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Needham, MA
email: info@soxprospects.com
 

General Info

 
SoxProspects.com
was launched on September 20, 2003. The site was founded by Mike Andrews, a self-proclaimed baseball analyst and local Bostonian. Mike has been following the Red Sox farm system in depth since 1998.  The site has a staff of over 30 volunteers, including writers, editors, web content managers, scouts, and moderators, as well as eyes and ears in each of the minor league affiliate cities reporting on every player in the organization. We now get between 13 million and of 16 million page views per year. In January 2010, we incorporated, forming SoxProspects, LLC to hold and maintain SoxProspects.com and all of its affiliated websites and content.
 

SP News

 
At SoxProspects News, we cover each affiliate game in our daily Cup-of-Coffee segment, bring our readers in-depth coverage of the Amateur Draft, report on player movement and Red Sox system notes, and publish several regular feature columns. These features include weekly prospect interviews, The Ladder (a look at players moving up through the Sox system), The Book (scouting books on individual players based on first-hand accounts), the Fort Report (updates from minor league spring training), Prospect Previews (annual previews on each of the top prospects in the system), Positional Outlooks (annual rundown of the top prospects per position), and The Lineup Card (roster analysis). 
 

The SoxProspects Forum

 
The SoxProspects Forum is home to numerous registered members who enjoy discussing the topic of Red Sox prospects. Several players, ex-players, player family members, front office employees, agents, scouts, writers, broadcasters, affiliate employees, boosters, and season ticket holders contribute to and regularly visit the Forum. We'd like to think that the site and the Forum have combined to become the number one source for Red Sox prospect information.
 

Live Appearances

 
We have appeared live on the following broadcasts:
NESN Daily - NESN (Boston)
ESPN Boston Radio with Adam Jones (Boston)
The Baseball Show - NESN (Boston)
Toucher & Rich - 98.5 FM The SportsHub (Boston)
PawSox Insider - 920 WHJJ AM (Providence)
The Big Jab Weekend Warmup - 96.3 FM (Portland)
Portland Sea Dogs Radio Broadcast - 1490 AM WBAE
Salem Red Sox Radio Broadcast - 960 AM WFIR
Greenville Drive Radio Broadcast - MiLB.com
Lowell Spinners Radio Broadcast - 980 AM WCAP
The Press Pass - WCAP 980 AM (Lowell)
New Hampshire Today - 107.7 FM WTPL (Hillsboro)
After Further Review - 104.5 FM ESPN (Louisiana)
Pittsburgh Sports Radio - The Fan 93.7 FM
Stan & Guy & Chris - 1250 AM ESPN (Pittsburgh)
Sports Tonight Live Chat - Comcast SportsNet
Around The Majors Podcast - BlogTalkRadio
▪ Major League Monday  - New Zealand

 

Recognition

 
SoxProspects.com
has been cited in the following media: Boston Globe, Boston Herald, NESN, Baseball America, Boston Metro, Portland Press Herald, Union Leader, New Britain Herald, Los Angeles Times, Boston Baseball Magazine, Diehard Magazine, Boston.com, ESPN.com, WEEI.com, NESN.com, Boston Dirt Dogs, WEEI, 98.5 The Sports Hub, WBAE, and ESPN Radio.
 

 

Prospect Eligibility

Prospects - A player will generally graduate from prospect status once he exhausts his MLB "rookie" status."  Rookie status is exhausted once a player: (1) has more than 130 at-bats in the majors; (2) has pitched more than 50 innings in the majors; (3) has been on an active major league roster for more than 45 days (not including September call-ups). The SoxProspects Staff will use discretion if these limits are close at the end of each season.  Previously, we also considered a prospect graduated from eligibility once that player turned 26 years old.  That rule was changed in September 2010.
Post-Prospects - Minor-Leaguers who have graduated from prospect "status" but who still are expected to contribute at the Major League level in the near future.
 
Ex-Prospects - Former Red Sox minor leaguers who are ACTIVE in the MLB or affiliated minor leagues.
 

 

Abbreviations

We anticipate moving prospect up in the rankings on the coming Friday
We anticipate moving prospect down in the rankings on the coming Friday
AFL Arizona Fall League (Fall)
App. Appalachian League (Rookie)
Ariz. Arizona League (Rookie)
Car. Carolina League (High-A)
Cal. California League (High-A)
DFA Designated for assignment
DL Disabled List
DSL Dominican Summer League (Rookie)

EL/East

Eastern League (Double-A)

ETA Estimated Time of Arrival to the Majors, or Estimated Activation off DL
FaF Futures at Fenway
FC Futures Contract
FIL Fall Instructional League

FSL

Florida State League (High-A)

GCL Gulf Coast League (Rookie)

IL

International League (Triple-A)

MWL Midwest League (Low-A)
MLFA Minor League Free Agent
R5 Non-Roster Invitee

NYPL

NY-Penn. League (Short Season A)

O.R. Original Rank at Season Start
PCL Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
PG Post-Graduate Prospect
Pion Pioneer League (Rookie)
PM Paper Move
PTBNL Player to be named later
RH Rehab assignment
RL Restricted List

SAL

South Atlantic League (Low-A)

South Southern League (Double-A)
SUS Suspended List
Tex Texas League (Double-A)
TIA Temporary Inactive List
VSL Venezuelan Summer League (Rookie)
XST Extended Spring Training
YTR Yet to Officially Report

 

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Player Team, Year

Henry Owens

Spring Training, 2013

Blake Swihart

Portland, 2014

Eduardo Rodriguez

Portland, 2014

Christian Vazquez

Portland, 2012

Jackie Bradley

Portland, 2012

Mookie Betts

Salem, 2013

Xander Bogaerts

Boston, 2013

Clay Buchholz

Wilmington, 2006

Jacoby Ellsbury

Portland, 2007

Dustin Pedroia

Pawtucket, 2006

Jon Lester

Portland, 2005

Jonathan Papelbon

Portland, 2005

Kevin Youkilis

Lowell, 2004

Hanley Ramirez

Lowell, 2001

Trot Nixon

Pawtucket, 1998

Jason Varitek

Pawtucket, 1997
Nomar Garciaparra Pawtucket, 1996
Mo Vaughn Pawtucket, 1992
Mike Greenwell Pawtucket, 1986
Ellis Burks Pawtucket, 1987
Roger Clemens Pawtucket, 1984
Wade Boggs Pawtucket, 1981
Jim Rice Pawtucket, 1974
Fred Lynn Pawtucket, 1974
Carlton Fisk Boston, 1971
 

SoxProspects.com Staff

The Brass

Mike Andrews - Editor-in-Chief
Mike founded SoxProspects.com in 2003, and works as the site's Editor-in-Chief. 
E-mail
: mike@soxprospects.com

 

Chris Hatfield - Executive Editor
Chris joined SoxProspects.com in 2005 and started writing columns for SP News. He now contributes as a lead editor, hosts the SoxProspects.com podcast, and takes care of a lot of behind-the-scenes work for the site.  He also authors features for SP News and reports from the field.
E-mail: chatfield@soxprospects.com
 

Ian Cundall - Director of Scouting
Ian joined the scouting department in October 2010. He regularly scouts games iat all affiliates. He oversees our scouting reports and authors scouting features based on his first-hand observations and interactions with professional scouts.
E-mail: icundall@soxprospects.com

Matt Huegel - Managing Editor
Matt
joined as a Staff Writer in March 2010, and was promoted to editor during the 2010-11 off-season. He helps oversee both the editing and the development processes for much of the content on SP News.
E-mail: mhuegel@soxprospects.com

Jon Meoli - Senior Columnist (Emeritus)
Jon joined as a Staff Writer in March 2010, and was promoted to columnist in the 2010-2011 off-season.  He now works as the Orioles beat writer for the Baltimore Sun.

Chris Mellen - Senior Scouting Advisor (Emeritus)
Previously our Director of Scouting, Chris is now Director of the Prospect Group at Baseball Prospectus.
 

 

Scouts

Chaz Fiorino - Assistant Director of Scouting
Chaz joined the staff in January
2014. He is a graduate of the MLB Scout Development Program.

 

Staff Writers & Editors

James Dunne - Senior Staff Writer
James joined the staff in November 2011.

Jim Crowell - Senior Staff Writer
Jim joined the staff in July 2011.

Will Woodward - Senior Staff Writer
Will joined the staff in November 2011.

John Gray - Senior Staff Writer
John
joined as Staff Writer in October 2009.

Eric Gendron - Staff Writer
Eric joined the staff in November
2014.

Nick Rabasco - Staff Writer
Nick joined the staff in November
2014.

Caleb Miller - Staff Writer
Caleb joined the staff in
February 2016.

Conor Duffy - Staff Writer
Conor joined the staff in
February 2016.

Harry Burnham - Senior Staff Editor
Harry joined the staff in
January 2014.

Michael Grossi - Staff Editor
Michael joined the staff in February 2016.

Ian Dalley - Staff Editor
Ian joined the staff in February 2016.

 

Web Editors

Mike Reynolds - Senior Database Engineer
Mike has been with the site since April 2005.  In 2008, he took over full responsibility for operating and maintaining the site's stats, schedule, and standings databases. 

JP Kitson - Social Media Specialist
JP joined the Staff in January 2012.  He is responsible for overseeing our social media presence, as well as for maintaining relationships with advertisers.

Matt Picard - Senior Web Editor
Matt joined the staff in February 2013.

Andrew Kolodziej - Senior Web Editor
Andrew joined the staff in July 2011.  He tallies the daily stat and transaction updates for the Site.

Steve Henley - Web Editor
Steve has been a contributing editor since 2006.  He also helps developing web content for our player pages.

Rebecca Fishbein - Web Editor
Rebecca joined the staff in February 2013.

 

Key Contributors

Kelly O'Connor - Photographer
Dave Letizi
- Photographer
Dick Duggan - Statistician
Chris Andrews - IT
 

 

Forum Moderators

Josh - Senior Moderator (chavopepe2)
Josh joined as a moderator in October 2009.

John - Senior Moderator (jmei)
John joined as a moderator in February 2012
.

Norm - Moderator (oregonnorm)
Norm joined as a moderator in February 2013
.

Matt - Moderator (Matt Picard)
In addition to being a Web Editor, Matt is also a forum Moderator.

Norberto - Moderator (pedroelgrande)
Norberto joined as a moderator in November 2014.

Joel - Moderator (iakovos11)
Joel joined as a moderator in November 2014.

 

     
     
Prospect Scouting Scale
Grade Hitter Starting Pitcher Relief Pitcher ~WAR
8 Franchise Player
Mike Trout
Elite Ace
Clayton Kershaw
---
---
7+
7 Regular All-Star
Anthony Rizzo
#1/#2 Starter, Regular All-Star
Jon Lester
---
---
5 to 7
6 Impact Everyday Player,
Occasional All-Star

Jacoby Ellsbury
Quality #2/#3 Starter
John Lackey
Elite Closer
Aroldis Chapman
3 to 5
5 Average Regular
Jed Lowrie
Regular #3/#4/#5 Starter
Wade Miley
Solid Closer, Elite Setup Man
Koji Uehara
1 to 3
4.5 Bench/Utility Player
Darnell McDonald
Fringe #4/#5 Starter
Felix Doubront
Middle/Long Reliever
Junichi Tazawa
0 to 1
4 Emegency Up & Down Player
Bryce Brentz
Emegency Up & Down Starter
Anthony Ranaudo
Emegency Up & Down Reliever
Heath Hembree
0/lower
3 Organizational High
Minors Contributor

Ryan Dent
Organizational High
Minors Contributor

Chris Hernandez
Organizational High
Minors Contributor

Brock Huntzinger
N/A
2 Non-Prospect
Cisco Tellez
Non-Prospect
Manuel Rivera
Non-Prospect
Mike Adams
N/A
The SoxProspects.com Prospect Scouting Scale is comprised of three numbers: (1) the player's most likely MLB projection; (2) that player's floor; and (3) that player's realistic ceiling.  The site's rankings are based on each player's most likely MLB projection at the major league level, taking into account the player's floor, ceiling and the risk factor associated with each player.  Accordingly, the rankings will not necessarilly always correspond to the projection grade. The above scale provides detail and examples of what each grade means.  Approximate annual WAR for each level is also provided.  Emphasis on approximate.





     
 
 
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