Re: Sox Prospects New Top Prospects List
posted at 10/8/2012 9:22 PM EDT
In response to dgalehouse's comment:
I have always enjoyed following the progress of our prospects through the system. With the failure of the Sox this year , we have probably gone a little overboard with our high hopes for the kids. That is certainly understandable. We need to keep in mind that other teams have prospects that are at least as good as ours. We need to keep stocking the system with good young prospects , especially hard throwing pitchers , but we should not let our mistakes in the free agent market keep us from going after the top free agents. tory have we had so many We cannot pin all our hopes on the youngsters in our farm system.
While some here are certainly overestimating our prospects, there are several reasons why we should view our system differently than those of the past:
1) At no time in Red Sox history have we had so many early draft choices. This year, we had 3 in the top 37 overall picks and 5 in the top 118. In 2011, we had 4 in the top 40 and 6 in the top 111. In 2010, we had 3 of the top 39 picks and 5 of the top 110. There really is no comparison to any previous Sox draft period. Not even close.
2) In the past, we very rarely traded vets or others for prospects. That changed this year. We picked up Webster, de la Rosa, Sands, DeJesus, Beato, Stewart, Valencia, S. Wright, de la Torre, Kurcz, Carpenter and maybe othersd I can't recall right now.
3) We were active signing international Free agents before the rules changed for the worse. We signed Tzu-Wei Lin, Jose Almonte, Javier Guerra, Luis Ramos, & Javier Rodriguez. We also signed minor league FAs Mauro Gomez and Pedro Ciriaco earlier this year.
There is objective evidence here to show that this farm system is deeper and stronger than ever before. I do not think I am being a "homer" in saying this. If you add to the prospect list the players that recently graduated from prospect status (Middlebrooks, Lavarnway, & Tazawa), we can say that we are one of the league leaders in good prospects and recent post-prospects combined. Maybe most of these guys will turn out to be duds, but I think we will see our farm system rated by objective services pretty highly this winter and next spring.