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 2010 In Season Mega Thread, Red Sox minor league topics
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Posted: Feb 12 2010, 09:07 PM


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.....................................Current SoxProspects Top 60:
As of Feb 12
Rank, Name (Linked to SoxProspect's player page),Position,Age,Highest Level Achieved thru 2009, Cem21 SoxProspects Preview link

COLOR CODES:

High School with $300k+ signing bonus
College with $300k+ signing bonus
International Free Agent with $300k+ signing bonus
All others

01. Casey Kelly, SP,20,A+,2010 Prospect Peview
02. Ryan Westmoreland, CF,19,SS A,2010 Prospect Peview
03. Ryan Kalish, OF,21,AA,2010 Prospect Preview
04. Josh Reddick, OF,22,ML,2010 Prospect Preview
05. Lars Anderson, 1B,22,AA,2010 Prospect Preview
06. Anthony Rizzo, 1B,20,A+,2010 Prospect Preview
07. Junichi Tazawa, SP,23,ML,2010 Prospect Preview
08. Jose Iglesias, SS,20,DNP,2010 Prospect Preview
09. Stolmy Pimentel, SP,20,A,2010 Prospect Preview
10. MIchael Bowden, SP,23,ML,2010 Prospect Preview
11. Luis Exposito, C,23,AA,2010 Prospect Preview
12. Che-Hsuan Lin, CF,21,A+,,2010 Prospect Preview
13. Felix Dubront, SP,22,AA,2010 Prospect Preview
14. Reymond Fuentes, CF,19,Rookie, 2010 Prospect Preview
15. Yamaico Navarro, INF,22,AA,2010 Prospect Preview
16. David Renfroe, 3B/SS,19,DNP,2010 Prospect Preview
17. Derrick Gibson, INF,20,SS A, 2010 Prospect Preview
18. Dustin Richardson, RP,26,AAA, 2010 Prospect Preview
19. Mark Wagner, C,25,AAA,2010 Prospect Preview
20. Tim Federowicz, C,22,A+, 2010 Prospect Preview
21. Kyle Weiland, SP,23,A+, 2010 Prospect Preview
22. Alex Wilson, SP,23,SS A, 2010 Prospect Preview
23. Stephen Fife, SP,23,A +, 2010 Prospect Preview
24. Madison Younginer, SP,19,DNP,2010 Prospect Preview
25. Ryan Lavarnway, C,22,A,2010 Prospect Preview
26. Will Middlebrooks, 3B,21,A, 2010 Prospect Preview
27. Roman Mendez, SP,19,Rookie, 2010 Prospect Preview
28. Drake Britton, SP,20,A,2010 Prospect Preview
29. Aaron Bates, 1B,25,ML,2010 Prospect Preview
30. Adam Mills, SP,25,AAA,2010 Prospect Preview
31. Jason Place, OF,21,AA,2010 Prospect Preview
32. Fabian Williamson, SP,21,A,2010 Prospect Preview
33. Ryan Dent, 2B,20,A+,2010 Prospect Preview
34. Pete Hissey, OF,20,A,2010 Prospect Preview
35. Oscar Tejeda, SS,20,A,2010 Prospect Prview
36. David Mailman, OF,21,A+, 2010 Prospect Preview
37. Michael Almanzar, 3B,19,A,2010 Prospect Prview
38. Jose Vinicio, SS,16,DNP,2010 Prospect Preview
39. Brandon Jacobs, OF,19,Rookie,2010 Prospect Preview
40. Kendal Volz, RP,22,DNP,2010 Prospect Preview
41. Manny Rivera, SP,20,Rookie,2010 Prospect Preview
42. Richie Lenz, RP,25,AA,2010 Prospect Preview
43. Jason Rice, RP,23,A+,2010 Prospect Preview
44. Ryne Miller, SP,24,AA,2010 Prospect Preview
45. Eammon Portice, SP,24,A+,2010 Prospect Preview
46. Brock Huntzinger, SP,21,A
47. Caleb Clay, RP,22,A
48. Gaby Hernandez, SP,23,AAA
49. Shannon Wilkerson, OF,21,A, 2010 Prospect Preview
50. Jeremy Hazelbaker, OF,22,A, 2010 Prospect Preview
51. Wilfred Pichardo, OF,20,SS A, 2010 Prospect Preview
52. Alex Hassan, OF,21,A, 2010 Prospect Preview
53. Chris McGuiness, 1B,21,A,2010 Prospect Preview
54. Miles Head, 3B,18,Rookie
55. Seth Schwindenhammer, OF,18,Rookie
56. Jason Thompson, SS,19,Rookie
57. Ken Roque, 2B,20,SS A
58. Oscar Perez, C,18,DSL
59. Boss Moanaroa, 1B,18,Rookie
60. Randy Consuegra, RP,20,Rookie

I have been posting about the increases in spending, the youth and the sources of our prospects. The color graphics should be a good visual. $300k+ bonuses are significant expenditures for amateur players.


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Posted: Feb 13 2010, 07:37 PM


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The 2010 projected rosters for all 8 Red Sox affiliated teams can be found here: SoxProspects Projected Rosters
Note that at this point, rosters are highly speculative and larger than final size and that the shakeout comes from the top towards the bottom. All major league teams employ an Extended Spring Training (XST) system where short season team players (Lowell Spinners & GCL RedSox), recovering DL players, and players working on a specific skill, train and rehab. The Sox facility is their Fort Meyers site.



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Posted: Feb 14 2010, 04:47 PM


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From Adam Foster at Project Prospect:
All Sleeper Prospect Team

I've had a sticky note of sleeper prospects on my desk for two months now. Sticky notes get lost and aren't as good as a published record of thoughts. So I've remedied the situation. The players below are some of my personal favorites to take big steps forward in 2010. Some are under-the-radar, some are already getting some hype, but I don't think any of them are widely thought of as top 25 prospects.

C - Wil Myers
1B - Ryan Strieby
2B - Alexia Amarista
SS - Drew Cumberland
3B - Carlos Rivero
CF - Mike Trout
OF - Kellen Kulbacki and Nick Weglarz
P - Mike Leake, Zeke Spruill, Stolmy Pimentel , Michael Pineda and Henderson Alvarez

Note that not all of these positions are going to hold true. Myers may not be a catcher, Cumberland may be a second baseman, Rivero didn't play much third base until the 2009 Arizona Fall League and Weglarz may be too slow for the outfield. I thought the starting lineup format was a bit more fun than an alphabetical list.

Also, there are three 2009 draft picks listed above (Myers, Trout and Leake). All of them were early draft picks, so how are they sleepers? I'm thinking along the lines of acknowledgement of elite prospect status by most prospect sources. There's still a lot of unknown with those guys -- yes, even Leake.


IMO Stolmey has rotation #1 projectability as he matures but I was thinking top 25 in 2011 not 2010. With two top 50 guys already (Westmoreland & Kelly) and given that they are unlikely to graduate from that status in 2010, another top 50 guy would slingshot us towards the #1 ranked system in baseball.


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Posted: Feb 15 2010, 09:22 AM


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2010 Prospect Preview for Stephen Fife & David Mailman added to header post.


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Expect the Sox to be in on the bidding war for Edward Solcedo who is cleared to sign Wednesday. Depending on the findings of MLB regarding his age, he could command $2-3m signing bonus. He's a huge, fluid Dominican SS with a quick bat and is reportedly 16 years old. This past summer, he was expected to be the highest priced signing out of Dominican until the age investigation. He reportedly had a $2.5m deal in place with the Indians at the time but that is now off the table. He's a Boras client so it'll be highest bidder as a signing bonus.

Also expect the Sox to be in on bidding for Yuniesky Maya, a Cuban defector pitching prospect. He's said to be major league ready now and the fourth best pitcher in Cuba. If the Sox sign him, expect him to get some playing time at Pawtucket then make the 2010 team as a reliever. According to one Cuban newspaper report which sites his agent, the Sox are the leading candidate. There are questions right now as to his location.Yuniesky Maya

One more Cuban, Jose Ruiz is also talking with the Sox. Ruiz is a 25 year old first baseman with speed. If the Sox sign him, expect him to start at Portland with an eye towards a September callup. He's not a future starter but projects as a handy utility player.Jose Ruiz

Expect the Sox to make a serious run at both Ruiz and Maya but not Solcedo.


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Posted: Feb 15 2010, 07:56 PM


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QUOTE (Free Agent Blogger @ Feb 15 2010, 06:51 PM)
Expect the Sox to be in on the bidding war for Edward Solcedo who is cleared to sign Wednesday. Depending on the findings of MLB regarding his age, he could command $2-3m signing bonus. He's a huge, fluid Dominican SS with a quick bat and is reportedly 16 years old. This past summer, he was expected to be the highest priced signing out of Dominican until the age investigation. He reportedly had a $2.5m deal in place with the Indians at the time but that is now off the table. He's a Boras client so it'll be highest bidder as a signing bonus.

Also expect the Sox to be in on bidding for Yuniesky Maya, a Cuban defector pitching prospect. He's said to be major league ready now and the fourth best pitcher in Cuba. If the Sox sign him, expect him to get some playing time at Pawtucket then make the 2010 team as a reliever. According to one Cuban newspaper report which sites his agent, the Sox are the leading candidate. There are questions right now as to his location.Yuniesky Maya

One more Cuban, Jose Ruiz is also talking with the Sox. Ruiz is a 25 year old first baseman with speed. If the Sox sign him, expect him to start at Portland with an eye towards a September callup. He's not a future starter but projects as a handy utility player.Jose Ruiz

Expect the Sox to make a serious run at both Ruiz and Maya but not Solcedo.

i was hoping that the firstbaseman was gonna be something and the sox would make rael pushfor him.Im a little concerned that the so are a little heavy on pitching and a little light on top hitting potential.


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Posted: Feb 15 2010, 09:01 PM


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6 of the top ten and 14 of the top 20 are position players, a relatively proportionate breakdown. Speculation that the hitting prowess of our hitters in general is not good is your opinion, not the opinion of most analysts.


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Posted: Feb 16 2010, 04:18 AM


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Project Prospect Top 50.

Three Sox made their list, one somewhat of a surprise except the comment that "Our rankings put a lot of weight into floor as well as ceiling."

27 Ryan Westmoreland CF/LF Outstanding athlete w/ speed, power, patience and srong arm; very high upside 19.9 BOS SS
35 Casey Kelly RHP Doesn't have top notch FB velo, but knows how to pitch & has polished arsenal 20.5 BOS A+
38 Jose Iglesias SS Best defensive SS in Minors; good contact hitter; questions about power & BB% 20.2 BOS n/a

* Ages are as of 4/1/10; Lvl is the highest the player has reached; Our rankings put a lot of weight into floor as well as ceiling

Project Prospect Top 50

Note that the three Sox are three of the six youngest players in the group.

Here is Project Prospects scouting report and swing analysis. Note that they did scout him at the AFL:

Jose Iglesias

Here is a comment from the ensuing chat about Iglesias:

Iglesias' contact ability and defense give him a very high floor. Look how little bat Alcides Ecobar has? You don't need to hit a ton in order to become an average big leaguer if you're an above-average defensive shortstop.

I think Iglesias could be a solid gap-power hitter. I wouldn't rule out him becoming an above-average big leaguer.



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Posted: Feb 17 2010, 09:17 AM


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2010 Prospect Preview for Raymond Fuentes & Dustin Richardson added to header post.


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Posted: Feb 18 2010, 06:57 PM


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Baseball Prospectus Top 100

Sorry no link, it's from the book and I'm just copy pasting from a post by Hairps.Four Sox made the cut:

13. Ryan Westmoreland
29. Casey Kelly
57. Josh Reddick
76. Ryan Kalish

From Kevin Goldstein's chat:
BP after book release chat with Kevin Goldstein

Terry (DC): Could Westmoreland be ranked #1 on a future top 100? Say 2011 or beyond.
Kevin Goldstein: He COULD. That doesn't mean he will. It just means he COULD.
vince (la): better young cf prospect hicks or westmoreland?

Kevin Goldstein: Westmoreland . . . and I love Hicks.

13th is WOW territory for a 19 year old with 60 games professional experience. Particularly for a statistics driven service like BP.


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