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A few days ago I was on hand for Tyler Cloyd’s start against Jeurys Familia in Lehigh Valley. Triple-A has become more of a taxi squad of players than a haven for prospects, but I was able to catch a glimpse of some very promising arms and here are some scouting notes on the kids I saw. Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2012 at Penn League Report
Prospects at the Low-A and Short Season levels are typically very raw. Fortunately, you can often find the players with the most upside in these levels. Here are some scouting notes on three prospects, one in the New York Penn League, and two in the Sally League. Chris Bostick, 2B,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2012 at Penn League Report
Pat Light is a right-handed starting pitcher at Monmouth University. The 21-year-old is a power pitcher with mid-90s velocity on his heater, that, according to one scout, hit 99 last season. He stands at 6'6", 200 lbs. so there might even be some projection left in him. Light has some... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2012 at Penn League Report
Henry Owens is your typical projectable left-handed young starter... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2012 at Penn League Report
Matt Barnes is really, really good. While he was charting pitches yesterday, Barnes got to talking about Jackie Bradley Jr. as a centerfielder. Bradley's instincts in center are off-the-charts, so he's able to be a great defensive centerfielder despite his average speed. Barnes, in a similar sense, has great instincts... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2012 at Penn League Report
The Red Sox selected Blake Swihart with the 26th overall pick in last season's First-Year Player Draft. He was named the #72 prospect in baseball by the folks at BaseballAmerica, and the #100 prospect by ESPN's Keith Law. Blake is playing this season at Low-A Greenville in the South Atlantic League and was kind enough to chat with me for a few minutes yesterday. Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2012 at Penn League Report
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Travis Jankowski emerged as a potential first round pick after his performance in the Cape Cod League last summer. Jankowski caught scouts’ attention with his league-leading 57 hits, 7 of which were triples. Jankowski, in a nutshell, is an athletic outfielder who makes plenty of contact. A left-handed hitter, Jankowski... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2012 at Penn League Report
Go after Marco Scutaro in free agency. If they fail to sign him, look to Jerry Hairston Jr. or Jack Wilson. Decline Gonzalez's option and try to work out a cheap deal to have him around for when someone gets hurt. Decline the option on Tek and give him $3 million next year. Stay in touch with Jason Bay, but make a serious play for Matt Holliday. The Red Sox need one or the other in the lineup next season. Build a package of prospects with Papelbon and/or Buchholz and try to trade for Halladay or Felix Hernandez. If the Red Sox don't bring in another ace, then they should sign John Lackey or offer an incentive-laden contract to Rich Harden or Erik Bedard. Consider signing an extra arm for the bullpen. Maybe the Sox should take a chance on JJ Putz or Justin Duchscherer, who may be able to make a spot start if necessary. Evaluate the potential of Aroldis Chapman. If he's as good as advertised, try to make him a Red Sock. Call the Rays about Carl Crawford. With Crawford and Ellsbury setting the table the Red Sox would be very tough to slow down. Crawford would likely command a Papelbon/Buchholz/prospects package and is very unlikely to be traded within the division, but his being a Sock is a very intriguing scenario.