Re: 2014 Red Sox Rookie Program
posted at 1/17/2014 7:22 AM EST
In response to pumpsie-green's comment:
In response to southpaw777's comment:
"Nine of the participants were in the organization for all or part of 2013: pitchers Matt Barnes, Henry Owens, Noe Ramirez, and Anthony Ranaudo; catchers Blake Swihart and Christian Vazquez; and infielders Garin Cecchini, Deven Marrero, and Travis Shaw. Also taking part will be pitcher Dalier Hinojosa, who was acquired by the club after the regular season."
The Sox usually invite who they think could make an impact in the near future. (sometime from 2014 thru 2015). So the Sox believe all these guys can be in Boston by the end of 2015 or before.
Interesting that none of these guys plays OF, unless I am missing something. If that is true, then that says that the Sox have no prospects that play in the OF who are near ready to make an impact with the big league club. I do not follow the minors as closely as some others here, but it seems to me thats a big hole.
Yes, besides JBJ, Brentz and to a lesser extent Hassan, we dont have much at all unless someone breaks out this year. I would almost be willing to guarentee the Sox make a trade after this year for a legit younger OF'er if they can, and if they dont have a breakout year from someone. Not saying Stanton, but they need someone. When your depth chart has names like Justin Henry, Shannon Wilkerson, and Kolbrin Vitek (1st round signing as a 3b, but now plays LF) as 3rd on the LF depth chart, you are in a little trouble in regards to OF prospects.
2014 was always the year, as far as I was concerned, that was going to be a turning point for the Sox as far as prospects go. Cecchini should be ready for/in 2015. Vasquez, Xander, JBJ, Workman, Webster, Ranaudo, Barnes, Brentz and Ramirez could all be added to that list as well.
My point is, I saw 2014-15 as a turning point for a lot of prospects. We should know whos staying and who can be traded. Guys like Mookie Betts, who is blocked by Pedey for the next 7 years, could be a big trading chip if he continues turning heads in 2014. Middlebrooks is in a make or break year, IMHO. Bottom line is we will have the parts to move for a position of greater need.