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Prospect Scouting Scale
 

8 - Franchise Player
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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 started out as primarily a portal for ranking Red Sox prospects. Over time, we added a discussion forum, news page, rosters pages, a draft history database, advanced scouting protocols, a podcast, a stats database, and many other features with the help of a staff of over 20 volunteers. For some history on SoxProspects.com, check out The minor league site that could: How SoxProspects.com became a regular part of the Red Sox world by Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic (subscription required).

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SoxProspects Staff

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Mike Andrews
Editor-in-Chief
Mike founded SoxProspects in 2003 and works as the site's Editor-in-Chief. He still manages a large portion of the day-to-day business of the site, mostly from behind the scenes.
E-mail: mike@soxprospects.com 
Twitter: @MikeAndrewsSP


Chris Hatfield
Executive Editor
Chris joined SoxProspects in 2005 writing columns for SP News. He now contributes as a lead editor, co-hosts the Podcast, scouts games in the Mid-Atlantic, and takes care of a lot of behind-the-scenes work. 
E-mail: chatfield@soxprospects.com  Twitter: @SPChrisHatfield



Ian Cundall
Director of Scouting
Ian joined the staff in October 2010. He scouts games, oversees our scouting reports, co-hosts the Podcast, and authors scouting features based on his first-hand observations and interactions with pro scouts.
E-mail: icundall@soxprospects.com 
Twitter: @IanCundall


James Dunne
Managing Editor
James joined the staff in November 2011. He was promoted to Managing Editor in November 2019, where he manages SoxProspects News and our social media team among other responsibilities.
E-mail: jdunne@soxprospects.com  Twitter: @JamesDunneSP




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Jim Crowell, Senior Staff Writer - Jim joined the staff in July 2011 and is now one of our lead writers. He became a co-owner of the site in January 2018.

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 became a co-owner of the site in January 2018.

Will Woodward, Senior Staff Writer - Will joined the staff in November 2011, and is now one of our lead writers. He became a co-owner of the site in January 2018.

 Writers & Editors 

Harry Burnham, Senior Staff Editor - Harry joined the staff in January 2014 and now contributes as a Senior Editor.

Nick Rabasco, Staff Writer & Scout - A former college baseball player, Nick joined the staff in November 2014.

Shawn McGrath, Editor - Shawn joined the staff in February 2018.

Chris Parish, Editor - Chris joined the staff in February 2021.

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Joe Tetreault, Web Editor & Podcast Producer - Joe joined the staff in December 2016.  He handles stat updates and produces the Podcast.

Allyson Gagne, Web Editor - Allyson joined the staff in December 2016.  She handles stat updates.

Ed Hand, Social Media Specialist - Ed joined the staff in December 2019 and is now our lead Social Media Specialist.

Mark Hanoian, Scouting Report Manager - Mark joined the staff in December 2019. He manages the updates to our scouting reports.

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Kelly O'Connor, Photographer - Kelly has been contributing her extraordinary photography skills going back to 2009.

Dick Duggan, Statistician - Dick has been tracking our rankings updates since 2009.

Chris Andrews, IT - Chris has been helping maintain our server and network functionality since 2010.

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

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

Jason, Moderator (ramireja) - Jason joined as a moderator in July 2017.

Michael, Moderator (vermontsox1) - Michael joined as a moderator in July 2017.

John, Moderator (jmei) - John rejoined as a moderator in June 2021, after previously serving as a moderator for several years.


 
 
 
 
Prospect Scouting Scale

Grade Hitter Starting Pitcher Relief Pitcher ~WAR
         
8 Franchise Player
Mike Trout
Elite Ace
Jacob deGrom
--- 7+
       
7 Regular All-Star
Xander Bogaerts
#1/#2 Starter, Regular All-Star
Zack Greinke
--- 5 to 7
       
6 Impact Everyday Player,
Occasional All-Star
Alex Verdugo
Quality #2
or #3 Starter

Nathan Eovaldi
Elite Closer
Josh Hader
3 to 5
         
5.5 Above-Average Regular
Michael Brantley
#3 Starter
Jameson Taillon
Solid to Elite Closer
Craig Kimbrel
3
         
5 Average Regular
Christian Vazquez
Regular #3, #4
or #5 Starter

Nick Pivetta
Solid Closer
Elite Setup Man

Matt Barnes
1 to 3
         
4.5 Bench/Utility Player
Marwin Gonzalez
Fringe #4 or #5 Starter
Jalen Beeks
Middle/Long Reliever
Darwinzon Hernandez
0 to 1
         
4 Emergency
Up & Down Player

Tzu-Wei Lin
Emergency
Up & Down Starter

Kyle Hart
Emergency
Up & Down Reliever

Domingo Tapia
0/
lower
         
3 Organizational High
Minors Contributor
CJ Chatham
Organizational High
Minors Contributor
Teddy Stankiewicz
Organizational High
Minors Contributor
Trevor Kelley
N/A
         
2 Non-Prospect
Non-Prospect Non-Prospect
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.



 
 
 
 
Prospect Eligibility

All prospects in the Red Sox system are eligible to be ranked in the SoxProspects.com Rankings until they graduate from prospect status. 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; or (3) has been on an active major league roster for more than 45 days (not including September call-ups).

The SoxProspects Staff does not treat these as bright line rules and will use discretion if these limits are close at the end of each month or season, particularly as it relates to service time.

 
 
 
 
 
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