Re: Red Sox select Trey Ball Thoughts?
posted at 6/8/2013 10:03 AM EDT
In response to georom4's comment:
In response to ctredsoxfanhugh's comment:
87 was his low. As in the lowest a scout ever read him, could of been a cut fastball or a pitch where he took something off it also it is very common for highschoolers who haven't filled out yet to drop velocity when they either go deep or are used in the bullpen in between starts. We really have no report one line earlier it said his high was 95
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Hugh, I respect your love of the prospects and enjoy reading your thoughts on them regularly...but a 7 pick is pretty epic for the Sox, disappointment comes with the territory if you blow it..he's not expected to play the field so i guess you have to throw that out of the equation...hows his arm? seems quite ordinary in this day and age....meanwhile i thought we had a real need for some outfield power (or are jb/gomes/vicctorino/nava are solution???) its ok to say that they blew it...honestly it is - because it sure looks like it...
No he is not projected to play the field. I can't be certain of this but I thought I heard somewhere he would have been 2nd 3rd round talent as a hitter. The sox drafted him to pitch. Look at one of he sox later picks Kyle Martin; threw 85-88 in high school now tops out at 93-94. If ball can top out at 95 and throw in the low 90's then he can project on having a plus plus fastball if he adds sitting velocity. He also repeats is delivery and has good control for a tall lefty out of highschool.
Most pitchers who fit his profile as a tall lefty have horrible control and take years to develop. I'm sure Ball is still a long lead player but the fact that he has good control for a highschooler speaks volumes. He also repeats his delivery well for a highschooler, if he can polish that up and add 25 lbs then that plays up well for a guy to go deep into games.
He is a risky pick, and there we're safer picks left on the board. But the sox felt he had the highest ceiling, and a chance to be a top of the rotaton starter if he can put it all together. That's what I would have expected the sox to do here, go all in for ceiling. If he fails as a starter then it is on Ben C and the sox front office, but it won't kill the franchise....but if lives up to his ceiling then it can propel this team forward for a decade.
First time picking in the top ten in decade.....I'll take ceiling over safe all day. Everyone's entailed to their opinions, and if we butt-heads I will come and arogue in peace. But I will encourage you try and give this kinda a chance.