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   1. John DiFool2 Posted: June 30, 2016 at 07:06 PM (#5255947)
Matt Huegel noted in the Sox Prospects podcast that Benintendi (.284/.337/.459) has acceptable numbers for AA but he is not putting up the kind of lines that Mookie Betts (.355/.443/.551) or Jacoby Ellsbury (.452/.518/.644) did the year they made the jump from AA to MLB.


In a much smaller sample size-he's apparently been on a big hot streak lately:

Last 78 PA, 26 hits, 46 TB, 8 BB, .371/.657/.436.

Let's wait a bit for those numbers to settle a bit, going both ways, before we make such a premature comparison, shall we?
   2. Dillon Gee Escape Plan Posted: July 02, 2016 at 11:45 PM (#5257589)
Benintendi just went 2-3 (triple, HR) and a walk, bringing his AA line to .289/.343/.497. He batted .305/.362/.524 with 10:12 BB:K in 105 AB in June. He's batting .417 (15/36) in his last 10 games with 5:3 BB:K.
   3. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: July 03, 2016 at 12:18 AM (#5257603)
Also on the good news front Rafael Devers keeps hitting. Double, triple and a homer tonight. The Sox Prospect guys said the homer was an absolute bomb.
   4. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: July 04, 2016 at 09:05 PM (#5258339)
Watching the Portland game in MILB.tv. Moncada 1 for 3 with an HBP but in his first RHB at bat he went down on three pitches. The swing looks considerably better from the left side than the right to my untrained eye. Lefty it's smooth and sharp, from the right side it's more mechanical and looks uncomfortable. Among other things it's a much more violent swing. Reminded me a bit of Gomes' swing but longer.
   5. villageidiom Posted: July 04, 2016 at 11:05 PM (#5258362)
Major leaguers on the move: Hanigan activated from the DL, Vazquez optioned to Pawtucket. The Sandy Leon Experience continues.
   6. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: July 04, 2016 at 11:52 PM (#5258370)
Boy I hope we haven't broken Swihart.
   7. villageidiom Posted: July 05, 2016 at 07:04 AM (#5258408)
Sprained. We've sprained Swihart.

Nah, they want Hanigan up, while Leon is out of options and batting .500.
   8. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: July 05, 2016 at 08:40 AM (#5258437)
From what Ive read Swihart won't be able to catch the rest of the year. I think losing a year of development for a kid that has his upside is a real mistake.
   9. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: July 05, 2016 at 08:46 AM (#5258442)
"At that position, you're always a foul tip away from needing another guy," Farrell said..."We weren't in a position to continue to prolong the rehab for Ryan, and we certainly weren't going to cut ties with anyone."


Vazquez is the one with options, so he's the one to send down. I get not wanting to dump Hanigan, but I would rather he be the 3rd option.
   10. Darren Posted: July 07, 2016 at 09:41 PM (#5260973)
   11. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: July 07, 2016 at 09:55 PM (#5260987)
I was just thinking I liked the move. Hill fills a bench need pretty solidly and while I like Wilkerson and Rijo neither guy is anything special. What don't you like about it?
   12. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: July 07, 2016 at 09:56 PM (#5260990)
Just kind of looking back at my "Trading Partners" piece this is fairly similar to the deal I suggested for Gordon Beckham (Aneury Tavarez). I really like adding a competent bench player.
   13. villageidiom Posted: July 07, 2016 at 10:11 PM (#5261002)
Does acquisition of a competent bench player mean we're going to rely more on Brock Holt in LF? Or does this mean Holt will be dealt?

When he was concussed, Boston lost their primary backup for many positions. In a sense, that's what they just acquired. This makes Holt a little more redundant as a super-sub. That could mean Holt will no longer be a super-sub, or it could mean an upgrade to LF is imminent.
   14. Norcan Posted: July 07, 2016 at 10:29 PM (#5261016)
Does acquisition of a competent bench player mean we're going to rely more on Brock Holt in LF? Or does this mean Holt will be dealt?

When he was concussed, Boston lost their primary backup for many positions. In a sense, that's what they just acquired. This makes Holt a little more redundant as a super-sub. That could mean Holt will no longer be a super-sub, or it could mean an upgrade to LF is imminent.


I don't get this at all. When has Holt been a super-sub this year? He's primarily been the lefthanded side of a platoon in left field. I don't think getting Aaron Hill affects him at all. I think the acquisition was about getting a righthanded infielder who can platoon with Shaw at third and pinch hit against lefties. On that end, I don't know how effective the move was. Hill has a reverse platoon split.

Holt has played well offensively and defensively since returning. I don't think there's any way they move him this season.
   15. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: July 07, 2016 at 10:37 PM (#5261022)
Of the 39 games Holt has played he has started 33 of them in left. I don't think this impacts him too much.
   16. Darren Posted: July 07, 2016 at 10:47 PM (#5261040)
I was just thinking I liked the move. Hill fills a bench need pretty solidly and while I like Wilkerson and Rijo neither guy is anything special. What don't you like about it?


The team's rotation is in shambles. They have a pitcher who's pitching very well in AAA, and his Steamer projection is 4.06 ERA/4.14 FIP. They trade that to sure up an offense that's going to score 900+ runs. It's more fun to be scouty and all, but results really are important in evaluating players. And age is pretty irrelevant for pitchers.
   17. villageidiom Posted: July 08, 2016 at 08:32 AM (#5261150)
I don't get this at all. When has Holt been a super-sub this year?
He hasn't. The health of the non-Sandoval infield hasn't necessitated it.

It was noted that when Holt went down they lost not just their primary half of the LF platoon but their primary backup SS and first or second backup at other positions. Holt complained about neck soreness starting after the game on May 9. He played through it. When he didn't get better they immediately called up Marco Hernandez because they needed someone who could handle SS if Bogaerts went down. (They don't think Rutledge can handle SS.) Holt was that guy otherwise. After the KC doubleheader they had a day off, after which they put him on the concussion list.

Anyway, my point is that with Hill on the roster as a platoon partner with Shaw but a sub for other IF positions they don't need Holt to fill that role late in the game. But the more I think of it, it's not like they were going to look to Hill to play SS if Bogaerts goes down. So never mind.
   18. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: July 08, 2016 at 08:49 AM (#5261154)
I think Holt is completely miscast as somebody who plays LF most of the time. His primary asset is his flexibility defensively. If the team wants to improve the non-pitching, get a better compliment for Young in LF, and make Holt the supersub again.

It's rather surprising that this team is 3 games out of first place with the utter disaster of a back of the rotation that they have, plus Price has been disappointing. Thank goodness for Steven Wright.
   19. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: July 08, 2016 at 09:22 AM (#5261174)
Thank goodness for Steven Wright.


I mean, it's awesome having Wright on the team pitching well, but this:

TEAM            R 
Boston         476 
Chicago Cubs   444 
Colorado       440
St
Louis      439 
Toronto        433 
Baltimore      430
Texas          426
Detroit        422
Seattle        421
Cleveland      413 


may have something more to do with their success. Having a 32 run lead on the 2nd place team in MLB, more than the difference between 2nd place and 10th place, is really quite helpful to the win-loss record.
   20. Nasty Nate Posted: July 08, 2016 at 09:41 AM (#5261203)
I think Holt is completely miscast as somebody who plays LF most of the time. His primary asset is his flexibility defensively
I think him playing LF most of the time is clear usage of that very asset you mention. In LF, Rusney didn't show he was good enough to play a lot and then Young got hurt. So Holt's defensive flexibility came in handy. If similar circumstances had happened at another position, he similarly would have gotten a lot of playing time. Defensive flexibility is only an asset as much as you trust the guy to play.
   21. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: July 09, 2016 at 08:41 AM (#5261941)
Brad Ziegler on his way to Boston for Jose Almonte and Luis Alejandro Basabe. I'm pretty sure that is the lesser of the Baseballing Basabes.
   22. Dillon Gee Escape Plan Posted: July 13, 2016 at 11:41 PM (#5264773)
It sucks Chavis missed nearly two months because of that thumb ligament injury. His numbers look much better this year (.301/.380/.476, 14:29 BB:K in 143 PA). Last year, he batted .223/.277/.405 with 29:144 BB:K in 471 PA. He's seen his K% drop from 30.6% to 17.8%. He's been pretty hot lately too (.323/.462/.548 with 7:10 BB:K in July).
   23. Norcan Posted: July 14, 2016 at 08:01 PM (#5265317)
Wow, Espinoza straight up for Pomeranz. Pomeranz has pitched really well this year but I guess his lack of track record dinged him enough to be traded straight up for a Low-A ball pitcher, even one as highly touted as Espinoza. I had grown attached to Espinoza, even getting the freaking milb.tv package to watch his starts, so this stings but I had enough doubts about him that I'm not heartbroken. Also, having Kopech and now Groome, both of whom are right there with Espinoza as prospects, if not a bit higher, in the system softens the blow too.

I got why Espinoza was so highly thought of. For his age, he's really advanced in terms of the smoothness of his delivery and his sitting/peak velocity. He would've been a pretty young high school draft pick in the most recent draft and compared to that group, he really does stand out. That said, I think his high prospect ranking was a bit too much prospect hype. Could he eventually develop into an ace? I guess and it would've been fun to track his development but I didn't think his overall stuff and performance merited being a top-20 prospect currently. His fastball has movement and plus velocity and in some games, his command of it was good but at the same time, it didn't generate a lot of swings and misses. I found it puzzling. It had velocity and movement, the competition was low-A ball and yet there were very few whiffs. His curveball got better but it wasn't yet a knockout offering or even an average one most of the time. Neither was his change. He currently lacked a dynamite putaway pitch. You had to dream on his offspeed pitches getting better in a way that you didn't quite have to do with someone like Groome and his curveball.

Oh well. I hope he does well in the Padres organization.
   24. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: July 23, 2016 at 03:05 PM (#5270208)
It's probably newsworthy that Benintendi played left field for Portland last night. My feeling all along has been that for both he and Moncada a position switch (Moncada to 3B) would be the sign that they are thinking of them contributing at the big league level.
   25. Norcan Posted: July 31, 2016 at 11:06 PM (#5275913)
I would love to get Beltran. As a mid season rental, he's too much for any of the top five prospects ( Moncada, Benintendi, Devers, Kopech, Groome) but I guess Basabe and Doubon would be in play. I think Basabe and maybe someone like Pat Light might be a good offer, then they could resign him to be the new DH.
   26. villageidiom Posted: August 02, 2016 at 09:31 AM (#5277048)
Matt Huegel noted in the Sox Prospects podcast that Benintendi (.284/.337/.459) has acceptable numbers for AA but he is not putting up the kind of lines that Mookie Betts (.355/.443/.551) or Jacoby Ellsbury (.452/.518/.644) did the year they made the jump from AA to MLB.


Now a month later sitting at .295/.357/.515 at AA, and heading up to MLB. I don't have minor-league splits, but if we assume your earlier numbers were for 3 months, and the new ones are for 4, that means in the last month he's put up something like .328/.417/.683 in that month.
   27. dave h Posted: August 02, 2016 at 09:36 AM (#5277052)
That must have been an awesome conversation - presumably the guy gets called into the manager's office on the trade deadline, and he finds out that it's because he's getting called up to the majors. If I were the manager I couldn't help but screw with the guy. So, you're on the move...we're sending you to Seattle...the Sox are there for their road trip.
   28. Dillon Gee Escape Plan Posted: August 02, 2016 at 09:37 AM (#5277055)
Now a month later sitting at .295/.357/.515 at AA, and heading up to MLB. I don't have minor-league splits, but if we assume your earlier numbers were for 3 months, and the new ones are for 4, that means in the last month he's put up something like .328/.417/.683 in that month.


Benintendi batted .329/.406/.635 in July.
   29. Famous Original Joe C Posted: August 02, 2016 at 10:43 AM (#5277120)
Now a month later sitting at .295/.357/.515 at AA, and heading up to MLB. I don't have minor-league splits, but if we assume your earlier numbers were for 3 months, and the new ones are for 4, that means in the last month he's put up something like .328/.417/.683 in that month.


Benintendi batted .329/.406/.635 in July.


Last 43 games: ~180 PA, .340/.408/.629, 19 BB, 17 K
   30. Dillon Gee Escape Plan Posted: August 18, 2016 at 09:55 PM (#5286843)
My math might be a bit off, but Kopech's got something like 212 strikeouts in 48.2 innings. It certainly feels that way though.

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