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   1. Xander Posted: June 19, 2006 at 11:18 PM (#2068868)
I'll give a short preview after the game.
   2. Xander Posted: June 20, 2006 at 02:48 AM (#2069333)
Players to Watch:

Felix Doubront- Bonus baby from VZ who signed for $150K two years ago. Was one of the best pitchers in the VSL last year. Had a sub-1 ERA with 58 K's in 64.2 IP. A left-hander with a low-90's fastball and a developing breaking ball. Will be 18 all season.

Caleb Clay- Supplemental pick by the Sox in this year's draft. Was a reliever in high school until this year, when he was converted to a starter. Has a low to mid-90's fastball and a curve that flashes as a plus pitch. Was committed to Auburn.

Jason Place- Sox 1st overall pick in this year's draft. Think Francoeur with slightly less athleticism. Still very raw, but has tremendous power potential. Was committed to South Carolina.

Chih Hsien-Chiang- A bonus baby from Taiwan. Cost $350K, but reportedly turned down $500K from the Braves who were very high on him (also scouted heavily by M's, Rockies, and Yankees). Will start at SS until he plays himself off. Has very good power potential and a sweet left-handed stroke.

Luis Sumoza- A bonus baby from VZ. Received $200K two years ago. Will be the youngest player in the Sox system to play in America this year. A very toolsy outfielder who is still very raw. Has high hips and skinny ankles. Good raw power potential as he fills out. Already has tremendous plate discipline.

Carlos Fernandez- One of the best players in the VSL last year. Has good left-handed power, but is a gap-to-gap hitter right now. Hopefully the doubles turn to homeruns as he gets older.

Emilis Guerrero- One of the few Dominican bright spots in teh Sox system. Had a tremendous year in the DSL last year overpowering the competition. Struck out 52 in 37.2 IP, while only walking 8. Throws hard, but needs to develop a good off-speed pitch.

Luis Exposito- A 2006 DFE by the Sox, one scouting director told Peter Gammons that he liked Exposito as a catcher more than Conger or Sapp. Unfortunately, I'm pretty sure that scouting director was Jason McLeod. Which takes some bite out of the statement. Nevertheless, Exposito was all-state Florida in the JuCo ranks this year. He has good power potential and can stick behind the plate.

Ting-Jen Yeh- A 22-year old LHP from Taiwan, Yeh finally got to come over after completing his military requirement.

Justin Masterson- A 2006 draftee, Masterson's good numbers look dominant when you transpose them over the Mountain West park factors. He was a starter this year, but his arm projects in the bullpen. He has a very good build, which allows him to throw with a downward plane and induce a lot of groundballs.

Aaron Bates- A polished college bat from NC State, Bates caught the Sox eye in the CCL last year. He has good range defensively at 1st, and an advanced approach at the plate. Bates could find himself in Portland by the end of 2007.

Kris Johnson- A 2006 Supplemental pick, Johnson spent much of the year recovering from TJ surgery. His fastball played up in the last month of the season, and he had some serious helium going into the draft. Johnson is a LHP who can stay in the low-90's and has a very good curve and changeup. Is not comparable to former WSU lefty in the Sox system, Tommy Hottovy. Johnson has better stuff and a higher ceiling.

Zach Daeges- A stathead senior sign from Creighton. Daeges has a very good body (6'4", 225) and good power to boot. He put up dominating numbers at Creighton and might make an interesting sleeper pick to follow.

If I should be more specific on anyone, do tell. Sorry if some of the descriptions are too brief.
   3. soxscout Posted: June 20, 2006 at 03:15 AM (#2069360)

Moises Santa, OF: If he shows somewhat decent plate discipline, he could be the breakout player of short season ball. He possesses all 5 tools.


Scott Blue, SP: Word is he is healthy and pitching short stints. His fastball has been live and his slider working when he throws it with the velocity the Sox want (he needs to slow it down).

Jesus Garcia, C: Has show good plate discipline and power potential. He tailed off at the end of last summer after a red hot start.

Manny Arambarris, 3B: The man, the myth. If he is healthy he could put on a show.

Argenis Diaz, SS: Big upside, last season he had a 38/25 BB/K. Should be a very interesting in his first year in America. Extremely intriguing player.

Reid Engel, OF: Don't forget about him. Struggled in 103 ABs last year, expect a rebound.

Luis Sumoza, OF: Will turn only 18 on July 15th. He has more talent than God.</b><b><b>
   4. Xander Posted: June 20, 2006 at 03:30 AM (#2069381)
Moises Santa, OF: If he shows somewhat decent plate discipline, he could be the breakout player of short season ball. He possesses all 5 tools.

He actually has 6 tools. The 6th being a marketable last name.
Reid Engel, OF: Don't forget about him. Struggled in 103 ABs last year, expect a rebound.

Commonly referred to as the Kevin Millar of the Sox lower minor league system (actually just once, and by me), Engel put on some good weight over the winter and should be an interesting follow.
   5. Darren Posted: June 20, 2006 at 03:12 PM (#2069610)
Mike Webber sent me this little tidbit about Pedroia: Dustin Pedroia struck out 14 times in his first 28 games this year. In the
last 27 games, he has struck out only 4 times.

Minor League splits also show that he's been hitting quite well since June began. So that must have been when ST ended for him.
   6. Josh Posted: June 20, 2006 at 03:33 PM (#2069634)
Pedroira finally has more xbh than SO - the ratio Gammo kept writing about last year.

Who is starting today for the GCL and Lowell -- anyone know? The GCL game starts within an hour...
   7. soxscout Posted: June 20, 2006 at 03:51 PM (#2069650)
The boxscores aren't up for the GCL yet. I'll be pissed if they don't do these games live again.

FWIW, there are only 23 major leaguers that have more XBH than Ks. Nomar Garciaparra - 18, Albert Pujols - 12, Mike Lowell - 11, Aramis Ramirez - 10. The rest are under 10. Freddy Sanchez, Carlos Lee, Moises Alou, Eduardo Perez, Frank Catalanotto, Toby Hall, Gregg Zaun, Orlando Cabrera, Luis Gonzalez, Scott Hatteberg, Craig Biggio, Paul Lo Duca, Scott Rolen, Johnny Estrada, Rich Aurilia, Garrett Atkins, Bill Mueller, Damion Easley, Sean Casey.
   8. Darren Posted: June 20, 2006 at 06:49 PM (#2069786)
From Amfox over at SOSH:

Pedroia's last 27 games (5/21-6/19): 36/109, 10-2B, 2-3B, HR (53TB), 4/11 K/BB, HBP (48/121 OBP) - .330/.397/.486/.883.

I think I see exactly where ST ended and the real season began. He's also 1/2 today with a K.
   9. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 20, 2006 at 06:57 PM (#2069792)
The boxscores aren't up for the GCL yet. I'll be pissed if they don't do these games live again.

They aren't. Be pissed.

-- MWE
   10. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 20, 2006 at 07:02 PM (#2069795)
Who is starting today for the GCL and Lowell -- anyone know?

Probables for the GCL are impossible to find. Lowell's Web site has no info, but I'd guess either Beazley or Johnson.

You might want to contact this guy, who lists his hobby as "statistical analysis of Major League Baseball players".

-- MWE
   11. Xander Posted: June 20, 2006 at 07:40 PM (#2069817)
Mario Pena is starting for Lowell.
   12. Xander Posted: July 11, 2006 at 05:00 AM (#2095036)
Two players to track in the GCL and Lowell:

GCL- Carlos Fernandez- He was the Sox "Latin Player of the Year" last year, and he has hit the U.S. soil running. Not to set the bar "too high" for the Venezuelan, but his game is similar to Bobby Abreu's (though the chance of him having any career, let alone Abreu, are still extremely low). He has gap to gap power with a good line drive stroke. As he gets additional core strength, he will be able to hit for more homeruns. Through 41 AB's, he is batting .341/.438/.537 with 5 SB and 1 CS. He also displays a very strong arm in the OF with good range.

Lowell- Luis Exposito- Exposito is now infamous for being the player a mysterious scouting director described to Peter Gammons as having more potential than Max Sapp and Hank Conger. 19, it's immediately apparent how highly the Sox thought of him as they sent him straight to SS ball, where he is the second youngest player on the roster. Exposito was a draft and follow this year out of St. Petersburg CC, where he was presented all-state honors. Through 57 AB's, Exposito is now hitting .316/.391/.386.

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