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Red Sox Minor League Prospect Notes

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Keep an Eye on Wilson. Pawtucket P Alex Wilson seems to be thriving in his new role as a reliever.  Expect Wilson and fellow PawSox P Daniel Bard to get some time in Fenway before the season ends, most likely when the rosters expand in September. I am not a big believer in putting much stock in September numbers for rookies. But some time in the majors will provide Wilson an opportunity to get his feet wet in the bigs as he will contend for a bullpen job next year.

Fields Finding Way. Another reliever having a good season is Josh Fields who came over to the Red Sox in last year’s Erik Bedard trade with the Mariners (he was the Mariners first draft pick in 2008). He was just called up to Pawtucket – and expect Fields to get a look-see in Spring Training when the Red Sox bring in their annual cast of thousands to assemble a bullpen. It’s a good approach – relievers are an unpredictable bunch. Relievers emerge and self-destruct each year – so best to cast a wide net in building a bullpen.

Britton Jamming. No Red Sox in this week’s Baseball America Prospect Hot Sheet of the top 15 minor league players of the week. But Portland P Drake Britton is noted for two, five-inning outings where he gave up just two runs while allowing close to two base runners per inning and striking out 13. Talk about all or nothing performances.

July’s Gems. SoxProspects.com posted the best and worst performances in the Red Sox farm system in July. Leading the way offensively were 1B Mauro Gomez and OF Juan Carlos Linares – both with Pawtucket. The top pitchers were Henry Owens of Greenville and Yeiper Castillo, who pitched for Salem and Greenville last month. For the season, Portland OF Jackie Bradley and Salem P Matt Barnes have been the top performers.

Potential Red Sox Moves to Consider

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Power Arm from Pawtucket

The Red Sox have moved pitching prospect Alex Wilson from the rotation to bullpen down at Pawtucket. Wilson potentially adds another power arm to Boston’s ‘pen. One that can go multiple innings if needed.

Right now, the Red Sox are exploring their bullpen options and there aren’t many others in the minors – with moving Aaron Cook to the bullpen at the top of the list. And the veteran Cook has not relieved since 2003.

Let’s hope exploring the trade market is also part of the plan. But expect tough competition in the reliever trade market from the Angels. As noted in a previous post, good targets: Joel Hanrahan, Huston Street and Grant Balfour.

Dodgers Interest in Crawford?

The cheer from Red Sox Nation was deafening when Bill Shaikin posted last night he could see the Dodgers having interest in Carl Crawford – if Boston eats some of his salary.

Follow in the trade tradition of Edgar Renteria and Julio Lugo – sign the check and get the deal done.

Crawford is not a fit for Boston – especially if his high salary restricts the team’s ability to sign Jacoby Ellsbury to a long-term deal.

Another team worth exploring – Miami. They have showed a willingness to spend – and they could use a centerfielder and more offense.

Come on Carl, get healthy so Boston can trade you.

Grab Another Outfielder

With both Crawford and Ellsbury out for the long term, the Red Sox need to upgrade the outfield beyond Marlon Byrd and Lars Anderson.

Just like the reliever market, landing a quality outfielder will be difficult – and probably expensive – this early in the season.

Think the Sox should pursue is Alex Presley of the Pirates.

Pittsburgh is going nowhere this year so may open to a deal. Presley is a decent hitter with speed, who can play multiple outfield positiosn.

And Pittsburgh has a top OF prospect – Starling Marte – at AAA, who could replace Presley.

Do you see a better trade option for Boston to upgrade the outfield?

Red Sox Notes: Lavarnway, Padilla, Wilson, Varitek & Wakefield

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Here’s a quick tour of comments on some recent Boston Red Sox news and analysis:

Lavarnway Ready for the Bigs? Despite having a breakout minor league season last year, it doesn’t look like the Red Sox think Ryan Lavarnway is ready for the majors (evidence: Kelly Shoppach signing). Nor does it appear other teams think so either. Catcher prospects have been centerpieces of two big trades for young, quality starters (something Boston could use), neither involving the Red Sox – Reds/Mat Latos and Yankees/Michael Pineda trades. But Lavarnway is undeterred – hoping to hit the big leagues in 2012. Look for Lavarnway to start the season in Pawtucket – but should starting catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia open the season slowly, he could get his shot early.

Red Sox Close on Padilla. Not sure it rates as an adequate response to the Yankees big pitching moves, but Jon Heyman reports the Red Sox are close to signing right-hander Vicente Padilla. Red Sox GM Ben Cherington continues to shop in the bargain basement hoping someone among Padilla (if he signs), Aaron Cook and Carlos Silva strikes lightning in the coming season. These moves make it seem like the Red Sox want to keep Alfredo Aceves in his invaluable bullpen role. I like building depth but feel Boston is still at least one quality starter away from competing with the Yankees and Rays in pitching.

Prospect Wilson Confident. Red Sox pitching prospect Alex Wilson sounds confident about the upcoming season in this video interview with Didier Morais and story by Brian MacPherson. I like Wilson but as a bullpen piece sometime in 2012, not a starter.

Varitek/Wakefield Status. I agree with Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine. It doesn’t make sense for Jason Varitek and Tim Wakefield to come to Red Sox Spring Training in non-roster positions. It will just be a distraction to the team and players. And would be a downer to have the team cut one or both of them – not the ending they deserve. Boston should publicly thank both players for their great service – and offer them non-playing roles with the organization. And if the players want to continue playing, it should be elsewhere.

Top Boston Red Sox Blog Posts of the Week – September 10, 2011

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Lackey Historically Bad. If your gut-feel wasn’t enough to convince you John Lackey is having one of the worst years ever of a Red Sox starter, there’s research to back it up. Scott Lauber searched through BaseballReference.com to find Lackey presently has the highest ERA ever among Red Sox starters who have thrown at least 130 innings in a season.

Help on the Way. Matt Goisman looks at the progress made this season by Red Sox pitching prospect Alex Wilson. It looks like he has a shot to be in the Red Sox bullpen next season. Should he make it to The Show, Wilson will be the first MLB player born in Saudi Arabia.

Aviles Ready for Roberts Role. Rob Bradford writes Mike Aviles is ready to go for the big stolen base – in Dave Roberts fashion – should the Red Sox need it in the playoffs. Aviles has the eighth-best stolen base percentage in MLB since after the 2010 All-Star break.

Ellsbury’s Select Company. Alex Speier notes Jacoby Ellsbury has become the first Red Sox ever to have 25 HR/25 SB in the same season. Only 71 players have accomplished this feat in MLB history. In my view, Ellsbury is the Red Sox MVP this season – and deserves consideration for AL MVP.

What are your top Boston Red Sox blog posts picks for the week?

Boston Red Sox Minor League Update

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One of the season’s early success stories is Pawtucket Red Sox infielder Yamaico Navarro.

Says Red Sox farm director Mike Hazen, “He’s an impressive kid. He does so much on the field really, really well. If he wants to, there’s no reason why this kid isn’t going to be a big leaguer for the next 10 years.”

Navarro is 18 for 58, .310 Avg., 1 HR, 8 RBI.

Navarro can play 2B, SS and 3B – and his versatility adds to his value.

He could be a factor for the Red Sox this season.

Either as a utility man – should the Sox move Marco Scutaro, once Jed Lowrie officially takes over the starting SS job.

Or as a trading chip in a deal to pick up a pitcher or catcher. Some teams that could be looking for an infielder: Baltimore, Colorado, Minnesota and New York Mets.

Any Catcher on the Horizon?

Mike Scandura has a good post on Portland Sea Dogs C Ryan Lavarnway – a player who is stronger offensively than defensively – despite a slow start (11 for 50 – .220; 2 HR; 7 RBI). Don’t expect any immediate big league help from Lavarnway.

The Red Sox are looking for someone among Lavarnway, Luis Exposito and Tim Federowicz to break out in 2011. The jury is still out on all three on whether one of them will emerge as a quality MLB prospect. Federowicz is off to the best start and Alex Speier writes he may be on the radar to help out this year.

Wilson Striving to be a First

Alex Wilson – currently pitching at AA Portland – has the goal of becoming the first Saudi Arabian born starting pitcher to make it to the majors. His father worked there as a geologist.

Wilson is 2-1, 5.14 ERA for the Sea Dogs early in the season with a disaster in his last start ballooning his ERA. Here’s SoxProspects report on Wilson.

Written by Albie Jarvis

April 24, 2011 at 8:21 am

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