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Red Sox Minor League Report

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Ranaudo in Form. Anthony Ranaudo came up big in his last start in Portland with his fastball topping at 97 mph. Why is that big? Trade bait. Should Ranaudo gain premier prospect status, it increases Boston’s options. Trade Ranaudo as part of a deal to gain a premier starter like the Cubs’ Matt Garza (don’t forget Theo Epstein drafted him). Or hang on to Ranaudo if he is getting closer to The Show.

What’s Next for Kalish? Ryan Kalish officially moved off the disabled list and was optioned to Pawtucket. It is a small sample size – but Kalish is tearing it up with the PawSox. Boston’s outfield is starting to get crowded (as Marlon Byrd found out). And it will get more crowded as Jacoby Ellsbury and Carl Crawford get ready to join the team. It will be interesting to see if Kalish lands in Boston before September.

Bard Flaw. Daniel Bard declared watching film down in Pawtucket helped him discover a major flaw in this delivery. Aren’t the Sox watching film in Boston? And finding the flaw and fixing the flaw are two distinct activities – as Bard found in his first PawSox outing.

Red Sox Draft. Boston leaned heavily on pitchers in the recent draft. We won’t know for three – or maybe even five – years on how the Red Sox did in the draft. But experts liked their picks. Keith Law gave thumbs up – calling first pick SS Deven Marrero a “steal.” And Matt Huegel looked at the Red Sox strategy under the new draft rules this year – and also gave an in-depth overview on the team’s top three picks.

Red Sox Round-up

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Moving Youkilis

Jon Heyman weighs in on potential Red Sox trading partners in a Kevin Youkilis trade. Increasingly, it is looking like a Youk deal is a matter of “when” not “if.” Of interest: What will be the Red Sox asking price? Are we looking at player (or players) that will impact this season’s roster – or prospects? The Red Sox – even with all their injuries – have plenty of offense, so pitching should be the any short-term trading priority. Does Youkilis have enough trade value to bring a quality pitcher in return? This will be a good test on Boston GM Ben Cherington’s deal-making abilities. His previous trades (notably, Andrew Bailey and Mark Melancon) have not worked out so well for the Sox.

Doubront’s Emergence

If Jon Lester could just pitch as well as Felix Doubront then the Red Sox rotation would be something. With yesterday’s victory, Doubront leads Boston’s pitching staff – and is the only starter with an ERA under 4 (ouch). This has been an unexpected plus says manager Bobby Valentine, “When you talk about a guy winning six games by June 2 when he hadn’t been in a rotation before, I can’t say that’s what I expected.” While two months doesn’t make a season, all signs indicate Doubront is a keeper and will be a key part in Boston’s drive for a playoff spot this season.

Atchison = All Star?

You got to like Scott Atchison. He consistently does his job – whatever the manager asks. And so far, Atchison’s season is shaping up to be All Star caliber. Talk radio callers frequently cite the Red Sox as not a particularly likeable team – but the 2012 Scott Atchison story is compelling and he is a player people can easily get behind. Hope he makes it to Kansas City for the All Star Game.

Draft Returns

The baseball draft will be held this coming week – and triggers Brian MacPherson to look at how the Red Sox did last year. And the answer (so far) is pretty darn well. P Matt Barnes and OF Jackie Bradley are tearing it up in the minors. Plus it looks like the Red Sox may have landed some other keepers. But remember – working through the minors is a long haul. The player closest to The Show – Barnes – is probably at least a couple of years ahead. So a lot can happen – good and not so good.

Top Boston Red Sox Blog Posts of the Week – August 20, 2011

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Aceves: Healthy Surprise. Alfredo Aceves has been a great find for the Red Sox – and he says some of the credit for his success goes to the team nutritionist. Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia chips in there is a method to Aceves madness. Something is working right. Aceves is 8-1 this year and 22-2 in his career.

Defense Doesn’t Rest. Even though he has been DH, recent call-up C Ryan Lavarnway has been using his time in the Red Sox clubhouse to prep like he will be in the field. Working with C coach Gary Tuck, Lavarnway has been reviewing the scouting game plans. Lavarnway picked up his first big-league hit of career versus Kansas City. The Red Sox like his bat – it will be interesting to see if Lavarnway drives Boston to cut ties with Jason Varitek in the off-season.

September Call-ups. Next month teams can expand their active MLB rosters to 40 men (a dumb rule – allowing minor leaguers to compete in meaningful games down the stretch). Chip Buck reviews which Red Sox prospects may get the call to Fenway in a couple of weeks.

Living a Dream. Red Sox top draft pick P Matt Barnes signed Monday night, right before the deadline. Barnes says he hadn’t picked up a baseball for about one and half months before reporting to Lowell. Look for him to watch the rest of the season and then play in one of the fall leagues. Ryan Hannable also spoke with other late signees: P Noe Ramirez and OF Jackie Bradley. Mike Andrews reviews all the newest Red Sox prospects.

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Boston Red Sox Prospects Update

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It’s been a tough, injury-filled year for OF Ryan Kalish. He’s back on the field at Pawtucket and Michael Vega reports he is hitting his stride. Expect Kalish to be called up when the rosters expand in September. Scott Lauber looks at the players who could be on the short list to be brought up. Should be an interesting battle between Kalish and Josh Reddick to replace J.D. Drew in RF next spring.

The Red Sox top 3 2010 draft picks are together – performing well – at High A Salem. Maureen Mullen profiles Kolbrin Vitek, Bryce Brentz and Anthony Ranaudo.

Monday is deadline day for signing 2011 draft picks. One name to watch is Senquez Golson, Boston’s 9th round pick – a player who dropped because of rumored bonus demands of $1 million. Golson has leverage as a football player already practicing for the upcoming season at Ole Miss – but the local paper reports it is increasingly likely Golson will sign with the Red Sox. Here’s what Peter Abraham had to say about the likelihood of the Red Sox signing their top picks. And Alex Speier looks at the Red Sox top picks and their status.

Tuesday is the New York-Penn League All-Star game in Lowell. Four Spinners made the team – OFs Matty Johnson, Keury De La Cruz and Seth Schwindenhammer, and injured 3B Garin Cecchini.

Top Boston Red Sox Blog Posts of the Week – June 18, 2011

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Red Sox by WAR. Red Sox Beacon looked at the Wins Above Replacement (WAR) values of Boston players – with Adrian Gonzalez leading the way while Mike Cameron pulls up the rear.

Hill Report. Kevin McNamara spoke with Rich Hill about his Tommy John surgery and Hill said he plans to continue with his three-quarters arm slot when he returns.

Gammons Insights. Jerry Spar recapped this week’s WEEI interview with Peter Gammons. Lots of good stuff, such as: other MLB teams were tampering with Andrew Miller before his call-up to the Red Sox; his view Kevin Youkilis may be playing hurt and discussion on whether Boston may re-sign Jonathan Papelbon and David Ortiz.

Farm Reports. Alex Speier toured the Red Sox farm system, looking at the status of key injured players, including Ryan Kalish, Yamaico Navarro, Will Middlebrooks and Junichi Tazawa. Jon Meoli interviews Greenville P Brandon Workman – a high pick in last year’s draft who has had mixed results so far in 2011. Corey Hersch calls out Sox Prospects players of the week: Stephen Fife and Brandon Jacobs.

Draft Notes. Speier has a podcast interview with Baseball America’s Jim Callis, who broke down the recent Red Sox draft. Callis sees number one pick Matt Barnes as a #2 or #3 starter.

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Top Boston Red Sox Blog Posts of the Week – June 11, 2011

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Tracing Anthony Rizzo’s Roots. The Padres called up 1B Anthony Rizzo – one of the prospects the Red Sox sent to San Diego in the Adrian Gonzalez deal. Alex Speier recaps Rizzo’s route into and through the Red Sox farm system. Scott Lauber reports Red Sox farm director Mike Hazen described Rizzo’s MLB debut as “awesome.”

Weiland Emerges. Kyle Weiland is establishing himself as in-line for a promotion to Fenway with a strong season for the Pawtucket Red Sox. Matt Goisman maps his progress which has been keyed by a breakthrough against left-handed hitters, who are hitting just .200 against the righty Weiland. Mike Scandura adds more on Weiland here.

Red Sox by WAR. Matt over at Red Sox Beacon looks at the top – and bottom – five Red Sox by WAR (Wins Above Replacement). No surprise, Adrian Gonzalez leads the way (on the positive side).

How Old is Williams Jerez? The experts say the Red Sox had a good draft. Check back in about 4 or 5 years to determine a final grade. Draftee Williams Jerez got a lot of attention – not all about his potential. John Tomase writes the Red Sox discount the rumors that Jerez is really older than his birth certificate says.

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No Advantage Offensively When Comparing Red Sox – Yankees Lineups

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Kirk Minihane takes a fresh look at comparing the batting lineups of the Red Sox and Yankees – and the teams come out even.

Going into the game today, they are separated by 3 runs offensively this season.

Both teams will score plenty of runs to win this season.

The team with the best pitching wins – as always.

Draft Review

I enjoy the hoopla around all sports drafts – even baseball with players I have never seen (or mostly heard about) before.

But I try to keep a perspective on the hype – remembering getting 2 or 3 big leaguers a draft may be a success.

A tweet today from Hall of Famer Peter Gammons put the draft in perspective: “Remember draft projections: in 1983, the Red Sox were upset when Expos took Rich Stoll at 14. Papers flew. Had to settle for (Roger) Clemens @19.”

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