Re: Sox Prospects New Top Prospects List
posted at 10/1/2012 11:09 AM EDT
I stole this from a thread on Soxprospects.com, it was posted by a user who had archived the article. I'm not sure if any paragraph at the end is his or not but it's a nice prospective of how other teams view our prospects from the inside out.:
"BALTIMORE -- Who are the Red Sox prospects that other teams will be asking for this winter? Many of the names are known, of course, but ESPN Boston has obtained an assessment of Boston’s top 20 minor-leaguers by pro scouts for another big-league team.
Pitcher Matt Barnes, the 6-foot-4 right-hander who was the team’s No. 1 pick in the 2011 draft, was rated as the team’s top prospect, one of a group of four prospects listed as players with a chance to star in the big leagues.
Barnes, 22, is in his second year of pro ball, pitching for Class A Salem this season, where he struck out 91 batters and walked 25 in 93 innings, posting a 1.18 WHIP. Soxprospects.com named him the team’s 2012 pitcher of the year and “rookie” of the year.
Here is the list, divided into three groups: top prospects (potential stars), average prospects (which in this case means they have a chance to be everyday players on a championship team), and fringe prospects (players with a chance to be big-leaguers). The scouts’ comments follow:
1. Matt Barnes, right-handed starter (RHS): Impact RHS with 93-96-mph fastball, plus curveball, and developing changeup.
2. Jackie Bradley Jr., CF: Denard Span with Gold Glove defense
3. Xander Bogaerts, SS: Likely 3B. Chance to hit for average and power
4. Allen Webster, RHS: Mid-rotation RHS; 91-95-mph fastball and above- average control and command
5. Henry Owens, left-handed starter (LHS): 6-foot-7 LHS with 130 strikouts in 102 innings pitched; age 19 at Low-A
6. Garin Cecchini, 3B: Poor man’s Stephen Drew; good athlete/hitter
7. Deven Marrero, SS: Impact defense at shortstop; college performer has hit
8. Brian Johnson, LHS: Jon Niese type pitcher; advanced control and command
9. Blake Swihart, C: Switch-hitting catcher with all five tools
10. Brandon Jacobs, LF: Poor man’s Kevin Mitchell; ex-football star with tools
11. Tzu-Wei Lin, SS: Taiwanese version of Hak-Ju Lee; signed for $2 million
12. Cody Kukuk, LHS: Restricted list in ’12 (DUI), but 87-94-mph fastball with a plus curveball
13. Bryce Brentz, RF: Jeff Francouer with more power and more strikeouts
14. Pat Light, RHS: Potential closer touches 98 mph with above-average control and command
15. Jamie Callahan, RHS: Young upside high school arm who throws 89-94 mph, developing off-speed
16. Jose Vinicio, SS: Switch-hitter with speed, arm, fielding but developing hitting and power
17. Keury de la Cruz, LF: Toolsy left-handed hitting CF 20 HRS/20 SBs in low-A at age 20
18. Drake Britton, LHS: Control/command issues but 87-94-mph fastball with sink and off-speed pitch
19. Mookie Betts, 2B: Small, plus-plus athletic right-handed-hitting 2B with plus speed and above-average hitting
20. Michael Olmsted, right-handed reliever: Independent league find, had 92 strikeouts in 59 innings pitched at 2A/A+ Indy level
The scouts predicted that the Red Sox will add Olmsted to their 40-man roster, which will protect him from being selected in this December’s Rule 5 draft.
-- A name certain to appear on any team's list of top Sox prospects will be pitcher Rubby de la Rosa, who will be coming to the Sox from the Dodgers as the player to be named later in the Adrian Gonzalez/Carl Crawford/Josh Beckett deal.
-- Johnson, Marrero, Light and Callahan were all drafted this year, so they cannot be traded even if the Red Sox were so inclined. One of the more surprising names on the list is Betts, who was not listed in Soxprospects.com’s Top 60. And the presence of so many players drafted in the last two years (Barnes, Bradley, Swihart, Owens and Kukuk were all drafted in 2011) speak to the impressive drafts Amiel Sawdaye has had in his last two years as scouting director."