Here is a recap of Boston Sports Friday:
The Red Sox lost to the Twins, 5-0. Jon Lester got roughed up in the first inning, but Tim Wakefield looked good. Ryan Kalish and Jose Iglesias got starts.
The Celtics beat the Philadelphia 76ers, 96-86. Kevin Garnett led the team with 22 points, and Rajon Rondo scored 16 in the second half.
The Rays beat the Yankees 12-7. Joba Chamberlain struggled in his 1 1/3 innings, while David Price gave up two hits and a walk.
The Cavaleirs beat the Pistons 99-92. Scary moment as Rodeny Stucky collapsed on the bench and was rushed to the hospital. The Pistons say he is OK.
The Lakers lost to the Bobcats, 98-83.
The Sabres beat the Flyers in OT, 3-2. Ryan Miller made 27 saves while Tomas Vanek scored in OT for the winner.
Today the Bruins play the Islanders, the Red Sox play the Twins (ss) and Rays (ss). Those games will be recapped tomorrow along with news and other games from Saturday.
Red Sox Top 40 Prospects
This is the top 40 Red Sox Prospects List from Total Bases and BestBostonSports.com. It will cover who I think are the top prospects in the organization, as well as full scouting reports and information. If you think of someone not here, feel free to comment about that and I will see if I can put him on the list. I will start with the top 10.
1. Casey Kelly: Kelly was the Red Sox first pick in the 2008 draft. He started out the 2009 season in Greenville but moved on to Salem. He is expected to start the season in Portland. He has a fastball with good motion and is normally in the 89-93 area. Has a plus curveball and changeup. Has nice smooth mechanics with exellent control. He projects to possibly be ready to be in the MLB after next season, or even a September call-up this year. Outstanding athlete, commited to be a full time pitcher after playing shortstop half of last season and in the Arizona Fall League. Was also offered a scholership to play quaterback at Tennasee.
HS: Sarasota High School
2. Jose Iglesias: Being compared to Ozzie Smith with the glove, Iglesias is obviously great defensivly. Has the makings of a Gold Glove shortstop, and can also play third base and second base. Pull hitter without much power. Has trouble hitting it opposite field. Not much of a line drive hitter, has a lot of seeing-eye type groundball hits.
Free Agent signing
3. Ryan Westmoreland: Kalish was the eighth round pick of the 2008 draft for the Red Sox. A five tool player. Smooth, quick swing. Hits to all fields with tremendous power. Strong arm in the outfield. He was also a high school pitcher, and itched a perfect game.
4. Ryan Kalish: Kalish was the Red Sox ninth round pick in 2006. Has the potential to be a leadoff hitter with a lot of speed and quickness. Groundball hitter with not much pop. Decent paitence at the plate. Good intelegence on the basepaths, has a lot of stolen bases, and was named Red Sox baserunner of the year. If he where to be an MLB starter, he would probally be a corner outfielder. Good range, average arm.
HS: Red Bank Cathlic High School
5. Reymond Fuentes: The Red Sox 1st round draft pick of the 2009 season. Compared to Jacoby Ellsbury, he may even have more speed. Is the cousin of New York Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran. Also has nice power that has develeped nicley for his age, but is mostly a line drive hitter. He could use a better eye at the plate. Will start the season at Lowell.
HS: Fernando Callejo High School(DR)
6. Stolmy Piemetel: Piementel signed as an international free agent in 2006. Is known mostly for his fastball that sits around 90-95 mph. Also has a good curveball and great changeup with terrific downward motion. He often hangs his curveball too often, though it has potential to be a plus pitch if he adjusts to that problem. Will project to start 2010 in Lowell.
Free Agent signing
7. Alex Wilson: Missed the 2008 season due to Tommy John surgery, but the Red Sox took a chance on him. Hard fastball that has slowed since surgery, but is still 94-95 mph and could get back up to 97-98 soon. Played for the Lowell Spinners last season, could jump to Salem or even Portland this season. Good, hard moving slider that misses a lot of bats with terrific downward motion. Average control, struggles with slider control. Mediocre changup that could improve, and tends to hang down the middle of the plate. If he develeps secondary pitches, he could be a starter.
College: Texas A&M
8. Josh Reddick: Reddick is a good contact hitter with very good power to all fields. An agressive hitter at the plate, he tends to strike out often. Obviously without much discipline, the Red Sox have worked with him on seeing more pitches per at-bat and to walk more. Has a terrific arm in the field and looks as if he will be a right or center fielder. Has been compared to some big MLB bats such as Matt Holliday in the power department.
College: Middle Gerogia
9. Anthony Rizzo: Rizzo is probally the best first base prospect in the Red Sox organization. Has a terrific eye at the plate with a very quick bat. Exelent defensive first baseman, who moves with pretty good flexability for his size. Very big frame with a high power ceiling.
High School: Stoneman Douglas High School
10. Lars Anderson: Power hitter with unlimited potential in that catagory. Very good eye at the plate, gets on base a lot. Good opposite field hitter, oddly has trouble pulling the ball for power. Very streaky hitter at times. Good first baseman, though he does not have much range. Not a stolen base threat. Had a disapointing season last year, and is likley to start at Portland and move up to Pawtuckett.
High School: Jesult(Calafornia)
Next week: 11-20. Will feture players sych as Tazawa, Bates, Bowden, and more.
This is a full evaluation of the 2010 Red Sox roster as it stands now. I will look at the lineup, defense, pitching, bench, bullpen, and minor leagues, and try to prove to you complainers that this is a good team.
Lineup: I really like the lineup. I’m not trying to be an optimist, I really like the lineup. I love the combination of speed and power. The bottom of the lineup impresses me with Drew-Cameron-Scutaro. I feel speed is going to come from Jacoby Ellsbury (duh) and Scutaro. Cameron can steal a few as can Pedroia. Don’t even say Drew, I believe he was 2-for-8 in the SB catagory.
On the power side, you got Ortiz, Youk, Beltre, Cameron, Drew, and Victor. Each one of them will hit from 15-30 HRs, maybe more for Beltre or Cameron at Fenway. I feel a big year coming from Youk, I really do.He was hurt a lot of last year, and I think it really affected him. The suspension did not help either.
I also liked the way the lineup is built. I thought last year Pedroia struggled leadoff beacuse he missed the presence of Jacoby Ellsbury. Since he is a base stealer, pitchers are going to throw more fastballs to the next batter in an attempt to pick him off. A fastball gets to the plate fatser, and the catcher can gun it down to second faster. I hope Francona keeps Ellsbury in the lead-off spot, that is where he is supposed to be.
More about the lineup, I would like to see JD Drew bat eighth and Cameron bat seventh. Mostly beacuse it strenghens the bottom of the lineup. Here is the lineup I would like to see:
Pitching: No one can deny this staff. Even if I am wrong and the lineup does suck, the pitching will keep you in games. Defense wins(Look how far the Jets got!). Offense is nice, but defense and pitching is more important(Unless you have Teixeira. And A-rod. And Jeter. And Granderson…..). This is no doubt about it the best staff in the game. You can say Seattle with Cliff Lee and King Felix, and I’ll give you that as the top 1-2 punch in baseball. But Lester. Beckett. Lackey. Dice-k. Buchholz. Wake. They have so much depth! I know this happened last year, and everyone got hurt to the point we needed Paul Byrd, and at least two or three of those guys are going to have to stay healthy. Ok, Lackey, out a month. Fine, Lester and Beckett. Lester out a few weeks? That’s ok, Dice-k/Wake/Buchholz might be pitching good, and Lackey might be back soon. Just theories here.
And either way, I expect some sort of reclamation/Theo Epstein projects like an Erik Bedard or Ben Sheets coming.(John Smoltz!)
Every game we are going to get a six-to-seven inning perfomrance or a quality start. Yes, Lackey has had injury problems. So has Beckett, and Dice-k, and every other pitcher in baseball. You learn to deal with it.
Defense: Joe Maddon called Adrain Beltre the best defensive player he has ever seen, and Maddon knows a damn lot about baseball. He took that team to the world series, and I think we all know who that team is. I don’t get to watch Beltre often, as he played for Seattle, but I’ll take Joe’s word for it. So on the right side of your infeild you got “The best defensive player ever” (I thought that was Darrelle Revis?) and Marco Scutaro, who should have gotten the AL gold glove for shortstop. Then on the left side you have two gold glove winners in Pedroia and Youk. In the outfield is Ellsbury, Cameron, and Drew. Pretty sick. Tell me a better defensive outfield? I think the only team that is in the same class is KC(Gasp!) with Ankeil, Posednik, and DeJesus. Fast outfield. Anyways, we have a good defense basicly beacuse Theo could not find another excuse to have a lackluster offense.
Bench: Solid bench. You got Jeremy Hermida, Bill Hall, V-Tek, and either a guy like Josh Reddick, Angel Sanchez, Gil Velezquez, or Aaron Bates. That is, unless another Nick Green type magicaly appears again. Hermida is a decent offensive player. He has some wheels and could be a good pinch running guy. He has a little pop. He was a Marlins top prospect for a while but has not really panned ouy yet. Theo was just taking a chance on some player with potential. Hall is what he is. Good defensivly(Shocker) with no bat. You all know about V-Tek. Can’t hit in the second half. look for V-Tek to have a somewhat of a bounce-back year in a limited role. He has hit well in the first half the last two years. And he may have to be Beckett’s personal catcher.
Bullpen: Who is in this bullpen? Papelbon, Bard, Oki, Delcarmen, Rameriz, the other Rameriz, Shouse, Atchison, Dustin Richardson, Fernando Cabrera, Boof. Meh. I like the top three. That’s about it. I wanted to see the Sox go out and sign either Darren Oliver or Mike Gonzalez, but that never happened. I kinda like Richardson. He dominated the AFL this season. Strikeout lefty. Casey Kelly could be up this year, but I doubt he would be ready to contribute. Shouse is no good. I have no clue who Atchison is. Rameriz is what he is. Delcarmen sucks. I never thought Boof was anything. So yeah, maybe improve the pen a bit. And when I say improve I do not mean Mike Timlin, who is looking for a major league job still.
Triple A: The Pawsox may have better players than last year, where they where awful. The Pawsox finished in fourth in their divison and offered no real MLB ready players. That should change this year, as a lot of prospects shoukd be ready for triple A. Here are some: Micheal Bowdon, Angel Sanchez, Gil Velezquez, Josh Reddick, Travis Denker, Josh Reddick, Lars Anderson, Aaron Bates, Ramon A. Rameriz, Bubba Bell, Darnelle MacDonald, Jeff Natle, Mark Wagner, Zach Daeges, Randor Beird, TJ Large, Kason Gabbard. Decent triple A roster. Bowdon has seen the big leagues, I honestly don’t think he is anything special. Sanchez is a terrific defensive player. Velezquez is the last minute, desprate, there is absolutly no one else in the world who can help, utility player. I like Reddick, but he’s not major league ready. Denker is a career minor leaguer. Lars is the second most overrated prospect in the system to Bowdon. I have a stupid man-crush on Aaron Bates although he hit around the medoza line in triple A last year. I don’t know anything about the other Rameriz, Bubba Bell did well in triple A last year. MacDonald can run, but that’s it. Natle is a 1B-DH type. Wagner is a catcher who should be on the MLB roster beacuse he can throw out base runners. The only thing I know about Daeges is he killed the ball in Spring Training and I never heard of him again. We got Beird for David Pauly, enough said there. TJ Large had an ERA over 6.00 last year, and Gabbard saved us from trading Lester to Texas for Eric Gagne.
Lower-leval prospects: You probally know most of the names. Jose Iglesias, Casey Kelly, Alex Wilson, Reymond Fuentes, Ryan Westmorland, Ryan Kalish, and Dustin Richardson. Some of these guys may be September callups, the most likley being Kalish. I feel these are the players to watch in the minor leagues next year. Alex Wilson is not really known like Kelly or Kalish, but I feel he has a bright future in the majors. He is a righty, and was the Red sox second round pick last year. He is often compared to AL rookie of the eyar Andrew Bailey. His one down swing, he had tommy John surgery two years ago. Has a hard fastball and his out-pitch is his slider. He spent last year with Lowell and I would be surprised to see him with Salem or Greenville next year.
Never going to happen. Never.
I have to put this rumor to an end. This makes absolutley no sense at all. Theo Epstein will never trade his minor league players for a player with one year left on his contract. I would love to have Roy Halladay, don’t get me wrong. But there are better moves they can make. First off, just sign Jason Bay. Then go out and sign Marco Scutaro and John Lackey. Think about it. You are going after Halladay beacuse you want an ace caliber pitcher. So if you sign Lackey you gat an ace pitcher without giving up Clay Buchholz or Daniel Bard (or Casey Kelly, Jose Iglesias, etc). It just makes more sense. I would also like to see the Red Sox sign Rich Harden, Ben Sheets, or Kelvim Escobar. And with Alex Gonzalez signing with Toronto, Marco Scutaro may be close to signing with Boston, according to his agent. But do not look into this rumor if I were you. The Red Sox will not trade for Roy Halladay.
As my readers may know, I get rather mad when the Red Sox don’t spend their money. And this will come up again when the fail to sign Jason Bay to the New York Yankees. Yes, the Yankees. I know many people say that the Yankeeshave no interest, but I do not belive that for one second. They had no interest in Mark Teixeira either, huh? But Jason Bay will be the Opening Day starting LF for the Yankees while the Red Sox will have Jeremy Hermida or Josh Reddick. And they are the Boston Red Sox, second richest team in baseball, with Jeremy Hermida as the starting LF. Sad, ain’t it?
Why didn’t the Red Sox just keep Alex Gonzalez? I know he would be making $6mm, but your the Red Sox! Keep Gonzo for one year then call up a guy like Jose Igleasias. Just keep Gonzalez for the year, and you are solidifyed at the SS position. Sure, he dosen’t hit much, but if you have Jason Bay, that’s not a problem. Oh wait…. They should have just got Micheal Young anways, Theo Epstein.
Ok, the pitching looks good with a top four of Jon Lester, Josh Beckett, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Clay Buchholz. But I tell you, I would really, really like to have Felix Hernandez on this team. A lot. But I know it will never happen, beacuse Theo Epstein does not want to give up his unproven minor leaguers for an ace in Feliz Hernandez. That makes perfect sense. I’ll end the sarcasm here.
Adrian Gonzalez is not happening, people. Period. It’s just not. Theo won’t give up his single A players first off, and having Jed Hoyer as GM of San Diego will not help things. He’s looking to turn around that franchise, and that starts with locking up Gonzalez.
Ok Red Sox fans that are hoping to get rid of JD Drew. Sorry. According to his contract that gives him $14mm a year, if he injures his right shoulder that places him on the DL for 35 days or he ends the 2010 season on the DL and cannot play the outfield in the 2011 season, the Red Sox can buy out of his contract. Not happening, ever. But with Drew, you never know, you can only hope.
Yesterday the Solar Sox lost, 12-5.
Angels prospect Tommy Mendoza got the loss.
Red Sox prospect Jose Iglesias homered.
Today the Solar Sox take on the Surprise Rafters.