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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Baseball America’s Top 10 Prospects: Red Sox

Xander crew. Awesome?

1. Xander Bogaerts, ss
2. Jackie Bradley, of
3. Matt Barnes, rhp
4. Allen Webster, rhp
5. Henry Owens, lhp
6. Blake Swihart, c
7. Garin Cecchini, 3b
8. Bryce Brentz, of
9. Jose Iglesias, ss
10. Deven Marrero, ss

Farrell takes over a team that hasn’t won a playoff game since 2008, its longest drought in 15 years, and hasn’t reached the postseason in the last three seasons despite baseball’s second-largest payroll during that time. Both the rotation and the bullpen wilted in 2012, and the club’s primary focus this offseason will be rebuilding the pitching staff.

Young players did provide positive developments in Boston, with Will Middlebrooks homering 15 times in 75 games and fellow rookie Felix Doubront tying for the team lead with 11 victories. Down on the farm, shortstop Xander Bogaerts continued to develop rapidly while several 2011 draft picks (outfielder Jackie Bradley, righthander Matt Barnes, lefthander Henry Owens, catcher Blake Swihart) provided intriguing early returns. Even so, the Red Sox will need more than those youngsters to ease the pain and embarrassment of the last two seasons.

Repoz Posted: October 31, 2012 at 03:48 PM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 31, 2012 at 04:02 PM (#4289455)
Even so, the Red Sox will need more than those youngsters to ease the pain and embarrassment of the last two seasons.


Tune in to the HOT STOVE to find out who they overpay for!
   2. Drew (Primakov, Gungho Iguanas) Posted: October 31, 2012 at 06:04 PM (#4289555)
Pretty good list, actually.
   3. Drew (Primakov, Gungho Iguanas) Posted: October 31, 2012 at 06:34 PM (#4289581)
Young players did provide positive developments in Boston, with...Felix Doubront tying for the team lead with 11 victories


Sometimes I hate BA.
   4. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: October 31, 2012 at 07:13 PM (#4289609)
1. Xander Bogaerts, ss
2. Jackie Bradley, of
3. Matt Barnes, rhp
4. Allen Webster, rhp
5. Henry Owens, lhp


Awesome. I believe the rotation needs shoring up and they can use a SS and RF, so there you go. Unless the FO makes some real noise in the FA market and spends all that cash it has lying around, the Sox will be pretty average in 2013, so let's be average with some fun, young guys!
   5. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: October 31, 2012 at 07:18 PM (#4289616)
None of those guys will be ready to start the season. Bogaerts and Barnes both almost certainly need another year, and Owens is a couple years off. Webster and Bradley, in a best-case scenario, could contribute in the second half of 2013.

Also, Bogaerts is projected to have to move to 3B as he fills out. Big kid. He might stick at SS, but it's not the best bet.
   6. John DiFool2 Posted: October 31, 2012 at 07:32 PM (#4289626)
The article sadly spends very little time actually discussing said prospects.
   7. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: October 31, 2012 at 07:42 PM (#4289637)
The profiles are behind the paywall, sadly.
   8. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: October 31, 2012 at 08:38 PM (#4289656)
Alex Speier did a (free!) podcast with Jim Callis today. It's a bit over an hour long and worth every second of it and really covers most of the stuff that was behind the paywall. Either go to weei.com or search weei podcasts at iTunes to find it. I really can't overemphasize how much I enjoyed the conversation they had.

Callis said in the chat that he thought Bogaerts would be in the 21-30 range overall but he talks about him with a LOT of excitement. Listening to Callis it's clear that Bogaerts to 3rd is not fait accompli, at least not right away. I mentioned this elsewhere today but it's based more on an anticipation of how Bogaerts fills out rather than an inability to handle the position. I think that's an important distinction.
   9. Darren Posted: October 31, 2012 at 09:13 PM (#4289672)
Jose also mentioned over in the ST thread that the Rubby de la Rosa would slot in around Webster if he were still a prospect. Both of those are great news, IMHO. It reinforces my belief that the Sox have pitching prospect depth that they can deal for what they need.
   10. Golfing Great Mitch Cumstein Posted: October 31, 2012 at 09:53 PM (#4289694)
Because he was mentioned in the excerpt, I will ask my question here. Is there any hope that Middlebrooks could develop his OBP skills at ML level?
   11. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: October 31, 2012 at 09:59 PM (#4289698)
Hope, definitely. Middlebrooks has improved his plate discipline every year even while moving quickly up the ladder in the Sox system. He was an extremely raw athlete when he was drafted. I'm not expecting him to be better overall next year, but he should continue to develop his skills.
   12. JH (in DC) Posted: October 31, 2012 at 10:10 PM (#4289703)
Boosh.
   13. Sonic Youk Posted: October 31, 2012 at 10:19 PM (#4289710)
If there's a decent change Bogaerts sticks at short, he'd have to be one of the very best prospects in baseball, right? Like top 10, I'd think.
   14. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: November 01, 2012 at 08:39 AM (#4289836)
If there's a decent change Bogaerts sticks at short, he'd have to be one of the very best prospects in baseball, right? Like top 10, I'd think.


That would be my expectation too. I really can't overstate how excited Callis seems to be about Bogaerts. Speier asked him at one point what kind of hitter he would be in the Majors and Callis said "well, .300 hitter, and I don't know if you'd put any limit on home runs, I'd say 30, well, 25 but I think that would prove to be low." I think Callis probably has him mentally as a top 10 guy but there is enough possibility that he can't stay at short that he moves him down all the while thinking "damn this is too low."

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