Re: Alex Speier Update on Sox Pitching Prospects
posted at 1/8/2013 3:21 PM EST
In response to Drewski5's comment:
In response to moonslav59's comment:
For once we have a lot of good pitching prospects at various levels in the farm.
There are many pitchers not mentioned in this article that could rise quickly in the prospects lists.
I forget who (flapjack maybe), but somebody posted that a big market team can expect to add 1.5 minor leaguers to its major league roster / year.
Note : 1.5 minor leaguers who stay. This doesnt include cup of coffee call-ups or desperation (due to injury) call-ups.
I wish I still had the link because the arguement was well formulated and the math was sound.
We added two last year (Middlebrooks and Doubront). So the law of averages predicts one this year. I'm going with De La Rosa.
Wasn't me, lol. But that's an interesting observation. My guess is that we've outperformed that number in some recent years, whereas in others we'd have been lucky to graduate even one true prospect.
The last few seasons have been a bit of a dry spell, but the current prospect crop reminds me a lot more of the roughly 2005-2008 time period, when we had a ton of homegrown talent come up to the major league club and start contributing (see Youk, Papelbon, Lester, Pedroia, Ellsbury, Buchholz). My hope is that we'll see a similar infusion of young talent over the next several seasons as De La Rosa, Webster, Barnes, Bogaerts, Brentz, Bradley, and others start arriving.