Episode 198, You're throwing a curveball It's December, and
despite the lack of major league player movement Chris and Ian had plenty to
discuss. We finally know what the realignment of the minor leagues looks like
and which teams that will remain a part of the Red Sox system. There have been
some moves to look at as we welcome Hunter Renfroe and Garrett Whitlock to
Boston. Chris and Ian take a quick trip through the winter leagues. We released
new rankings and go into detail on a few of the guys who made significant moves.
And finally, the guys get to your excellent questions.
December 4, 2020
Episode 197, The Boston Globe's Alex Speier Returns Making his
seventh appearance on the podcast, Alex Speier joins Chris and Ian for an
enjoyable conversation. The guys discuss his prospect rankings, the challenges
of ranking players who have missed a full year of development, and how much
weight to put on performance at alternate training sites. And as always, the
discussion crosses into so much more. Prior to talking with Alex, Chris and Ian
go over the latest offseason news, including a just-announced trade, and pop
open the mailbag to answer your questions.
Episode 196, That is patently false It's mid-November, and
finally... some minor league scouting updates to discuss! Ian and Chris have the
goods from the Fall Instructional League in Fort Myers, where 62 of the Red Sox'
top farmhands spent 5.5 weeks. We've got who impressed and who disappointed with
their showings. Plus, the guys preview who might be protected on Friday from
selection in the Rule 5 draft (and how that list has changed based on Fall
Instructs reports), who's playing abroad this winter, and of course, your
November 14, 2020
Episode 195, Resetting the roster, pt. 2 The winter
meetings are still off in the future, but baseball's offseason is in full swing.
The Sox brought back several minor league free agents. Oh, and Alex Cora is back
with the club to manage. In addition, we have a run down on important upcoming
dates for the offseason. The guys talk through the players who will need to be
protected on the 40-man before the rule 5 draft. Ian and Chris discuss the
future of the minor leagues. And we wrap it all up with another installment of
the 80-grade mailbag.
Episode 194, Resetting the roster, pt. 1 The 2020 season has
successfully drawn to a close, bringing us to an offseason that promises great
change for the Red Sox. With nine players already gone from the roster, Chris
and Ian went player-by-player through the remaining members of the 40-man roster
in an attempt to predict who will stay, who will go, and what those who are
still around will be doing next season. Plus, some questions about Jackie
Bradley's future with the club now that he is a free agent, and more of your
October 6, 2020
Episode 193, Speaking is hard. The sprint that was the 2020
season has drawn to a close, and while it may not seem like it, Chris and Ian
had plenty to look back on. There were plenty of debuts to digest, so the guys
looked back on the first taste of MLB for Bobby Dalbec, Tanner Houck, and
others, plus examine what the team's (probable) positioning at number 4 in next
year's draft really means. Meanwhile, what did we learn from the action at Sim
City in Pawtucket? Is there anything to be gleaned from this experiment in
player development? Who stood out? And baseball is not done yet - it's time for
the Fall Instructional League, and we're breaking down the roster. Plus, as
always, your superlative emails!
Episode 192, Revealing my real age. Well, the season is over.
The Sox finished strong and still nabbed the fourth pick in the 2021 draft.
Chris and Ian wind down the campaign with an eye to the future. Tanner Houck is
looking good, and Nick Pivetta made the most of his starts with the big club.
Ian shares several thoughts from the Alternate Training Site, and both Ian and
Chris call out that the roster reflects Chaim Bloom's craftsmanship, citing Nick
Yorke and the many top 20 prospects acquired in trades this season. Among those
guys is Sox newcomer Jacob Wallace who came over as the player to be named later
from the Rockies in the Pillar trade. Wallace will go straight to Instructs,
which Chris breaks down the logistics of the fall camp. Teaser, we'll have a
more in-depth preview next episode. Finally, it's mailbag time, and you all did
a great job filling the bag with some awesome questions.
September 15, 2020
Episode 191, Tankathon Update. With the possibility of a
top-five pick riding on the last few weeks of the season, we have a reason to
pay attention to games as the season winds down. Ian breaks down how much of a
difference a high draft pick means towards overall bonus pool. And speaking of
reasons to pay attention, Tanner Houck is expected to make his big-league debut
on September 15. Ian gives us a full scouting report for the righthander, who we
have ranked number 10 in the system. Next up the guys discuss MLB's approval of
fall instructs. We also share an update on the negotiations between Major League
Baseball and Minor League Baseball. And we hand the show over to you to close it
out with more of your terrific emails and messages.
September 3, 2020
Episode 190, We're talking trade deadline today. The Red Sox
wheeled and dealed at the deadline. In total, they struck four deals, including
the Workman-Hembree deal talked about last episode. We don't know who the club
got for Kevin Pillar and Josh Osich, but can break down the two players the Sox
got for Mitch Moreland. And both Hudson Potts and Jeisson Rosario are intriguing
young players with some upside who debuted in the top 20 on our recently
released rankings. Both Potts and Rosario will need to be added to the 40-man
ahead of the winter's Rule 5 draft. Who else is eligible to be selected, and
which should be protected? We discuss. And with the trades, a number of Sox
Prospects are playing in the bigs and the guys break them all down. And we hand
the show over to you to close it out with more of your terrific emails and
August 26, 2020
Episode 189, I think that's genius, actually. With the trade
deadline coming up, Chris and Ian get back on the line to talk trades. They
address the deal that sent Brandon Workman and Heath Hembree to the Phillies and
brought back Nick Pivetta and Connor Seabold. The guys then revisited the trade
talks with the Padres, and while they don't see Wil Myers coming to Boston, they
do see the Red Sox as being in a good spot to take on salary and get decent
young talent in exchange. The guys also talked about who the club should and
should not move. They talk through Casas joining the Alternate Training Site and
who might join them. And we close out the show with more of your terrific
August 7, 2020
Episode 188, Getting to see the prospects. Two weeks in, and we
still have MLB games! And thanks to the PawSox streaming simulated games from
McCoy Stadium, we even get to see the prospects. We have a lot to talk about for
both the big league club as well as the action down in Pawtucket. Chris and Ian
leadoff with pitching talk. In particular, they go in depth on what happens when
a club loses half of its top eight pitchers. Following that, they break down
concerns with the lineup. Ian wonders when Bobby Dalbec joins the 28-man roster.
Then Chris and Ian break down what’s happening at Pawtucket. And we conclude
with an abundance of your always great emails.
Episode 187, Happy Season Eve. Baseball games are starting at
last. Chris and Ian drop in to set the stage for this most unusual of seasons.
They lead off with the latest additions for the club. Welcome to Boston, Dylan
Covey and Zack Godley. Then the guys go deep on the difficult decisions in
staffing the big league club. The last draft signings were officially announced.
And finally, news out of Los Angeles, Mookie Betts has a contract extension in
place that will enable him to finish his career in Dodger Blue. And we conclude
with more of your terrific emails.
Episode 186, There's summer camp happening. We have real news.
Lots of it. News from camp. Juice Pigs news (yes, that's a thing). And new
rankings news. We start off with Nick Yorke signing, and the guys speculate
about how soon the rest of the draftees will sign. They go over news from summer
camp, including the players diagnosed with COVID-19. Get well soon, guys. Before
getting to our new rankings, they go over MLB Pipeline's Position Group
rankings. They talked about the possibility of minor leaguers playing in
independent leagues. And then it's time for our mid-season rankings. Several
interesting moves both up and down and Chris and Ian share their thoughts and
reasoning. Finally, it's back to the mailbag for a pair of interesting
Episode 185, Get things started and ramp up. Major League
Baseball has announced plans for a return to the field. Meanwhile, Minor League
Baseball cancelled its 2020 season. That gets Chris and Ian back behind their
mics. Leading off, Noah Song finally has direction for the next 12-18 months of
his military career. Then on to the big news of the week. MLB imposed a
60-games-in-66-days framework. They discuss how the 60-man player pool will
work. From there, the guys break out who is on the Sox squad and debate which
players should be added to the 60-man. Then it's time for a somber topic, the
cancelation of the minor league season. Finally, Chris and Ian reach into the
deep mailbag and answer your excellent questions.
Episode 184, Maybe it worked, I don't know. Having gone outside
the pod for opinions last episode, Chris and Ian got their chance to talk
through the draft. The guys talk through each draft selection, and all the
undrafted free agents who had signed as of the time we recorded. They go in
depth on both Nick Yorke and Blaze Jordan, the two high schoolers whose bats
will need to carry them. Then it's time to talk about the two college pitchers.
And of course, we read another batch of your exceptional emails!
Episode 183, Jim Callis from MLB.com Talks Draft. Chris and Ian
welcome Jim Callis to the pod (his fifth appearance on the podcast!) to talk all
things MLB Draft. And as always, he's got plenty of knowledge to bring to the
table! Jim shared his thoughts on Boston's draft strategy, his thorough thoughts
on the players the Sox picked in the draft, and the abbreviated draft in
general. And of course, we got to your emails!
Episode 182, 2020 Draft: Night 1 Recap. With the 17th selection
of the 2020 Major League Baseball Draft, the Boston Red Sox threw us all a
curveball when they selected California high school infielder Nick Yorke.
Wondering what happened? Want the dish on the newest Red Sox draftee? Chris and
Ian have the answers. Ian shares the consensus on Yorke's hit tool and makeup,
both of which are highly regarded. The guys talk through the draft strategy
behind the pick, including expectations of how the next 3 picks will shake out.
They shared their impressions of the conference call with Chaim Bloom and Paul
Toboni. And we close with a great email.
June 8, 2020
Episode 181, Draft Preview with BA's Carlos Collazo. A sense of
normalcy returns Wednesday as Major League Baseball holds its annual Rule 4
Draft. This year's draft is a truncated affair: 5 rounds instead of 40. But as
Chris and Ian discuss with Carlos, the class has remarkable depth. The guys ask
Carlos about draft strategies, especially in light of the Sox' lack of a
second-round pick. Carlos previews some players that might be in play for the
Sox at pick 17. And all three guys answer your excellent collection of draft
questions. We really appreciate the awesome questions from you all. And while
you're getting ready for the draft, be sure to check out
2020 Draft Preview!
June 3, 2020
Episode 180, We're going to try to talk baseball...again. At a
time when there are more important things to focus on in all of our lives, we
felt that recording a 90-minute distraction might not be the worst thing for a
temporary respite. Will we have to wait much longer before baseball returns?
Chris and Ian have some thoughts and updates as we enter June. First up, they
look at the state of negotiations between players and owners. Some hurdles have
been cleared, but we have a long way to go. Next up they go through a round of
cuts. With the transaction freeze over, teams have been making some personnel
decisions. They quickly pivot to reports on what teams may do instead of a minor
league season. And after a brief word on the coming draft, it's time for your
awesome messages when Chris and Ian open the mailbag. Keep the terrific emails
Episode 179, Go get some vitamin D. Baseball's long winter
continues. And while we wait for games, Chris and Ian have updates. First up, an
interview with Deputy editor and Pentagon Correspondent at Defense News (and
more importantly, longtime podcast listener) Aaron Mehta, who gives some insight
into the Noah Song situation. MLB set the terms of the 2020 Draft, and the guys
have opinions on how badly MLB has handled the situation, as well as thoughts
about how the Sox will approach the draft. Plus, Chris and Ian recap their
participation in the Prospects Live Mock Draft. The guys also spent some time
breaking down the proposals for the abbreviated season, including the smart
moves the club made to have flexibility with the unique roster conditions, we
continued looking at the State of the System with outfielders, and finally, we
answer listener emails!
Episode 178, They can't hear you nodding. We all miss
baseball, but the podcast marches on! Even without games, Chris and Ian had
plenty to talk about. In the news, MLB finally released its report on the Red
Sox sign-stealing investigation. Was the punishment as lax as most seemed to
think? The guys disagree with the consensus there. Plus, with this week;s report
that the minor league season is in jeopardy, we discuss the implications on the
field and off. Chris gave an update on Noah Song's status, and the guys
continued looking at the latest entries in the State of the System series! As
always, we close with your emails, and the listeners came through again with
some terrific questions.
Episode 177, It's Got a Better Twist Than That. Baseball
extended winter continues. All of us at SoxProspects want to send you our
sincere wishes for health and safety. And with time on our hands, we can turn
our attention to a little series we just launched: State of the System. If you
haven't seen it yet, please take a look.
Ian and Chris take a look at the series and share their thoughts. They start by
breaking down drafts and J2 signings to evaluate the evolution of the Sox farm
system in the last several years. And then it is on to the mailbag.
March 26, 2020
Episode 176, Small Prospects. Before we get started, to all our
listeners, colleagues, supporters and friends of the site, we all want to send
our sincere wishes for health, safety and security. We're planning to keep
episodes of the podcast coming, so you have things to listen to while you're
sheltering in place, working from home and taking breaks from MLB Vault
marathons. We're releasing this podcast on what would have been Opening Day. And
while baseball is still shut down, we have plenty to talk through. Chris and Ian
update us the negotiations between MLB and the Players Association. They tackle
the time needed to get both the big leaguers ready to play as well as the minor
leaguers. Then they turn to the mailbag to answer your questions.
Episode 175, Minor League Camp "Preview". A lot can change in a
couple days. In this episode, Chris and Ian engaged in an in-depth preview of
their then-upcoming trip to minor league spring training, running through the
players they were looking forward to seeing in camp and taking your listener
questions. Days later, as Chris explains in the new intro, the trip was
unfortunately canceled due to concerns related to the coronavirus, but we are
still releasing the episode as a preview of the players and storylines we have
our eyes on entering the year.
February 10, 2020
Episode 174, Emergency Podcast -- Mookie Betts, take two. Here
we go again. The siren is blaring. Mookie Betts is once again on his way to LA,
along with David Price and cash to cover half of what Price is owed over the
next three years. Coming back to Boston are Alex Verdugo, Jeter Downs and Connor
Wong. Chris and Ian break down the new deal and answer your questions.
February 5, 2020
Episode 173, Emergency Podcast -- Mookie Betts. This is not a
test. The front office actually did it. Mookie Betts and David Price (plus some
cash) are now Dodgers. Alex Verdugo and Brusdar Graterol are now Red Sox. And
Chris and Ian are here for all of us.
January 29, 2020
Episode 172, We're going to try to talk baseball. This is a
test of the emergency podcast system. This is only a test. If this had been an
actual emergency podcast, Mookie Betts would no longer be a member of the Boston
Red Sox. But as of the recording of this episode, no trade has been struck.
While we wait for news to break (if it breaks), Chris and Ian talked through
potential returns for Betts. Ian tackled the Padres; Chris took the Dodgers. And
before they played fantasy GM, they recapped the latest moves and offered
condolences for all the families and friends of the victims of the helicopter
crash that took the life of Kobe Bryant and several family members of Red Sox
amateur scout JJ Altobelli.
January 12, 2020
Episode 171, Alex Speier talks Homegrown, his top 10 and the Sox system.
New Year, new laptop, new podcast, and a new book out from our guest Alex Speier
(@alexspeier). Chris and Ian spend
an hour with the Boston Globe beat writer discussing his new book,
Homegrown: How the Red Sox Built a Champion from the Ground Up, his
Baseball America top 10 rankings and other thoughts from the system, and
questions from our listeners in the mailbag. Heck, they even got Alex’s
real-time “thoughts” on a transaction that broke during the chat!
December 18, 2019
Episode 170, A string and two tin cans. Technical difficulties
be damned (RIP Chris' laptop), Chris and Ian cobbled together a mid-December
Podcast to tuck under your tree. Noah Song's active military service saga
continues without a definitive resolution. We released new rankings and the guys
talk about who's new, who moved and why some guys need to be seen before getting
ranked higher. With the Rule 5 Draft completed, and the Sox making picks, the
40-man roster is a little fuller. Chris and Ian talk about the new guys in the
system, as well as the most recent signings. Before cracking open the mailbag,
they talk through some of the trade rumors. Finally, they wrap up with a quick
discussion of the departure of Brian Bannister and how that affects the coaching
staff and system. Listen in!
November 19, 2019
Episode 169, Why are we here? It's an existential question, and
perhaps an appropriate one as the organization ramps up in the most pivotal
offseason in recent memory. First, Chris and Ian recap the Sox representatives'
time at the Premier12 tournament, including a quick diversion into the latest
news on Noah Song and his military commitment. It's also everyone's favorite
time - the deadline to protect players from the Rule 5 Draft! Chris and Ian
agree on the likely players - 4 of 'em - added to the 40-man roster. Finally,
after a quick examination of the list of 42 teams that would lose their
affiliation under MLB's radical realignment proposal, the guys got into a topic
they've been teasing all offseason: the potential trade of Mookie Betts. What
teams are potential landing spots? What is a realistic return? All that and more
on this episode of the podcast!
Episode 168, Scott Boras is a genius. J.D. Martinez is coming
back. And so are Chris and Ian to detail the latest off-season developments.
First on tap, the aforementioned non-opt-out of the Red Sox designated hitter.
But Chris and Ian caution, that doesn't mean he'll be suiting up for the Sox.
Nor does it mean that Mookie Betts is getting dealt. But that's another show.
Continuing on this show, the guys share updates from the Team USA Premier 12
tournament, which features four top ten Sox Prospects. After a quick email from
one of our Canadian listeners, Chris and Ian get to the main event. They explain
and go in-depth on MLB's proposal to alter minor league baseball. Make no
mistake change is coming to the minors. Listen in!
November 1, 2019
Episode 167, Halloween Candy Buyback Program. The hot stove
fires have been stoked. Ian and Chris discuss the looming offseason. Topping it
off, meet Chaim Bloom. The Red Sox took their time and did their due diligence.
Bloom brings a creative mind and a collaborative spirit to the ball club. And
his first move highlights a course correction. Along with Bloom, the Sox added
new coaches to the big league bench. Chris and Ian pivot to rankings. They focus
on the challenge of number three. Including a digression on the physics of
baseball travel and manufacture. Working through the new rankings, Ian comments
on how Instructs differed from prior years. The lack of games made it a
challenge to assess the talented DSL guys in the system. We wrap up with the
mailbag, both international and domestic editions. Listen in!
September 13, 2019
Episode 166, I think we've got a lot to talk about. You may
have heard about this. The Red Sox dismissed Dave Dombrowski Sunday night. Chris
and Ian question the timing (of the announcement, not the decision). They make
the case for why the club needed to make a change. Ian describes the lack of
depth in the upper minors that put the Red Sox in a "No Man's Land" for
in-season options. But the discussion is not solely centered on the now departed
Dealer Dave. The rosters for the Arizona Fall League are almost entirely set.
Boston's contingency is prospect heavy and very interesting. In contrast, clubs
are changing the way they handle the fall Instructional Leagues and various
foreign winter leagues, which Chris details briefly. And we close the show with
an interesting note from the mailbag and a quick update on the clubs in the
minor league playoffs. Listen in!
September 9, 2019
Episode 165, The Ballad of Big Joe. Even if the ultimate goal
of minor league games is player development, winning still matters to those
players. With Lowell and Salem qualifying for the post-season, we get more
looks. Case in point, Ian saw both Spinner wins last week. He got good looks at
Jay Groome, Yusniel Padron-Artiles, and Big Joe Davis among others. Chris and
Ian talk through the Salem guys who shined in their post season series. And they
close out the show by going through September's system rankings update. Listen in!
August 27, 2019
Episode 164, Scouting catch-up pt. 2/Catching up with Mike Rikard.
After focusing on the Lowell Spinners last episode, Chris and Ian emptied their
scouting notebooks, which they filled in recent weeks with stops to see the
Greenville Drive and Portland Sea Dogs. As if that weren't enough, Red Sox VP of
Amateur Scouting Mike Rikard joined the podcast to talk about scouting for the
draft generally and the 2019 draft class in particular. Listen in!
August 19, 2019
Episode 163, I want to be from hot waters. The annual summer
hiatus is over. Chris and Ian return to update you with the latest from around
the Red Sox' system. First up, they share insights on the DSL guys dealt for
Andrew Cashner. The guys do a back of the envelope review of the 2020 big league
club bench. From there, Chris goes over the late season promotions. With that
covered, Ian and Chris talk about the Lowell Spinners. And man, that club is
interesting. There isn't a night where you won't see a dude on the hill. Chris
and Ian break down who's shoving, raking and the guys who just need the
offseason to get here. In closing, the guys crack open the mailbag to get to
your questions. Listen in!
July 14, 2019
Episode 162, I'm recording this podcast while drinking orange juice.
The draft signing deadline has passed, and the Red Sox were busy. Chris and Ian
took a look at the organization's final push to add amateur talent and sized up
the 2019 class. Plus, a new month means new rankings and a chance to discuss
some promotions and moves to the bullpen, as well as some recent looks at the
Lowell Spinners. And we close, as always, with a heaping helping of your emails!
Episode 161, We always finish with the emails. With the short
season clubs starting to get into full swing, Chris and Ian have a lot to talk
about as we enter the busiest time of the year. The guys discuss what the Chris
Owings signing means for the organization's roster depth, Michael Chavis'
adjustments, Rafael Devers becoming one of the club's best players, and some
draft signings to open things. Ian provides some updates from Lowell's opening
weekend on Antoni Flores, Nick Decker, Gilberto Jimenez, Nick Northcut and more.
Chris then takes over, analyzing some of the early returns from the DSL and
looking at quick starts from Bryan Gonzalez, Albert Feliz, Brainer Bonaci, and
more. A listener email asks about Jarren Duran's raw power and whether Decker
could rise in the rankings. Listen in!
June 13, 2019
Episode 160, The G-forces will make you lose consciousness. The
2019 draft is in the books, and it's time for Chris and Ian to break it all
down! Off the heels of our recap of the first two picks, we examined trends and
discussed noteworthy players selected in rounds 3-40. Plus, we've got new June
rankings, including a new top prospect, and the guys broke it all down. And as
always, we answer your listener emails!
June 4, 2019
Episode 159, 2019 Draft Day 1 (and Duran Promotion) Special.
It's that time of year: the Red Sox are adding some new blood to the system! On
the first night of the 2019 MLB Draft, Boston selected Arizona shortstop Cameron
Cannon and Puerto Rican shortstop Matthew Lugo. Chris and Ian hopped on for some
SoxProspects After Dark analysis of the picks, plus some quick thoughts on
outfielder Jarren Duran's promotion to Portland and a mea culpa on missing
Greenville right-hander Thaddeus Ward when they discussed pending promotions
May 31, 2019
Episode 158, Someone has to put you in your place. Fresh off
his tour of Athens and the Hellenic Republic (many olives were crushed) Chris
rejoins Ian to get back into the groove in our first podcast of the summer. With
Memorial Day in our rearview mirror, the guys turn their attention to the draft
coming up next week. They pivot to Michael Chavis who will not be heading back
to Pawtucket any time soon. Next Chris and Ian tackle the likely prospect
promotions to hit in the coming weeks. Ian notes the worrisome shoulder issue
that has sidelined Bryan Mata. And the guys close out the show with a quick peak
into the mailbag to talk about the new baseballs in Triple A, the scouting scale
and two prospects who look to be in line for big league gigs in the coming
years. Plus, we welcome back the Ludlow Thieves.
May 5, 2019
Episode 157, Definitely gonna crush some olives. Chris is ready
for his trip to Greece and all the Feta cheese he can eat. But before it's
wheels up, he and Ian cover a lot of ground in the first podcast of May. First
up is a look at the way power numbers at AAA are going to impact various fringy
power guys in the Sox system. Then they talk about the new second baseman with
the big club. This kid has got plenty of raw and is showing it in games. Chris
brings up a provision in the CBA regarding rehab assignments, which leads us
into an injury update. Finally, the guys break down the new May Rankings. Lots
to cover and so little time, so Listen in!
April 23, 2019
Episode 156, This is a monologue coming up, folks. We have a
lot to discuss. Chavis is up. Swihart is out. And Christian Vazquez is...playing
second base? You know, all these moves, it's starting to feel like the Sox might
be scuffling and scrambling and oh yeah. It's time, isn't it? Panic mode
engaged! Chris and Ian wade into the fray to break down Chavis' debut. Chris
rants about how poorly the Red Sox handled Blake Swihart in the last couple of
years. And then the guys get back to the system. We meet Marcus Wilson, who
comes to the system in the Swihart deal. Plus, both Ian and Chris got to the
ballpark. The guys break down several prospects with extended scouting reports.
And speaking of trips to the ballpark, did you know you can get updated scouting
reports right after we go to the park by signing up at Patreon and contributing
at the $2 level? Visit Sox Prospects
on Patreon for the details. No mailbag today, but get your emails and tweets
in for our next episode, but for now...Listen in!
April 10, 2019
Episode 155, Season Preview/Spring Training Review. Yeah, about
that World Series title defense—Chris and Ian have some thoughts. First up, now
is not the time to panic. As Ian notes, the West Coast swing always presents
challenges. And second, minor league baseball is back. The full-season
affiliates are playing games and the guys are dialed in to break down the
rosters and share more thoughts from camp. (Speaking of camp, make sure you
check out our new Patreon benefit
- Game Updates.) Ian goes over his impressions of a stacked Portland roster.
They discuss the talent in Greenville, highlighting the depth of teenage talent
in the system. The break down the rest of the system, plus the guys who stood
out in camp who did not make a full season roster. And the guys bust open the
mailbag to close out the show.
March 13, 2019
Episode 154, Spring Training Trip Preview. JetBlue is bustling.
There's new grass on the field. The Sox are playing and getting geared up for
the defense of their World Series victory. (It never gets old saying that). And
with Spring in the air, Chris, Ian, Mike and the team are getting ready for
their annual trip to the Fort. In this preview episode, Chris and Ian talk about
the prospect stars from the first few weeks of major league camp, with Michael
Chavis and Darwinzon Hernandez off to particularly hot starts. Then they break
down the guys they are most looking forward to seeing on the back fields of
minor league camp. And to close it out, they break open the mailbag to talk
about the highest ceilings in the system.
February 15, 2019
Episode 153, The Truck is There. Pitchers and catchers have
begun to arrive in Fort Myers. Baseball is back and so are we. Chris and Ian
bust open the mailbag to answer your questions. Would the Red Sox ever use an
opener? Chris and Ian go deep on that, and the state of starting pitching
development in the Red Sox system. The guys bat around some timelines for
Michael Chavis' debut. They look at the bullpen (again). Ian talks about the
ultimate role of Mike Shawaryn. They discuss the Trey Ball hitting project. Jay
Groome is throwing again. And finally, Chris and Ian take a look at the latest
Sox system rankings from Keith Law at ESPN.com and from Kiley McDaniel and Eric
Longenhagen at Fangraphs.
February 7, 2019
Episode 152, Red Sox VP of Amateur Scouting Mike Rikard. The
countdown to Spring Training is on, and what better way to get geared up for the
season than with a special guest: Red Sox VP of Amateur Scouting Mike Rikard!
Mike shared insights on his career in the game-including almost 15 years with
the Red Sox, the scouting process, and running a draft. With four drafts as the
organization's scouting director under his belt, the guys also asked about some
of his more noteworthy picks like Andrew Benintendi and Jay Groome, as well as
the well-received class of 2018. Plus, Chris and Ian briefly discussed some of
the team's slew of recent minor league signings.
January 12, 2019
Episode 151, Alex Speier's on the Podcast. Happy New Year!
Chris and Ian kick off 2019 with a very special guest. They welcome the Boston
Globe's Alex Speier (@alexspeier) back to the podcast for his unofficial annual
appearance. Alex writes up the Sox top 10 prospects for Baseball America and
holds court on the state of the system and all things Red Sox. Chris and Ian ask
about Alex's recent articles (check out the links below). He shares what makes
this year's rankings so unusual. Chris goes over both the depth at the corners
in both the upper and lower minors and what the future of front office looks
like. The guys wrap things up with a lightning round that highlights the most
intriguing players in the system today.
December 19, 2018
Episode 150, We know what a Roman numeral V is. Chris and Ian
and all of us at SoxProspects want to thank you all for a great 2018. But before
Ian sets off for the UK and Chris journeys to Florida, we wanted to leave a
final (maybe) SoxProspects Podcast present for you. The guys review the Winter
Meetings and the Rule 5 Draft. Chris addresses Dombrowski's comments on the
bullpen as he and Ian applaud how well positioned the team is on staffing the
pen. They quickly run through the late year moves and transactions. Two
excellent questions in the mailbag round out the show. Have a very happy holiday
season, but before you do...Listen in!
November 29, 2018
Episode 149, I'm not dead inside. It's the most wonderful time
of the year. Thanksgiving leftovers linger in the fridge and the last of the
pumpkin pies has been finally eaten. And with the calendar poised to turn to
December, we toss another log on the fire turn our eyes towards that most
magical of wintry festivals. Yes, the hot stove is crackling and the winter
meetings loom on the horizon. Chris and Ian start off with the 40-man roster.
They break down the players protected from the rule V draft as well as the big
name left exposed. They review the Arizona Fall League results. And then they
take a look at the top 20 prospects and predict who gets dealt, who plays in
Fenway next year and who stays down on the farm. Finally, we turn the show over
to you and crack open the mailbag for some great questions. Listen in!
November 12, 2018
Episode 148, Not a bad investment for a buck. Give it up for
your 2018 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox. Chris and Ian get together to
share the latest news from the system. After a quick recap of the Arizona Fall
League and the goings on in Venezuela, they get down to how to assemble a World
Series title team. They review the top player development stories in the system.
They review the draft to end all drafts - 2011. They laud the deep scouting work
done that brought guys like Robby Scott and Hector Velazquez. And finally, they
take a short look at what the offseason ahead brings. Listen in!
October 19, 2018
Episode 147, Season-end rankings spectacular. End-of-season
rankings ... season is upon us, and the full complement of the SoxProspects brass
is ready to chat about it. Chris and Ian welcome back The Dude himself, Mike
Andrews, to the virtual studio for an extended discussion of the state of the
Sox system. All topics are fair game: why Michael Chavis remains the consensus
top prospect, why Darwinzon Hernandez jumped both Tanner Houck and Bryan Mata to
become the top (healthy) pitching prospect in the system, the differences that
put Antoni Flores ahead of CJ Chatham, the huge jumps by breakout players from
Instructs for whom we don't even have headshots, and more. It sure seems like
the depth, at least, is back, but is the system still down on the whole? We'll
break it all down. Listen in!
September 30, 2018
Episode 146, That's a heckuva signing for 10K. Last year, the
Sox cancelled Instructs following the damage from Hurricane Irma. And we love
Instructs. It's a fresh look at players who we haven't seen since Spring
Training and a first look for guys who are new in the system. Ian went to
Instructs. And he liked what he saw. Chris and Ian went deep on some of the guys
and lightning round through all the players in Instructs. They welcome Chris
Becerra to the front office. And they wrap up the show with a trip into the
mailbag. Listen in!
September 12, 2018
Episode 145, We're letting it roll, so just go ahead. Our minor
league revels now are ended for 2018. Before we turn our attention to the big
club and their quest to break the franchise record for wins in a season, Chris
and Ian wrap up the minor league season. They preview the Arizona Fall League,
highlighting the strong contingent of Sox Prospects who will play for Mesa. They
begin to game plan the off-season, before getting down to the in-depth review of
the system at season end. Ian concludes that the system is coming back, thanks
to a great draft and high volume of international signings. But first, Chris and
Ian welcome unofficial podcast ombudsman and Senior Web Editor Matt Picard to
refute Chris' slanderous comments about Kevin Youkilis. Listen in!
August 20, 2018
Episode 144, They have a Durin, Duran and Duron. Join Chris and
Ian as they sort through the people's mailbag. They share their thoughts on the
WooSox (Narrator: WooSox?) What do you think about WooSox? We'd like to know.
Ian declared victory in the what is a prospect debate. He also saw Mike Shawaryn
shove at Pawtucket. Then Chris cracked open the mailbag. They compare Bobby
Dalbec and Michael Chavis. Ian and Chris agree that the logjam of players in
corner spots will resolve itself soon enough. They go deep on Pedro Castellanos
and his power profile. Plus does Denyi Reyes have enough stuff to go with his
fantastic control? Listen in!
August 7, 2018
Episode 143, Ian might be silent about it. It's August, and the
Red Sox are rolling. Chris and Ian break down the Kinsler trade. Now that the
trade deadline has passed, the Sox are promoting prospects. Ian saw a few of the
new guys at Pawtucket and reports on how they look. The guys throw down over
what kinds of minor league players should be classified prospects. Should a
30-year-old journeyman minor leaguer be ranked alongside a 16-year-old
Venezuelan amateur? Let us know your thoughts by dropping us a line. Speaking of
your mail, Chris and Ian wrap up the show by opening the mailbag and answering
your questions. Listen in!
July 28, 2018
Episode 142, Well, I do, so deal with it The trade deadline is
right around the corner. With one swap in the books, Chris and Ian bid farewell
to Jalen Beeks. They look ahead to potential upgrades to the big-league club,
whether in the bullpen or at the keystone. Ian has been to Lowell and updates us
on the progress of several promising young players in short-season ball. Then
Chris and Ian break down the mid-season re-rankings from Baseball America and
MLB Pipeline, in particular why their top fives look a bit different than ours.
Ian talks about why Jay Groome is his number two guy in the system. Chris
explains the challenges hitters with a first base-only defensive profile face.
And the guys debate whether a hitter can shove. Despite Ian's claim to the
contrary, they can't. Pitchers shove. Hitters rake. (Chris's note: Thank you,
July 17, 2018
Episode 141, ...And then there's hot streaks. As we reach the
major league All-Star Break, Chris and Ian update us on changes in the site
rankings, including the additions of the top international signee and final
draft signings. Ian has seen Lowell and reports on a very interesting Spinners
roster. Durbin Feltman is (was?) dealing. Jarren Duran is very fast. Meanwhile,
Chris ventured to luxurious Woodbridge to see Salem. Bobby Dalbec is mashing.
Bryan Mata is very young (and in the Futures Game, which Chris was also at). We
also got to your emails. Ian weighs in on the challenges of scouting just the
stat line. And leading off, Chris shared some good news: You should be getting
podcast goodness more regularly now. You're welcome. Listen in!
July 2, 2018
Episode 140, I have never seen Airplane! Surely, you can't be
serious! It looks like Chris and Ian picked the right time to record a podcast.
The new rankings have landed. The Red Sox have locked in their draft picks in
the upright position. International signings are cleared for take-off. Join
Chris and Ian as they taxi through the system. Their first stop is the Steve
Pearce trade. They go over the likelihood of more trades to add to Boston's
budget for the July 2 prospects. Chris highlights the big movers and all the
debuts in the new rankings. Ian recaps who he's seen at Pawtucket and Lowell.
Listen in and don't call us Shirley!
June 15, 2018
Episode 139, The "lost" spring training reports.
Remember that episode of Spring Training scouting reports we promised? Here it
is. With the benefit of time (prepare to grimace when the guys excitedly talk
about how great Jay Groome looked...), it looks like Chris and Ian saw some
things coming and were way off on others. Listen in and find out!
June 5, 2018
Episode 138, 2018 Draft day one review. Well, that was
unexpected! On the first day of the 2018 Draft, the Red Sox selected 3B/1B
Triston Casas and OF Nick Decker, high schoolers from Florida and New Jersey,
respectively. Each boasts raw power as his best tool and high upside. What did
Chris and Ian think? If you've been listening, you probably already know, but
download and find out on this special short episode! Listen in!
June 2, 2018
Episode 137, He looks like one of the bad guys from Ducktales.
That's Juan Carlos Linares who looks like one of the Beagle Brothers. And if
we're referencing JC Linares, who ranked in the top twenty in 2011, then you
know that, yeah, the system isn't looking good right now. But that system
transformed in a minute during the 2011 draft, and guess what time it is? With
the first and second rounds on Monday night, Ian highlighted his take on the Sox
draft strategy for the 2018 draft. The guys shared the new rankings, discussing
Jay Groome's status after Tommy John, the latest on Tanner Houck and Bryan Mata
at Salem, Jalen Beeks and his cut fastball, and scouting reports on Travis
Lakins, Ty Buttrey and Williams Jerez. Plus much more. Listen In!
April 23, 2018
Episode 136, Ian is being a wisenheimer. Remember us? We've
been busy. #BlameHatfield. After two-and-a-half soggy weeks of minor league
games, we're back. Chris and Ian start with a rundown of the top talents in the
system, who both happen to be sidelined, then broke down the wonderful success
stories of Bobby Poyner and Marcus Walden, who both made the big club out of
spring training. The guys renewed their objections to the handling of Blake
Swihart. Finally, Chris and Ian noted the season-opening roster highlights and
top early performers throughout the system, running the gamut from the loaded
Salem rotation, young Greenville lineup, crowded PawSox pitching staff and
Portland lineup that... really needed Josh Ockimey back. Listen in!
March 21, 2018
Episode 135, 2018 Spring Training Trip Preview. The annual rite
of spring approaches - the SoxProspects staff spring training trip is coming, and
to set the table, Chris and Ian preview what they are looking forward to seeing
when they get to the Fort. Ian notes the remaking of Tanner Houck. Chris lists
out the questions that surround Cole Brannen. Ian wants to see Darwinzon
Hernandez' new slider. Chris seeks to understand what Alex Scherff is. The guys
talk about the lack of power in the system, and the guys who might reverse that
trend. Chris muses on the pop-up arm that will catch the guys by surprise. And
finally, they go over the potential middle infielders to build out the system's
up-the-middle talent. Listen In!
February 25, 2018
Episode 134, Conspiracy Theories are Real. The quiet winter is
over. Spring training kicked off and so did, at last, the hot stove. Chris and
Ian broke it all down on a transaction-heavy edition of the Podcast. Mookie won.
Eduardo Nunez signed. JD Martinez ... was signing. The guys bode farewell to Ben
Taylor and Bryce Brentz. Ian deftly responded to our mailbag question. And Chris
closed out the show with a brief chat with one of our Patreon contributors,
Brian Morelli from SoxSignatures.com. Listen in!
January 22, 2018
Episode 133, Six Degrees of Ivan De Jesus. Chris and Ian return
to talk about the glacial pace of the offseason. Henry Owens has left the
system. JD Martinez still hasn't signed with the Sox. And while the big
headlines tarry, the club has signed some minor league free agents, including
Ivan De Jesus Jr. who returns to the club for his third stint. The guys go over
non-roster invitations, touching on Chad De La Guerra's rise from 17th round
pick to big league camp. They break down the club's AAA rule 5 pickups. Finally,
they cover both Baseball America's and Baseball Prospectus' rankings of the Red
Sox system. Listen In!
November 14, 2017
Episode 131.5, #Addendum. We recorded a podcast. Then the Red
Sox went and did things that made the podcast old news before we even released
it. So here is an addendum to our last episode, talking about the additions of
Bryce Brentz and Williams Jerez to the 40-man roster; why Rusney Castillo might
never see the majors under his current contract; and the Red Sox making some MLB
coaching hires, including a few with ties to the farm system. Chris also opened
the show with a few words about the passing of 17-year-old Daniel Flores. Listen
November 21, 2017
Episode 132, The cat is looking at me skeptically. Throughout
the year, we get questions about who the Red Sox will protect from the Rule 5
Draft in the coming offseason. This week, we learned who those players are, so
what better time to discuss? Why did the Red Sox protect Jalen Beeks, Ty
Buttrey, and Chandler Shepherd? Listen and find out! Plus, the Arizona Fall
League is over, so we recapped the fall campaigns of Michael Chavis, Henry
Owens, and their compatriots on the league champion Peoria Javelinas. Finally,
we mused how might Blake Swihart and Marco Hernandez fit on the 2018 Red Sox
November 14, 2017
Episode 131.5, #Addendum. We recorded a podcast. Then the Red
Sox went and did things that made the podcast old news before we even released
it. So here is an addendum to our last episode, talking about the additions of
Bryce Brentz and Williams Jerez to the 40-man roster; why Rusney Castillo might
never see the majors under his current contract; and the Red Sox making some MLB
coaching hires, including a few with ties to the farm system. Chris also opened
the show with a few words about the passing of 17-year-old Daniel Flores. Listen
November 2, 2017
Episode 131, #BlameHatfield. Chris and Ian are back to wrap up
the 2017 season and look ahead to 2018. In news, the club signed some minor
league free agents and the major league club got a new manager. How might those
events trickle down to other players and coaches in the system? Is Bryce Brentz
coming back? Is Carlos Febles moving up to the majors? (As it turned out, the
answer to both was "yes.") Plus, the fall and winter leagues are up and running,
so we're due for an update. Wrapping up the 2017 season, the guys discussed some
season-end awards and the site's official season-end rankings. Listen In!
September 12, 2017
Lots of stuff about error bars. September
brings us minor league playoffs, September call-ups in both the majors and
minors, and of course, a new set of rankings. Who's fueling the Greenville
Drive's playoff run? Why is Chris so fired up about Bryce Brentz? Who did Ian
try to rank much higher than the other brass members? Listen and find out!
August 31, 2017
Episode 129, I've had a long, weird day. With the calendar
turning to September and the minor league season about to wrap up, Chris and Ian
discussed the news and took a bunch of your questions! The Arizona Fall League
rosters have been released, and the Red Sox are sending an interesting crew into
the desert in October. The news highlights included Jay Groome's season ending
with an injury, the in-game debut of a 2017 draftee and the on-mound debut of
another, and a few transactions of note. And finally, you came through with an
80-grade set of mailbag questions. Why doesn't raw power always actualize in
games? Might Mookie Betts ever move back to second base? Where would Blake
Swihart rank if he were still eligible for the site rankings? The answers to
these and more await!
I Read the Spark Notes and it was Pretty Interesting.
Promotions marked the start of August, and having seen Pawtucket, Portland, and
Lowell recently between them, Chris and Ian had plenty to talk about. Included
in the first-hand talk are the surging (and relevant again?) Bryce Brentz, the
new-look Henry Owens, the red-hot Michael Chavis, and 2016 draftees Brett Netzer
and Jake Thompson, among others.
July 31, 2017
Episode 127, Stranger Things Hatfield. It's the trade deadline.
Chris and Ian broke down the trades to acquire Addison Reed for Jamie Callahan,
Stephen Nogosek and Gerson Bautista and Eduardo Nunez for Shaun Anderson and
Gregory Santos. They bid farewell to Luis Ysla, who was dealt the Dodgers in a
move to clear room for Nunez on the roster. They celebrated the promotion of
wunderkind Rafael Devers, now hitting sixth in your Red Sox lineup. Devers
wasn't the only promotion in the system and the guys tackled all the news and
notes surrounding a very busy trade deadline. Plus, we opened the mailbag with
your questions, comments and considerations.
July 17, 2017
Episode 126, It's What We Do When Skype Is Working, At Least.
Chris and Ian battle technical difficulties on a big news weekend. Rafael Devers
got upped. They say so long to Pablo Sandoval and Jhonny Peralta. They also
discuss the recently shuffled rankings now that the draft and the J2 signing
period are in the books. But, the trade deadline looms. Is Todd Frazier on the
way? And if so, how much, how much is it going to cost the Red Sox? And will the
players who will need to vie for a spot on the 40-man roster ahead of this
winter's rule 5 draft be among the guys dealt? Ian spent some time watching
Portland before Devers was promoted and drops some gems on the guys he saw. And
we get to your emails.
July 4, 2017
Episode 125, International signings with Baseball America's Ben
Badler. A very special Independence Day edition of the SoxProspects
Podcast brings Ben Badler back to talk about the Red Sox's haul of international
free agents. The guys talked with Ben about Venezuelan catcher Daniel Flores,
the consensus second-ranked prospect in the 2017 class, and the rest of the
players who've signed. Chris and Ian also talked about the players traded for
international bonus pool money, the latest draft signings, and the latest
June 25, 2017
Episode 124, Would make for worse radio than we give people.
Ian and Chris hung out to discuss the latest news on the Red Sox system. The
promotion of Michael Chavis and what that means for both Chavis and Rafael
Devers headlines the discussion. Will Chavis even be in the Sox system after the
trade deadline? The promotion of Tzu-Wei Lin to Boston prompted another
discussion of the team's lack of infield depth. There were plenty of draft
signings to cover, Ian provided a run down of what he's seen in Lowell so far,
and the guys discussed the long road ahead for Jay Groome.
June 21, 2017
Episode 123, Draft Review with Jim Callis of MLB.com. Jim
Callis of MLB.com joined us for our annual draft review to talk about how the
Red Sox 2017 draft class looks coming out of last week's 40 rounds! Chris and
Jim talked about the club's picks from the first five rounds and some later
round sleepers. Also on the agenda were some general draft questions from our
listeners: What qualifies as a successful draft? Why did were more first basemen
drafted in the first 50 picks this year? And finally, Jim chimed in on a topic
that's been hot on the SoxProspects Forums: Would an MLB team ever blow past the
draft bonus cap, and why or why not? And how did that lead to Jim telling a
great story on the Red Sox 2005 draft and how that affected the organization for
June 13, 2017
Episode 122, Draft Night 1 reaction.
Chris and Ian couldn't wait, so they hopped right on the Podcast Machine to chat
about the Red Sox selections in the First and Second Round of the 2017 MLB
Draft! Is Missouri right-hander Tanner Houck, the club's first pick, a starter
or reliever down the road? What's the projection on Georgia high school
outfielder Cole Brannen? Where do these two potentially slot in the rankings?
All of this and more in our special, instant reaction edition of the pod!
June 7, 2017
Episode 121, Draft Preview with JJ Cooper of Baseball America.
Another episode, another guest. This week, JJ Cooper abandons the bear and
joins Chris and Ian for a draft preview extravaganza. JJ discusses players who
have been linked to the Sox and touches on some of the more interesting
strategies teams have employed in recent years to maximize their talent hauls in
the draft. Chris and Ian go deep on the recent spate of promotions. And if it's
a new month, we have rankings to run down. Plus your questions answered.
Episode 120, It wouldn't be the first time you haven't recorded a
Brendan McGair from the Pawtucket Times joins Chris and Ian for the 120th
edition of the SoxProspects Podcast. Chris and Ian are in a celebratory mood as
we have, thanks to your help surpassed our initial goal on Patreon. And speaking
of Patreon, our first Patron chat is coming up soon. If you want to get in on
it, sign up at Patreon. Chris and Ian talk about the latest round of promotions,
the PawSox stadium situation, some notable players in Pawtucket and discuss the
state of the system as we head to the June 1st rankings update.
May 21, 2017
Episode 119, I'm abusing nothing! Chris is back from Greenville
to join Ian for a news heavy Podcast. Prospects are getting promoted. Chris and
Ian analyze all the moves and all the injuries we're tracking in the system.
Chris quizzes Ian on the players in the Sox system who launched at least 10 home
runs last season. With an extra week, you answered the call and refilled the
mailbag with gusto. We have a Devers update and more of your questions.
May 8, 2017
Episode 118, Ehhh, You're Not That Funny.
The partners in crimes, Chris and Ian, have the SoxProspects virtual podcast
studio all to themselves. They break down the decision to hold off on rushing
Rafael Devers to Boston. They go over why it's Kyle Kendrick and not Brian
Johnson or Henry Owens replacing Steven Wright. Plus, an in-depth overview of
the 2-8 scouting scale, how options work and some speculation on why so many
pitchers in the system are mowing guys down. Plus, it's mailbag emptying time.
May 1, 2017
Episode 117, They're Literally Gobbling Up a Storm Right Now.
Chris and Ian welcome Mike Andrews, the Dude, His Dudeness, or el Duderino - if
you're not into the whole brevity thing - to the Podcast just in time to go over
the new rankings, because it's May at last. An end to April showers and
Pawtucket rainouts. We also crown a new king atop the Sox Prospects ranking
leaderboard. Ian, Chris and Mike go over the risers, fallers and all the
rankings related news. Ian spends a minute sharing the latest from Pawtucket.
And Chris cracks open the mail bag to get to your questions.
April 14, 2017
Episode 116, I'm a Bad Person, What Can I Tell Ya.
Ian and Chris welcome Chaz Fiorino to the Podcast and go deep on Portland. We
have an update on Rafael Devers. We go into the intrigue of Aneury Tavarez spend
more time as a Sea Dog. Chaz and Ian play bullpen bingo with the Portland 'pen.
We peer into the mailbag to find out just what we have in both Ben Taylor and
Jamie Callahan and we bid a parting tribute to our friend and now former
colleague Matt Heugel.
April 6, 2017
Episode 115, Learning to Pronounce Shawaryn. Real actual
baseball. Minor League season kicked off tonight and with the rains in the
northeast, Pawtucket and Portalnd were washed away. And what better time than
now to review rosters and dip into the mailbag to answer your questions. Ian and
Chris check in on the Portland bullpen quartet. The compare the depth between
Salem and Portland. Ian still isn't buying the Roniel Raudes story. Greenville's
rotation looks to be the best of the minor league affiliates. Jeremy Rivera's
suspension gives the guys a chance to discuss the minor league policies for drug
suspensions. And we've got your emails.
Episode 114, Straight Outta A-Ball.
With Fort Myers in the rearview mirror, Chris and Ian stick a set of chopsticks
into Spring Training. Chris sits down with Sox farmhand and member of the
upstart Team Israel team, Mike Myers. Ian elaborates on the Jason Groome
experience. Chris and Ian review the A-Ball pitchers and hitters from the end of
the Spring Training trip. Chris swerves by his standing rant about how the Rule
5 draft hurts Latin players. Tyler Hill makes another Podcast appearance as the
Sox continue to trial him in center this spring.
Episode 113, It's Hard to Develop Baseball Players. From Fort
Myers and the delightful Hampton Inn. Chris and Ian deal with the unseasonably
chilly weather (for Florida) and talk about the early minors spring training
games. We have a Christopher Acosta update. Long-time listener and returning
emailer Joe clears the air. Finally, Chris and Ian contemplate the challenge of
developing good major league players, even for bullpen positions.
Episode 112, If He Dies, He Dies.
With winter weather clinging bitterly to Boston, Chris, Matt and Ian look ahead
to their spring training trip. Up first is an overview of what the guys are
looking forward to seeing when they get to the balmy summer climes of the Fort.
And then from the mailbag, listener Joe calls out the lack of statistical
context when judging the flukiness of Rusney Castillo's winter revival. Finally,
they lament the end of the beloved Blue Sushi and wonder whether Brahma Sushi
February 28, 2017
Episode 111, Spring at Last. After a winter hibernation, Chris,
Matt and Ian have a backlog of questions and a lot to cover in advance of the
staff trip to Fort Myers. It's Spring Training at last. Many recent top Sox
Prospects are in Arizona with the Padres or the White Sox. The time has come to
survey the state of the system and some of the Non-Roster Invitees to camp.
Andrew Benintendi has bulked up. Rafael Devers is in Big League camp along with
an interesting mix of post-prospects like Blake Swihart. The guys also review
the AFL and discuss the players who were dealt this winter. Plus, Christopher
Acosta is back.
December 6, 2016
Episode 110, Dealin' Dave's Winter Sale.
Sound the emergency podcast siren! Dealin' Dave was at it again today, acquiring
Tyler Thornburg from Milwaukee for Travis Shaw, Mauricio Dubon, and Josh
Pennington, then coming back hours later and landing the white whale from the
White Sox in Chris Sale, giving up the system's top prospect, Yoan Moncada,
along with Michael Kopech, Luis Alexander Basabe, and Victor Diaz. In all, four
of the team's top nine prospects coming into the day, with two more on the
fringes of the top 20, are headed out, but for a couple of major pieces. What
did Chris and Ian think? And how did they answer your questions?
November 16, 2016
Episode 109, Alex Speier on Ranking the System. Making his
fourth appearance on the podcast, Alex Speier of the Boston Globe and Baseball
America joined the guys to discuss his recently released Red Sox Top 10 list.
How did he pick between Andrew Benintendi and Yoan Moncada? Michael Kopech and
Jason Groome? Plus we hit on some other topics, like a potential Mookie Betts
extension and what players might be trade fodder for the next Dave Dombrowski
November 7, 2016
Episode 108, 2016 Rankings Special.
Chris, Ian, Matt, and the returning Mike Andrews marked the end of the season by
breaking down the debates that led to our end-of-season rankings! Topics
discussed included ranking Yoan Moncada over Andrew Benintendi at number 1 and
Jason Groome over Michael Kopech as the system's top pitching prospect, how the
system looks compared to past seasons, and highlights all the way down each of
the guys' top 60 rankings.
October 11, 2016
Episode 107, Instructs 2016. On what proved to be the final day
of the Boston Red Sox 2013 season, Chris and Ian recapped the latter's trip to
Instructs. Scouting reports included Jason Groome, CJ Chatham, Victor Diaz,
Roldani Baldwin, Bryan Mata, and others... even Pablo Sandoval! Plus, we answered
a slew of listener questions: Which players might get surprising, aggressive
assignments next year? What will the Sox do with all of their minor league third
basemen, and will Rafael Devers move off of the position? Who is the next Robby
Scott... and what do you take that question to mean? These and more discussed
Episode 106, AJ No-Teller.
Coming down the stretch in MLB, that doesn't mean there isn't anything to talk
about in the world of SoxProspects! In this episode, the guys wrap up each
affiliate's season, discuss the Fall Instructional League roster, and the Padres
trade scandal. Plus your emails! Which players might get protected from the Rule
5 draft this offseason (take 2)? What mechanical flaws are immediate red flags?
What's the deal with Rafael Devers' 18 steals? Plus, thoughts on Jake Cosart,
Austin Glorius, Matt Kent, and more!
September 9, 2016
Episode 105, MoncadainBoston. Moncada to the majors? September
call-ups? First-hand Jason Groome, Bobby Dalbec, CJ Chatham, and Mike Shawaryn
reports? And even new rankings? Sounds like a recipe for a podcast, so Chris and
Ian got into the kitchen to cook up some prospect talk.
August 21, 2016
Episode 104, BeninBoston.
Since the last episode, we've seen Andrew Benintendi make his debut in the
majors and Yoan Moncada make his debut at third. Could the latter join his
former Portland teammate in Boston, and is anyone else in the minors ready to
come up and help the big league club? Like say... in the bullpen? Plus quick
hits on why Rafael Devers and Michael Kopech won't get promoted, the trade of
Pat Light, Arizona Fall League assignment predictions, and first-hand reports
from Lowell. Plus your emails led to discussion of Kyri Washington, Nick
Hamilton, Christopher Acosta, Luis Alexander Basabe, and more.
July 25, 2016
Episode 103, Yes, Devers loves me, the homers tell me so. In
this week's episode, we have new first-hand updates on Yoan Moncada, Andrew
Benintendi, Rafael Devers, and Michael Kopech! Plus, we hit a ton of listener
emails: Why can't the Red Sox develop starting pitching? Which Travis - Sam or
Shaw - is more likely to be the club's first baseman in two years? How might the
Red Sox break in Andrew Benintendi when he gets called up? All this and more
await, so hit the download button!
July 18, 2016
Episode 102, Groome signs, Dave deals, podcast delivered.
So a few things have gone down over the past 10 days, eh? The guys had a ton to
talk about - the trades of Luis Alejandro Basabe and Jose Almonte for Brad
Ziegler and, more importantly, Anderson Espinoza for Drew Pomeranz showed why
the Prez of Baseball Ops is becoming known to many as Dealin' Dave. Plus, the
Red Sox were able to get Jason Groome signed before the July 15 deadline, along
with fellow draftees Bobby Dalbec and Mike Shawaryn, so the guys ran down what
they thought of the full draft haul and how the Groome signing may have played
into the club's willingness to move Espinoza. And with the deadline past, the
SoxProspects Rankings were updated - where did all of the new guys fall? And who
moved based on what the guys have seen in Lowell, Greenville, Salem, Portland,
and Pawtucket over the past few weeks? Listen for all this and more!
July 7, 2016
Episode 101, Trade, penalties fill the news. The news in this
episode was big enough to take up most of the conversation. First, just hours
before we recorded, RHP Aaron Wilkerson and 2B Wendell Rijo were dealt to
Milwaukee for infielder Aaron Hill and cash. And earlier in the week, Major
League Baseball imposed unprecedented penalties on the Red Sox organization for
rules violations relating to their acquisition of several international amateur
free agents last season. Between those big stories, a draft signings update, and
the Top 4 Update, we've got a packed episode!
June 27, 2016
Episode 100, Your regularly scheduled June programming.
With all of that draft craziness out of the way, it's time to get back to the
grind, and with promotions afoot and new seasons beginning, there was plenty for
the guys to talk about. In the Top 4 Update, Yoan Moncada (and his friends
Mauricio, Jalen, and Ben) got promoted, Andrew Benintendi is getting his
footing, and Rafael Devers is finally coming out of his funk. Meanwhile, the
Lowell and GCL seasons have started, and Ian sat on the Spinners' first five
games, giving him plenty to report about the best pitching staff that team has
had in recent memory. And of course, we read and answered your emails!
June 16, 2016
Episode 99, 2016 MLB.com's Jim Callis talks draft.
With the 2016 MLB draft in the books, our friend Jim Callis of MLB.com came on
the podcast to dissect the draft as a whole and the selections made by the Red
Sox over the event's three days. Why did Jason Groome fall, will he sign, and
what other team might he have had a deal with before the Red Sox plucked him at
number 12 overall? How do the five college juniors selected by the Red Sox in
rounds 2-6 compare to their selections in that range in past years? Will any of
the well-regarded late-round picks sign? Jim answered these questions and more!
June 10, 2016
Episode 98.5, Draft night 1 recap - Sox take top prep LHP Groome.
Chris, Ian, and Senior Staff Writer Will Woodward got on the horn quickly to
react to the Red Sox selecting prep lefty Jason Groome out of New Jersey and
Florida Atlantic shortstop C.J. Chatham in the first two rounds of the MLB Draft
on Thursday night. Given that Groome was ranked by many as the top talent in the
draft and reportedly fell due to signability and makeup concerns, there was
plenty to talk about (and will be in the coming weeks).
June 6, 2016
Episode 98, 2016 Draft Preview with Baseball America's JJ Cooper.
It's draft week! To prepare for this year's MLB First-Year Player Draft, which
starts on Thursday, June 9, Chris spoke to Baseball America Managing Editor JJ
Cooper about a number of topics, including BA's history of draft coverage, the
general strengths and weaknesses of this year's draft class, some players who
could be on the radar for the Red Sox at pick 12, and whether the club might
re-draft some past selections. Plus, in lieu of the Big 4 Update, we spoke with
JJ about his thoughts on their starts to the season.
June 2, 2016
Episode 97, Rankings and emails, emails and Rankings.
As the calendar turns to June, we've got a new set of rankings to dissect and a
bunch of listener emails to answer! We check in on the Big 4, chat about the
hard luck that has taken the top two prospects on the Pawtucket Red Sox out of
action, analyze Josh Ockimey's great start to the season and corresponding climb
to the top 20, review the bullpen arms in Pawtucket and Greenville, and more!
May 8, 2016
Episode 96, Catching up on catching up. In the unofficial
second part of the crew's roundup of the first month-plus of the season, the
guys looked at the goings-on in Portland and Greenville. The Sea Dogs are
struggling in the standings, but noteworthy mound performances by Aaron
Wilkerson and Chandler Shepherd merit discussion and
further looks at Williams Jerez, Luis Ysla,
Henry Ramos, and Jake Romanski were
undertaken. Greenville has been home to many of the season's early pleasant
surprises. Among the members of the Drive discussed are Michael Chavis,
Josh Ockimey, Roniel Raudes, the
Basabe twins, Kyri Washington, Tate Matheny,
Austin Glorius, Jake Cosart, and Bobby
Poyner. And in the Big 4 Update, the topics included which days -
precisely - we might see an Andrew Benintendi promotion (could
it be this week?), how much longer Yoan Moncada might spend in
Salem (longer than Benintendi, at least), and Anderson Espinoza's
record-tying start for the Drive (he gooooood).
May 2, 2016
Episode 95, One month in, start it up again.
It's been a month, but Chris came back from being a big shot and got back on the
horn with Matt and Ian to discuss the season's first month. Things kick off with
the first edition of the Big 4 Update, looking at whether Yoan Moncada's
strikeouts are a concern and why Andrew Benintendi and
Rafael Devers flipped in the site rankings update on May 1. Then the
guys gave us their notes from the field from the first month. Chris had the
latest from Salem, with reports on Moncada, Benintendi, Devers, Trey
Ball, and others. Then Ian and Matt responded with the word from
Pawtucket on Sam Travis and Deven Marrero.
Finally, the guys aired it out on whether it is a good idea for Blake
Swihart to start getting reps in left field, and what's gotten into the
big riser in the May 1 rankings, Teddy Stankiewicz.
March 24, 2016
Episode 94, Reports from the Fort 2016. Another successful trip
to minor league spring is in the books for the SoxProspects.com crew. With fresh
scouting and other intel to share, Chris, Matt, Ian, and Chaz got on the horn to
talk about what they saw, as well as the All-New, All-Different SoxProspects
Rankings! How did the big four of Yoan Moncada, Rafael
Devers, Anderson Espinoza, and Andrew
Benintendi look? What led to big jumps in the standings from
Travis Lakins, Christopher Acosta, and Luis
Alejandro "Not Just the Other" Basabe? Why has Yankory Pimentel
made Chaz rethink everything he knows about scouting? All of this and more await
in this episode.
March 16, 2016
Episode 93, Pre-Camp Mailbag.
In preparation for our trip to Fort Myers, the guys cleaned out the mailbag,
answering your questions about the state of the farm system! Who would they pick
for their All-Underrated Red Sox prospect team? How well would Mookie
Betts do if he were to go down to A-ball? Conversely, what if
Anderson Espinoza were called up to the majors right now? Is
Travis Shaw a hall of famer? How does a team develop power arms? These
questions and more await!
March 10, 2016
Episode 92, Jim Callis of MLB.com Returns. The guys are pumped
that their trip to Spring Training is drawing near, but first, they got on the
horn with Friend of the Site Jim Callis of MLB.com to talk about the state of
the farm system! MLB.com released its Top 30 Red Sox prospects last week, so we
had plenty of questions for Jim, and he had answers. Do the Sox have the best
quartet of prospects in the game? Where was Andrew Benintendi
on the club's draft board last June? How will his hand injury affect
Michael Kopech's development and prospect stock? This and more await in
another great episode!
March 2, 2016
Episode 91, Camp talk with Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe.
Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe has been all over coverage of the
early stages of spring training, and he joined us for a conversation about all
the goings on! What minor leaguers have already caught Pete's eye? How much work
has Yoan Moncada been doing with the major leaguers? Are there
really competitions for spots in the rotation and the back of the bullpen? Plus,
Peter had a great story about his introduction to covering minor league
February 24, 2016
Episode 90, Rankings Talk; Listener Questions. Pitchers and
catchers have reported, so it must be time to fire the podcast machine back up!
Chris, Matt, and Ian got back on the horn to discuss the (current and former)
Red Sox prospects ranked among the game's top 100 prospects by various outlets.
Can we learn anything by the rankings of Yoan Moncada,
Rafael Devers, Andrew Benintendi, Anderson
Espinoza, and Michael Kopech? Also, we got some great
reader questions about Moncada, Henry Owens and Brian
Johnson, Austin Glorius, Karsten Whitson,
the 2016 draft class, and more! Who were our picks for sleeper breakout seasons?
Who from last year's draft class are we excited to see in 2016? Listen to find
December 21, 2015
Episode 89, Alex Speier on Baseball America's Top 10 Prospects.
It's ranking season, and that gave us an excuse to get our friend Alex Speier of
the Boston Globe and Baseball America to discuss his recently
released list of the top 10 Red Sox prospects! We discuss the organization's
first-class top 10 and potentially worrisome lack of depth after the top 7,
whether the Red Sox gave up too much in the Craig Kimbrel deal,
and much more!
Episode 88, Breaking Down the Kimbrel Trade. Well, it did not
take very long into the offseason for Dave Dombrowski to make a blockbuster
move, as the Red Sox traded four of their top 25 prospects on Friday for Padres
closer Craig Kimbrel. If there ever was a time for an emergency
podcast, this is it, so Chris, Matt, and Ian got on the horn to discuss the ins
and outs of the deal. We have scouting reports on Manuel Margot,
Javier Guerra, Logan Allen, Carlos
Asuaje, and even Kimbrel. Was it an overpay, and even if it was, does
it still make sense for the Sox? How much does it matter that the system is so
deep and the Sox are set at shortstop and center field? How did the free agent
market influence the deal? We leave no stone unturned in our debate!
October 26, 2015
Episode 87, Season in review, pt. 2; Trey Ball interview.
The long-awaited second half of our season wrap-up hits three of your emails,
then goes through our season-end rankings! How high did upstart Venezuelan
Anderson Espinoza push into the top five, and why? What led to
Luis Alexander Basabe and Logan Allen pushing
into the top 15? What else did Ian see at Fall Instructs? Plus, we close with
Chris's interview with 2013 first-round pick Trey Ball, looking
back on his season in Salem the the pressures of being the #7 overall pick.
Episode 86, Season in review, pt. 1. It's time to wrap up the
season! We start by taking your listener questions. What players would be the
best converting to or from the mound? Do the Red Sox promote players more
aggressively than they used to? We then recap the 2015 SoxProspects.com
All-Stars. Who did our Forum members vote as the best at their positions in
2015? The answers may ... actually they probably won't surprise you really. Lastly, we debate our picks for each of the 2015 SoxProspects.com Awards, such
as Offensive Player of the Year, Pitcher of the Year, Rookie of the Year,
Breakout Player of the Year, and more! Lots of good debate here, as there were
lots of tough choices.
Episode 85, Final notes from the field, Sept. rankings, Wendell Rijo
interview. In Notes from the Field, Chris, Ian, and Chaz shared their
reports on Pawtucket's Matt Barnes, Marco Hernandez,
and William Cuevas; Salem's Wendell Rijo,
Mauricio Dubon, Teddy Stankiewicz, Ty
Buttrey; and Lowell's Logan Allen, Travis
Lakins, and Yankory Pimentel. Reviewing the September
rankings update, we discuss Yoan Moncada overtaking
Rafael Devers at the top, and comparing the fast-rising
Anderson Espinoza and Andrew Benintendi against the
"old guard" of the Top 10. Finally, we share Chris's interview with Salem Red
Sox second baseman Wendell Rijo. Wendell discussed his rise
through the minors so far, changes he's made to his swing, the difficulties
international players face coming to the U.S., and more.
Episode 84, Mailbag extravaganza! We've got a backlog of
listener emails to get to, so what better time than the present to talk about
what you want to hear? You guys had some outstanding questions that gave us
plenty to talk about. What are the odds of a top prospect becoming a good major
leaguer? Which pitchers have the highest ceilings in the system? What players
rank as the best in each of the five tools? And of course there's current
events: What can we expect from Dave Dombrowski as President of Baseball Ops,
and is Jackie Bradley's rebound for real? All of this and more
August 21, 2015
Episode 83, Interview special with Michael Chavis and Nick Longhi.
This week, we're hitting you with a couple of interviews with members of the
Greenville Drive: third baseman Michael Chavis and first
baseman/outfielder Nick Longhi. Chavis, a 2014 first-round
pick, discussed what it was like sharing third base with Rafael Devers,
the pressures of being a first-rounder, and what's with the whole "11:11" thing.
Longhi talked about what most listeners of the podcast could probably only dream
about - being a Red Sox fan drafted by the Red Sox - as well as a number of
other topics including visiting the Dominican Instructional League.
Episode 82, Teddy Stankiewicz interview, August Rankings. It's
now August, and we've got our second straight new top prospect! Why did
Rafael Devers leapfrog Yoan Moncada to take the top
spot? How about the jumps made by the likes of Anderson Espinoza,
Marco Hernandez, and Luis Alexander Basabe?
Plus the guys talked about the (then-pending) debut of Henry Owens,
the injury to Brian Johnson, the move of Matt Barnes
back to the rotation, and the promotion of Kevin Steen
to Lowell. To cap the episode, we present Chris' interview with Salem
right-hander Teddy Stankiewicz, talking about pitching, bus
rides, and the shocking discovery from his pre-signing physical.
July 24, 2015
Episode 81, Dropping in on the Drive, Darren Fenster interview.
Chris and Ian just spent some time watching the Greenville Drive, and they had
plenty to talk about! The guys chatted with Matt about their thoughts on
Yoan Moncada, Rafael Devers, Javier Guerra,
Michael Chavis, Nick Longhi, and more! While
he was in town, Chris also checked in with Drive manager Darren Fenster
to discuss what's been going on with these players behind the scenes, as well as
getting the manager's take on life in the minors. Plus, the guys talk about
Brian Johnson's MLB debut, and your listener emails hit on
players from throughout the system and beyond: How does Devers compare to
Xander Bogaerts at the same age? Where have Karsten
Whitson and Christopher Acosta been? Which players
might move positions? All this and more!
Episode 80, Ty Buttrey interview, Salem and Lowell notes. It's
another action-packed edition of the SP Pod, featuring an interview with Salem
Red Sox right-hander Ty Buttrey! Chris sat down with him
recently in Frederick and talked about his bounce-back season, injuring his hand
last year, Clash of Clans, and more! Plus, Chris brought back his scouting notes
from seeing a pair of Salem games dishing on Buttrey, Daniel McGrath,
Aaron Wilkerson, German Taveras,
Wendell Rijo, Mauricio Dubon, Jordan Procyshen,
and more. Not to be outdone, Ian countered with notes from Lowell on
Andrew Benintendi('s BP), Austin Rei, Tate
Matheny, Jake Cosart, Ben Taylor,
Luis Alexander Basabe, Victor Acosta, and
Jeremy Rivera. Plus, your emails!
July 1, 2015
Episode 79, Promotions, Signings, Rankings, Fireworks? With the
calendar turning to July, Chris and Ian got on the horn and had plenty to talk
about, starting with a slew of recent promotions, including those of
Manuel Margot, Sam Travis, and Mauricio Dubon
to new affiliates and Deven Marrero, Jonathan Aro,
and Jackie Bradley to the majors, among others. Plus the Red
Sox are now mostly done with draft signings - after inking Andrew
Benintendi, how much money is left? And of course, new month, new
rankings, including a new number one prospect and debates aplenty! We close, as
usual with your emails.
Episode 78, Checking in on the PawSox. Many outlets have noted
the abundance of prospects on the Pawtucket Red Sox roster this season. So what
about it then? We're past the midway point of June, and after getting plenty of
looks at what the Triple-A club has to offer, Chris, Matt, and Ian talked about
who's up and who's down for the PawSox, including Travis Shaw,
Garin Cecchini, Jackie Bradley, Brian
Johnson, Henry Owens, Pat Light,
Dayan Diaz, Jonathan Aro, and more. At the
other end of the ladder, the Lowell Spinners started their season on Friday, and
the GCL Sox will start on Monday. What did the guys think of the season-opening
Lowell roster, and what that probably means down at the complex? Listen and find
out. And as always, we answered your listener emails, which led to a discussion
regarding the development of Xander Bogaerts and Mookie
June 8, 2015
Episode 77, Welcome to the Sox, Andrew Benintendi. On Monday,
the Red Sox selected Arkansas sophomore center fielder Andrew Beninteni
with the seventh overall pick in this year's MLB Draft. Chris, Ian, and Matt
quickly hopped on for their reactions: Did they like the pick? Where might he
debut in the rankings? Where will he play this year and next? Those answers,
plus video game music!
Episode 76, Draft Preview with Kiley McDaniel. The Draft is in
two days, so Chris and Ian got on the horn with Fangraphs Lead Prospect Analyst
Kiley McDaniel to preview who might be on the Red Sox radar with the seventh
overall selection. We discussed the players in play, as well as the club's
strategy with their second pick not coming until the third round at 81st
overall. Plus, Kiley talks about his recent viewing of the Greenville Drive,
focusing on Michael Kopech, Rafael Devers,
Javier Guerra, Nick Longhi, and
June 1, 2015
Episode 75, So, about those pitchers... Following the big debut
of Eduardo Rodriguez and the Boston rotation's continued
struggles, it's sure looking like it's time for the Red Sox to start leaning on
that stacked Triple-A rotation we heard about in the preseason. But what can we
expect from Rodriguez, Brian Johnson, and Henry Owens,
both now and in the future? Chris, Matt, and Ian talked about that, as well as
when it's time to promote a player in the minors - spurred by 18-year-old
Rafael Devers's hot month of May in Greenville - as well as the
latest update to the site rankings!
Episode 74, April Recap and First-Hand Notes. With Chris
returning from the other side of the world, he got Ian and Matt on the horn to
look back at the season's first month. The guys talked about the new rankings'
movers and shakers, as well as some recent MLB call-ups and the outlook for
players like Blake Swihart, Jackie Bradley,
and Matt Barnes. The guys also had plenty to report from the
field(s), having seen Pawtucket, Portland, and Greenville already in this young
season. Listen for reports on Henry Owens, Rafael
Devers, and more! Finally, in response to reader questions, the guys
quickly discussed the Red Sox' potential plans for the number 7 pick in next
April 14, 2015
Episode 73, Scout Talk and Season's Start. With the season
underway, Chris, Ian, Matt, and podcast rookie Chaz Fiorino had plenty to chat
about in this extra-large episode! First, the guys examined the affiliate
rosters, picking superlatives and discussing surprises. Then, taking advantage
of having both Ian and Chaz on, they talked about scouting: what they do when
they're at a game, what they look for in players, and decoding scout-speak.
Finally, the guys emptied the listener mailbag.
Episode 72, Season preview with Matthew Kory. It's that time!
Chris and Ian welcomed special guest Matthew Kory of Over the Monster, Forbes,
Baseball Prospectus, and sundry other publications of varying repute to talk
about what storylines we're looking forward to following in the minor league
system in 2015. How will all the infielders in Greenville get playing time? How
many of the prospect-laden PawSox have a future in the organization? Are
Portland and Salem as bad as the rosters look at first glance, or is there
intrigue there? Listen and learn! Plus, the debut of Turkey Facts!
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
SoxProspects.com 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.
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 SoxProspects.com
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
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
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
November 5, 2014
Episode 65, Alex Speier talks BA's Top 10. It's rankings
season! Our friend Alex Speier of WEEI.com
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!
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 SoxProsects.com 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 SoxProspects.com Podcast. Stay with
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
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
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.
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!
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, MLB.com'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 MLB.com'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
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.
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 WEEI.com, 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 SoxProspects.com 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
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
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,
facebook.com/younglondonmusic, and on the Spotify stage at this summer's
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 www.sirsy.com.
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
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 news.soxprospects.com!), then analyze the Opening
Day rosters at the Sox' four full-season affiliates. Also discussed: Jon Meoli's
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.
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
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, 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
May 22, 2012
In the re-boot of the SoxProspects.com Podcast, the guys chat about the big
stories of the spring in the Red Sox system: Will Middlebrooks, Matt Barnes, and
January 23, 2012
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.
November 23, 2011
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
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
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
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
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.
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 ScoutingtheSally.com
||Recap of day one of
the 2010 draft.
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
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.
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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