled control problems early, walking three in the second inning alone although keeping the game scoreless into the third.

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RHP Pat Light (Boston’s No. 15 prospect at MLB.com) entered with one out and a runner on second in the seventh, cleaning up the frame with a ground out and a strikeout via his split-finger fastball. However, Light was touched up in the eighth as he allowed a deep shot on a first-pitch fastball pulled over the left-center fence. It was the first homer allowed by Light this season. In five outings so far in 2016 Light has allowed three earned runs in 6 2/3 innings with 10 strikeouts and three walks.

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Center fielder Andrew Benintendi (Boston’s No. 3 prospect at MLB.com) doubled to extend his hitting streak to 11 games, finishing 1-for-4 with a run scored. The 21-year-old Benintendi has hits in 12 of 14 games played this year, slashing .321/.381/.625 with six triples and five doubles to go with 10 RBIs and 10 runs scored.

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Second baseman Yoan Moncada (Boston’s No. 1 prospect at MLB.com) also extended his hitting streak to 11 games, going 1-for-3 with a single and a walk. The 20-year-old Moncada has hit safely in 12 of 13 games this season and has reached safely in all 13, slashing .356/.508/.511 so far with five extra-base hits.

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Third baseman Rafael Devers (Boston’s No. 2 prospect at MLB.com) continues to struggle at the plate, going 0-for-4 to lower his average to just .135 (7-for-52) through 14 games. Devers has a home run and three doubles to go with eight walks, but has had just one multi-hit game so far this year.

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Left fielder Kyri Washington hit his fifth home run — tied for the South Atlantic League lead — to tie the game 6-6 in the fourth inning. The homer, estimated at 405 feet, came on a 1-1 offspeed pitch and was pulled over the Fluor Field “Green Monster” in left; the blast extended Washington’s hitting streak to five games.

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Third baseman Michael Chavis (Boston’s No. 10 prospect at MLB.com) extended his hitting streak to six games with a single in the third, while also adding a walk. The 20-year-old Chavis is off to a 20-for-53 (.377) start with three homers, three doubles, 13 RBIs and 10 runs scored. His 20 hits are the second most in the South Atlantic League.
weei.com

RedSoxtober
04-25-2016, 10:50 AM
RHP Justin Haley suffered from the lack of run support, taking the loss despite a solid final line of: 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO (90 pitches, 61 strikes). The 24-year-old Haley (0-2, 3.44 ERA) allowed a run in the first on back-to-back hits but then retired 11 straight before a leadoff walk in the fifth. A leadoff home run in the seventh was the only other damage against Haley as he finished with seven ground ball outs to just three in the air.

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Yoan Moncada (Boston’s No. 1 prospect at MLB.com) and center fielder Andrew Benintendi (Boston’s No. 3 prospect at MLB.com) both singled in the first inning to promptly extend their hitting streaks to 14 games as Salem plated three runs in the first and hung on for the win.

Moncada, 20, was just 1-for-4 with two strikeouts, but his first-inning single led to the game’s first run as he advanced to second on a pickoff attempt (throwing error) and came home on an RBI single from shortstop Deiner Lopez. Moncada has reached safely in all 16 games he’s played this year and is slashing .350/.474/.483 with two triples, four doubles, 15 runs, eight RBIs, 14 walks and 13 stolen bases. His on-base percentage (.474) is tied for the Carolina League lead.

Benintendi, 21, singled to center in the first and later scored on a wild pitch. He finished the game 1-for-4 with three fly outs to put his slash line at .333/.390/.623 through 17 games with six triples, eight doubles, 15 runs and 11 RBIs. Benintendi’s slugging percentage (.623) is the second-highest mark in the Carolina League.

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RHP Travis Lakins (Boston’s No. 11 prospect at MLB.com) earned the victory with a final line of: 5 2/3 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 SO (87 pitches, 59 strikes). Lakins’s lone blemish came in the first as he walked the game’s leadoff man and he came in to score on a fielding error by right fielder Mike Meyers. The 21-year-old Lakins (2-1, 2.33 ERA) then allowed leadoff batters to reach in the second (single) and third (walk) but stranded both runners. Lakins gave up singles in the fifth and sixth before being removed.
weei.com

RedSoxtober
04-25-2016, 09:40 PM
It’s a hole the Red Sox haven’t filled, and really haven’t prioritized, since the season started — a back-up left-handed-hitting outfielder.
But with Brock Holt the only lefty-hitting outfielder on the roster, and Chris Young showing no signs that he will reverse his struggles against right-handed pitching (against which he’s 1-for-12 with eight strikeouts), there is a hole on the roster.

It was a dynamic that forced Red Sox manager John Farrell to pinch-hit for Young with right-handed-hitting Josh Rutledge, Saturday. (Rutledge ripped an RBI double against righty reliever Ken Giles.)

So when David Murphy — who had been with the Red Sox in spring training — opted out of his contract with the Twins Monday, it potentially opened the door for a move. But according to team sources, the Red Sox don’t have any interest in bringing Murphy back.

The plan, for the time being, will be to integrate both the left-hitting Marco Hernandez and Blake Swihart, a switch-hitter into left field with Triple-A Pawtucket. That process began Monday night, with Hernandez playing his first game in left for the PawSox.

Other than Hernandez and Swihart, the Red Sox don’t have any left-handed-hitting outfield options at Triple-A.

Another possibility to see some action in the outfield at some point this season is the hot-hitting Sam Travis. But while the Red Sox have discussed such a move for the future, the organization is committed to keeping Travis at first base for the time being.weei.com

RedSoxtober
04-26-2016, 11:43 AM
Starter William Cuevas, back with the PawSox after a brief stint in the Boston bullpen, was dominant in his return to Triple-A. The Venezuelan right-hander threw seven shutout innings, allowing just three hits. He walked three and struck out four in improving to 2-1 with a 3.86 ERA and 1.18 WHIP.

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Marco Hernandez (Boston’s No. 19 prospect on MLB.com) played left field and went 3-for-5 with a double and one strikeout. Swihart also finished with three hits, going 3-for-4 with a double, one RBI and one walk. Sam Travis had another multi-hit performance, going 2-for-5 with two doubles. He added one RBI and two strikeouts. His average now sits at .306 to go with two home runs and 14 RBIs.

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Catcher Jake Romanski was the lone member of the Sea Dogs with multiple hits, as he went 2-for-4 to raise his average to .340. Third baseman Jordan Betts homered but struck out in his other three at-bats.
weei.com

RedSoxtober
04-27-2016, 03:34 PM
Though Teddy Stankiewicz struck out a season-low two batters for Double A Portland, he delivered his fourth straight quality start, allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits over six innings (his fourth straight six-inning start). Though he has yet to record a decision, the 22-year-old has a 1.13 ERA with 18 strikeouts and four walks in 24 innings.

Andrew Benintendi and Yoan Moncada extended their hitting streaks for High A Salem to 15 games in very different ways. Benintendi went 2-for-4 and made contact in all four plate appearances, leaving him with five walks and just four strikeouts. Moncada, meanwhile, went 1-for-4 but nearly matched Benintendi’s season strikeout total by fanning three times, all swinging. Moncada now has struck out 19 times (23.5 percent of plate appearances). Still, Ben Badler of Baseball America identifies both prospects as candidates for early-season promotions.

For the second straight outing, 18-year-old Roniel Raudes was knocked out of a game in the fourth inning, permitting three runs in 3 2/3 innings for Single A Greenville. Raudes is 2-1 with a 2.65 ERA, 13 strikeouts, and five walks in 17 innings for the Drive – impressive numbers given that he’s one of the youngest pitchers at the level, but without the wow factor that has followed Drive teammate Anderson Espinoza.Speier

celticsman2009
04-27-2016, 04:39 PM
Can we talk about how nasty Moncada and Benintendi have been? How much longer until they're up in Portland?

Also, Devers has been very bad. I know he's only 19, but still.

RedSoxtober
04-28-2016, 09:06 AM
I agree on Moncada and Benintendi. Ramos should be pretty easy to displace at POR; he's clearly a guy whose just putting in his time and moving up the ladder just because. Similarly, the bloom is off the rose with Rijo (.182/.237/.309). Neither of these guys should slow down Moncada/Benintendi.

The only argument AGAINST moving them up would be to manage the flow of talent to MLB. If you move them both deliberately (e.g., one stop per year) through the system then they hit MLB roughly at the end of JBJ/Pedroia's time with the Sox. Theo/BC would have tended towards this side of the argument but I'm not familiar enough with DD to know.

It'll be interesting to see how Devers responds. This is obviously the first time that he's struggled at baseball in his life.

BoSox47
04-28-2016, 01:45 PM
Devers has been more unlucky than he has been slumping. His BABIP (Batting average of balls in play) is .157 which is ridiculously low and his ISO is only slightly below his norm.
He has a K rate of 17.9 which is average for him. He has also drawn 11 walks and has 14 SO.

His time will come he has just been unlucky to where he has hit the ball. Extremely unlucky actually.

RedSoxtober
04-28-2016, 03:18 PM
Salem scored 10 runs with two outs in the eighth inning to come away with a wild win. In the inning they had four RBI walks, a RBI hit-by-pitch for Ben Moore, a RBI single by Mauricio Dubon and a three-run homer by Andrew Benintendi, his first of the season. The homer extended his hit streak to 16 games.

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Three members of the lineup recorded three-hit games — Dubon, Nick Longhi and Rafael Devers. One of Devers’ hits was a home run and he finished the game with four RBIs. Devers is hitting .149 on the season, but the two-hit game should get him some momentum moving forward.

Yoan Moncada’s hit streak ended at 15 games as he went 0-for-4 with a walk.weei.com

Green_Monster
05-07-2016, 10:14 AM
Moncada and Benintendi are dominating in Salem. I hope they're promoted before the end of the month.

-Lavigne43-
05-08-2016, 02:26 PM
Now that Benintendi's streak is over I wouldn't be surprised to see him promoted soon. This is usually around the time the Red Sox have promoted guys off to great starts in the past. I remember hearing some ludicrous stat that Benintendi hadn't swung and miss at a single pitch for some ridiculous stretch of at bats. He's clearly not being challenged in A ball.

Green_Monster
05-15-2016, 09:53 PM
Andrew Benintendi was promoted to Portland.

celticsman2009
05-16-2016, 09:38 AM
I made the prediction of Benintendi being in LF at the Allstar break. It's a possibility now. If he continues to hit at Portland, I could see him bypassing AAA. Holt is more valuable on the bench.

BoSox47
05-16-2016, 09:44 PM
I think Benintendi finishes year in the minors and gets a chance at a spot in the OF next year. Wouldnt mind an early call up but he did just leave Single A

papipapsmanny
05-16-2016, 11:08 PM
I think Sandoval is just going to be straight up dumped if no one trades for him. Ortiz unfortunately will not be here next season.

Hanley goes to DH, Shaw stays at 3B, and I don't see any reason why Travis cannot be the 1B or given a chance at this point, unless there is something wrong with his Defense I do not know about.

Benintendi going to AA, if he does very well, I won't be surprised to see him starting in our OF in 2017.

Betts
Pedroia
Bogaerts
Hanley
Shaw
JBJ
Travis
Benintendi
Vazquez

Swihart, Castillo, Johnson, Marrero, Owens, Buchholz, Kelly, need to in somehow/someway be turned into a quality SP.

Price
Edro
SP traded for
Porcello
Wright

We have to turn that excess into something before it withers away value wise

RedSoxtober
05-31-2016, 10:52 AM
The Sox have lost top prospect Sam Travis for the season. The 22-year-old first baseman, a second-round pick in 2014, tore his left ACL playing for Pawtucket on Sunday. He will have surgery, keeping him out for the rest of the year.

He’s expected to be ready for 2017.

“He was in a rundown yesterday and his knee buckled on him,” Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said at Camden Yards.

A right-handed hitter, Travis finished the year with six home runs, a .272 average, .332 on-base percentage and .434 slugging percentage.Boston Herald

Green_Monster
05-31-2016, 11:28 AM
That's awful.

RedSoxtober
06-15-2016, 05:50 PM
“I had a lot of growing up to do and I feel like I have,” Kopech said at the Lowell Spinners’ media day Wednesday. “I was able to go down there and work on myself as a person, work on myself as a pitcher. Bettering myself is all I am here to do and I just want to continue that.”

Added Kopech: “I don’t want to say I was immature — but I definitely had a lot of growing up to do. I think I’ve matured a lot in the past few months being stuck in Florida working on pitching, getting out of there. I had a lot of time to think and I think in the long-run it helped me.”

In 16 games with Greenville last season, Kopech went 4-5 with a 2.63 ERA, but had 70 strikeouts in 65 innings. After he was suspended he was able to still work out at the complex in Fort Myers where a lot of work went into his off-speed pitches. He pitched in games during the fall instructional league to make up the innings he missed during the year.

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“I know it’s been a rough year, but to have an organization that supports me and backs me 100 percent of the way, it means a lot,” Kopech said. “It shows they never really gave up on me.”

Kopech will start Friday night for the Spinners in the short-season, Single-A opener. He’s unsure how long he will be in Lowell, but his focus and attitude remains the same — get better.weei.com

RedSoxtober
06-20-2016, 09:16 AM
The High-A Salem Red Sox announced Sunday night Moncada, Ben Taylor and Jalen Beeks have been promoted to Double-A Portland. The Sea Dogs are off on Monday, so it’s possible Moncada will make his debut Tuesday night in Portland.

Moncada appeared in 61 games with Salem where he slashed .307/.427/.496 with four home runs and 34 RBIs. He also has stolen 36 bases, while only being caught eight times. The second baseman has been hot of late as in 14 games in June he’s hitting .345.

Taylor, a right-hander, was a seventh-round pick in last year’s draft. The reliever has an 0-2 record with a 2.60 ERA in 15 games this season. Over 45 innings he has 56 strikeouts.

Beeks, a left-handed starter, is 4-4 with a 3.07 ERA over 13 starts this season. He was a 12th-round pick in the 2014 draft.

Salem is on its All-Star break, which is generally the time for promotions. Shortstop Mauricio Dubon could move up soon as he’s playing in Tuesday’s All-Star Game, but noting has been made official.weei.com

RedSoxtober
06-21-2016, 04:49 PM
Brock Holt also played for Pawtucket to begin a rehab assignment. He had a pair of doubles and a pair of catches in left field Monday. Kevin McNamara of the Providence Journal has more on Holt’s latest step (http://click.email.bostonglobe.com/?qs=8009a56a3a7b06c534f9b1fb46c8bf75be852c0d9d6c1f 3342bb5ce9a726a5f0e1d09ab83c779ec2) on the road back from a concussion.Alex Speier

RedSoxtober
06-23-2016, 09:38 AM
All Star action


— Mauricio Dubon represented Salem as the starting shortstop on the Carolina League team. Dubon drove home the first run of the game on a sacrifice fly to right field. Dubon added a RBI single in the fifth inning. The shortstop finished the game 1-for-2.


— Josh Ockimey, Luis Alejandro Basabe, Mitchell Gunsolus, Austin Rei and Tate Matheny were the position players representing the Drive on the SAL South Division team. Ockimey started the game as the designated hitter and went 1-for-2 with a walk. Basabe came into the game in the sixth inning as the shortstop and went 0-for-2 with a strikeout. Matheny was also subbed in the sixth inning as the left fielder and finished the game going 0-for-2 with a strikeout. Gunsolus started the game at third base and went 2-for-4 with a double and a strikeout. Finally, Rei entered the game behind the plate in the seventh inning and got the South squad on the board with a solo home run in the eighth.

— The Drive also sent pitchers Jake Cosart, Aneylo Leclerc and Roneil Raudes to the All-Star Game. Cosart started the seventh inning and pitched one inning allowing no runs, one hit and one walk with three strikeouts. Leclerc came in during eighth inning with two outs and got the final out of the inning by getting a pop out in foul territory. Raudes did not pitch.weei.com

RedSoxtober
06-24-2016, 01:54 PM
Kopech dealing in his first start (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6iqIGOTguzU) of the year if anyone's interested.

papipapsmanny
06-26-2016, 05:02 PM
I think we need to start thinking about moving Moncada to 3B. Offensively if he keep it up his ETA is within a year possibly (beginning to mid 2017). I believe the same goes for Benintendi.

It is too bad Travis got hurt because it looked like he was on track to get a call up late this season and perhaps man 1B next season, but with the ACL probably not until after July 2017 we may see him up.

These guys may make DD make Shaw available in a trade

BoSox47
06-28-2016, 10:34 AM
Not sure if anyone has been paying attention, but Trey Ball is putting together a good first hald of his season in high A Salem. His walk totals are up but still pitching well otherwise.

Last 3 starts:
0.93 ERA, 13 SO 8 BB in 19 1/3 innings

Season:
5-3 2.29 ERA 38 SO, 29 BB, 59 innings 1.271 WHIP and only .3 HR/9

While the walks are high, he has vastly improved the past few season.

RedSoxtober
06-28-2016, 10:41 AM
He has been pitching exceptionally well lately but Ball is going to be a long term project. Coming from a cold-weather region, he just didn't have the reps that a lot of other guys had before he was drafted. As a result, he's basically on age with his competition and just starting to put it together. His development reminds me a bit of Randy Johnson in that his tall, thin body seems like it's going to take a lot of physical maturity to keep all the moving parts together.

BoSox47
06-28-2016, 11:09 AM
Rafael Devers has picked up his game as of late.

Last 26 games:
.320 BA, 1 HR, 12 RBI .350 OBP .752 OPS

Could use a little more power, hitting a lot of singles. Regardless its a nice turn around from how he started the season.

RedSoxtober
06-28-2016, 02:03 PM
The lack of power is troubling even still. Power often comes late but a great deal of his status as a prospect was tied to the power that he showed at such a young age.

BoSox47
06-28-2016, 02:54 PM
Give him time, he was struggling and probably shortened up his swing just to make sure he was putting the ball in play. I wouldn't be surprised to see a spike in his XB hits now that he is gaining confidence at the plate. He is still only 19 until October.

RedSoxtober
06-28-2016, 10:13 PM
I'm hardly giving up on him or suggesting that he's toast (though he probably is the highest ranked prospect that I'd give up in a trade without worry). It's pretty simple, though: his prospect status is ENTIRELY related to his power. He's not a great fielder, he's relatively slow, and he's playing a position that has a relatively early attrition.

RedSoxtober
06-28-2016, 10:14 PM
Besides their major league All-Stars, the Red Sox will have other players representing them in San Diego during the All-Star week next month.

Second baseman Yoan Moncada has been selected to the Team World team and center fielder Andrew Benintendi has been selected to the Team USA team for the 2016 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game.weei.com

RedSoxtober
06-30-2016, 09:05 AM
Andrew Benintendi, Boston’s No. 3 prospect at MLB.com, went 4-for-5 [on Tuesday] with two doubles, two runs, an RBI and a stolen base on Tuesday. It was his tenth multi-hit performance in his last 17 games, and his second four-hit game this year. On the season, the 21-year-old prospect is slashing .302/.366/.487 in 70 games between High-A Salem and Portland. He also has 54 RBIs, 50 runs, and 31 steals.weei.com

BoSox47
06-30-2016, 10:36 AM
I wonder how many more multi hit performances until they start thinking about calling Benintendi up. Especially with the black hole of a LF we have.

RedSoxtober
06-30-2016, 01:18 PM
Also named to the World team were outfielder Manuel Margot and infielder Carlos Asuaje, two prospects Red Sox traded to San Diego this past offseason for Craig Kimbrel.

Margot is hitting .295 with a .761 OPS, 13 doubles, seven triples and three homers in 74 games for Triple-A El Paso. Asuaje is also in El Paso, where he hitting .324 with an .856 OPS, 15 doubles, seven triples and four homers.MassLive.com

RedSoxtober
07-01-2016, 10:15 AM
n Double A Portland, outfielder Andrew Benintendi went 1-for-3 with a homer and a walk. With a .317/.375/.545 line in June, he’s elevated his line in the Eastern League to .284/.337/.459 with 13 walks, 17 extra-base hits, and 22 strikeouts. One year into his professional career, it’s time to start asking when Benintendi will make his major league debut, writes Ben Buchanan of Over The Monster.Speier

RedSoxtober
07-01-2016, 06:06 PM
Anyone know what's up with Kopech? He had his first start on June 17 and had an unusually high walk count (4.1IP/4BB) but the rest of the line was solid so the walks were attributed to rust. Okay, no big deal. Except that he has not started in the two weeks since that start. WTH?

BoSox47
07-02-2016, 08:00 PM
Devers 3/3 today with 2B, 3B, HR. His average was climbing but getting a lot of singles. Looks like he is gaining more confidence starting to drive the ball. Hopefully a sign of things to come.

RedSoxtober
07-03-2016, 02:48 PM
— Center fielder Andrew Benintendi went 2-for-3 with a home run, a triple, a walk and two RBIs. He’s now hitting .289/.343/.497 with five home runs and 26 RBIs in 41 games since being called up from Salem.

— Second baseman Yoan Moncada went 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, a walk and an RBI. He’s hitting .292/.320/.563 in 11 games since his call-up from Salem.

— Right fielder Aneury Tavarez went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI and now is hitting .319/.374/.455 in 56 Double-A games this season.weei.com

Bo Sox Fan
07-04-2016, 11:56 PM
The fans of this organization (most not all) really put too much stock into their prospects. It seems like every single kid that puts up great numbers in the minor leagues is an automatic shoe in to become an All-Star at the major league level in their minds.

I remember when our catchers position was (supposedly) the absolute strongest and surest thing in baseball heading into this season, just oozing with budding "MLB ready now" assets and talent. Well look at em now...

Swihart... converted to LF because he couldn't hack it defensively behind the plate. Should've dealt him in the offseason to headline a trade for a #2 pitcher while his stock was at its peak. Opportunity wasted. Now, DL.

Vazquez... what have you done for me lately? Sent to the minors because you can't hit a beach ball and a journeyman no name is outplaying you on both sides of the ball.

RedSoxtober
07-05-2016, 10:20 AM
^ Wow, you get that from a post in a thread ABOUT PROSPECTS that highlights two players that you considerable untradable? Stunning.

Bo Sox Fan
07-05-2016, 05:18 PM
^ Wow, you get that from a post in a thread ABOUT PROSPECTS that highlights two players that you considerable untradable? Stunning.

Actually, false. Swihart & Vazquez were considered prospects this time last year, and have barely graduated from the farm system. So the comment fits the thread, or, you know... I could create a new thread to join the other 600 you've created, most of which warrant zero reply's. But I don't want other posters to have to climb over anymore useless threads to find the one they're looking for.

So I will post my comment here where it fits and that will be fine RedSoxtober. Thanks for your concern though.

Pittz
07-05-2016, 07:11 PM
Actually, false. Swihart & Vazquez were considered prospects this time last year, and have barely graduated from the farm system. So the comment fits the thread, or, you know... I could create a new thread to join the other 600 you've created, most of which warrant zero reply's. But I don't want other posters to have to climb over anymore useless threads to find the one they're looking for.

So I will post my comment here where it fits and that will be fine RedSoxtober. Thanks for your concern though.

How have you not been banned? Why do you have a personal vendetta against RST? Why are you opposed to rational thought and discourse??

RedSoxtober
07-06-2016, 04:04 PM
Righthander Brandon Workman arrived at a milestone in his return from Tommy John surgery, kicking off a rehab assignment with a pair of innings in the Rookie Level Gulf Coast League. Workman allowed a run on two doubles in two innings while striking out three and walking none. Workman’s velocity was up to 92 m.p.h. on Tuesday, even as his delivery remained under control, allowing him not only to throw strikes but also suggesting that there likely will be more power in the tank as he continues his progression.Speier

Green_Monster
07-06-2016, 04:18 PM
There's some good news. He may be able to be a solid bullpen piece in a little while.

Mamba42
07-06-2016, 05:04 PM
Keep it civil fellas.

I don't think Swihart or Vazquez alone were ever going to net a solid #2 pitcher.

Green_Monster
07-06-2016, 07:39 PM
Keep it civil fellas.

I don't think Swihart or Vazquez alone were ever going to net a solid #2 pitcher.

Swihart was in the Cole Hamels discussions, and probably could've been the main piece if the Red Sox were willing. Not many prospects would've gotten Hamels by themselves.

Vazquez had more value to Boston than other teams. He was never a high ranked prospect.

Mamba42
07-06-2016, 10:17 PM
Swihart was in the Cole Hamels discussions, and probably could've been the main piece if the Red Sox were willing. Not many prospects would've gotten Hamels by themselves.

Vazquez had more value to Boston than other teams. He was never a high ranked prospect.
I think Swihart is still viewed favorably around the league. For instance in Braves rumors they would want to move him back to catcher. But his value is definitely less than it was if he was going to be a main piece for Hamels

RedSoxtober
07-07-2016, 10:15 AM
I tend to think that Swihart's transition to the OF was somewhat multifaceted. The Sox needed someone to complement Young, they liked Swihart's bat (switch hitting in particular), he had OF experience, and they'd prefer Holt in a super utility role. I am not yet convinced that his days behind the plate are done.

BoSox47
07-07-2016, 11:09 AM
Devers continues his hot streak with 3 doubles yesterday. Starting to get more and more extra base hits.

Last 20 games:

.329 avg .889 OPS 8 doubles, 2 triples, 1 home run, 10 RBI

Encouraging to see him battle through and have sustained success again.

Bo Sox Fan
07-07-2016, 11:21 AM
Devers continues his hot streak with 3 doubles yesterday. Starting to get more and more extra base hits.

Last 20 games:

.329 avg .889 OPS 8 doubles, 2 triples, 1 home run, 10 RBI

Encouraging to see him battle through and have sustained success again.

Couldn't have come at a better time with the trade deadline approaching.

RedSoxtober
07-07-2016, 02:16 PM
Trey Ball went three innings for Salem, allowing five runs on three hits with seven walks and a pair of strikeouts. The 22-year-old is now 5-4 this season with a 3.36 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP.weei.com

lol

RedSoxtober
07-07-2016, 03:50 PM
Sox farm system in BP's top 50


2. Yoan Moncada, 2B, Boston Red Sox
Why He'll Succeed: An explosive power/speed combination that propels him to stardom despite a non-premium defensive position.

Why He Might Fail: His shirts could become tighter and tighter until he earns Dan Uggla comparisons as a shirt-wearer and a baseball player.

11. Andrew Benintendi, OF, Boston Red Sox
Why He’ll Succeed: The roaring start to Benintendi’s pro career is indicative of a player who has rapidly—and in some cases unexpectedly—grown into a hitter capable of maintaining a high average, getting on base, and slugging the ball.

Why He Might Fail: Advanced arms figure out how to sequence against and manipulate an aggressive hitter who can’t counter with his own adjustment.

19. Rafael Devers, 3B, Boston Red Sox
Why He'll Succeed: He maintains his lower half and defensive range enough to stick at the hot corner, where his plus hit and power tools make for a special profile.

Why He Might Fail: He could gain weight in his lower half, forcing a shift to first base, where the power and hit tools aren’t quite as special.

24. Anderson Espinoza, RHP, Boston Red Sox
Why He'll Succeed: Espinoza’s stuff is ridiculously advanced for his age/lack of experience, showing a plus-plus fastball and two plus secondary pitches while throwing strikes with all three.

Why He Might Fail: Calling him slight of build is an understatement, and as good as the stuff is, you have to wonder if he’s going to be able to handle the rigors of a 180-200 inning workload.


Dearly departed


16. Manuel Margot, CF, San Diego Padres
Why He'll Succeed: A well-rounded player, Margot will hit and play a plus center field at the highest level. Even if the power never shows up, he’s an easy regular, and he could hit .300 for years.

Why He Might Fail: Fail is a relative term here. Sure, anyone could pull a Brandon Wood and just not hit at all, but realistically, Margot’s floor is as a player who hits .250 with no power instead of .280. That’s still a big leaguer, if not an impact one.

RedSoxtober
07-07-2016, 04:23 PM
In Single A Greenville, 18-year-old righthander Anderson Espinoza took the loss, allowing four earned runs in five innings. He walked none and struck out three. In his last four starts, the youngest pitcher in the South Atlantic League has a 6.75 ERA with six walks and 11 strikeouts, a performance slip that suggests the possibility of fatigue as he blows into uncharted workload totals.

Joe Kelly made his first relief appearance in a rehab game, throwing a hitless inning while walking one and striking out one for the Lowell Spinners. His fastball was 91-96 mph, a pitch that he complemented with an 85-86 mph slider. He’ll next pitch for Double A Portland.Speier

win red sox
07-07-2016, 06:36 PM
I tend to think that Swihart's transition to the OF was somewhat multifaceted. The Sox needed someone to complement Young, they liked Swihart's bat (switch hitting in particular), he had OF experience, and they'd prefer Holt in a super utility role. I am not yet convinced that his days behind the plate are done.

This hit's the nail on the head. I still think that Swihart has the ability to be a top 5 catcher, though it probably won't be with the Sox.

win red sox
07-07-2016, 06:37 PM
Devers continues his hot streak with 3 doubles yesterday. Starting to get more and more extra base hits.

Last 20 games:

.329 avg .889 OPS 8 doubles, 2 triples, 1 home run, 10 RBI

Encouraging to see him battle through and have sustained success again.

easily the highest ceiling in the system when it comes to the batting profile.

BoSox47
07-07-2016, 09:06 PM
@redsoxstats
In Kopech's High-A debut he struck out 6 of 14 batters in 4 innings, with 1 hit allowed. Had a 9 pitch, 3 K inning where he hit 101 on gun.

Bo Sox Fan
07-07-2016, 10:59 PM
@redsoxstats
In Kopech's High-A debut he struck out 6 of 14 batters in 4 innings, with 1 hit allowed. Had a 9 pitch, 3 K inning where he hit 101 on gun.

Once again, reminds me of a young Strasburg with his fluid delivery and high velocity. Regardless of the previous off field issues, he could eventually be a diamond in the rough prospect that blossoms into a star.

RedSoxtober
07-08-2016, 10:59 AM
Once again, reminds me of a young Strasburg with his fluid delivery and high velocity. Regardless of the previous off field issues, he could eventually be a diamond in the rough prospect that blossoms into a star.

Did you watch the game?

He is, without question, the highest ceiling pitcher not named Espinoza. He may have a better floor, and may ultimately prove the better MLB pitcher, because he has a significantly better frame. Scouts have universally commented on his off-field issues, though, so they cannot be completely dismissed. If he can get through the end of 2017 and keep his nose clean then he could be knocking on the door of someone's MLB rotation.

Finally found a reference to what kept him off the mound between Lowell and Salem. He had a mild calf strain. I wonder a bit if the strain came before his start but he was so amped about getting back into the game he just covered it up. Wouldn't be the first time a kid did that. I'd feel a bit better if that was the case because there were some mild concerns in that first start (pitches lacking finish, 4BB/4.1IP) that could be pretty well explained by it.

RedSoxtober
07-09-2016, 12:46 PM
It was a tough rehab outing for Brandon Workman who didn’t record an out in the sixth inning. He faced five batters and didn’t retire any of them. He walked two and allowed two hits before being pulled with the training staff going to the mound to get him.

“He kind of just felt something on his side, so it was precautionary to get him out before it got any worse,” said Spinners manager Iggy Suarez of Workman’s injury to Matt Langone of the Lowell Sun.weei.com

chomaru
07-10-2016, 12:31 PM
strained oblique


Workman, while on rehab assignment as he works his way back from Tommy John elbow surgery, suffered a strained oblique during an appearance Friday, Julian Benbow of the Boston Globe reports.
This setback will delay Workman's return, though the organization was not banking on him coming back to a significant role at the major league level.

cbssports.com

RedSoxtober
07-11-2016, 03:15 PM
Top Boston prospect Rafael Devers led the way offensively for Salem, going 4-for-5 with a double, a triple and a run scored. It is the first time the 19-year-old posted at least four hits since he went 5-for-5 on June 9. He crossed home plate in the fifth inning on a Nick Longhi double and was a home run shy of the cycle. Devers now has six multi-hit games in his last ten games.weei.com

RedSoxtober
07-11-2016, 05:08 PM
In the Rookie Level Gulf Coast League, lefthander Brian Johnson allowed one run on three hits and a walk in four innings while striking out five as he continues to work back towards a full-season affiliate after seeking treatment for anxiety.weei.com

soxer04
07-13-2016, 07:11 PM
Not sure if anyone has been paying attention, but Trey Ball is putting together a good first hald of his season in high A Salem. His walk totals are up but still pitching well otherwise.

Last 3 starts:
0.93 ERA, 13 SO 8 BB in 19 1/3 innings

Season:
5-3 2.29 ERA 38 SO, 29 BB, 59 innings 1.271 WHIP and only .3 HR/9

While the walks are high, he has vastly improved the past few season.

Not any more. He's been getting lit up. He's let up 14 runs in 11.33 innings. And 14 walks (11 s.o.'s). He has 3.71 ERA now along with 1.5 WHIP.

ZHawk1123
07-14-2016, 12:58 PM
Guys... Michael Kopech hit 105 mph on the gun last night... Talk about a return from injury!

This kid is going to be special.

Bo Sox Fan
07-14-2016, 01:13 PM
Guys... Michael Kopech hit 105 mph on the gun last night... Talk about a return from injury!

This kid is going to be special.

Eat your heart out Strasburg & Syndagaard. And Chapman... Lol

j-bay
07-14-2016, 01:51 PM
Eat your heart out Strasburg & Syndagaard. And Chapman... Lol

Like i said in the other thread the talent is there. Its the other stuff that is a concern. Also i see him being our 3 or 4. Numbers 1 and 2 go to Groome and Espinoza

j-bay
07-14-2016, 01:58 PM
There is a concern with him throwing that hard. From Keith Law

He's on my top 50, and that was before he hit 105 (but he had hit 103). I don't really know what to do with him - has any starter had this kind of velocity without blowing out in the short term? Relievers have, starters haven't. Is he the great exception?

papipapsmanny
07-16-2016, 12:45 PM
I think it is time to be looking at Josh Ockimey as a serious power threat in the system. 20 years old in Greenville with 15 HRs so far this year

Green_Monster
07-18-2016, 09:54 PM
Moncada was OPS'ing 1.039 in Portland before today. He hit two homers today. It's too easy for him down there.

RedSoxtober
07-20-2016, 11:04 AM
Reading between the lines, I believe that Moncada's defense is what's going to keep him in AA for a while. POR is often the spot where they like to introduce a new position but, when asked about that, the Sox FO have made comments about "securing his current position" and the like. Comments at the end of 2015 ran along the lines of converting him from a tremendously gifted athlete into an athletic baseball player. Putting it all together, it seems that they're trying to help him make better baseball decisions overall with a particular emphasis on defense.

FWIW, they may be in no rush to promote him. Slowing his arrival also means reducing the number of difficult roster decisions that need to be made.

BoSox47
07-20-2016, 11:26 AM
Reading between the lines, I believe that Moncada's defense is what's going to keep him in AA for a while. POR is often the spot where they like to introduce a new position but, when asked about that, the Sox FO have made comments about "securing his current position" and the like. Comments at the end of 2015 ran along the lines of converting him from a tremendously gifted athlete into an athletic baseball player. Putting it all together, it seems that they're trying to help him make better baseball decisions overall with a particular emphasis on defense.

FWIW, they may be in no rush to promote him. Slowing his arrival also means reducing the number of difficult roster decisions that need to be made.

Well how long do you think they will keep him there? Usually they get 300 AB's at each level, many forego the AAA as Moncada and Benintendi will most likely do. Moncada has less than 100 AB's in Portland. Barring injury to pedroia he most likely wont be called up until september call ups.

Do you think its his defense holding him back or the organization just holding him back timing wise so he doesnt jump from A to MLB in 4 months.

Green_Monster
07-20-2016, 09:00 PM
I agree that his defense is what will keep him down. If he keeps crushing AA pitching though, he can work on his defense in AAA while facing better pitching.

RedSoxtober
07-20-2016, 10:28 PM
Well how long do you think they will keep him there? Usually they get 300 AB's at each level, many forego the AAA as Moncada and Benintendi will most likely do. Moncada has less than 100 AB's in Portland. Barring injury to pedroia he most likely wont be called up until september call ups.
You've made some pretty strong statements here that I do not believe are true; at least not as hard and fast as you're suggesting. I've never seen a "usual" number of PA though 300-400 is not unusual given the length of the MiLB season. And while it's not unusual for a prospect to skip AAA and go to MiLB, that path has been fairly contrary to what the Red Sox have done. There's obviously a new sheriff in town so who knows.

I should qualify this by saying that what I have in mind is attempting to transition him into MLB on a full time basis. Most teams like to add a couple of middle IFers and OFers during September and I could see Benintendi and Moncada being a part of that... but I doubt that it represents their permanent move to MLB.


Do you think its his defense holding him back or the organization just holding him back timing wise so he doesnt jump from A to MLB in 4 months.
I think that his defense is a big part of it. He had 23 errors in 621 defensive innings last year. He's been much better this year (11/680) but still far from steady. I think they're being deliberately slow to make sure he has one position down well before making any other moves.

If there's cause for concern about a quick path to MLB then I honestly would suggest that it has more to do with off field concerns. By "off field concerns" I mean only that they might want to make sure that he's well acclimated to life in the US; it's radically different than where he grew up and he's pretty young. Articles that I've read that featured his father-figure/agent definitely gave me the impression that he's naive for his age compared to what you'd expect of a 20 yr old US-born kid. It's a lot to get used to and he's better long-term not trying to do everything at once.

BoSox47
07-21-2016, 11:57 AM
You've made some pretty strong statements here that I do not believe are true; at least not as hard and fast as you're suggesting. I've never seen a "usual" number of PA though 300-400 is not unusual given the length of the MiLB season. And while it's not unusual for a prospect to skip AAA and go to MiLB, that path has been fairly contrary to what the Red Sox have done. There's obviously a new sheriff in town so who knows.

I should qualify this by saying that what I have in mind is attempting to transition him into MLB on a full time basis. Most teams like to add a couple of middle IFers and OFers during September and I could see Benintendi and Moncada being a part of that... but I doubt that it represents their permanent move to MLB.


I think that his defense is a big part of it. He had 23 errors in 621 defensive innings last year. He's been much better this year (11/680) but still far from steady. I think they're being deliberately slow to make sure he has one position down well before making any other moves.

If there's cause for concern about a quick path to MLB then I honestly would suggest that it has more to do with off field concerns. By "off field concerns" I mean only that they might want to make sure that he's well acclimated to life in the US; it's radically different than where he grew up and he's pretty young. Articles that I've read that featured his father-figure/agent definitely gave me the impression that he's naive for his age compared to what you'd expect of a 20 yr old US-born kid. It's a lot to get used to and he's better long-term not trying to do everything at once.

Not sure if I am reading your statement wrong at the top but plenty of players, who have sustained success and dont struggle at any levels see 400 PA and 300 AB give or take. Only exceptions are players that are extremely young when they enter the systems such as Devers. But as far as the jump from AA to majors, it is slightly rare but has bee ntalked about with both of our prospects recently. So if a jump is made it will be around Sept for both of them which lines up with 300-400 PA 300 AB

Moncada-
Greenville- 363 PA and 306 AB
Salem- 284 PA and 228 AB

Benintendi-
Single A(3 teams) -394 PA and 333 AB
Portland (AA) -221 PA 199 AB most likely a sept call up, right in line with 400PA/300AB

Devers goes slightly over those numbers, but it is exepected due to his age.

Kris Bryant:
AA - 297 PA 248 AB
AAA- 297 PA 244 AB

George Springer
(A) 500 PA 433 AB- slightly high
(AA) 404 PA 346 AB
(AAA) 327 PA 270 AB

Francisco Lindor- played low A for a while at age 17/18 but then got on 400/300 path after that
(A+) 373 PA 327 AB
(AA)387 PA 342 AB
(AAA) 442 PA 394 AB

While the jump from AA-majors is not common. The 400/300 threshold is commons in regards to when top prospects are promoted. Especially in the AA and AAA leagues.

As far as it represents Benintendi/ Moncada being sept call ups and not a reflection of them sustaining their spot. I would be surprised if Benintendi ever goes back down to the minors after being called up. He will most likely be a Sept call up and then make the MLB squad next season. Same as Moncada.

Mike Hazen said on WEEI two days ago that the Sox are talking about moving positions for the two of them. Benintendi to LF and Moncada to 3rd.

PLenty of more examples of the 400PA/300AB if you would like me to put up more, just gets tiring looking them up, but more than willing.

RedSoxtober
07-21-2016, 04:09 PM
While the jump from AA-majors is not common. The 400/300 threshold is commons in regards to when top prospects are promoted. Especially in the AA and AAA leagues.
We're just differing by degrees. I would call both jumping AA=>MLB and 300AB/400PA for promotion "not unusual" rather than common. 425AB/yr represents advancing a level per year. If you're simply narrowing the field to "elite prospects then 300-350AB per level would not be surprising as they'd move a bit quicker than the average kid. you hadn't mentioned that litmus test earlier.


As far as it represents Benintendi/ Moncada being sept call ups and not a reflection of them sustaining their spot. I would be surprised if Benintendi ever goes back down to the minors after being called up. He will most likely be a Sept call up and then make the MLB squad next season. Same as Moncada.
I won't be shocked if it happens for Benintendi because of the roster makeup. There's been a need for a LF all year, Holt is better served as a UTL, and Young is probably suited for a strong 4th OF. It's reasonable for him to stay if he's hitting MLB pitching (it's an offensive position at Fenway after all).

Much less convinced about Moncada though. I don't see him as guaranteed to hold a position with Shaw and Hanley handling their positions. And don't forget about Sandoval. And Sam Travis (who was hitting pretty well at AAA before his injury). If the Sox go into the FA pool to replace Ortiz' production (Bautista? Encarnacion?) then he'd be impacted as well. IMO there are too many roadblocks along the path right now... and his bat could be truly elite if he could stick at 2B.


Mike Hazen said on WEEI two days ago that the Sox are talking about moving positions for the two of them. Benintendi to LF and Moncada to 3rd.

I think that you're mistaken about Hazen's comments. For Moncada he mentions some possibilities but says they're not ready to move him -- only that discussions about it were getting close. Here's the discussion that I recall, as reported at weei.com three days ago:


A position switch for Yoan Moncada certainly seems inevitable, but according to Red Sox general manager Mike Hazen no such move is imminent.

“No,” said Hazen when asked if the Red Sox on the verge of introducing another position to the 21-year-old second baseman. “We want him to get comfortable at second base. He’s showing very well at second base right now. He’s developing at Double-A. We want him to go day in and day out, learn a position, master a position. We’ll tackle that as we need to.”weei.com (http://fullcount.weei.com/sports/boston/baseball/red-sox/2016/07/18/red-sox-gm-mike-hazen-still-no-immediate-plans-to-switch-yoan-moncadas-position/)

Similarly, at MassLive

Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski and GM Mike Hazen continue to say Moncada still is developing and they aren't ready to ask him to transition to another position yet.

But Hazen said today on WEEI's Middays with Ordway, Merloni & Fauria that the conversation about transitioning Moncada to another position are nearing. He added that a position change is not on the immediate horizon. He also said he thinks Moncada is athletic enough to transition successfully to either third base or left field.

If you have other references that point it to being nearer then I'd love to see them. This is the perfect place to post it.

Bo Sox Fan
07-21-2016, 08:26 PM
I'm gonna have a little fun with this, in next years opening day roster assuming botj Moncada & Benintendi graduate to the big club.

1. R Betts RF
2. R Pedroia 2B
3. S Moncada 3B
4. R Bogaerts SS
5. L Bradley Jr. CF
6. R Ramirez DH
7. L Shaw 1B
8. R Vazquez C
9. L Benintendi LF

B. L Holt Util
B. S Swihart LF / 1B / C
B. R Young OF
B. S Leon C
... Sandoval...

Just deep and absolutely sick.

BoSox47
07-21-2016, 08:52 PM
We're just differing by degrees. I would call both jumping AA=>MLB and 300AB/400PA for promotion "not unusual" rather than common. 425AB/yr represents advancing a level per year. If you're simply narrowing the field to "elite prospects then 300-350AB per level would not be surprising as they'd move a bit quicker than the average kid. you hadn't mentioned that litmus test earlier.


I won't be shocked if it happens for Benintendi because of the roster makeup. There's been a need for a LF all year, Holt is better served as a UTL, and Young is probably suited for a strong 4th OF. It's reasonable for him to stay if he's hitting MLB pitching (it's an offensive position at Fenway after all).

Much less convinced about Moncada though. I don't see him as guaranteed to hold a position with Shaw and Hanley handling their positions. And don't forget about Sandoval. And Sam Travis (who was hitting pretty well at AAA before his injury). If the Sox go into the FA pool to replace Ortiz' production (Bautista? Encarnacion?) then he'd be impacted as well. IMO there are too many roadblocks along the path right now... and his bat could be truly elite if he could stick at 2B.



I think that you're mistaken about Hazen's comments. For Moncada he mentions some possibilities but says they're not ready to move him -- only that discussions about it were getting close. Here's the discussion that I recall, as reported at weei.com three days ago:

weei.com (http://fullcount.weei.com/sports/boston/baseball/red-sox/2016/07/18/red-sox-gm-mike-hazen-still-no-immediate-plans-to-switch-yoan-moncadas-position/)

Similarly, at MassLive


If you have other references that point it to being nearer then I'd love to see them. This is the perfect place to post it.

Red Sox Stats ‏@redsoxstats Jul 20
Hazen on WEEI: Conversations are starting about moving Benintendi and Moncada to different positions.

Couple other things on twitter mentioning it as well. But also other reports from July 18th saying they havent thought about it.

BoSox47
07-22-2016, 11:06 AM
Also this article talks about what Hazen said on WEEI.


Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski and GM Mike Hazen continue to say Moncada still is developing and they aren't ready to ask him to transition to another position yet.

But Hazen said today on WEEI's Middays with Ordway, Merloni & Fauria that the conversation about transitioning Moncada to another position are nearing. He added that a position change is not on the immediate horizon. He also said he thinks Moncada is athletic enough to transition successfully to either third base or left field.

So I slightly heard him wrong, its not in discussion yet, but is nearing discussion. Pretty sure he also mentioned that moving Benintendi to LF is likely as well, but the article seems to talk mostly of moncada.

http://www.masslive.com/redsox/index.ssf/2016/07/yoan_moncada_boston_red_soxs_n.html

RedSoxtober
07-22-2016, 01:16 PM
BTW, Benintendi has cooled considerably of late, hitting only .222/.295/.250 in his last 10 games (1XBH). Fatigue is probably a factor or becoming one.

RedSoxtober
07-22-2016, 01:34 PM
In Single A Greenville, Luis Alexander Basabe went 1-for-4 with a homer. In 13 games since July 4, Basabe has been as hot as anyone in the South Atlantic League, hitting .429/.517/.755 with three homers, eight extra-base hits, and eight steals. In the process, the 19-year-old switch-hitter has pushed his line to .255/.327/.464 with nine homers, 32 extra-base hits, and 15 steals.

Some evaluators believe he has a chance to be a 20/20 player who is an above-average defensive outfielder. While Basabe strikes out enough to raise questions about the probability that he reaches such a ceiling, he’s in a conversation with Sam Travis and Mauricio Dubon for the best Red Sox positional prospect after Yoan Moncada, Andrew Benintendi, and Rafael Devers.Speier

BoSox47
07-22-2016, 10:18 PM
Benintendi actually started in LF today for Portland. Looks like those discussions were a little more advanced than they led to believe. I wonder if they are having similar discussions about moncada or just benintendi

AB went 2-5 today with an RBI

BoSox47
07-22-2016, 10:41 PM
Also Rafael Devers is on an insane tear right now. Probably one of the hottest hitters in the minors and has his season BA up to .272 .334 OBP .755 OPS. Which is a huge jump from where it was a month ago.

July:
.397 BA .453 OBP 1.159 OPS .308 ISO

BoSox47
07-22-2016, 10:42 PM
double post

RedSoxtober
07-23-2016, 01:42 PM
Benintendi actually started in LF today for Portland. Looks like those discussions were a little more advanced than they led to believe. I wonder if they are having similar discussions about moncada or just benintendi

AB went 2-5 today with an RBI

Came in to post the same. I think that Benintendi is being pushed a bit more by immediate need -- Young's recovery has been very slow and Swihart hit a snag when adding lateral movement. They need more than Holt for LF.

RedSoxtober
07-23-2016, 01:42 PM
Also, this (if you want to get the rumor mill cranking):

In other news, Yoan Moncada took grounders at third base prior to the game, but Febles said it was nothing out of the ordinary and normal work for minor league infielders to take grounders at other positions. Regardless, it’s something to watch.weei.com

BoSox47
07-23-2016, 03:30 PM
I think its a good move having AB move to LF obviously with the vacancy we have there currently. Interesting that Moncada started taking grounders at 3B. AB is most likely to be called up and make an impact this year, if neither is traded then they will probably make the big league club in 2017 barring injury or huge slump.

RedSoxtober
07-25-2016, 04:03 PM
Brian Johnson, in his return to Triple A Pawtucket after two-plus months in Fort Myers and Lowell, labored through three innings in which he allowed four runs on six hits (five singles and a double) and four walks. He struck out one. The four walks matched his total from 18 innings while on rehab assignments in the Rookie Level Gulf Coast League and Lowell.

In Double A Portland, shortstop Mauricio Dubon went 6-for-9 in two games, including a 4-for-4 performance with two doubles on Sunday. The 22-year-old is now hitting .333/.373/.480 in 26 games with Portland.

Before his 10-game hitting streak came to an end on Sunday, High A Salem third baseman Rafael Devers hit homers on both Friday and Saturday. The 19-year-old now has seven homers and 36 extra-base hits along with a solid .432 slugging mark for the season.

In his start for High A Salem, righthander Michael Kopech struggled with his control, allowing two runs on two hits, three walks, and three wild pitches while striking out four in four innings. While Kopech’s ability to throw hard and get swings and misses (he now has 27 strikeouts in 18 innings) is obvious, there’s also clearly work for the 20-year-old to do in trying to harness that stuff.

In short-season Lowell, fourth-rounder Bobby Dalbec made his debut with a bang, going 3-for-8 with three doubles, a walk, and two strikeouts. Dalbec, signed as a third baseman, is considered to have top-of-the-charts power potential, but with questions about his ability to make contact with sufficient frequency to reach it.Speier

RedSoxtober
07-27-2016, 05:20 PM
In Double A Portland, Yoan Moncada went 1-for-5, but the one was noteworthy as he crushed his 12th homer of the year and his eighth in Double A. (Here’s the video.)

All 12 homers have come as a lefthanded hitter. Moncada also struck out, his 100th punchout of the season, with a 24.4 percent strikeout rate for the year that suggests the need for refinement against higher-level opponents.

Andrew Benintendi went 2-for-4 and, in his third start in left field, made a shoestring catch of a sinking liner to start both a double play and a brouhaha between his opponents and the umpiring crew. (More video.)

In High A Salem, Nick Longhi (playing right field) went 3-for-4 with a double and walk to improve his July line to .326/.373/.467 and his season line to .297/.366/.410,

In Single A Greenville, outfielder Tate Matheny went 4-for-5 with a homer. His second four-hit game in three days improved the 22-year-old’s line to .318/.359/.455 with five homers and 16 steals, though his relatively low walk rate (5.8 percent) suggests an approach that can get exposed against older, more advanced pitchers.

In the Rookie Level Gulf Coast League, former catcher Jordan Weems continued his intriguing debut as a pitcher with two perfect innings in which he struck out two to lower his ERA to 1.06 in 17 innings. He has 10 strikeouts and four walks.Speier

BoSox47
07-29-2016, 10:16 AM
@redsoxstats
Devers' 400 foot HR last night brought his July numbers up to .359/.416/.680 10 BB, 13 2B, 4 3B, 4 HR

Good amount of extra base hits this month as well.

Green_Monster
07-29-2016, 11:13 AM
Nice to see Devers lighting it up.

RedSoxtober
07-29-2016, 03:50 PM
Andrew Benintendi went 2-for-4 with a steal. In 48 games since June 2, he’s hitting .311/.379/.542 with more walks (20) and extra-base hits (25) than strikeouts (19).

...

With one pitch that lit up two radar guns at 105 mph, Michael Kopech became a nationally recognized phenomenon. Yet as I write in a minor league notebook that examines the explosion of velocity in the Red Sox system, that one pitch reminded Kopech that, in isolation, velocity has limited value.

Kopech struggled with his control, walking five, but worked around the free passes and four hits to allow just one run in 4 1/3 innings. He has a 1.61 ERA in five starts with Salem.Speier

RedSoxtober
07-29-2016, 03:53 PM
In his last 3 starts that means Kopech has 13.1IP, 9H, 4ER, 11BB, 18K. IIRC he had at least one WP and a couple of HBP in his last outing as well. This kid is living the Nuke Laloosh dream.

RedSoxtober
07-29-2016, 04:06 PM
BA top 100 Mid-Season Prospects (7/11/2016)
1. Yoan Moncada
9. Andrew Benintendi
(15. Anderson Espinoza)
41. Rafael Devers
(43. Manuel Margot: Was leading PCL with 14 assists.)
(87. Javier Guerra)
93. Michael Kopech

BoSox47
07-29-2016, 11:21 PM
BA top 100 Mid-Season Prospects (7/11/2016)
1. Yoan Moncada
9. Andrew Benintendi
(15. Anderson Espinoza)
41. Rafael Devers
(43. Manuel Margot: Was leading PCL with 14 assists.)
(87. Javier Guerra)
93. Michael Kopech

Wow thats a huge drop for Devers. Wonder if he stays hot, how much he will jump back up.

j-bay
07-30-2016, 05:10 PM
The top-rated 2016 Draft prospect by MLBPipeline.com, Groome lasted until the Red Sox took him at No. 12 because of concerns about his asking price and his maturity. The Padres reportedly promised Groome a $5 million bonus if he got to them toward the end of the first round, but Boston was able to sign him for $3.65 million, a club Draft record for a pitcher.

Groome has all of the physical ingredients to become an ace. He pitches at 90-94 mph with armside run on his fastball and can reach back for 97, with the promise of more velocity as he gets stronger. He has power and depth on his curveball, which is at least a plus offering and might have been the best breaking ball in the Draft.

Though he had little need for a changeup in high school, Groome has feel for and some promising sink on the pitch. His 6-foot-6 frame is built for durability, and his athleticism enables him to repeat his clean mechanics and fill the strike zone. If his makeup issues don't hold him back, he has the talent to become the best pitcher drafted and developed by the Red Sox since Roger Clemens.


http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2016?list=prospects

Green_Monster
07-31-2016, 02:44 PM
Five innings into the Sea Dogs game:

Benintendi: 3-3 with a double and 2HR's.

Moncada: 2-2 with a triple, single, and a walk.

Green_Monster
07-31-2016, 03:38 PM
Five innings into the Sea Dogs game:

Benintendi: 3-3 with a double and 2HR's.

Moncada: 2-2 with a triple, single, and a walk.

They both hit doubles in the 6th. They both made outs in the 8th for the first time all game.

TragicallyHip
08-02-2016, 06:46 AM
http://www.csnne.com/boston-red-sox/andrew-benintendi-join-red-sox-seattle-tuesday

I'm going to have to stay up for this one!

RedSoxtober
08-02-2016, 09:29 AM
http://www.csnne.com/boston-red-sox/andrew-benintendi-join-red-sox-seattle-tuesday

I'm going to have to stay up for this one!

Stay up Wednesday. He's supposed to come of the bench tonight but start tomorrow.

TragicallyHip
08-02-2016, 12:04 PM
Stay up Wednesday. He's supposed to come of the bench tonight but start tomorrow.

Just read that on another site. Thanks for the heads up.

RedSoxtober
08-03-2016, 05:42 PM
Michael Kopech allowed one hit (a soft single), walked one, and struck out a career-high 10 over his six scoreless innings for High A Salem Tuesday night.

“He showed a little more calmness, a little more control of his emotions. He was able to repeat his delivery and throw quality strikes in the zone, keep the ball from being elevated. It seemed he was more consistent in everything, which allowed his secondary pitches to contribute to his fastball,” said Salem manager Joe Oliver. “The most important thing we probably saw was one walk. He was definitely in control of his mechanics last night and worked down in the zone extremely well.”

In 28 1/3 innings spanning six starts, Kopech now has a 1.27 ERA with 42 strikeouts and 16 walks. His dominance and ability to overpower opposing hitters with his fastball might suggest an argument in favor of a promotion to Double A Portland, but at this point, his need to make up lost innings suggests it’s more likely he’ll stay in Salem (particularly given that Salem will be in the playoffs this year, meaning the possibility of extra starts) and then assume more innings in a fall or instructional league setting.

...

Meanwhile, shortstop Mauricio Dubon continued to make his case that Moncada isn’t the only player in Portland who should be considered for a move up to Pawtucket. Dubon went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles on Tuesday. He’s reached base in 13 straight games, with hits as 12 of those, to boost his Portland line to .318/.355/.477.

In Single A Greenville, 18-year-old Roniel Raudes allowed one run on three hits and a walk over six innings while matching a season-high with eight strikeouts. The strike-throwing righthander is now 9-4 with a 4.22 ERA, 90 strikeouts, and 18 walks in 91 2/3 innings this year.
Speier

RedSoxtober
08-04-2016, 04:43 PM
Hard-throwing, righthanded reliever Jake Cosart – one of seven Red Sox minor leaguers to hit triple digits this year – was promoted to High A Salem after dominating all year in Greenville. He went 4-1 with a 2.05 ERA, 13.0 strikeouts per nine, and 4.3 walks per nine.

In Single A Greenville, Michael Chavis went 2-for-4 with a double and snapped a streak of nine consecutive games in which he’d struck out. Though he’s been slumping since his return in June from a thumb injury, the 20-year-old is still posting solid numbers -- .270/.350/.428 – and showing an improved approach from what he demonstrated in 2015 in his first full pro season.Speier

RedSoxtober
08-05-2016, 03:43 PM
In Triple A Pawtucket, Rusney Castillo continued a hot streak that coincides with an adjustment at the plate. PawSox broadcaster Will Flemming observed that Castillo has a hot streak that began when he backed off the plate. Castillo went 4-for-4 with a triple on Thursday, has six multi-hit games in his last eight contests, and is now hitting .471/.472/.618 in those contests.

Also in Pawtucket, lefthander Brian Johnson had his second straight strong start. In six innings, he allowed one run on three hits (a solo homer and two singles), walked three, struck out six, and threw 65 of 93 pitches (70 percent) for strikes.

...

In short-season Lowell, reliever Brandon Workman continued his comeback from Tommy John surgery with two scoreless innings in which he allowed a hit and struck out two without a walk.Speier

BGeer091
08-05-2016, 11:22 PM
What ever happened to Jose Vincio?

RedSoxtober
08-08-2016, 04:18 PM
Third baseman Rafael Devers had back-to-back three-hit games on Saturday and Sunday. He’s now hitting .278/.336/.442. Since June 2, the 19-year-old is hitting .342/.388/.542 in 55 games against older competition in the High A Carolina League.

Fifth-round selection Mike Shawaryn made an impressive debut for the short-season Lowell Spinners, punching out four in two shutout innings while allowing a single and a walk on Saturday.Speier

BoSox47
08-08-2016, 07:30 PM
Really excited Devers turned things around. Doubt he sticks with the organization because {I can see him being dealt for pitching this offseason, but very encouraging how scorching hot he has been after he was ice cold to start the season.

He is certainly raising his value back up to what it was. Not sure where he would play position wise, but I would be more than happy to put him at DH in a few years.

soxer04
08-09-2016, 01:04 AM
I think I read recently that DD is really getting excited about Devers. Not 100% on the bandwagon but he made a comment he was close I think.

Unless the sox trade for a superstar - I'm hoping no moves with Betts, Xander, JBJ, Beni, Moncada and Devers. Though JBJ I'd consider-- if not a superstar he'd have to be pretty damn terrific almost a superstar.

Last year and up to a point of this year I was an advocate of trading Devers for something "very good." Not so much anymore. I'd want to make him near untouchable. He tearing the cover off the ball vs guys on average a couple of years older.

RedSoxtober
08-09-2016, 09:33 AM
^ I think that what you're talking about is the list of "untouchables" (http://www.overthemonster.com/2016/7/27/12300206/red-sox-list-of-untouchables-suggests-theyre-done-making-big-deals)leading up to the trade deadline: Benintendi, Devers, Kopech, and Moncada.

This will be a very interesting offseason and what unfolds may very well dictate what happens with Devers.

Do the Sox go for a "name" hitter to replace Ortiz at DH (Bautista, Encarnacio)? That could have a domino effect that makes Devers available?
Or do they come up with a plan to get Pedroia regular turns through the DH and alternate with Moncada in the field and leaves him a spot at 3B?
Do they target a high-profile SP in an attempt to match the big guns on the north side of Chicago? That might cost at least one of the top prospects like Devers.
Do they take FA gambles to fill out the holes left in the BP by Koji and Taz or do they try to pick up a guy with a short track record and years of contract/control?


There are a lot of different ways that this could break and many of them will require the Sox to deal a guy or two that we don't want to trade. That's okay with me... if we get good value for the guys that we deal.

For me, I think there are only two untouchables in the farm system -- Moncada and Groome. On the roster I would preserve Benintendi, Betts, and Bogaerts at any cost. I would probably find it hard to deal Pedroia out of blind loyalty though I dislike the length of the contract. The present starting rotation would be costly and difficult to acquire. Devers (too few places to play), Kopech (still want to see a "clean", complete season), and Travis (recovery) would be expensive pieces that I'd move in the right deal. Pretty much everyone else is up for grabs for the right price.

RedSoxtober
08-10-2016, 06:43 PM
Sometime in 2017 or 2018, it’s possible that the Red Sox could feature a lineup topped by Moncada (switch hitter), with Xander Bogaerts/Benintendi in the Nos. 2/3 spots, Betts batting cleanup, and Jackie Bradley Jr. behind him. Or maybe Dustin Pedroia will remain at either the leadoff or No. 2 spot, with Benintendi or Bogaerts in the fifth or sixth slot. Or maybe Hanley Ramirez and a Slugger To Be Named Later (Edwin Encarnacion?) will break up the group, with Travis Shaw or Sam Travis looming lower in the order.

Regardless, the permutations with so many homegrown position players are remarkable.

“It’s crazy how many young good guys we have on our team, and still we have more in the minor leagues coming up,” Bogaerts noted recently.

“They have done an incredible job of collecting great, young, talented players that are here today,” noted outgoing Yankee Alex Rodriguez. “Great players — some of them are superstars. The Red Sox are going to be a handful to deal with for a very long time.”Speier

RedSoxtober
08-11-2016, 01:28 PM
— Rusney Castillo, Marco Hernandez and Brennan Boesch each went 2-for-4, with Castillo and Hernandez each smacking a triple.

— Brian Johnson, while not tossing his best outing, kept the PawSox in the game over 6 1/3 innings. The Red Sox’ No. 7 prospect on MLB.com allowed eight hits and three runs while striking out two and walking one. The 25-year-old lefty is now 5-4 this season with a 4.14 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP.

“After the first inning, [Johnson] was able to command his mix,” manager Kevin Boles said (via MiLB.com). “There were some late swings, some chase swings, and I thought he did a good job.”

— The bullpen was stout, with Joe Kelly coming in and getting the hold over 1 2/3 innings of work, allowing no runs, hits or walks while striking out a pair. Noe Ramirez got his fifth save of the year, allowing a home run while striking out three in his one inning pitched.

...

— Trey Ball, although allowing a solo home run, had one of his best starts to date in High-A, going six innings and allowing one run on four hits with a pair of walks while fanning a season-high seven batters. The Red Sox’ 14th overall prospect on MLB.com remains 5-5 after the no-decision with a 3.83 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP.weei.com

FWIW, Castillo is hitting .415 over his last 10 games with 3-2B, 2-3B, 42PA/5K/0BB.

Meanwhile, Allen Craig has almost as many games for Lowell as he does for PAW. We get to pay him $11M for 2017. Yay.

RedSoxtober
08-11-2016, 01:33 PM
What ever happened to Jose Vincio?

He's followed the path of the typical "great glove if he can hit enough" middle infielder. Hasn't shown to be more than organizational depth as he advanced through the system. Somehow he managed a promotion to PAW at the end of May despite hitting only .230/.262/.279. He hit a tad better at PAW before going on the DL and just recently got reactivated.

He's Rule V eligible this winter and I will be surprised if the Sox protect him.

BoSox47
08-12-2016, 08:50 AM
weei.com

FWIW, Castillo is hitting .415 over his last 10 games with 3-2B, 2-3B, 42PA/5K/0BB.

Meanwhile, Allen Craig has almost as many games for Lowell as he does for PAW. We get to pay him $11M for 2017. Yay.

I heard castillo changed a few technical aspects of his swing and has been raking ever since.

BoSox47
08-12-2016, 08:52 AM
Yesterday Devers had 2 home runs, Monacada had 1 homerun and Dubon had one as well.

RedSoxtober
08-12-2016, 09:31 AM
Good point about Castillo changing his swing. I kinda dismissed it at the time that it was mentioned because the results were a bit short term. However, he's continued to rake for 14 games now. I wonder who helped make the adjustment. If Chilli/Victor were involved then we should never let them leave BOS. They (Chilli I think) also adjusted Leon's approach this year -- getting him out of a crouch so he could attack the ball better.

papipapsmanny
08-12-2016, 08:26 PM
There are a lot of trade avenues we will have in terms of prospects/players.

Benintendi, Bogaerts, Betts, Moncada, Bradley, Groome are going no where for me.

We have a lot of options though. Devers, Swihart, Dubon, Ockimey, and Basabe are high quality players that could bring back a lot. I also think Shaw should be put out there as trade bait, especially if they plan to pursue someone like EE. Plus they have Travis is will be recovering from injury so I see no sense in selling low on him in the offseason.

You also have to keep in mind that if we trade for an arm you are probably sending an arm back as well since we don't have room in the current rotation.

Perhaps for someone like Sale. E-Rod, Devers, Swihart, Shaw, Owens, and someone like Roniel Raudes can maybe get it done. I'm all for a little more quantity for someone like Sale it if protects the all the Killer B players, Moncada, Kopech, and Groome.

The White Sox would have to at least think about that offer. That is young MLB talent and near MLB ready talent with an intriguing young SP in the low minors.

It is a good problem to have but we are running into having too many almost ready and ready prospects that we need to trade them to capitalize on their value.


Benintendi LF
Pedroia 2B
Betts RF
Encarnacion DH
Bogaerts SS
JBJ CF
Ramirez 1B
Moncada 3B
Leon C

That lineup is not at all far from what could be reality in 2017, which is actually a little mind blowing. It has to be somewhat difficult for Ortiz to leave after the season he has had, and then looking at the lineup he could be in (instead of EE obviously). Even a 120 OPS+ would be quite alright from him with that lineup

BoSox47
08-13-2016, 11:11 AM
There are a lot of trade avenues we will have in terms of prospects/players.

Benintendi, Bogaerts, Betts, Moncada, Bradley, Groome are going no where for me.

We have a lot of options though. Devers, Swihart, Dubon, Ockimey, and Basabe are high quality players that could bring back a lot. I also think Shaw should be put out there as trade bait, especially if they plan to pursue someone like EE. Plus they have Travis is will be recovering from injury so I see no sense in selling low on him in the offseason.

You also have to keep in mind that if we trade for an arm you are probably sending an arm back as well since we don't have room in the current rotation.

Perhaps for someone like Sale. E-Rod, Devers, Swihart, Shaw, Owens, and someone like Roniel Raudes can maybe get it done. I'm all for a little more quantity for someone like Sale it if protects the all the Killer B players, Moncada, Kopech, and Groome.

The White Sox would have to at least think about that offer. That is young MLB talent and near MLB ready talent with an intriguing young SP in the low minors.

It is a good problem to have but we are running into having too many almost ready and ready prospects that we need to trade them to capitalize on their value.


Benintendi LF
Pedroia 2B
Betts RF
Encarnacion DH
Bogaerts SS
JBJ CF
Ramirez 1B
Moncada 3B
Leon C

That lineup is not at all far from what could be reality in 2017, which is actually a little mind blowing. It has to be somewhat difficult for Ortiz to leave after the season he has had, and then looking at the lineup he could be in (instead of EE obviously). Even a 120 OPS+ would be quite alright from him with that lineup

I would give up anyone in the organization as part of a package for Sale besides Betts, Bogaerts and Moncada.

BoSox47
08-13-2016, 11:20 AM
Devers went 2-5 yesterday 2 RBI and scored a run. Correct me if im wrong but I dont think there is a hotter hitter in our organization right now. He is still insanely young for the league he is playing in.


G AB PA H 1B 2B 3B HR R RBI BB IBB SO HBP SF SH GDP SB AVG
57 234 253 80 49 18 6 7 39 39 18 1 44 1 0 0 1 7 .342


This is his last 57 games.

Pats Canadiens
08-13-2016, 11:36 AM
I'm not too ecstatic about decimating the farm and our "ready now" elite prospects for an elite arm that probably isn't going to age well at all.

Hold firm on the prospects this winter and spend more money. Sign one of Rich Hill or Jeremy Hellickson as a bridge to Groome and sacrifice the draft pick if you have to this time around. Encarnacion makes too much sense as well. The guy could hit 40 + jacks with the majority flicked over the monster at Fenway.

Dombrowski's aloud to bite the bullet with Sandoval IMO since he was never Dave's idea in the first place. Rusney Castillo his *****.

BoSox47
08-13-2016, 02:03 PM
I'm not too ecstatic about decimating the farm and our "ready now" elite prospects for an elite arm that probably isn't going to age well at all.

Hold firm on the prospects this winter and spend more money. Sign one of Rich Hill or Jeremy Hellickson as a bridge to Groome and sacrifice the draft pick if you have to this time around. Encarnacion makes too much sense as well. The guy could hit 40 + jacks with the majority flicked over the monster at Fenway.

Dombrowski's aloud to bite the bullet with Sandoval IMO since he was never Dave's idea in the first place. Rusney Castillo his *****.

Groome likely wont pitch for the Red Sox for 3-5 years if not longer. We have plenty of high end talented hitters in the minors (moncada, Devers, Beninntedi who just got called up). We lack pitching. I would not sell the whole farm but put a dent in it and bring in another quality proven pitcher.

papipapsmanny
08-13-2016, 03:27 PM
I'm not too ecstatic about decimating the farm and our "ready now" elite prospects for an elite arm that probably isn't going to age well at all.

Hold firm on the prospects this winter and spend more money. Sign one of Rich Hill or Jeremy Hellickson as a bridge to Groome and sacrifice the draft pick if you have to this time around. Encarnacion makes too much sense as well. The guy could hit 40 + jacks with the majority flicked over the monster at Fenway.

Dombrowski's aloud to bite the bullet with Sandoval IMO since he was never Dave's idea in the first place. Rusney Castillo his *****.

There simply isn't enough room anymore to simply just hoard prospects. That will actually just cause us to lose value with what we have. Prospects are assets. If we have no room for them then they need to be traded for something else of need and value for us. You need to look at the need as if you are running a business.

If Swihart, Devers, Shaw, Brian Johnson, Henry Owens, and Marco Hernandez are traded for an Arm. You Cash in on that.

You are still sporting a farm of Moncada, Kopech, Groome, Basabe, Ockimey, Travis, Dubon, Chavis, and others from last year's draft that could step up. To go along with the 26 and under year olds on the MLB roster we are pretty well set. I don't want any long term contracts. I am willing to go after EE for 4 years and pay a chunk pretty chunk of change for those 4 years, but we need to have low obligations for 2020, when our young talent starts approaching FA.

Luckily Porcello, Sandoval, Castillo and Ramirez will be off the books by 2020, and Pedroia will be close to the end of his contract. I hope Price opts out, I hope he goes HAAM the next 2 seasons and opts out and we get out of that contract.

Pats Canadiens
08-13-2016, 03:45 PM
There simply isn't enough room anymore to simply just hoard prospects. That will actually just cause us to lose value with what we have. Prospects are assets. If we have no room for them then they need to be traded for something else of need and value for us. You need to look at the need as if you are running a business.

If Swihart, Devers, Shaw, Brian Johnson, Henry Owens, and Marco Hernandez are traded for an Arm. You Cash in on that.

You are still sporting a farm of Moncada, Kopech, Groome, Basabe, Ockimey, Travis, Dubon, Chavis, and others from last year's draft that could step up. To go along with the 26 and under year olds on the MLB roster we are pretty well set. I don't want any long term contracts. I am willing to go after EE for 4 years and pay a chunk pretty chunk of change for those 4 years, but we need to have low obligations for 2020, when our young talent starts approaching FA.

Luckily Porcello, Sandoval, Castillo and Ramirez will be off the books by 2020, and Pedroia will be close to the end of his contract. I hope Price opts out, I hope he goes HAAM the next 2 seasons and opts out and we get out of that contract.

The problem with what you're saying here is that the prospects we want to keep, are the only prospects other teams want for an impact player.

The situation seems to kind of be a stare down with other teams. I guess you could use the depth prospects to grab some mid level bullpen arms but that's about it. The price in prospects for elite pitching this year is beyond ridiculous, nothing like I have ever seen.

papipapsmanny
08-13-2016, 04:13 PM
It's all posturing. If you will to bite the bullet for quantity over quality then you can get someone. We can offer many packages without Moncada and anyone on the MLB roster today that a team would be tough for them to refuse.

The offseason will probably see prices come down a bit on the trade market, that will be natural. We don't only have to go after Sale.

Pure Speculation, but I'd consider approaching the Pirates about Gerritt Cole in the offseason with him getting deeper in his arb years. I'd offer E-Rod, Devers, Swihart, Shaw, Basabe, and one of Owens/Johnson

Pirates get a potential young 2/3 pitcher, (E-Rod), an elite prospect that will be in AA next season (Devers). A guy who is MLB ready and can hit and could be a C/LF (Swihart). A 26 year old 1b/3B who has proven to be a 2-3 WAR player, A high potential prospect in A ball (Basabe) and a pitcher that could range anywhere from a 4-5 or a bullpen arm at worst in the NL (one of johnson/Owens).

If you really look at it, it is an overpayment, and not one of Betts, Bogaerts, JBJ, Benintendi, Groome, Moncada, Kopech, Ockimey, Travis are involved in such a trade

BoSox47
08-14-2016, 09:35 AM
Moncada has a 10 game hitting streak going where hes hitting .317 with a .378 OBP.

RedSoxtober
08-14-2016, 10:05 AM
Yoan Moncada, after missing nearly a week with an ankle sprain, returned to the Portland lineup with a bang, launching a solo homer – his ninth of the year with Portland, and his first of 2016 batting righthanded. Shortstop Mauricio Dubon, 22, continued his torrid run, going 2-for-4 with a homer. Since July 5, Dubon is hitting .351/.372/.542 with 18 extra-base hits in 31 games.

In High A Salem, Rafael Devers hit a pair of homers in his 2-for-4 day. Since May 24, the 19-year-old third baseman leads the Carolina League in average (.332) and slugging (.543), he’s posted a .375 OBP, he has eight homers and 34 extra-base hits in 66 games, he’s combining power with the ability to put the bat on the ball (16.8 strikeout rate in that time), and has generally looked like an elite power-hitting prospect, despite his modest full-season numbers.

Reliever Jake Cosart struck out four batters in two innings, and in 5 1/3 innings since his promotion to High A, he’s allowed no runs and one hit while striking out 10 and walking just one.Speier

RedSoxtober
08-14-2016, 10:09 AM
Groome likely wont pitch for the Red Sox for 3-5 years if not longer. We have plenty of high end talented hitters in the minors (moncada, Devers, Beninntedi who just got called up). We lack pitching. I would not sell the whole farm but put a dent in it and bring in another quality proven pitcher.

That estimate seems unduly pessimistic. If the amateur evaluators were right about him then 4yrs seems like the max: 1yr at GVL, SAL, POR, PAW. It's in the Sox' interest to see him at the verge of MLB by the end of 2019 due to the amount of talent that will see their contract/club-control years ending around that time. I think that he and Kopech will be advanced through the system with that in mind.

BoSox47
08-14-2016, 10:42 AM
That estimate seems unduly pessimistic. If the amateur evaluators were right about him then 4yrs seems like the max: 1yr at GVL, SAL, POR, PAW. It's in the Sox' interest to see him at the verge of MLB by the end of 2019 due to the amount of talent that will see their contract/club-control years ending around that time. I think that he and Kopech will be advanced through the system with that in mind.

Ha just pointing out the irony in you saying it was passimistic view when I said 3-5 years then you said right in the middle at 4. Groome is young and hopefully will pitch well enough to be at each place for 1 year. That would be ideal. Some pitchers take longer to go through the system. Hopefully hes pitching with is after 4 years.

RedSoxtober
08-14-2016, 08:19 PM
Ha just pointing out the irony in you saying it was passimistic view when I said 3-5 years then you said right in the middle at 4. Groome is young and hopefully will pitch well enough to be at each place for 1 year. That would be ideal. Some pitchers take longer to go through the system. Hopefully hes pitching with is after 4 years.

Sorry to give that impression. I specifically meant the part about "if not longer". That makes it sound like 3-5yrs is going to be pushing it. I should have narrowed down what I highlighted.

RedSoxtober
08-14-2016, 08:19 PM
Hard-throwing right-hander Michael Kopech started the game by striking out the first six batters, and through five innings he had allowed just one hit and one walk while fanning a career-high 11. However, in the sixth the 20-year-old loaded the bases with no outs on a walk, a hit batsman and a bunt single. Reliever Bobby Poyner then induced three ground outs, but two runs scored in the process, tying the game. In eight starts with Salem, Kopech is 2-1 with a 1.41 ERA and 1.10 WHIP. In his three starts this month, he’s struck out 28 batters in 16 innings.weei.com

BoSox47
08-15-2016, 11:43 AM
Sorry to give that impression. I specifically meant the part about "if not longer". That makes it sound like 3-5yrs is going to be pushing it. I should have narrowed down what I highlighted.

Haha, I knew what you mean't it just looked funny at first glance.

BGeer091
08-15-2016, 01:03 PM
Kopech is starting to look scary. Absolutely scary. Hes just electric.

RedSoxtober
08-15-2016, 01:34 PM
Moncada’s first game at third base for Double A Portland went without incident, as he made a 5-3 play and caught a pop-up. He’ll play third in the Arizona Fall League, writes Rob Bradford of WEEI.com.Speier

papipapsmanny
08-15-2016, 10:51 PM
Kopech is starting to look scary. Absolutely scary. Hes just electric.

I've mentioned a couple time this season that I like him more than Espinoza (not that I think Espinoza is bad).

Dude's stuff is insane

RedSoxtober
08-16-2016, 09:17 AM
It appears Jason Groome will be appearing in a real game relatively soon.

According to a source, the Red Sox’ first-round pick (No. 7 overall) is tentatively scheduled to make his professional debut with the Gulf Coast Red Sox next Monday if his bullpen session goes as planned this week.

Groome has been in Fort Myers the past few weeks after signing getting on the Red Sox’ throwing program and working with the Red Sox’ staff, all leading up to making his debut.weei.com

RedSoxtober
08-16-2016, 09:19 AM
I've mentioned a couple time this season that I like him more than Espinoza (not that I think Espinoza is bad).

Dude's stuff is insane

I wish that we could see him with a really clean outing. Or, better, an explanation for his bouts of wildness. Is it just a lack of focus? That may at least be something that will come with maturity.

RedSoxtober
08-16-2016, 04:14 PM
In High A Salem, righthander Jake Cosart continued his complete dominance since his promotion from Greenville. The 22-year-old retired all six batters he faced, striking out five, and in 7 2/3 innings with Salem, he’s now retired 23 of 26 batters he’s faced while allowing one hit and striking out 15 (a startling 57.7 percent strikeout rate) and walking just one.Speier

BoSox47
08-17-2016, 04:07 PM
Last night he was 4-6 with 2 doubles including the game winning hit.


Devers went 4-for-6 with doubles on Tuesday night in a 7-6 walkoff victory for Salem in 11 innings. Devers' second double of the game drove in the winning run.

After hitting below .200 for the first two months of the season, the 19-year-old is hitting .283 with a .796 OPS through 111 games.

Since July 1, he's been on a .343/.389/.617 tear with a 1.007 OPS, 17 doubles, five triples and seven homers in 41 games.

The third baseman has recorded hits in all but one game this month (but did record a walk) and reached base in 17 straight games.

Feel like ive been posting about him pretty frequently but, Devers has been on an absolute tear. Hottest hitter in the minors since July 1st. Awful slump to begin the season but he has turned it around and is still very young for the level he is playing at.

mia1619
08-21-2016, 06:39 PM
As a marlins fan i'd love to see us make a deal with you guys for Jose fernandez, your farm system is ridiculous. what would you guys be willing to give up realistically if the marlins were to approach the red sox in the offseason.

RedSoxtober
08-22-2016, 04:02 PM
The Red Sox drafted fourth-rounder Bobby Dalbec – a two-way player in college – as a third baseman with enormous raw power that created the possibility of tremendous upside if he could limit his strikeout rate. To this point, he’s done just that in his pro debut with the Lowell Spinners. Dalbec went 4-for-5 with his third homer in two days on Friday, then went 3-for-8 with another pair of doubles over the weekend. In 22 games with the Spinners, the 21-year-old is hitting .373/.416/.675 with five homers, 15 extra-base hits, and a reasonable 21 percent strikeout rate.

Also in Lowell, righthander Josh Pennington had his second straight strong outing of six innings, allowing one run on four hits while striking out six. The 21-year-old has a 3.35 ERA with 41 strikeouts and 23 walks in 45 2/3 innings. While the walks total is high, he’s issued just two free passes in his last 12 frames.

In Double A Portland, Mauricio Dubon went 4-for-5 on Saturday, improving his August line to .368/.394/.647, with a .332/.365/.526 overall line since his midyear promotion. Yoan Moncada played for Portland on Saturday for the first time since August 12; he went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts while committing a pair of errors in his second game at third base. While rust undoubtedly played a part in his tough day, his .277/.359/.541 line in Portland comes with a 31 percent strikeout rate at that level, contributing to the view articulated by farm director Ben Crockett that Moncada continues to be challenged in Double A in a way that Benintendi no longer was at the time of his promotion.

In High A Salem, lefthander Trey Ball allowed two runs in six innings while striking out four and walking two. In August, the 2013 first-rounder is 2-0 with a 3.13 ERA.Speier

RedSoxtober
08-23-2016, 03:52 PM
Groome makes his debut (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYjXYgDviUk). 2 shutout innings, 3K, 1H (2B), 30 pitches, 18 strikes.

RedSoxtober
08-24-2016, 08:48 AM
While Yoan Moncada’s presence in the majors with the September call-ups remains in doubt, it does appear fairly certain he will be joining fellow top prospect Michael Kopech in the Arizona Fall League this offseason.

It is not expected that Kopech, who has struck out 11 batters in back-to-back outings, will be promoted from Single-A Salem before the end of the minor league season with his team on target to make the playoffs.weei.com

RedSoxtober
08-25-2016, 05:08 PM
Pitching for Single A Salem, Michael Kopech allowed one hit and struck out 10 while pitching a career-high seven scoreless innings. It was the third consecutive start in which Kopech has struck out at least 10 hittersSpeier

Green_Monster
08-26-2016, 12:45 PM
AA is too easy for Dubon.

RedSoxtober
08-29-2016, 03:42 PM
Rusney Castillo led the way at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a triple, a double, an RBI and two runs. He now has three multi-hit performances in his last four games. The 29-year-old outfielder is having a great August, batting .365 with five triples in 22 games this month.

Top prospect Yoan Moncada drilled his 11th home run of the season on the first pitch in the bottom of the first inning Portland at-bat. His shot put the Sea Dogs on the board first. Boston’ No. 1 prospect at MLB.com, the 21-year-old infielder has recorded a hit in six consecutive games. He is batting .298/.411/.520 in 104 minor league games.

Jake Cosart, called up to Salem on Aug. 4, let up one [hit] in two innings in a relief appearance. He struck out two and walked one, and now has pitched seven straight scoreless outings. The 22-year-old right-hander is 4-1 with a 1.64 ERA in 35 appearances. He is Boston’s No. 19 prospect at MLB.com.

Roniel Raudes pitched three scoreless innings in his start, letting up only one hit. The 18-year-old right-hander now has back-to-back scoreless outings. Boston’s No. 13 prospect at MLB.com is 11-5 with a 3.63 ERA in 23 starts, and opponents are batting .256 against him.weei.com


Dombrowski explained that part of the decision regarding whether or not to promote Moncada when rosters expand on Sept. 1 will have to do the opportunity for playing time. And right now, that would seem to be hard to come by for the infielder.

“First of all, if you’re going to bring a guy like that up, you want to make sure he has a chance to play some,” said Dombrowski of Moncada, who has been primarily working out at third base, of late. “It doesn’t do you much good if you’re going to bring him up and he just sits and doesn’t play. That doesn’t do you much good. For example, when [Andrew] Benintendi came up he played. We put him right out there in left field. That’s one thing with Moncada. The second thing is that you do have some roster situations, how you work with that with the 40-man roster (which currently has 39 players on it). I wouldn’t let that stop him from being brought up if he was going to play. But those are the conversations that we still need to have over the next day. We’ve talked a lot of generalities.”

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Dombrowski did sound more optimistic about recalling Christian Vazquez in September, although it could most likely give the Red Sox four catchers. The backstop is hitting .276 with a .714 OPS in 38 games with Triple-A Pawtucket.

“Christian Vazquez is an important part for us,” Dombrowski said. “I think what we have done with Christian this year is it has been more important for him to play every day and get that rust out from not playing. He has played well for us in Triple-A, continues to improve from a defensive perspective, which he’s very good at. He’s throwing better. His hitting is coming along. I wouldn’t be surprised if he see him in September. It’s also a two-fold thing. You can bring some guys up, for us, the second, because we don’t play on the first. Then we have another few guys who can come up Sept. 6, after the Triple-A system. … But Christian Vazuqez is important for us.”

Dombrowski also insinuated that relievers Joe Kelly and Heath Hembree were locks to be promoted, mentioning hte pair when stating, “I think we have some reinforcements that are probably better than some other organizations.”weei.com

BoSox47
08-29-2016, 04:37 PM
Rusney Castillo has been smacking the ball around since they changed the mechanics of his swing and had him step back from the plate a little.

BoSox47
08-30-2016, 11:49 AM
In August:

Devers .330/.362/.867

Moncada .275/.442/.967

Dubon .322/.381/.838

Dubon is an interesting prospect. I'm interested to see where he gets ranked at the end of the season by some of the prospect rankings. He should jump into the top 50 or so.

RedSoxtober
08-30-2016, 02:50 PM
Single A Salem righthander Michael Kopech was named the Carolina League pitcher of the week. Kopech threw seven shutout innings against Potomac last Wednesday, allowing one hit, an infield single. He struck out 10 and walked two. Kopech is 4-1 with a 1.13 ERA in 11 starts this season. He has struck out 85 in 55⅔ innings.Speier-ish

RedSoxtober
08-31-2016, 04:57 PM
The Red Sox have had the worst production from third base of any team in the American League since the All-Star break. Given the struggles of Travis Shaw, Brock Holt, and Aaron Hill at the position, Farrell acknowledged that the Red Sox are considering whether to call up Yoan Moncada in search of a potential spark down the stretch. Farrell described Moncada as a “direct comparison” to prior late-season callups Jacoby Ellsbury and Bogaerts who contributed to championships in 2007 and 2013.Speier

Soxfan85
08-31-2016, 10:04 PM
Michael Kopech: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 6 ER, 5 BB, 1 K. Walked the first 5 batters, got 2 outs, then allowed a grand slam. Night over.

RyanHannable

RedSoxtober
09-01-2016, 09:23 AM
Apparently not celebrating his POTW award with much style. I'd love to know how/why he has these fits of wildness. He's had several games with nice results but run into spots where he can't locate a pitch after cruising for several innings. Doesn't seem like he can blame fatigue.

RedSoxtober
09-01-2016, 02:25 PM
In what was likely his last outing before a Friday call-up to the big leagues and an audition for a role in the beleaguered Boston bullpen, righthander Joe Kelly fired a perfect inning for Triple A Pawtucket with two strikeouts. In his last eight outings for the PawSox, Kelly has accumulated 10 shutout innings in which he’s struck out 15, walked one, and allowed four hits.

Catcher Christian Vazquez went 2-for-4, his fourth multi-hit game in five contests as he makes a case for a September callup. He’s 9-for-19 with two doubles, two walks, and three strikeouts in those last five contests. Allen Craig went 0-for-4; he’s 1-for-38 in his last nine games, dropping his Triple A line this year to .159/.239/.254.Speier

RedSoxtober
09-02-2016, 11:34 AM
Left-hander Brian Johnson pitched well in his final start of the season, allowing one run on four hits in 6 1/3 innings. The 25-year-old, a first-round draft pick in 2012, walked three and struck out three. After allowing two of the first three batters to reach base, he retired 16 of the next 18.

Catcher Jake Romanski led the [POR] offense, going 3-for-4 with a two-run single in the fourth inning. He’s batting .310/.340/.411 in 88 games.

Left-hander Trey Ball started and pitched five innings, allowing three runs on nine hits and two walks with two strikeouts. With the loss, the 22-year-old who was Boston’s first-round pick in 2013 falls to 8-6 with a 3.84 ERA and 1.61 WHIP in 23 starts.

Left-hander Dedgar Jiminez started and pitched six innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and no walks with seven strikeouts.weei.com

Also of note, Hembree came in to get the final out of the game with runners at the corners. It seems likely that he's getting the 9th inning role vacated by Kelly for the last few games of the season. I'd assume that he gets called up after that.

RedSoxtober
09-07-2016, 04:59 PM
Some nice arms going in the next few days if you're in the area of Lowell and Salem. Wish Myrtle Beach were less than a 5hr drive for me...


Both the High A Salem Red Sox and short-season Lowell Spinners kick off their playoff series on Wednesday, with Lowell at home and Salem playing in Myrtle Beach. Michael Kopech will pitch for Salem, on the same day that he was named Carolina League Player of the Month for August after going 4-0 with a 2.73 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 29 1/3 innings.

Mike Shawaryn is Lowell’s scheduled starter today. Jason Groome will start Thursday.Speier

RedSoxtober
09-08-2016, 04:24 PM
In Salem’s playoff opener, starter Michael Kopech struggled for the second straight outing. Kopech got chased from the game after just 2 1/3 innings, allowing six runs, all earned, along with five hits and as many strikeouts with a pair of walks. He’s now allowed 12 earned runs in his last three innings pitched.

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Spinners starter Michael Shawaryn lasted just 1 2/3 innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits with three strikeouts and a walk. After the 21-year-old was chased, Daniel Zandona tossed a solid 4 2/3 innings of three-hit, one-run ball, striking out three and walking one.weei.com

RedSoxtober
09-09-2016, 09:06 AM
Given Kopech’s late start to the year, it’s natural to wonder whether he’s experiencing a dead-arm phase that typically appears in young minor leaguers in the first month or two of the season, though the 20-year-old was pitching with velocity that appeared to be in his normal range (95-100 m.p.h.) on Wednesday. He simply lacked command of his fastball and a consistent feel for his breaking ball.

In pitching from behind in the count, Kopech became predictable rather than being able to use his secondary stuff as a weapon, resulting in a poor line score – and, from a player development perspective, a good lesson in the value of command and control over arm strength.Speier

RedSoxtober
10-17-2016, 05:53 PM
Kopech, who was the starting pitcher for the Saguaros, was dealing right from the start, beginning the game by striking out Scottsdale shortstop Michael Hermosillo -- an Angels farmhand -- on three pitches.

"It was good to see that right off the bat, because in the bullpen (my pitches were) pretty bad, it was rough," Kopech said. "To come out into the game and have everything working for me already, it's a good adjustment and I know that I was able to make it."

Kopech finished the day after three frames, with no walks and five strikeouts. He threw 30 of his 42 pitches for strikes.

Ball, Boston's No. 14 prospect, entered in the fourth inning. The 22-year-old left-hander tossed 27 pitches in two innings, walking one and striking out two.

"I felt my pitches were working all right. I felt like I was rushing a little bit, my command was off," Ball said. "But I felt like my pitches were working really well and we had the great defense behind us to allow us to do that."

In the fourth, Ball was on the mound when Gleyber Torres, the Yankees' No. 2 prospect and MLBPipeline.com's No. 17 overall, hit a ball back to the mound. Ball snagged it and fired to second to nab Mets No. 3 prospect Gavin Cecchini for one, and Saguaros shortstop Nick Gordon (Twins No. 2) threw to first to get Torres and end the inning.

"I threw a two-seam away, and he just hit it right back to me. I just stayed with it and showed how pitchers can be athletic," Ball said with a chuckle. "It was a good turn."

Kopech and Ball had plenty of run support in the game, including production from fellow Red Sox prospects. Baseball's No. 1 overall prospect Yoan Moncada went 2-for-4 with two runs and a walk, and Red Sox's No. 12 prospect Mauricio Dubon went 2-for-4 with a solo home run.

"Those two are awesome," Ball said of Moncada and Dubon. "Just playing with them this year and seeing what they can do and how they do it -- Moncada can hit the ball and run for speed. (Dubon) can play everywhere as you can see, out in centerfield today. They're great players and they're going to do well."MLB.com

Dubon played CF, his first professional start in the OF.

RedSoxtober
10-18-2016, 03:26 PM
While Kopech is pitching in the Arizona Fall League to gain some extra innings before the offseason, there remains significant doubt over whether he can complement his triple-digit fastball with a slider and changeup to profile as a starter long-term.

"He's worked his butt off to get back to where he was before, off the field and on the field," Hazen said. "We know the fastball has electric velocity and gives him swings-and-misses. He's really been working on becoming a three-pitch pitcher, which as a starting pitcher he's going to need to do. The aptitude for using all three pitches and when he wants to use them is growing day by day by day. Hopefully this is a stepping stone for him."

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The loss of Travis speaks to a larger theme of the season: Players that once looked like viable major-league depth options had rough seasons. Obviously, Owens and Johnson highlight the pitching side of things, but Travis' lost season, Deven Marrero's woeful year and the problematic campaigns for catchers Blake Swihart and Christian Vazquez mean the Sox probably won't be swimming with reliable backup plans entering next year.Providence Journal

BoSox47
10-19-2016, 04:17 PM
Really excited with the way Devers ended the season. Last 94 games .320/.359/.860.

He suffered with a really unlucky BABIP of .218 in the first 1.5 months of the season.

RedSoxtober
10-20-2016, 04:31 PM
:speechless: Moncada

In the Arizona Fall League, Mauricio Dubon is playing outfield for the first time since he was eight years old. Jim Callis of MLB.com checks in with the Honduras native.

Also in the Fall League, lefthander Trey Ball had a glass half-empty/half-full day: He continued to pitch quite well in his first professional exposure to the bullpen, earning the win with 1 1/3 scoreless innings to extend his scoreless games streak to three. However, his otherwise-strong performance also gained some notoriety for his yield of a left-on-left single by Tim Tebow.

Yoan Moncada went 0-for-3 with a walk, got caught stealing, and struck out twice. He’s punched out nine times in 23 AFL plate appearances (39.1 percent).Speier

RedSoxtober
10-28-2016, 09:35 AM
Rafael Devers, playing for Licey in the Dominican Winter League, went 2-for-4 and crushed a double and a walk on Wednesday. “The ball off the bat was the loudest sound we’ve heard out here,” said one evaluator who is scouting the Dominican Winter League. “A clap of thunder.”Speier

papipapsmanny
10-29-2016, 01:53 PM
Moncada's Ks are actually becoming quite worrisome

BoSox47
10-31-2016, 11:48 AM
I'm excited for the Sox prospect rankings.. Assuming Benintendi is has "graduated" right now my top guys are

1. Moncada
2. Devers
3. Kopech
4. Dubon
5. Groome
6. Travis
7. Basabe

RedSoxtober
11-02-2016, 05:05 PM
Benintendi technically has not graduated because he has not exceeded rookie limits (45 days on the active roster and/or 130 AB). Here's Speier's list for Baseball America:


Yoan Moncada
Andrew Benintendi
Rafael Devers
Michael Kopech
Jason Groome
Sam Travis
Mauricio Dubon
Luis Alexander Basabe
Bobby Dalbec
Roniel Raudes


He's done a write-up on them (http://click.email.bostonglobe.com/?qs=2c8d1563618bc7b6d8e40ab978cc67854e1819d848f162 49de503a90bb6b3b512a54eed50c772212) for the Boston Globe.

RedSoxtober
11-06-2016, 10:25 PM
It’s a stretch to suggest any Red Sox minor-leaguer is untouchable heading into the offseason. But Michael Kopech might be as close as it comes.

The 20-year-old starred at the Arizona Fall League All-Star Game Saturday, cruising through two innings while retiring three of his six batters on strikeouts. According to MLB.com, Kopech touched 100 mph five times.

“Pitching against the best guys in Minor League Baseball, it’s fun to compete with them and see how your stuff matches up,” Kopech told MLB.com. “I tried to mix in some changeups, mix in some sliders, change eye levels. Most guys try to sit on my fastball, so I tried my other pithes in early to throw them off and keep them off my fastball.”

Kopech leads the AFL with a strikeout rate of 11.6 K’s per nine innings. In four outings for the Suprise Saguaros, the righty has allowed three runs in 14 innings, striking out 18 while walking just one.weei.com

RedSoxtober
11-07-2016, 10:53 AM
In the Dominican Winter League, third baseman Rafael Devers went 3-for-4 with two doubles, both off pitchers who spent most of 2016 in Triple A. As one of the younger positional regulars in the league, the 20-year-old Devers is hitting .244/.295/.341 in 10 games.

Righthander Chandler Shepherd , who will open the year in Pawtucket, threw two scoreless innings with three strikeouts. In six appearances, he has one run in 6 1/3 innings with six strikeouts and no walks.Speier

RedSoxtober
11-07-2016, 10:55 AM
The latest in a long line of hard-throwing Texans is continuing to show elite stuff in the AFL. Kopech, the 33rd overall pick in 2014, sits 97-99 mph and touches 101, with his 86-90 mph slider drawing whiffs one-third of the time. Oh, and batters have yet to record a hit on his 90-92 mph changeup, per Brooks Baseball. He was particularly unhittable in his most recent start, allowing one hit over four scoreless innings while striking out six. Kopech now has a 1.93 ERA with 18 strikeouts and one walk in 14 AFL innings.
Read more at http://www.baseballamerica.com/minors/arizona-fall-league-hot-sheet-nov-4/#cem40BRCUMTTJDEC.99Baseball America

BGeer091
11-08-2016, 10:44 AM
Kopech and Groome are untouchable imo. I don't care who they would be traded for either. Absolutely untouchable.

I wouldn't trade Devers, Moncada or Dalbac either.

RedSoxtober
11-08-2016, 04:50 PM
Kopech may be the only guy that I would consider untouchable at the moment. Moncada's k-rates concern me enough not to put him on the list (his "elite" speed has also not produced anything above A+). Devers could be expendable depending on where Moncada goes (implying that the combination is untouchable while the parts are not). Groome has to show that he can live up to the hype. I wouldn't give up any of these guys casually to be sure, but neither would I hold them back if the right deal became available. For example, if I could put Moncada and Groome into a deal (yes, with a few other pieces) for Stanton if/when the Marlins realize that they can't make it without Fernandez then I would do it and trust that he'd NOT opt-out when coupled with Betts, Bogaerts, etc

RedSoxtober
11-09-2016, 01:31 PM
This is what we told Blake,” Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said yesterday from the general managers meetings. “We told Blake when he left, and we assume he’s going to be healthy and he’s had encouraging signs he will be, that he’s coming to camp as a catcher. And we look at him as a catcher long-term. He can go to left field and probably other places, too, but we look at him as a catcher at this point.”

There are some in the organization who still believe Swihart can be a regular major league catcher, but it still seems a longshot that he would be anything more than a part-time player heading into 2017.

Leon still is considered the starter, Dombrowski said, “because he earned that based upon how he did last year.” Vazquez is out of options and cannot be sent to the minors.

“You’ve got three guys that can battle for an everyday job,” Dombrowski said. “If you said right now who’s the leading guy, it’s Sandy Leon.”Boston Herald

RedSoxtober
11-10-2016, 03:57 PM
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RedSoxtober
11-18-2016, 01:24 PM
Red Sox purchased the contract of LHP Luis Ysla from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Ysla, 24, held a 3.99 ERA and 62/27 K/BB ratio over 56 1/3 relief frames between Double- and Triple-A in 2016. He's now protected from the Rule 5 Draft.


Red Sox purchased the contract of RHP Kyle Martin from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Martin, 25, put up a 3.38 ERA and 78/21 K/BB ratio across 66 2/3 relief innings for Pawtucket this past season. He could debut at some point in 2017.
Both via rotoworld

Some notable names exposed to Rule 5 draft:
Ty Buttrey
Jamie Callahan
Allen Craig
Justin Haley
Tzu-Wei Lin
Simon Mercedes
Mike Meyers
Yankory Pimentel
Teddy Stankiewicz
Aneury Tavarez

RedSoxtober
11-24-2016, 11:45 AM
The Arizona Fall League only advanced the buzz surrounding Michael Kopech.

The Red Sox’ top pitching prospect was named by MLB.com’s Jim Callis as the fourth-best prospect in the recently-completed AFL, with Yankees’ infielder Gleybar Torres (who was acquired in the Aroldis Chapman deal) earning the top spot.

Kopech, the Red Sox’ No. 5 prospect according to MLB.com, pitched in six games for Surprise, 2.01 ERA in 22 1/3 innings. The 26-year-old struck out 26 and walked eight, six coming in one outing. During the AFL All-Star Game, the righty hit 100 mph five times during his two innings.

During the recent GM meetings, Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski suggested Kopech would start the 2017 season at Double-A Portland.

Red Sox top prospect Yoan Moncada was not on Callis’ list, having played in just six games before succumbing to a sprained left thumb. (For all the rankings, click here.)weei.com

The Allen
11-24-2016, 11:55 AM
He's only 20, not 26? Odd.

Green_Monster
11-24-2016, 12:02 PM
He's only 20, not 26? Odd.

The "struck out 26", right after his age likely had something to do with that.

BoSox47
11-28-2016, 05:47 PM
I am interested to see if Rusney Castillo can continue to hit after he made the adjustment to his swing. I dont think he will start at all, but he might not be as bad of an injury replacement as previously anticipated.

Final 35 games of season after adjusting his swing: .328/.369/.814

I know Rusney Castillo stink but its at least something to look into!

RedSoxtober
11-28-2016, 06:20 PM
I guess Ramos was a minor league FA

Dodgers signed OF Henry Ramos to a minor league contract.

Ramos, a 24-year-old former fifth-round pick of the Red Sox, batted .263/.306/.402 in 398 plate appearances this summer between Double-A and Triple-A. He won't have much of a shot at cracking the major league roster with Los Angeles.via roto

RedSoxtober
11-28-2016, 06:22 PM
I know Rusney Castillo stink but its at least something to look into!

I personally wouldn't mind cashing in on JBJ's big season (throw in the necessary qualifiers about "the right deal" and all that). If that scenario were to arise then I could see him making it as a reserve OF assuming that he can sustain the adjustments.

AI
11-28-2016, 06:59 PM
What's the most you would offer for a Sale or Quintana? Would be much easier to acquire one of those two if we still had Espinoza but now we have Pomeranz (ugh). Still hate that deal.

BoSox47
11-29-2016, 12:48 PM
The 6-foot-4, 225-pounder showed a disciplined plate approach that led to him batting .386 with a .427 on-base percentage, .674 slugging percentage, 1.101 OPS seven homers, 13 doubles, two triples, 33 RBIs, 25 runs, nine walks, 33 strikeouts and two steals in 34 games (134 plate appearances) for the Short Season Lowell Spinners after signing with the Red Sox.

He has rapidly ascended up the Red Sox prospect rankings. Baseball America ranked him the No. 9 prospect in the Sox organization. SoxProspects.com ranked him 11th. We at MassLive.com named him the No. 10 prospect in the system in our latest ranking.

- MassLive article on Bobby Dalbec, Kid has potential to shoot up the Red Sox prospect rankings. Scouts said he was a walk, home run, or strikeout guy, but he has at least temporarily proved them wrong hitting .386 last season.

AI
11-29-2016, 02:36 PM
A college hitter hitting .386 in Low-A doesn't really say much. I won't get excited until after I see how he performs at the higher levels.

BoSox47
11-30-2016, 10:56 AM
A college hitter hitting .386 in Low-A doesn't really say much. I won't get excited until after I see how he performs at the higher levels.

To compare at the same age and league, Benintendi hit .290/.408/.948, 7 home runs, 15 RBI, .540 SLG.

Dalbec played 34 games Benintendi 35.

celticsman2009
11-30-2016, 11:23 AM
Dalbec is a poor mans Kris Bryant right now. How the potential, but will have to see how he does higher up.

RedSoxtober
11-30-2016, 02:05 PM
To compare at the same age and league, Benintendi hit .290/.408/.948, 7 home runs, 15 RBI, .540 SLG.

Dalbec played 34 games Benintendi 35.

A few more stats are helpful: PA/K/BB for Benintendi 153/15/25, Dalbec 143/33/9. Benintendi's meteoric rise had a lot to do with his exceptional pitch recognition and plate discipline. There was a prolonged stretch at Portland where he literally did not swing and miss at a single pitch. That's not to downplay Dalbec's fine performance in the NY-Penn League but rather to suggest that we be careful with comps.

BoSox47
12-01-2016, 11:34 AM
A few more stats are helpful: PA/K/BB for Benintendi 153/15/25, Dalbec 143/33/9. Benintendi's meteoric rise had a lot to do with his exceptional pitch recognition and plate discipline. There was a prolonged stretch at Portland where he literally did not swing and miss at a single pitch. That's not to downplay Dalbec's fine performance in the NY-Penn League but rather to suggest that we be careful with comps.

My bad, I'm not here trying to say he will be as good of a contact hitter as benintendi because I dont think he will be at all, but the word on him initially was that he was a Homerun/walk/SO kind of guy. To see him hit nearly .386 is a good sign for him going forward.

Scouts made it sound like Dalbec was going to a adam dunn or chris carter type hitter ,210-.230 with a load of power. If he can be more a Mike Napoli type player that would be more than welcomed.

RedSoxtober
12-01-2016, 04:45 PM
I'm with you, for sure. I think that his performance has more to get excited about than AI suggested, particularly since it accompanied a change in his mechanics (back to an earlier swing that had produced well). Just don't want to get too carried away with it either.

RedSoxtober
12-05-2016, 04:04 PM
Baseball Prospectus' Top 10

OF Andrew Benintendi
IF Yoan Moncada
3B Rafael Devers
LHP Jason Groome
RHP Michael Kopech
OF Luis Alexander Basabe
SS Mauricio Dubon
1B Sam Travis
LHP Brian Johnson
1B Josh Ockimey

GreatOdinsRaven
12-06-2016, 09:39 PM
Baseball Prospectus' Top 10
OF Andrew Benintendi

3B Rafael Devers
LHP Jason Groome



1B Sam Travis
LHP Brian Johnson
1B Josh Ockimey

BoSox47
12-06-2016, 10:10 PM
Happy that we managed to hold on to Devers. I think the is going to be a plus all around hitter in the MLB. He has shown strides defensively at 3B that suggest he can stay there. Devers at 3B and Sam Travis at 1B in the future?

BoSox47
12-12-2016, 07:45 PM
I am interested to see if Rusney Castillo can continue to hit after he made the adjustment to his swing. I dont think he will start at all, but he might not be as bad of an injury replacement as previously anticipated.

Final 35 games of season after adjusting his swing: .328/.369/.814

I know Rusney Castillo stink but its at least something to look into!

Another small sample size, but also a good sign after he made adjustments to his swing


Rusney Castillo -- who no longer is on the Red Sox's 40-man roster because of his offensive struggles -- just began his winter ball season Dec. 5 for Criollos de Caguas in Puerto Rico.

He's off to an impressive start, going 6-for-14 with one double, four RBIs, two runs, two walks and four strikeouts in four games.

He stroked two hits in each of his first three games.

Castillo signed a seven-year, $72.5-million contract with the Red Sox in August 2014. But the $10.4 million annual average value of his contract doesn't count toward the Red Sox's payroll right now because he's not on the 40-man roster.

- MassLive

ruckus16969
12-19-2016, 08:41 PM
Happy that we managed to hold on to Devers. I think the is going to be a plus all around hitter in the MLB. He has shown strides defensively at 3B that suggest he can stay there. Devers at 3B and Sam Travis at 1B in the future?

Me too out of all our prospects he is the one I feel will have the best career along with Benintendi.

I was also sold on Espinoza to tho.

Moncada I think could be like a Castillo and Kopech I feel like is going to be a great pitcher but a huge head ache. Let's hope our front office is right on a couple of these moves

RedSoxtober
12-20-2016, 04:43 PM
Moncada and Castillo are nothing alike. The latter was supposed to be an MLB-ready OF whose combination of power and defensive ability made him equal to or better than the FAs on the 2014-15 FA market. That means someone thought that he was a better signing than Melky Cabrera, Nelson Cruz, Nick Markakis, or even Johnny Gomes. To date, Castillo's bat has barely been worthy of AAA and he will be 29 this year.

Let's suffice it to say that a 21yr old who was overmatched in MLB after 2yrs in the US but sporting a .287/.395/.480 slash 50-2B, 9-3B, 23HR, and 94SB in 187 games doesn't quite compare to a 29yr old with a minor league career .680 OPS.

RedSoxtober
12-23-2016, 02:34 PM
Two minor league players connected to the Red Sox were suspended for 50 games on Thursday after testing positive for amphetamine use.

Catcher Jake Romanski, who turned 26 on Thursday, played last season with Double A Portland. He hit .308 with a .748 OPS. His suspension is effective at the start of the season.

Outside of the players on the 40-man roster, Romanski is the highest ranked catcher in the organization by SoxProspects.com.

Righthander Mario Alcantara, who turns 24 next week, also was suspended. He appeared in 32 games for Single A Salem last season, going 9-2 with a 3.16 earned run average. He is a minor league free agent after spending seven seasons in the Red Sox organization.Boston Globe

RedSoxtober
01-11-2017, 09:33 AM
If you would like to help us build the forum's 2017 prospect rankings, please PM me your top 20 prospects. For our purposes, we will consider a prospect as anyone who has not exceeded rookie limits. That means Benintendi is a prospect (and, yes, probably the unanimous #1) but Marco Hernandez is not.