Re: Putting together the 2012 Red Sox Roster: Let's help Ben Cherington!
posted at 10/19/2011 3:00 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Putting together the 2012 Red Sox Roster: Let's help Ben Cherington!
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Putting together the 2012 Red Sox Roster: Let's help Ben Cherington! : moonslav - my point was not that the Sox do not have a great farm system -- they do -- but all these deals have left the cupboard a little bare -- and an earleier poster claimed that the Sox shouldn't be like the yankees and spend money on free agents, but use homegrown talent. My response is - that given the players in the farm system at this moment -- the sox may not have a choice but to go after players like cuddyer; wilson etc.
Posted by pri360[/QUOTE]
I do think we have a few players who could make a splash next year, but all are a gamble to some extent, and this team can not afford more than 1 or 2 "gambles" to have a legitimate shot at a ring in 2012. Theo took a huge gamble on Pedey. I think he convinced Tito to "gamble" on sticking with Pedey through a rough start. I am not saying we have another Pedey ready for next year, but was he highly touted by national services at the time? He made it as high as 3rd in Soxprospects.
I do think Lavarnway has a very good chance to make an impact in 2012. The problem is, he is not ready to be a full-time catcher, so that means his only slot is DH (and back-up or 3rd catcher). Letting Papi go to give Lava a shot is a huge risk, although we could fall back on Youk at DH and let Aviles and Lowrie platoon at 3B.
I do not have high hopes for Reddick or Kalish, but do think there is a good chance one of them can improve enough to be a decent platoon (vs RHPs) RF'er next year. Both are very good fielders, so that helps. We'd need to pick up a decent RH'd platoon guy to compliment the one who wins the job.
I'll admit I am biased towards great fielding SSs. I have presented my case several times on how saving hits at SS by having superior range and a strong arm can tip the balance and make a very weak hitting SS equal to or better than a good or great hitting SS who can't field well or is average at best. That being said, from what I hear about Iglesias, I'm convinced he is MLB ready on defense. Personally, if he is as great as they say he is on "D", I'd rather have him as our FT SS batting .200 than Scutty and Lowrie batting .290 combined. They also have a kid named Bogaerts who is only 19 and is now rated one above Iggy at #5 on Soxprospects. I won't count on him for 2012, but watch out!
I have never seen Middlebrooks play, so I can not say much about him. He is rated out number one prospect, and if you look at the history of Soxprospects top prospects over the years, the list has many great names and virtually no "misses", except for maybe Lars Anderson. Will is 23, so I do see him having a chance to make it up to the club in 2012, especially if Papi walks and Youk is used at DH a lot.
I do not expect any pitching help from the farm this year, except for maybe Tazawa(25). Doubront (23), Bowden (24), or Weiland (24) may do something, but I seriously doubt they will have a big impact. I suppose Alex Wilson (24) could surprise us, but I wouldn't count on it. I don't count Miller as a prospect after 66 MLB starts. Ranaudo, Britton and Barnes are just 22. I think they are too far away to expect 2012 help. Pimentel is 21 and had an awful 2011.
We have a lot of good prospects that are not ready yet for MLB, but could be in 1-3 years:
9) Jacobs (20) OF
10) Swihart (19) C
11) Coyle (19) 2B
12) Cecchini (20) 3B
17) Vitek (22) 3B
18) Head (20) 1B
20) Tejada (21) 2B
Then there's Anderson (24), Hassan (23), Lin (23), Exposito (24) , and Linares (27) as dark horses for help in 2012.