Re: Spring Training Discussion Thread
posted at 2/7/2014 8:34 AM EST
In response to ctredsoxfanhugh's comment:
In response to BMav's comment:
Guys I am most interested in seeing and hearing about from lower levels to the bigs....
Daniel Gonzalez---What kind of stuff does this guy have. His stats and size potential are off the charts.
Rafael Devers---Will the drool continue?
Jon Denney---What was wrong with him? Would love somebody to ask him.
Trey Ball---Didn't like the pick and he didn't improve his stock last year. If he gets off to a slow start.....Want to see a fast start.
Teddy Stankiewicz---He has the qualities that could move through the system really fast. I like him.
Deven Marrero---Will he start driving the ball this year?
Travis Shaw---Was Shaw's winter ball for real? He could be very under rated if 2013 was do to injuries or something.
Ryan Lavarnway---Where will Lavarnway play? 1B? CF? Miami?
Brandon Workman-Drake Britton-Rubby De La Rosa-Dalier Hinojosa---Start or relieve??? And what will Dalier Hinojosa throw?
And three others to watch as possible big league contributors with interesting potential.....Alex Hassan, Steven Wright and John Ely.
Daniel Gonzalezhas stats off the charts, it was in the DSL however but I'm curious to see what he does in a stateside assignment. I'm curious as to why the Soxprospects website has him listed in the GCL bullpen as opposed to starting, but they only project and are not the Sox front office.
Rafael Devers - I hope the drool continues. I think it was Jason Parks of baseball prospectus who said he has a swing that mirrors Robinson Cano. I would love to have that kind of bat to compliment Bogaerts on the left side in a few years.
I really like the Ball and Stankiewicz picks. I know Ball can kind of be a polarizing figure, but we didn't really get to see him last year so I'm hoping he shows everyone why the Sox took him. I've heard people say he is Henry Owens with much better velocity. But I really like Stankiewicz, I think he took a back burner to Ball but I think he has the same ceiling as guys like Barnes and Ranaudo in our system and could be in the top ten by this time next year.
I saw Marrero play last year, and I don't think he will ever have much power. I actually think part of his problem was he was trying to pull the ball too much and seemed to swing hard as if he was a power hitter. But he has tremendous bat speed, and that is something you can't teach and the defense is only a small hair below Iglesias.
I'm not to optimistic on Travis Shaw. I haven't heard anything on injuries and I've heard he doesn't have great bat speed. He very well could just be having a hard time keeping up with pitchers who have better stuff at higher levels. If this is true, I seriously doubt he will do anything at the MLB level if he is being challenged in double A. As a first baseman his offense will have to be the carrying tool.
I'm also curious to see what Workman's role will be with the Sox this year. He's been pegged as a back of the rotation starter, or a bullpen guy. He looked good in both roles, and supposedly he cleaned up his delivery last year (it did look much better in Boston than it did in spring training) I almost feel like he has earned a spot in Boston, but if they want to allow him the chance to start they might not have the room. Hinijosa is another arm I'm also very intrigued with.
When I see Hassan, I think Nava...completely under rated coming up through the Sox system and hasn't really slowed down at any level. I hope he gets a chance this year.
A few guys I really want to see this year is Blake Swihart, Manuel Margot, Wendell Rijo, Myles Smith, Corey Littrell and Cody Kukuk.
It will be a very interesting year for sure, with no lack of excitement or prospects to watch.
Have to say guy I really want to see this ST is Henry Owens. If this guy can make the same kind of jump this year as he did last yr, we're definately looking at a # 1-2 starter.
I agree w/ Workman does he force his way on? Could see a scenario w/ depth RS have in pen that Workman starts yr in AAA as a starter and 1st guy back when someone goes down. Funny how a yr ago no one was talking about this guy.
With guys like Gonzalez, Devers, Ball, Marnot, Denney and Stankiewicz. Its all about taking that next steps and avoiding that one step forward one step back syndrome. If they do that then they're on the fast track otherwise its like Raunado where everyone is high on the guy one yr then nothing mentioned the next.
Then you have others like Marrero where everyone kind of knows what he is but hope a certain part of his game improves. Marrero its just a matter can he develope enough offense to justify his place in a mlb lineup. Similar to what we went thru w/ Iggy. Or Cecchini where the bat is there can he develope a little more power and does his defense improve [working w/ Butterfield can only help] but don't doubt that he will be in mlb very soon, just a matter of how good can he be?
Guys like De La Rossa are they finally healthy and live up to that big word POTENTIAL?
Another guy I want to see this ST is Matt Barnes the former #1 pick who did move up 2 spots last yr despite struggling w/ control of breaking ball, but came on strong late last yr. Could he be this yr's Workman, IMO has a good shot of it his fastball is good enough already. Lots of swing and miss there, just need more consistency w/ breaking ball. Almost forgot Swihart, no doubt will be a future RS backstop. Just stay healthy can keep the process moving forward.
Agree with what someone else said need to see Ball make a nice step forward this yr. Where many who thought RS stretched w/ this pick. He needs to shut up the doubters or the pressure will really be on him.
This ST shapes up to be one of the most fun for the fans as many of these top prospects we've been hearing about are really getting close, and will get to see them play in ST games. 80 degrees doesn't sound so bad either!