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Wednesday, April 03, 2019

The Future is The Future

As per usual the Red Sox have a loaded minor league system with Baseball America ranking them as having the 29th runner up to the best minor league system.  With that kind of optimism we probably should have a place to chat about the minor leaguers that exist.  Here in easy readable format are guys worth keeping an eye on;

1B - Triston Casas - Greenville - The big lefty was the Sox #1 draft pick last year but got injured just two games into his pro career.  He seemed to be the recipient of favorable commentary down in Fort Myers and is a big slugging type that profiles well as a first baseman.  He’s a long way away but in a system in dire need of some upside, Casas provides some.

2B - Brett Netzer - Portland - Binky alert! Binky alert! I love this dude, he just has a swing that makes the old school scouts swoon.  I saw a bit of him at Lowell a couple years ago and he is just one of those guys who seems to have a line drive on the end of his swing every time.  The question with Netzer is whether his glove will play but he was drafted for his bat with an expectation that the bat will play at positions if the glove cannot withstand the middle of the diamond.

3B - Bobby Dalbec - Portland - Dalbec is an intriguing cat.  He is a big slugger with a Will Middlebrooks profile but that’s meant as praise not criticism.  It is not out of the question that circumstances could play out that Dalbec makes a contribution to the big club this year at some point.  He impressed both at 1st and 3rd base in spring training and Middlebrooks with a bit more contact and a bit less attitude could be very very good indeed.

SS - Tzu-Wei Lin - Pawtucket - Lin was signed to a sizable ($2 million) bonus out of Taiwan on the strength of his glove but his bat has evolved enough to make him a useful enough utility type.  He probably does not have MLB regular in his future but with Brock Holt hitting free agency at the end of the year Lin may be playing for an opportunity to fill that spot on the 2020 Red Sox.

OF - Jarren Duran - Salem - Duran is a speedster in every sense of the word.  He is not likely to ever grow into anything approximating power so he will need to stick in center field to make it pan out.  He was great after being drafted in the 7th round in 2018 hitting .357/.394/.516 at Lowell and Greenville.  That slugging percentage is elevated by an outrageous triple total that will likely scale back as he moves up levels but the speed is legitimate.

OF - Sam Travis - Pawtucket - I’m not cheating! You’re cheating! Shut up! OK, in all seriousness Travis (44 outfield games last year in the minors) has added the outfield to his skill set and after a couple of years of being the big star of Fort Myers he was quiet this year.  Maybe that translates into helping the club at the big league level in a way he has yet to achieve.  Travis has gotten some brief time already with the injury to Steve Pearce and he is likely to be on the shuttle back and forth from Pawtucket as the season plays out.

OF - Nick Decker - Lowell - The 2018 2nd rounder is another who joins Casas as being someone who might help this system take a needed step forward in 2019.  The projections for him seem to suggest he is a bit of a tweener; not enough D to play center, maybe not enough bat to be a productive corner outfielder.  But if either of those skills can move forward he is a guy who can be something.

C - Kole Cottam - Greenville - Drafted in the fourth round in 2018 Cottam is presently an offense first catcher.  The Sox are pretty well heeled behind the plate for the moment with Christian Vazquez and Blake Swihart plus the availability of Sandy Leon.  This should give them time to develop another catcher which is something they need to do because the upper minors don’t really feature anyone especially intriguing.

SP - Brayan Bello - Greenville - The 19 year old Dominican posted some gaudy numbers in the DSL last year (68K, 10BB in 64 IP, 1.68 ERA) and now will have a chance to show it off in a full season league in the US.  Obviously he is a fair distance from the Majors but with those numbers, some attention should be paid.

RP - Travis Lakins - Pawtucket - Lakins is a hard throwing righty who might fill the role Austin Maddox filled in 2017 coming in and throwing strikes.  Guys like Durbin Feltman and Darwinzon Hernandez will get the attention but Lakins is likely to get to Boston first.

(all clubs based on Sox Prospects forecasts.  And seriously, go to their site a LOT if you are interested in the minors)

Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: April 03, 2019 at 01:37 PM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Darren Posted: April 05, 2019 at 12:25 PM (#5828904)
Chavis with a 3-4 and a homer on opening day. Duran triples of course and goes 3-5. Pedroia with 2 hits in Greenville.

   2. Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: April 05, 2019 at 01:33 PM (#5828948)
That Pedroia kid has a shot.

Duran is intriguing. I really want to see him as he moves up. Those no power guys seem to run out of steam more often than not but those players are so thrilling when they make it.
   3. villageidiom Posted: April 05, 2019 at 02:55 PM (#5828982)
Duran triples of course
I would have thought "of course" for Duran would be a double. He is hungry like the wolf.
   4. Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: April 05, 2019 at 03:24 PM (#5829011)
I would have thought "of course" for Duran would be a double. He is hungry like the wolf.


We also would have accepted "Duran could've gone for a triple but decide no mas after reaching second."
   5. Petunia inquires about ponies Posted: April 07, 2019 at 02:20 AM (#5829329)
I don't follow the prospects nearly as much as you all, but I'm starting to get a little juicy about Chavis.

Lin was just called up this morning as Holt was DL'd with a mysteriously scratched cornea.
   6. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: April 08, 2019 at 05:02 PM (#5829724)
mysteriously scratched cornea.


could be missing a joke, but he said his son did it, nothing mysterious about it.

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