Re: Spring Training Discussion Thread
posted at 2/6/2014 9:12 PM EST
In response to BMav's comment:
Guys I am most interested in seeing and hearing about from lower levels to the bigs....
Daniel Gonzalez---What kind of stuff does this guy have. His stats and size potential are off the charts.
Rafael Devers---Will the drool continue?
Jon Denney---What was wrong with him? Would love somebody to ask him.
Trey Ball---Didn't like the pick and he didn't improve his stock last year. If he gets off to a slow start.....Want to see a fast start.
Teddy Stankiewicz---He has the qualities that could move through the system really fast. I like him.
Deven Marrero---Will he start driving the ball this year?
Travis Shaw---Was Shaw's winter ball for real? He could be very under rated if 2013 was do to injuries or something.
Ryan Lavarnway---Where will Lavarnway play? 1B? CF? Miami?
Brandon Workman-Drake Britton-Rubby De La Rosa-Dalier Hinojosa---Start or relieve??? And what will Dalier Hinojosa throw?
And three others to watch as possible big league contributors with interesting potential.....Alex Hassan, Steven Wright and John Ely.
has stats off the charts, it was in the DSL however but I'm curious to see what he does in a stateside assignment. I'm curious as to why the Soxprospects website has him listed in the GCL bullpen as opposed to starting, but they only project and are not the Sox front office.
Rafael Devers - I hope the drool continues. I think it was Jason Parks of baseball prospectus who said he has a swing that mirrors Robinson Cano. I would love to have that kind of bat to compliment Bogaerts on the left side in a few years.
I really like the Ball and Stankiewicz picks. I know Ball can kind of be a polarizing figure, but we didn't really get to see him last year so I'm hoping he shows everyone why the Sox took him. I've heard people say he is Henry Owens with much better velocity. But I really like Stankiewicz, I think he took a back burner to Ball but I think he has the same ceiling as guys like Barnes and Ranaudo in our system and could be in the top ten by this time next year.
I saw Marrero play last year, and I don't think he will ever have much power. I actually think part of his problem was he was trying to pull the ball too much and seemed to swing hard as if he was a power hitter. But he has tremendous bat speed, and that is something you can't teach and the defense is only a small hair below Iglesias.
I'm not to optimistic on Travis Shaw. I haven't heard anything on injuries and I've heard he doesn't have great bat speed. He very well could just be having a hard time keeping up with pitchers who have better stuff at higher levels. If this is true, I seriously doubt he will do anything at the MLB level if he is being challenged in double A. As a first baseman his offense will have to be the carrying tool.
I'm also curious to see what Workman's role will be with the Sox this year. He's been pegged as a back of the rotation starter, or a bullpen guy. He looked good in both roles, and supposedly he cleaned up his delivery last year (it did look much better in Boston than it did in spring training) I almost feel like he has earned a spot in Boston, but if they want to allow him the chance to start they might not have the room. Hinijosa is another arm I'm also very intrigued with.
When I see Hassan, I think Nava...completely under rated coming up through the Sox system and hasn't really slowed down at any level. I hope he gets a chance this year.
A few guys I really want to see this year is Blake Swihart, Manuel Margot, Wendell Rijo, Myles Smith, Corey Littrell and Cody Kukuk.
It will be a very interesting year for sure, with no lack of excitement or prospects to watch.