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    Official 2019 Red Sox Prospects Discussion

    We didn't have enough activity to justify doing our own prospect rankings over the winter so the list of 2019 assignments seems like as good a place as any to jump start the prospect discussions:

    The Red Sox announced their rosters for the minor league affiliates, and most of their top prospects will begin the year at Double-A Portland, including third baseman Bobby Dalbec, right-hander Durbin Feltman and left-hander Darwinzon Hernandez. But Dave Dombrowski has made it clear in the past he doesnít mind bringing up players to the majors straight from Double A. He did it with Andrew Benintendi and Rafael Devers.

    The roster at Triple A includes third base prospect Michael Chavis, who could play other positions to increase flexibility, and then a lot of players with some major league experience to provide depth to the big league club.

    The pitching staff will include former Mets closer Jenrry Mejia, once banned for life for getting caught using performance-enhancing drugs three times. Also on the staff is Erasmo Ramirez, Travis Lakins, Bobby Poyner, Marcus Walden, Mike Shawaryn, Chandler Shepherd, Josh Smith, Domingo Tapia, Josh Taylor, Ryan Weber, Dan Runzler and Trevor Kelley.

    PawSox position players include Sandy Leon, Tzu-Wei Lin, Nick Lovullo, Mike Miller, Josh Ockimey, Tony Renda, Juan Centeno, Jake Romanski, Bryce Brentz, Rusney Castillo, Gorkys Hernandez and Cole Sturgeon.
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    Others of note:
    1B/3B Triston Casas, Greenville
    RHP Tanner Houck, Portland
    SS CJ Chatham, Portland
    RHP Bryan Mata, Salem
    RHP Alex Scherff, Greenville
    2B Brett Netzer, Portland

    Jay Groome and Rionel Raudes both start the year on the injured list. Groome isn't likely to see the field until August since he's rehabbing from TJ.

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    I'm a little bummed out. I grabbed a bunch of tix to go to the Greenville game Saturday because Pedroia is here for his rehab assignment... then the plan was announced for him to play back-to-back tonight and tomorrow, skip Saturday, and play again Sunday. Oh, well, should be fun to see Casas play. Kid looks like he should be playing basketball.

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    Whoa, we got Brentz back? Dang, was really hoping he'd capitalize on his opportunity last year. Resigning with us I think means he has no chance at ever being more than AAAA.

    That's disappointing RedSoxtober. I hope it's a good game and Casas impresses. Looking forward to your prospect updates throughout the year, I wouldn't be able to keep much of a pulse on the minors without them.

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    I was hoping that wet conditions would push Pedroia back on Friday but his Thur/Fri/Sun schedule stayed in tack and my tickets were for the only game that he didn't play during the Drive's opening weekend. Oh, well.

    Brannen plays a decent CF but wasn't much at the plate. Casas was a big disappointment. The kid is ridiculously tall -- I call on his 6'4" official height. He towers over everyone. I really didn't like his approach at the plate. He's got an extremely wide stance (Larry Craig wide?) and starts in a pronounced crouch. He seems to be robbing himself of the power that his frame ought to provide. He was DH for the night so I didn't get to see him in the field.

    Aside from those two, there was nothing to write home about. I think that all four position players listed as bench players got starts. The pitchers were terrible with the exception of Alex Demchak (who has a lot of deception in a funky delivery). Sadly, it's at least the second straight weak Drive team to come through. That's not great news for anyone hoping to see the Farm System revive over the next few years.

    The other pseudo-highlight was getting to see Charlie McConnell for West Virginia. Yeah, I have no clue who he is either BUT, he grew up in my hometown of Reading, MA. Not many kids from Reading get drafted so it was kinda cool.

    Alex Scherff did have a nice start on Opening Day: 5IP, 2H, 1BB, 4K, 0R/ER. GB/FB was 3.5 which means he was making the most out of the bottom of the strike zone (where his stuff reportedly has the most life).

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    Darwinzon Hernandez finally made his second appearance of the regular season. The bottom line was fine: two runs over five innings. However, Hernandezís control was an issue again, giving up three walks. Thatís unacceptable when youíre giving up six hits in five innings. He also struck out five.

    Durbin Feltman was among those to relieve Hernandez. The young righty chucked another scoreless, hitless frame while striking out two. He has not given up a run over his last three outings ó which have spanned three innings.
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    C.J. Chatham already has seven doubles through his first 10 games with Double-A Portland after hitting 20 between Class-A Greenville and Class-A Advanced Salem in 2018. Heís not a big home run guy (nine in 166 minor league games) but heís not devoid of power. His progress in the doubles category leaves reason to believe thereís more to come.

    Home run numbers aside, if you want someone who can hit for average, Chatham is your guy. He only batted .242 in his first season of pro ball, then suffered a costly hamstring injury in 2017 that limited him to seven games, but he blossomed in 2018. In the 19 games he spent with Greenville, he hit .307. He then spent the majority of the year with Salem (95 games), batting .315 with 14 doubles, three homers and a triple.

    Just below Chatham in Salem, Ryan Fitzgerald appears to be playing with all the sliders up on rookie mode. Through 13 games, the 24-year-old shortstop has an OPS of 1.083. Heís hitting .413 with six doubles, two triples and 11 RBI. Last season, he did well with Greenville (.274, nine doubles, eight homers and three triples in 80 games), so thereís reason to believe this stretch isnít solely built on luck.
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    Red Sox pitching prospect Bryan Mata hasnít made too many mistakes on the mound in his three starts for Class-A Advanced Salem this season. He has given up one earned run (0.54 ERA), three walks and 11 hits (0.90 WHIP) over 16 2/3 innings. He also has 17 strikeouts.

    The one earned run scored off of Mata came in the third inning of his start against the Wilmington Blue Rocks on April 6. Since then, he has not surrendered an earned run over 14 innings of work.

    Mata ranks third among Red Sox pitching prospects according to Baseball America, fourth according to mlb.com. He is in the top-10 in the organization on both lists. (Baseball America has his sixth and mlb.com puts him at No. 8.)

    Jordan Weems showed off a little more than his flow on Tuesday against the Trenton Thunder ó the Yankees Double-A affiliate. The righty reliever struck out a career-high seven hitters over 3 2/3 innings of work, giving up one run on a walk and two hits. In his last two outings, Weems has 11 Kís and four walks over 5 2/3 innings.
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    Interestingly enough, Weems was originally a catcher who came in with Swihart and played his first couple of seasons as Swihart's platoon partner.

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    Red Sox 2018 fifth-round draft pick Thad Ward is nine starts into his first full season as a professional pitcher and currently averages just under 5 2/3 innings per outing. Through his first four with Class A Greenville, Ward went five innings three times and 4 1/3 innings once. During that span, he had a 4.19 ERA. Since then, heís lasted six or more innings in four out of five outings, posting a 1.50 ERA throughout the stretch to bring his season mark down to 2.50.

    Some of Wardís best work has come in his last two outings. He hasnít surrendered a run in 14 1/3 innings, most recently throwing seven scoreless on Monday in the Driveís 4-0 win over the West Virginia Power (Mariners). Ward struck out seven, bringing his season total to 58, gave up four hits and didnít walk anyone. Mondayís start was only the second outing where Ward didnít walk someone this season. Heís had a few instances where control has been a problem, walking 14 over 24 innings from April 16 to May 3. But in his last 20 1/3 innings, Ward has only given up two free passes. On the year, he has a 1.09 WHIP and is holding opponents to a .204 average.
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