Re: Red Sox Minors - Where are the Power Hitting Outfielders?
posted at 7/1/2014 2:24 PM EDT
In response to notin's comment:
In response to ctredsoxfanhugh's comment:
Drafting power hitters renders many more draft busts. A guy who has power as a tool have a very high bust rate, if a guy has power and is a sure thing, he is usually drafted with the first couple picks in the draft.
The Sox have focused on up the middle players and pitching, and while outfield power is a hole in their system, no system is without holes no matter how strong.
The L.A. Angels were lucky to hit on Mike Trout.....but that is literally one of the only good things to come out of their system lately as they are ranked worse than NYY farm and have been at the bottom for some years.
There is also a huge power outage of power all over baseball, there just aren't too many of those guys going around. Last year there was only about 1 30 HR hitter for ever 2 teams out there, half the teams on average didn't have 1 guy hit 30 HR's.
The Sox drafted a few guys the last couple years who have power potential but are YEARS away. Nick Longhi, Sam Travis, Jon Denney, to name a few.
In the end, the Sox farm system is not a problem and nothing to complain about. It would be nice to have some power and outfielders, but we can also trade for or sign a guy as well.
The Angels were so enamored with Mike Trout that they drafted Randal Grichuk ahead of him...
24 players were drafted ahead of Trout, I don't know how many teams passed on him, probably 20 or 22. But guys like Trout are the exception. If you get a Mike Trout in your system, GREAT....but if you draft trying to find the next Mike Trout you have a much greater chance of ending up with a crappy overall system.