Top 10 Prospects: #3 Henry Owens

Photo credit Kelly O'Connor

Photo credit Kelly O’Connor

Top lefty pitching prospect Henry Owens was drafted by the Red Sox in the 2011 draft in the supplemental first round and it’s looking like it was a steal. Owens is very tall for a pitcher at 6-7 and weighs 200 pounds. He has room to add strength though as his weight is a little low for his height. Owens has a very deceptive delivery that has been very effective in fooling hitters.

After a disappointing first season for the Greenville Drive in 2012, he bounced back in a major way in 2013. He started off in Salem and did very well, going 8-5 with a 2.92 ERA, a 1.14 WHIP, and a 10.58 K/9 rate. This earned him a promotion to Portland where he did even better. He went 3-1 with a 1.78 ERA, a 1.09 WHIP, and a ridiculous 13.65 K/9 rate. Henry Owens racks up the strikeouts like none other.

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Mount Rushmore for the Boston Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox are one of the most historic professional baseball teams in the history of the sport. With over 115 years of history, it can be pretty difficult to name the 4 best players for the team. Here is a look at what a potential Mount Rushmore would look like.

Ted Williams

This seems to be a pretty unanimous decision, as Williams is often labeled as the most talented player to ever suit up for the Boston Red Sox. He would have been loved by people in daily fantasy baseball because of his ability to be one of the best pure hitters this game has ever seen. He spent his entire career with the Boston Red Sox, and he represented the team all the way up to his death.

Pedro Martinez

In the middle of the performance enhancing drugs era in baseball, one pitcher was able to dominate more than anyone else. Pedro Martinez put up some outstanding numbers for the Boston Red Sox, and he solidified his position as one of the best ever to play for the franchise when he was able to help snap the World Series drought. Not only was he talented, but he really embraced the rivalry with the New York Yankees and became a huge fan favorite.

Carl Yastrzemski

Compared to Ted Williams, Yastrzemski might not look that impressive. However, he was an elite outfielder during his time, and he was another one who was able to really define an era of the Boston Red Sox. He never won a World Series, but statistically he did just about everything for the team during his time.

Cy Young

Realistically, there are about 7 or 8 players who could make a case that they belong on Mount Rushmore for Boston. However, it is hard to argue against a guy who has a pitching award named after him. No one alive can remember seeing Cy Young in his prime, but he was statistically a dominant force on the mound. Not including him would be a disservice to the history of the franchise.


Xander Bogaerts received MRI for sore knee

According to multiple sources, Xander Bogaerts went to Massachusetts General Hospital to receive an MRI for his sore right knee. John Farrell said he injured it running the bases when he rounded 3rd but was held up by the 3rd base coach.

“He continued on in the game with no issue, no complaint, no word of anything, even after the game didn’t feel anything. Came in Tuesday with some increased symptoms. He was examined here and we sent him over for an MRI.”

Bogaerts has been by far the best hitter for the Red Sox this season, putting up a slash line of .433/.500/.533 with 7 RBI. Red Sox nation will be praying he is OK and is good to go tomorrow.


Top 10 Prospects: #4 Manuel Margot

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Manuel Margot was signed as an international free agent by the Red Sox in 2011 for $800,000 and it’s looking like it was a very good investment to say the least. Margot is an outfielder who is 6-0 170 pounds with room to add strength and fill out more. After all he is only 20 years old.

In his first pro season, Margot was impressive, hitting at a .285/.382/.423 slash with 4 home runs, 10 doubles, and 7 triples as a 17 year old for the DSL Red Sox. Unfortunately he struggled his next season for the Lowell Spinners, hitting only .270/.346/.351 with 1 home run, 8 doubles, and a triple. But last season he bounced back in a major way. He started off the season with the Greenville Drive and did nothing but impress, putting up a .286/.355/.449 slash with 10 home runs, 20 doubles, and 5 triples in only 370 at bats. This earned him a promotion to the high A Salem Red Sox where his performance only got better, albeit with a small sample size. He hit .340/.364/.560 with 2 home runs and 5 doubles in only 50 at bats. Thanks to his breakout season he was named the #72 prospect in baseball by Baseball America.

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Top 10 Prospects: #5 Eduardo Rodriguez

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Photo by Taylor Hansen

6-2, 200 pound Eduardo Rodriguez was acquired by the Red Sox last season in exchange for lefty reliever Andrew Miller. Ben Cherington deserves a lot of credit for the move, as the Red Sox were clearly not going anywhere and he was able to net a very quality pitching prospect in return for a reliever who was going to be a free agent anyway.

In 2013, Rodriguez went 10-7 with a 3.41 ERA with 1.24 WHIP which earned him the #65 ranking by Baseball America on their annual list. He spent the entire 2014 season in AA and showed no signs of slowing down, posting a 3.60 ERA with a 1.31 WHIP while going 6-8. Even more impressive was his performance with the Portland Sea Dogs after he was traded. He seemed to find his groove with the Sea Dogs after struggling with Bowie with a 4.79 ERA. To be fair, he sustained a knee injury early in the season. When he got healthy, Rodriguez did nothing but impress, starting 6 games for the Sea Dogs and put up an spectacular 0.96 ERA with a 1.02 WHIP. His strikeout to walks ratio was extremely impressive at 4.88 and batters only hit .222 against him. Thanks to his stellar 2014 campaign, Rodriguez was ranked as the #59 prospect in all of baseball.

Eduardo Rodriguez features three pitches. He has a 93-94 MPH fastball that got up to the 96-97 MPH range with the Sea Dogs. His fastball has solid command though it can straighten out too much from time to time. His best pitch is his changeup which has plus potential and should be a great pairing with his fastball. It is in the 84-86 MPH range but according to SoxProspects, the Orioles wanted him to throw it in the low 80s instead and after Rodriguez was traded he started to throw it much harder. The proof is in the pudding and he put up spectacular stats. Clearly it made a difference. His third pitch is a 82-85 MPH slider with average potential. He struggles with consistency but it is a solid 3rd pitch for him.

Projection: Middle of the rotation starter ceiling, back end starter floor

 


Red Sox win marathon game against Yankees

It was just another Red Sox Yankees thriller. The Red Sox finally pulled out the thrilling victory against the hated Yankees in the 19th inning but not after an extremely hard fought game by both teams.

The Red Sox controlled the first half of regulation play. Pablo Sandoval gave the Red Sox their first lead of the ballgame with an RBI single to score Dustin Pedroia in the first inning and Daniel Nava gave the Red Sox a 3-0 advantage in the 6th with a shallow base hit scoring Pablo Sandoval and Mike Napoli. Wade Miley was dominant in his first 5 innings but lost his control in the 6th and the Yankees took advantage, scoring 2 runs in the inning and closing the gap to 1 run. It was still a very quality first start for Miley, who went 5.1 innings, allowing only 4 hits, 2 runs, 2 walks, while striking out 6 Yankees.

The Red Sox bullpen held it down until they were 1 out away from the win but Chase Headley had other plans and hit a bomb off Edward Mujica to right field to put the game into extra innings. For the next 5 innings, a myriad of baserunners got on base but neither team was able to take advantage.

Things started to get very exciting in the 16th inning. In typical fashion, David Ortiz came up big for the Red Sox and hit a bomb to give the Red Sox the go ahead run. But Mark Teixera had other plans in the bottom half and hit a home run to tie it up once again. In the 18th, the Red Sox got the lead again with a big RBI single from Pablo Sandoval, scoring Dustin Pedroia. But once again, the Red Sox would blow the lead and Carlos Beltran doubled to left to score John Murphy. At that point I was convinced the game would never end.

But the Red Sox young guns came through in the 19th inning. Xander Bogaerts hit a single to right and stole second. Bogaerts was huge in extra innings, getting on base an amazing 5 times. After Hanigan walked, Mookie Betts hit a clutch sacrifice fly to give the Red Sox the lead for good. Finally Steven Wright didn’t give up the lead and the Red Sox prevailed 6-5.


Red Sox take series, defeat Phillies

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The Red Sox won their first series of the season by defeating the Phillies 6-2 behind a great first pitching performance by Justin Masterson. Masterson was dominant, lasting 6 innings while only allowing 3 hits, 2 runs, and 2 walks while striking out 7. His performance was very encouraging to Red Sox fans after Masterson had a rough year with the Indians/St. Louis, going 7-9 with a 5.88 ERA, a 1.63 WHIP, and a 4.50 FIP. Not to mention he went 2-3 at the plate with an RBI single in 3rd.

The Red Sox offense looked completely different from the offensive performance they displayed in the 2nd game of the series, racking up 11 hits and 6 walks. The prime performer was Xander Bogaerts, who after starting out the season 1-7, went 3-4 with 3 RBI, a triple, and a walk.

Hanley Ramirez went 2-5, David Ortiz went 1-2 with two walks, and Shane Victorino went 2-5 with an RBI. The Red Sox bullpen pitched 3 shutout innings allowing only 2 hits and a walk.


Red Sox offense sputters, Sox fall to Phillies 4-2

The Red Sox offense was anemic tonight against Aaron Harang, mustering only 2 hits and a walk against the Phillies right hander. And they only had 3 total hits for the game. The Red Sox were held scoreless by the Phillies until the 8th inning when Bogaerts managed an RBI single against Ken Giles. Giles went on to walk Pablo Sandoval, scoring Hanigan with the bases loaded. Former Red Sox Jonathan Papelbon closer was brought in for the 4 out closing opportunity and faced Hanley Ramirez with 2 outs in the 8th. Hanley hit a bomb to left that seemed to die on it’s way out and was caught for the out to end the inning. If it weren’t for the weather it would have surely been a go ahead grand slam for Ramirez.

Rick Porcello was solid in his first start for the Red Sox after his $82.5 million extension, going 6 innings allowing 6 hits, 3 runs, 2 walks, while striking out 4. The only runs he allowed was on a blast by Jeff Francoeur to left field with two men on base. Besides that he looked very good on the mound, forcing a lot of ground balls. Aaron Harang went 6 1/3 innings, allowing 2 hits and a walk while striking out 8 Red Sox batters.

All in all the offense left a lot to be desired, with Pablo Sandoval being the only standout with a 2-3 game with an RBI and a walk. The Red Sox will face the Phillies tomorrow night in the rubber match where Justin Masterson will face off against Phillies righty David Buchanan.


Yoan Moncada to start season in XST

Yoan Moncada, who was signed to the Red Sox with a $31.5 bonus last month, will start the 2015 campaign in extended spring training in Fort Myers instead of starting the season with the Greenville Drive.

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This move was likely done to allow Moncada to acclimate to pro ball before he dives in to professional baseball. After all, he’s only 19 and he didn’t play last year.

According to the Boston Globe, he will take english classes and engage in other forms of cultural assimilation before taking the plunge into pro ball with the Drive. Needless to say, Red Sox nation is very excited to see how one of the top prospects in all of baseball does.