Not So Nasty Nate made a comment the other day about the Sox’ lack of depth on the corners that resonated with me. I got to thinking about some players who are a bit off the radar and might contribute in 2013. I’m pretty geared up for my Spring Training trip (52 days!) so count this as a little list of non-big name guys I’m hoping to check out somewhat closely while I’m there (thus ending their careers in the process). Plus, a thread that isn’t all-Hall of Fame all the time seems useful;
Alex Hassan – OF – Hassan had a bit of a down year in 2012 with a troubling lack of power (.109 ISO) for a corner outfielder. However, he continued to show his ability to get on base (.377 OBP) and while he’s not a strong defender the former Duke pitcher has a strong arm to compensate for some shortcomings there and is on the 40 man roster.
Dan Butler – C – Another guy on the 40 man roster Butler is the opposite of Hassan in style. Butler’s stock in trade is his defense but while not great with the bat he doesn’t appear helpless either. The Sox are deep with three catchers right now (plus Napoli) but a trade between now and Opening Day would surprise exactly no one. The third catcher on the depth chart usually isn’t any great shakes and a guy with a solid glove is a decent option in that scenario.
Jeremy Hazelbaker – OF – Binky alert! This is a player I’ve been pulling for since seeing him in Greenville 3 years ago. Hazelbaker has the physical tools to be a defender but is not rated well with Sox Prospects noting he gets poor reads. He is very fast and has good power though, sort of a bizarre combination of Jonathan Van Every and Che-Hsuan Lin. The outfield looks crowded enough but he should be at Pawtucket most of the year and as a lesser prospect than a guy like Brentz or even Kalish I can see the Sox deciding to use him as a caddy at some point in the event of a short term injury. Not on the 40 man at the moment .
Jose de la Torre – RHP – De La Torre a small righty who has always performed as a minor leaguer without getting a big league shot. His 2012 season gets a little lost but with four different teams (AA Akron, AAA Columbus and Pawtucket and Winter Ball in PR) he had a 2.83 ERA with 104 K and 28 BB in 98.1 innings. Every spring some pitcher comes out of nowhere and sneaks into the mix and De La Torre is a guy I think may be that guy. Also not on the 40 man.
Jonathan Diaz – IF – The Mark Hamilton acquisition got a little attention last weekend but Diaz, signed the same day, could squeeze in. He has a bit of a Brock Holt profile with the ability to get on base and the ability to play multiple positions including some third base experience (35 games overall, 8 games last year). His on base ability is heavily predicated on the base on balls which is a bit alarming but he’s a bit older and that corner experience might prove handy.
Jose Can Still Seabiscuit
Posted: January 09, 2013 at 02:15 PM | 94 comment(s)
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