Red Sox Quick Hits
Here are some Red Sox stories and links that caught my eye.
Will Middlebrooks has declared himself healed from the wrist injury that knocked him out last season.
Middlebrooks says he is “beyond ready” for Spring Training to start – with a top goal of cutting down on the number of times he strikes out this season.
The big question is: What can the Red Sox expect from Middlebrooks in his sophomore year?
If he produces numbers like the ones Bill James projects, the Red Sox will be quite happy.
They are: .277 AVG, 29 HR, 75 RBI. I think he will do better.
Red Sox Prospects
Been reading Jonathan Mayo’s review series on the top MLB prospects – by position.
The Red Sox have been faring okay – not great – so far.
Of course, Xander Bogaerts shows up well – coming in at # 4 among all shortstop prospects. Keep in mind, this is a stud position – so # 4 is excellent.
It was great to see Henry Owens land at # 9 for lefty pitchers. Especially since Matt Barnes did not make the top 10 grade for right-handed pitchers.
Blake Swihart also placed at # 9 – in the catcher category.
Only first base and outfield are left – so the next player to watch for is Jackie Bradley Jr.
Speaking of Bradley, if you want to get to know him better, check out this MiLB video interview.
Welcome Back Pedro
Yes, it was great news to see Pedro Martinez rejoin the Red Sox organization.
In addition to having awesome talent, Martinez always showed himself to be a true craftsman on the mound. Hopefully, he can translate his pitching smarts into teaching prospects and identifying young players.
Plus, all-time greats like Pedro need to remain part of the organizations where they best stood out.