About SoxProspects.com

Contact Info

 
SoxProspects, LLC
Newton, 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 upwards of 15-million page views per year (2012 stats). 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

Xander Bogaerts

Boston, 2013
Will Middlebrooks Lowell, 2008

Junichi Tazawa

Portland, 2011
Daniel Nava Pawtucket, 2011

Felix Doubront

Pawtucket, 2011
Justin Masterson Portland, 2007

Clay Buchholz

Wilmington, 2006

Jacoby Ellsbury

Portland, 2007

Dustin Pedroia

Pawtucket, 2006

Manny Delcarmen

Pawtucket, 2007

Jon Lester

Portland, 2005

Jonathan Papelbon

Portland, 2005

Kevin Youkilis

Lowell, 2004

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 September 2003. In connection with the site, he's a contributor to ESPNBoston, where he authors  a weekly column. 
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 one of the site's senior editors, hosts the SoxProspects.com podcast, and takes care of a lot of behind-the-scenes work for the site. When he can, he authors features for SP News and reports from the field.
E-mail: chatfield@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. He is also our resident beat writer in Pawtucket and a contributor to ESPN Boston.
E-mail: mhuegel@soxprospects.com

Jon Meoli - Senior Columnist
Jon joined as a Staff Writer in March 2010, and was promoted to columnist in the 2010-2011 off-season.  He covers the Mid-Atlantic affiliates for SoxProspects, and contributes columns, scouting notes, and player interviews for SP News.
E-mail: jmeoli@soxprospects.com

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

Chris Mellen - Senior Scouting Advisor
Chris scouts countless games each season in Pawtucket, Portland, Salem, Greenville, Lowell, and Ft. Myers. Chris is also a writer for Baseball Prospectus.
E-mail
: cmellen@soxprospects.com
 

 

Scouts

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

 

Staff Writers & Editors

Tim Healey - Feature Writer
Tim joined the team as a Staff Writer in
February 2013, and was promoted to Feature Writer in January 2014.

John Gray - Senior Staff Writer
John
joined as Staff Writer in October 2009.  He's previously worked for the Lowell Spinners and New England Patriots.

Dan Hanson - Staff Writer
Dan has been with the site since January 2007.

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

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

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

Luke Lavoie - Staff Writer
Luke joined the staff in
February 2013.

Brian Gagnon - Staff Editor
Brian joined the staff in
January 2014.

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

 

Web Editors

Jonathan Singer - Senior Correspondent
Jonathan has conducted several player interviews on behalf of the site, and helps covering the draft on SP News.  He also facilitates the GameDay threads in the SoxProspects forum, and covers our Injury Report.

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.  He also contributes to the scouting reports as he attends several games per year.

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

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.

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

Alex Skillin - Web Editor
Alex joined the staff as a staff editor in March
2013, and was promoted to Web Editor in November 2013.

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

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

Keith Wade - Web Editor
Keith joined the staff in February 2013.

 

Key Contributors

Kelly O'Connor - Photographer
William Parmeter - Photographer
Dave Letizi
- Photographer
Elizabeth Dreeson - Special Contributor
Dick Duggan - Statistician
Chris Andrews - IT
 

 

Forum Moderators

Adam  - Senior Moderator (amfox1)
Adam has basically been a member since the inception of the site and has been a moderator on the message board for nearly as long. A long time follower of the Red Sox and Red Sox prospects, Adam also keeps us up to date on the projected pitching rotations through the Weekly Game Log threads.

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

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

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

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

 

     
     

Prospect Scouting Scale

The SoxProspects.com Prospect Scouting Scale is comprised of three numbers: (1) the player's current MLB projection; (2) that player's floor; and (3) that player's realistic ceiling.  For example, a player who is graded "7, 4-8" projects to be a 7 (All-Star), has a floor of a 4 (Impactful Bench Player), and a ceiling of an 8 (Elite Talent).  INJ = injured, may miss significant time (grade pending return).  The below scale provides some greater detail and examples. 

Pitchers Position Players

8

Elite Pitcher
(Pedro Martinez)

8

Elite Position Player
(Carl Yastrzemski)

7

Ace Starter
(Curt Schilling)

7

All-Star Position Player
(Nomar Garciaparra)

6

#2/#3 Starter (Bruce Hurst)
First Division Closer (Jonathan Papelbon)

6

First Division Starter
(Jason Varitek)

5

#4/#5 Starter (Oil Can Boyd)
Late Inning Releiver (Matt Capps)

5

Second Division Starter, First Division Role Player
(Lyle Overbay)

4

Spot Starter (Ramiro Mendoza);
Reliable Reliever (Craig Breslow)

4

Reliable MLB Bench Player
(Kelly Shoppach)
3 Replacement level pitcher (Scott Atchison)
Up & Down
Player (bounces between Triple-A and MLB, making occasional MLB contributions)
3 Replacement level bench player (Darnell McDonald)
Up & Down
Player (bounces between Triple-A and MLB, making occasional MLB contributions)

2

Minor leaguer (may get a cup-of-coffee in the majors)

2

Minor leaguer (may get a cup-of-coffee in the majors)

The examples provided in parentheses refer to the players in their prime,
as an example of the level projected for that prospect in his prime

     
 
 
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