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2015 Podcasts Notes1
March 25, 2015 Episode 71, Spring Training Reports! The boys are back... from Fort Myers! Chris, Ian, and Matt had a ton of stuff to report back from the staff's annual trip to Spring Training. We got our first look at Yoan Moncada, as well as updated looks at Rafael Devers, Michael Chavis, and others! Which sleepers looked poised to break out? What new guys impressed? All that and more in this action-packed episode!
February 23, 2015 Episode 70, Yoan Moncada signs, Ben Badler Talks, PawSox sold! A couple of bombshells dropped on the SoxProspects landscape on Monday morning, so we just had to get on the horn post haste! First, we talked with Baseball America's Ben Badler about the Red Sox reaching an agreement to sign Cuban phenom Yoan Moncada, discussing the ins and outs of who Moncada is and could become, as well as the signing's impact. Afterwards, we gabbed about a few more points on the Moncada signing before getting into the sale of the Pawtucket Red Sox and their potential move to Providence.
2014 Podcasts Notes
December 15, 2014 Episode 69, Hot Stove on High. Well, that was a week wasn't it? With the Red Sox trading Allen Webster, Rubby De La Rosa, Raymel Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Alex Wilson, Gabe Speier, and Myles Smith in deals for Wade Miley, Rick Porcello, and Zeke Spruill, as well as signing former number 1 prospect Justin Masterson (oh, and there was the failed pursuit of Jon Lester), Chris and Matt had plenty to talk about. Plus, your emails asked about who will lead off and about the defensive prowess of Christian Vazquez and Blake Swihart.
December 1, 2014 Episode 68, Chris Mellen returns with BP's #diesel top 10. Within a week of the major league club making a pair of huge signings in Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez, Baseball Prospectus has dropped its Red Sox Top 10 prospects list (subscription req'd), which means one thing... the return of Chris Mellen to the podcast! Hatfield, Matt, and Ian welcomed back the Dean of #diesel, now one of the men in charge of the BP prospect team, to discuss BP's list and the state of the farm.
November 21, 2014 Episode 67, Reserved at the Reserve List Deadline. Thursday's reserve list deadline came and went without much fanfare, but that doesn't mean there was nothing to talk about. While the roster additions were the four we all expected, Chris and Matt ran through those who were not added to the 40-man roster and may be potential selections in next month's Rule 5 Draft. Of course, that wasn't all that happened this week, so the guys said goodbye with a look back at Alex Hassan's time with the organization, then moved on to shiny new toy Juan Francisco and what he brings to the Red Sox. Finally, a pair of listener emails led to discussions of Cuban free agent Yoan Moncada and whatever happened to Jose Vinicio.
November 12, 2014 Episode 66, Deluxe discussion of Instructs, and the Mailbag! A long-time coming, Chris, Ian, and Matt got on the horn to talk about Ian's trip to the Fall Instructional League! Michael Kopech, Rafael Devers, Michael Chavis, Javier Guerra, Jake Cosart, and many more players were in our Director of Scouting's crosshairs. Also on the agenda: a quick run through the offseason leagues, with a chat about what to make of the numbers put up by Sean Coyle, Deven Marrero, and Robby Scott in the Arizona Fall League. PLUS, a listener mailbag spectacular! What should the Sox do with their glut of upper-minors pitching? Who did we like in Lowell this year? What does next year's draft look like? The answers to those and more await!
November 5, 2014 Episode 65, Alex Speier talks BA's Top 10. It's rankings season! Our friend Alex Speier of published his Red Sox Top 10 Prospects for Baseball America recently, so we had him on the pod to talk about his rankings and to pick his brain about the state of the Red Sox system. We're talking top 10, graduates, sleepers, disappointments and more! Even colossal squids! There's only one way to hear it all - hit that download!
September 22, 2014 Episode 64, Playing Out the Stretch. Things are bad in Boston and the minor league season is over, but that doesn't mean there's nothing to talk about! Chris and Ian got on the horn to take your emails, talk about the recently released Fall Instructional League roster, and project who the Red Sox might protect in December's Rule 5 draft.
September 7, 2014 Episode 63, Just Sayin' Hi. It took a bit, but the good news is that SoxProspects South is fully operational and the podcast is back! Matt relays his observations from Pawtucket, and Chris brings some goodies from catching Salem in Frederick. Then we finally get to a couple of your emails, answering questions about Jackie Bradley, Deven Marrero, Rafael Devers, and Michael Chavis.
August 1, 2014 Episode 62, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Trade Deadline. After the craziest Red Sox trade deadline in recent memory, Chris, Matt, and Ian were ready to break it all down. What's up with all the young, upper-minors pitchers? Who exactly did the Sox get? What on earth does the roster look like now? We've got all of your answers here.
July 21, 2014 Episode 61, Wild Turkeys, July 2, and the Draft. Chris got Matt and Ian on the horn to talk about the recent big dates on the player acquisition calendar: the July 2 opening of the international signing period, and the July 18 draft signing deadline. Did the Red Sox screw up by going over their international pool allotment to sign one extra pitcher? Did anything interesting happen among the draftees? Listen and find out!
July 7, 2014 Episode 60, Midseason Review, Pt. 2. Fresh off the heels of the first half of the midseason review, Chris, Ian, and Jon got back on the horn for part two, taking a look at how things have gone in Salem, Portland, and Pawtucket so far. We also took some of your emails, answering your questions about Mookie Betts, Garin Cecchini, and the draft! Want to impress your friends at parties? Hit the download button!
July 3, 2014 Episode 59, Midseason Review, Pt. 1. Finally getting back onto the normal schedule, Chris, Ian, and Jon started our midseason review, taking a look at the season thus far in the DSL, GCL, Lowell, and Greenville. Hear the guys talk about who's up, who's down, and get the first of two rants in this two part episode as Chris vents about players in the GCL not actually playing. Oh, and the top prospect in the system got promoted to Boston this week, so of course we talked about Mookie Betts's arrival in Boston.
June 9, 2014 Episode 58, 2014 Draft Recap. It's the Podcast. Today's show, "2014 Draft Recap." Act One: Who'd We Pick? Chris talks with Matt and runs down the whole draft. Are these guys good? Where'd all the college seniors go? You'll hear the answers to these questions and more. Act Two: Scouting the Newbies. Chris gets Ian to dish on what he sees from the players selected in the first ten rounds in videos and scouting reports. From Chris's computer in Salem, New Hampshire, it's the Podcast. Stay with us.
May 27, 2014 Episode 57, Seeing the Sea Dogs. After a bit of a break, Chris, Matt, and Ian had some things to discuss. Ian and Chris have seen Portland recently, and they had plenty to dish after seeing one of the most prospect-laden teams in the country, on players like Mookie Betts, Blake Swihart, Henry Owens, Brian Johnson, Sean Coyle, and the very recently promoted Travis Shaw (so recent, that he was still in Portland when we recorded). We also answered your emails and talked about which prospects in the system are due for a promotion. You know Sergio? Join us!
April 14, 2014 Episode 56, Reports from The Bucket. With the first week-and-a-half in the books, Chris, Ian, and Matt got on the horn after Pawtucket's first homestand of the season to ruminate on the state of the system's Triple-A affiliate. The guys traded notes on Allen Webster, Anthony Ranaudo, Rubby De La Rosa, Garin Cecchini, and more. In addition, the guys took a quick spin around the other affiliates, highlighting the top performers so far on the young season, as well as answering a couple of your emails. FEEL THE POWER OF THE PODCAST!!
April 3, 2014 Episode 55, Opening Day Roster Round-up. Minor League Opening Day 2014 is here, and we're getting you ready! Chris, Jon, and Ian talked about the season-opening rosters at the four full-season affiliates, touching on Trey Ball and Ty Buttrey's absence from the Greenville roster, the conservative initial assignments of several pitchers, and of course the strongest (Pawtucket) and weakest (Salem, by far) rosters.
March 22, 2014 2014 Spring Training Daily, #3. On Saturday, the guys roamed the back fields for the A-ball and Rookie-level games, and there was plenty to see, first and foremost our first look at 2013 first-rounder Trey Ball. Chris also got an interview with Peter Hissey about his offseason teaching English in Ecuador and his thoughts entering his seventh year in the system.
March 21, 2014 2014 Spring Training Daily, #2. With three days of camp to catch up on, there was plenty for the guys to talk about. In the second dispatch from the Fort, the guys talk about what they've seen from Anthony Ranaudo, Allen Webster, Myles Smith, Garin Cecchini, Blake Swihart, Rafael Devers, and more!
March 20, 2014 2014 Spring Training Daily, #1. After the crew's first day(s) out on the back fields, Chris screwed up and deleted the audio from the short podcast we recorded. But don't worry - we'll do it right tomorrow. We still have an interview for all of you with PawSox broadcaster Jeff Levering about his take on the past five days of camp!
March 17, 2014 Episode 54,'s Jim Callis closes out the ranking season. What better way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day than with the final offseason ranking of the Red Sox top prospects? Longtime friend of the site Jim Callis, now part of's MLB Pipeline team, came on the podcast to chat about his new gig and his top 20 list. Topics ranged from why Jim thinks Mookie Betts is the best second baseman in the minors, how close Xander Bogaerts is to consensus top prospect Byron Buxton, and more!
March 3, 2014 Episode 53, Spring Training Mailbag. Chris, Jon, Ian, and, eventually, Matt thought it time to get to your emails, so that could mean one thing: mailbag podcast. You asked about first-timers in MLB camp, Steven Wright's place on the 40-man roster, trading with the Cubs, Garin Cecchini's chances of forcing his way into the Majors, and whether the Sox can continue to stay near the top of the farm system rankings, and we talked about all of it. Just how distracted can Chris be while a Sox-O's game is on in the background? Download and find out!
February 14, 2014 Episode 52, ESPN Insider Keith Law on ranking the Red Sox. We continued our offseason rankings conversations by chatting with ESPN's Keith Law. We asked Keith about how the Sox system compares to other top systems, how Garin Cecchini compares to Bill Mueller, who might be breaking into the top 10 in the future, and more! Who needs a Valentine's day date when you can listen to Chris, Matt, and Ian?
January 17, 2014 Episode 51, Convos from New Stars for Young Stars IX. No guest this week, but an action-packed episode nonetheless! Chris and Matt play some audio from Blake Swihart, Mookie Betts, and Drake Britton from New Stars for Young Stars, and along with Ian, get back to the inbox with more than a month of emails to answer. Questions hit on players changing positions, how the current crop of pitching prospects compares to past groups, the Rookie Development Program, and more. And in this episode's Where Are They Now?, we covered the prospects in the Erik Bedard trade.
January 6, 2014 Episode 50, Jason Parks of Baseball Prospectus on the Red Sox Top 10 and #want. We've hit 50 episodes! To celebrate, Chris and Ian had a chat about Baseball Prospectus's Red Sox Top 10 list with BP's Jason Parks and our very own Chris Mellen. Discussion hit on Jason and the BP prospect team's process for making their lists, a rundown of the Parks vocabulary, and, put simply, every nook and cranny of BP's Red Sox list and beyond.
2013 Podcasts Notes
December 19, 2013 Episode 49, Alex Speier on Baseball America's Red Sox Top 10. It's ranking season! With the release of Baseball America's Red Sox Top 10 prospects list, we were joined by Alex Speier, also of, to talk about the list. We discussed his process for researching and writing the scouting reports and ranking the players, the tiers that developed at the top of the list and... well, too much stuff to recount here, but trust us, we talked about a lot of stuff. Just listen!
November 30, 2013 Episode 48, The Slow Season.  There may not be much going on, but Chris, Matt, and Jon still got up from their Thanksgiving naps to answer some reader questions. Among the subjects on tap were how contracts are calculated against the Competitive Balance Tax, how the Sox plan to use Cuban pitcher Dalier Hinojosa, what to make of Brian Johnson's 2013 season, and a lightning round of quick player questions. Inspired by a listener email, we debuted a new regular segment, tentatively called "Where Are They Now?", where we check in on former Sox prospects. Today, we look back at the prospects involved in the Adrian Gonzalez trade.
November 6, 2013 Episode 47, Off-season Preview. After shaking off their World Series hangovers, Chris, Matt, and Ian pulled themselves together to set up the offseason. Listener e-mails covered which upper-level pitchers might move to the bullpen, a review of who the heck Devern Hansack was, and how players get picked for the Arizona Fall League. The offseason preview covered the rest of the winter leagues, the Rule 5 draft, free agency, and everything you need to know to get you through until pitchers and catchers.
October 22, 2013 Episode 46, Listener Question Bonanza. During a lull before the World Series, Chris, Jon, and Ian got together to answer a bunch of your questions. Bogaerts and Workman on baseball's biggest stage! What players have made the biggest improvements this year? Who's everyone's next prospect binkie going to be? All this and much more await. Listen now!
September 24, 2013 Episode 45, SoxProspects 10-Year Anniversary.  Mike Andrews makes his triumphant return to the podcast to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the website with Chris. We tried our hardest not to make this a back-slapping, hey-remember-when yuk-fest. Did we succeed? Probably not. Stories from the site's inception and growth abound.
September 19, 2013 Episode 44, 2013 Season Wrap-up. Chris, Jon, and Ian (showing some #want by checking in from England) come dangerously close to the two-hour mark as they put a bow on the 2013 minor league season. Nearly no stone is left unturned as the guys go through the award winners and All-Stars. And as you might expect with an episode this long, things get a bit punchy. Dropped computers! WWE entrance music! LISTEN NOW!
August 27, 2013 Episode 43, Honkbal hits The Hub. Chris, Matt, Jon, and Ian got together for a super-size episode, leading off with their reaction to the call-up and usage of Xander Bogaerts in Boston. They also discussed some of the system's hottest players in Mookie Betts, Henry Owens, and Manuel Margot; the announcement of the Arizona Fall League rosters; the August promotions; and who might get the call to Boston in September. Plus, Jon tells a visitor that he's on a conference call.
August 5, 2013 Episode 42, 2013 Trade Deadline.  The podcast returns, as Chris chats with Matt and Ian about the three-team trade that brought Jake Peavy and Brayan Villarreal in exchange for Jose Iglesias, Frank Montas, Cleuluis Rondon, and JB Wendelken, including the players involved and repercussions going forward for the Red Sox. Plus, the guys gabbed a bit about the promotions of Anthony Ranaudo and Henry Owens.
July 15, 2013 Episode 41, Promotion Commotion. Chris is joined by Matt Huegel and Ian Cundall to talk about... well... everything that's happened since last episode, and that happens to be a lot of stuff. We hit the draft signing deadline. We hit the opening of the international signing season. We talk about the promotions of Brandon Workman, Drake Britton, and Mookie Betts. We talk about Brandon Jacobs getting traded to Chicago. We talk about the Futures Game. Why? Because we like you.
June 26, 2013 Episode 50, Oops Chris Did it Again. Well, a little over a year after the "forgot to hit record" incident, Chris screwed up and deleted the audio from the second half of last week's podcast. However, he made up for it by recording a new episode with Ian Cundall, going over the news--including Will Middlebrooks' demotion, Garin Cecchini's promotion, and Trey Ball's signing--before delving into the players to watch in Lowell and the GCL this year. Also, Chris sneezes really loudly during the middle and leaves it in to show he's a good sport.

This week we open with another track from Young London's new EP, Instincts, called "That Feeling." Check them out on iTunes, at, and on the Spotify stage at this summer's Warped Tour.
June 17, 2013 Episode 39, Mellen's Excellent Adventure. With Chris Mellen back from his yearly southern swing, the two unofficial members of SoxProspects South, Chris Hatfield and Jon Meoli, hit him with some questions about the players he saw at the two full-season A-ball affiliates. The guys also talked about Xander Bogaerts's promotion to Pawtucket, Jon Denney signing for way less than we thought he would, and the rest of the news.

This week's opening music is "Stuttering" by Young London. Check out their new EP, Instincts, which dropped last week, on iTunes, and see them on this summer's Warped Tour.
June 10, 2013 Episode 38, Draft Post-Mortem. After another big week for the Red Sox, Chris Hatfield, Matt Huegel, and Ian Cundall reviewed the results from the club's 2013 draft. They speculate on which of the highly-ranked high school players might sign, discuss their new draft binkies, and answer reader questions. Plus, the guys got to some news on the farm, including Xander Bogaerts's recent hot streak and potential to be promoted soon, Brandon Workman's actual promotion to Pawtucket, Jose Iglesias's official graduation to Boston, and the start of the Dominican Summer League. And, of course, Chris makes a bunch of references that nobody gets.

This week's opening music is "Lionheart" by the band Sirsy. Check 'em out at
June 6, 2013 Episode 37, Draft Day 1 Recap. With the Sox's selections of Trey Ball and Teddy Stankiewicz in the books, Chris Hatfield, Jon Meoli, and Ian Cundall evaluated the selections and speculated about the organization's potential strategy in its remaining picks.
June 3, 2013 Episode 36, Draft Preview Edition. Chris Hatfield, Ian Cundall, and Jon Meoli preview this week's draft. With the Sox picking at number 7 overall, excitement is high for the highest pick the club has had in years. The guys talk about the draft as a whole (not good), the Sox' recent draft history and strategy, and look at the players who may be the pick at number 7. Also, Chris chases a fly around his apartment and Ian watches a shaving commercial.
May 27, 2013 Episode 35, Iglesias to Third. Back on schedule, Chris Hatfield, Matt Huegel, and Ian Cundall discussed the news of the week, including what depth there is at third base in Pawtucket given Jose Iglesias's move over there in the majors and why Greenville's lineup is lacking a bit in prospect power. Listener questions included inquiries on Garin Cecchini, Brandon Workman, and Brandon Jacobs. Finally, we hit on what Jackie Bradley, Jr. has been up to since going back to Pawtucket, and discuss whether he'll be back soon.
May 21, 2013 Episode 34, First-hand Impressions.  After a short hiatus, the guys are back. Chris Hatfield, Matt Huegel, and Jon Meoli talk about the goings on in Pawtucket, Portland, and Salem, discussing players like Rubby De La Rosa, Xander Bogaerts, and Garin Cecchini, and also hit on what Mookie Betts is doing down in Greenville. Also Jon's roommate walks in and can be heard in the background at one point.
April 29, 2013 Episode 33, Best Starts to the Season. After a week off, Chris Hatfield, Matt Huegel, and Ian Cundall gabbed about the players who've had the best starts to the season, and what conclusions we can draw (hint: not many) from one month of data.
April 12, 2013 Episode 32, Welcome to the 2013 Season. The minor league season is just over a week old, and the SoxProspects team is already out there reporting from the field. On this episode, Chris gets on the horn with Jon Meoli, who was at Salem's season-opening series in Frederick, and Chris Mellen, who caught Portland's opener and hadn't been on yet to talk about Spring Training. Per Jon's request, we opened with some Justin Timberlake. Forgive us.
April 6, 2013 Episode 31, Minor League Spring Training. The guys discuss what they saw down at minor league spring training last week (which you can read up on at!), then analyze the Opening Day rosters at the Sox' four full-season affiliates. Also discussed: Jon Meoli's hair.
March 15, 2013 Episode 30, Spring Training. Chris Hatfield and Matt Huegel talk about the big stories from Spring Training so far, which in a happy coincidence are almost entirely prospect-related. Jackie Bradley, Allen Webster, Xander Bogaerts and more are on the agenda. Plus the fellas talk about battles for major league roster spots and discuss which projected 2013 roster is most intriguing to them.
January 27, 2013

Episode 29, New Stars. With some fresh audio from the Jimmy Fund's New Stars for Young Stars event, the guys discuss five players and their upcoming seasons.

2012 Podcasts Notes
December 30, 2012

After a four-month layoff, Chris Hatfield, Chris Mellen, Matt Huegel, and, eventually, Mike Andrews discussed the rising "new core" of homegrown Sox players, and how that core could be factoring in to the organization's planning. They also discussed their internal debates when ranking the system's top 10 prospects. A special thanks to The Ludlow Thieves for providing this episode's intro track, "All the Money."

August 22, 2012 With the dog days of the season upon us, Chris Hatfield, Chris Mellen, and Matt Huegel chatted about Xander Bogaerts and the exodus of talent from Salem to Portland, touching on what that says about the system on the whole, as well as who fans can expect to see called up to Boston when rosters expand. The guys also took questions from Twitter and discussed Mellen's burgeoning collection of Pauly Shore movies. Intrigued?
July 15, 2012 Buckle up! We've got a long one here, as Chris Hatfield, Chris Mellen, Matt Huegel and Ian Cundall discuss what's been going on in Pawtucket, Portland, AND Lowell, plus touch briefly on the end of the draft signing period and blow through a "short" 20-minute "lightning round."
June 24, 2012 We take a break from making you listen to us talk about the players and let you hear from the players themselves! Short interviews with Jose Iglesias, Deven Marrero, and Pat Light from LeLacheur Park in Lowell.
June 17, 2012 Chris, Chris, and Jon talk about the goings on in Salem and Greenville. Among the players they dished on: Matt Barnes, Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley, Henry Owens, Blake Swihart, and Garin Cecchini. They also chatted briefly about Ryan Kalish's return to the major leagues and the growing list of Sox draft picks to sign.
June 10, 2012 Chris, Chris, and Matt chat about the draft, breaking down how things shook out in the first year under the new CBA and dishing out the scouting reports on Boston's picks.
May 22, 2012 In the re-boot of the Podcast, the guys chat about the big stories of the spring in the Red Sox system: Will Middlebrooks, Matt Barnes, and Jackie Bradley.
January 23, 2012 Ian, Chris, and Chris discuss off-season transactions, projections for Will Middlebrooks and Xander Bogaerts, and react to some player audio clips from New Stars for Young Stars.
2011 Podcasts Notes
November 23, 2011 Mike, Ian, Chris, and Chris talk about the new CBA, the Red Sox front office promotions, the AFL, winter leagues, the 40-man roster additions, minor league free agency, and the holes on the major league roster.
October 11, 2011 Mike, Mellen, and Hatfield discuss the Arizona Fall League, Fall Instructional League, and the World Cup.
September 13, 2011 Season wrap-up. Mike Andrews, Chris Mellen, Chris Hatfield, and Jon Meoli discuss the 2011 season and provide an early look at the 2012 season.
August 17, 2011 Chris Hatfield, Jon Meoli, and Matt Huegel recap the draft signing deadline.
August 1, 2011 Trade deadline Podcast.  Mike Andrews, Chris Mellen, Chris Hatfield, and Ian Cundall break down the two trades from trade deadline weekend.
July 13, 2011 Chris, Chris, and new podcasters Ian Cundall and Jon Meoli discuss some first-hand reports, the trade deadline, and the looming 40-man roster crunch.
June 2, 2011 Draft Preview Podcast. In the second half of the Podcast, we also cover our recent scouting trip to Greenville and Salem, as well as some recent observations from Pawtucket.
April 20, 2011 In our April podcast, we discuss the early returns for the 2011 season, what players might actually be due for an early promotion, and take some questions from the Twitterverse.
March 27, 2011 2011 season preview podcast.
February 23, 2011 We break our record for our longest podcast with a nine-topic spring preview and a discussion of what prospects we're most excited to follow in 2011.
January 25, 2011 In our first podcast of 2011, we cover the state of the system, the Adrian Gonzalez trade, and our early projections on 2011 roster assignments.
2010 Podcasts Notes
August 17, 2010 In the August podcast, we cover the draft signing deadline and discuss some first-hand reports from Salem and Lowell.
July 22, 2010 In our longest podcast to date, we discuss how the system stands at the halfway point of the season, the first month of short season ball, Ryan Kalish's future, and we also welcome guest Mike Newman from
June 7, 2010 Recap of day one of the 2010 draft.
June 4, 2010 2010 draft preview podcast.
May 13, 2010 In the second show of the season, we discuss the early season surprises and disappointments, a draft preview preview, and introduce Red Sox Nation to SoxProspects Triple Play.
April 5, 2010 Recorded on April 3, 2010.  The panel discusses their observations from minor league spring training and previews the 2010 season.  Panel includes Mike Andrews, Ian Theodoridis, Chris Hatfield, and Chris Mellen, as well as a guest appearance from Jonathan Singer.
2009 Podcasts Notes
December 21, 2009 The roundtable talks about off-season transactions, the fall and winter leagues, and prospect valuation.
September 29, 2009 The panel gets together for a post-mortem of the 2009 minor league season and what to look forward to going ahead.






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