Re: 2014 Red Sox Rookie Program
posted at 1/17/2014 8:55 AM EST
Yes, besides JBJ, Brentz and to a lesser extent Hassan, we dont have much at all unless someone breaks out this year. I would almost be willing to guarentee the Sox make a trade after this year for a legit younger OF'er if they can, and if they dont have a breakout year from someone. Not saying Stanton, but they need someone. When your depth chart has names like Justin Henry, Shannon Wilkerson, and Kolbrin Vitek (1st round signing as a 3b, but now plays LF) as 3rd on the LF depth chart, you are in a little trouble in regards to OF prospects.
2014 was always the year, as far as I was concerned, that was going to be a turning point for the Sox as far as prospects go. Cecchini should be ready for/in 2015. Vasquez, Xander, JBJ, Workman, Webster, Ranaudo, Barnes, Brentz and Ramirez could all be added to that list as well.
My point is, I saw 2014-15 as a turning point for a lot of prospects. We should know whos staying and who can be traded. Guys like Mookie Betts, who is blocked by Pedey for the next 7 years, could be a big trading chip if he continues turning heads in 2014. Middlebrooks is in a make or break year, IMHO. Bottom line is we will have the parts to move for a position of greater need.
OF'ers are not hard to find during the season (in case of emergency). There are always guys like Byrd and Podsednik readily available, and the Sox have done well finding some OF journymen gems recently.
Nava (not a midseason pick-up, but still...)
Carp (not a midseason pick-up, but did play almost 260 innings in the OF last year)