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Prospect Scouting Scale

8 - Franchise Player
7 - Regular All-Star
6 - Impact Everyday Player
5.5 - Above-Average Regular
5 - Average Regular
4.5 - Bench/Utility Player
4 - Up & Down Player
3 - "Org" High Minors Contributor
2 - Non-Prospect
More Detail on Scouting Scale

Grades listed for each player are MLB projection; Floor-Ceiling

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About SoxProspects.com

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

Mike Andrews
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

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.

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

Nick Rabasco, Senior Staff Writer - A former college baseball player, Nick joined the staff in November 2014. He was promoted to Senior Staff Writer in January 2023.

Shawn McGrath, Senior Staff Writer & Editor - Shawn joined the staff in February 2018. He was promoted to Senior Staff Writer & Editor in January 2023.

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

Brendan Campbell, Staff Writer - Brendan joined ths staff in January 2022.

Allyson Gagne, Senior Web Editor - Allyson joined the staff in December 2016.  She handles stat updates on our homepage. She was promoted to Senior Web Editor in January 2023.

Ed Hand, Social Media Manager - Ed joined the staff in December 2019 and was promoted to Social Media Manager in January 2023.

Brian Lombardo, Graphic Designer - Brian joined the staff in January 2022.

Manuel De Moya, Web Editor, Moderator & Scout - Manuel joined the staff in January 2022.

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Prospect Scouting Scale

Grade Hitter Starting Pitcher Relief Pitcher ~WAR
8 Franchise Player
Mike Trout
Elite Ace
Jacob deGrom
--- 7+
7 Regular All-Star
Rafael Devers
#1/#2 Starter, Regular All-Star
Zack Wheeler
--- 5 to 7
6 Impact Everyday Player,
Occasional All-Star
Trevor Story
Quality #2
or #3 Starter

Framber Valdez
Elite Closer
Edwin Diaz
3 to 5
5.5 Above-Average Regular
Andrew Benintendi
#3 Starter
Frankie Montas
Solid to Elite Closer
Devin Williams
5 Average Regular
Alex Verdugo
Regular #3, #4
or #5 Starter

Nick Pivetta
Solid Closer
Elite Setup Man

Chris Martin
1 to 3
4.5 Bench/Utility Player
Rob Refsnyder
Swingman/Bulk Reliever
Jalen Beeks
Middle Reliever
Joely Rodríguez
0 to 1
4 Emergency
Up & Down Player

Jonathan Araúz
Up & Down Starter/Swingman

Ryan Weber
Up & Down Reliever

Phillips Valdez
3 Organizational High
Minors Contributor
CJ Chatham
Organizational High
Minors Contributor
Kyle Hart
Organizational High
Minors Contributor
Matthew Gorst
2 Non-Prospect
Non-Prospect Non-Prospect
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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