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February 4, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Help Wanted: Database Coordinator


SoxProspects.com is seeking applicants for the position of Database Coordinator for the 2016 season. See below for details.
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February 3, 2016 at 7:00 AM

January Notes: Red Sox extend contract with Greenville


Here are this month's minor league notes:
  • The Red Sox announced that they have agreed to extend the Player Development Contract with the Greenville Drive through the 2020 season. The Drive have been an affiliate of the Red Sox since 2005, and Fluor Field's nearly identical dimensions to Fenway Park have helped players learn how to use the Green Monster over the course of a full season. 
  • The 2015 Season in Review series wrapped up on January 22, and it is a great resource for the fans who are looking to re-acquaint themselves with the players after a long offseason. The series covered recent graduates, like Blake Swihart and Eduardo Rodriguez, every player who was ranked in the site's top 40 at the end of the season, and also players who were ranked in the top 40 at one point but who ultimately fell out of the rankings. All 33 entries in the series can be found here
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February 1, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Fall/Winter League Roundup: Champions crowned as play concludes


This week's roundup covers play for the period of January 25-31. For the full list of Red Sox players who participated in offseason action, check out our Fall and Winter Leagues page,

Note that this will be the last roundup of the offseason. You will be able to find further updates in our regular offseason notes columns. 
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January 25, 2016 at 6:32 PM

Fall/Winter League Roundup: Championship series underway


This week's roundup covers play for the period of January 18-24. For the full list of Red Sox prospects participating in offseason action, check out our Fall and Winter Leagues page, which will be updated continuously through the end of the offseason.

Dominican Professional Baseball League

Not much happened in the Dominican League this past week for Red Sox players. Roman Mendez appeared in Este's one-game playoff against Escogido and went 1/3 of an inning, allowing four hits and an earned run in the loss. Marco Hernandez has yet to make an appearance for Licey, which is currently down four games to one in the best-of-nine championship series. 
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January 22, 2016 at 8:00 AM

2015 Graduates in Review: Blake Swihart


As an extension of our Top 40 in Review series, we are featuring the seven players who were ranked in the SoxProspects.com Top 40 during the 2015 season and graduated from prospect status. All entries in this year's Top 40 Season in Review series can be found here.

2015 Teams: Portland Sea Dogs, Pawtucket Red Sox, Boston Red Sox
Final Stats: 87 PA, .321/.368./370, 0 HR, 6 BB, 16 K (minors); 309 PA, .274/.319/.392, 5 HR, 18 BB, 77 K (majors)
Peak System Ranking: 1 (June, 2015)
Graduated: July 2015 (#1)
Season in Review: 2014 | 2013
Links:

Season in Review: Ever since being drafted with the 26th overall pick in 2011, Blake Swihart’s stock has been on the rise. He has only ever known the top 10 in the SoxProspects rankings and has slowly crept up through those ranks, eventually landing at the top of the rankings at the end of the 2014 season. While he struggled during his short, 18-game stint at Pawtucket to end 2014, he began 2015 on fire. He hit .338/.392/.382 over his first 18 games, showing he was capable of holding more than his own at the level despite being almost four years younger than the average Triple-A position player. Along the way, he collected Player of the Week honors for the first full week of the season, April 13-19, when he had 12 hits in 25 at-bats (.480 average) and hit safely in each game he played.
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Help Wanted: Writers, Editors


SoxProspects.com is seeking applicants for the positions of Staff Writer and Staff Editor for the 2016 season. See below for details.
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January 21, 2016 at 2:22 PM

Red Sox bring back Dan Butler on minor league deal


The Red Sox have signed veteran catcher Dan Butler to a minor league contract. Butler returns to the Red Sox organization where he played from 2009 to 2014, making a brief seven-game appearance for the 2014 major league team. The contract includes an invitation to major league spring training, and was originally reported by Jon Heyman of the MLB Network.

Butler, 29, originally signed with the Red Sox in 2009 as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Arizona where he had been the backup catcher. Like most undrafted player he was not originally regarded as a prospect, but his strong .310/.411/.482 season in 2010 between Low A Greenville and High A Salem earned him recognition as a South Atlantic League All-Star.
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January 20, 2016 at 7:00 AM

2015 Graduates in Review: Eduardo Rodriguez


As an extension of our Top 40 in Review series, we are featuring the seven players who were ranked in the SoxProspects.com Top 40 during the 2015 season and graduated from prospect status. All entries in this year's Top 40 Season in Review series can be found here.

Eduardo Rodriguez, LHP
2015 Teams: Pawtucket Red Sox, Boston Red Sox
Final Stats: 48 ⅓ IP, 2.98 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 44K, 7BB (minors); 121 ⅔ IP, 3.85 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 98K, 37BB (majors)
Peak System Ranking: 1 (June 30, 2015)
Graduated: July 2015 (#1)
Season in Review: 2014
Links:
Rodriguez optioned to Pawtucket
2015 SoxProspects Pre-Season All-Stars
Dunne: System Restart, Upper Level Pitchers
April Pitcher of the Month
Cundall: The Write-Up, May 5
Rodriguez called up to Boston
Rodriguez named SoxProspects.com Graduate of the Year

Season in Review: Expectations were high for the 22-year-old Venezuelan coming into 2015 following an electrifying debut with the Sea Dogs after being acquired for Andrew Miller at the trade deadline in 2014. Rodriguez pitched to a 0.96 ERA over 37 1/3 innings with Portland to close out that season. He started 2015 in Pawtucket, where he was dominant over his first four starts, going 3-0 with a 1.82 ERA and 22 strikeouts over 24 2/3 innings. His next four starts were hot-and-cold, as he went 1-3 with a 4.18 ERA, but he still was missing bats, striking out 22 over 23 2/3 innings.
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January 18, 2016 at 12:00 PM

Fall/Winter League Roundup: Ramos and Castillo combine for 16 hits


This week's roundup covers play from the period of January 11-17. For the full list of Red Sox prospects participating in offseason action, check out our Fall and Winter Leagues page, which will be updated continuously through the end of the offseason. 

Dominican Professional Baseball League

The Round Robin playoffs finished yesterday, with Licey advancing to the championship series. Este and Escogido finished tied with 9-9 records, and they will play a one-game playoff today, with the winner moving on to play Licey. Aneury Tavarez (pictured) and the Estrellas have been eliminated, with Tavarez going 3 for 10 with a triple and a walk last week. Roman Mendez appeared in three game for Este, allowing one run in 2 1/3 innings, walking three and striking out one. 
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2015 Graduates in Review: Henry Owens


As an extension of our Top 40 in Review series, we are featuring the seven players who were ranked in the SoxProspects.com Top 40 during the 2015 season and graduated from prospect status. All entries in this year's Top 40 Season in Review series can be found here.

2015 Teams: Pawtucket Red Sox, Boston Red Sox
Final Stats: 122 1/3 IP, 3.16 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 103 K, 56 BB (minors); 63 IP, 4.57 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, 50 K, 24 BB (majors)
Peak System Ranking: 2 (Feb. 6, 2015)
Graduated: October 2015 (#4)
Season in Review: 2014 | 2013 | 2012
Links

Season in Review: After struggling in his second major league spring training, Owens returned to Pawtucket to start the 2015 season with the goal of preparing himself for his first major league call-up. It was clear from seeing Owens early in the year—if not, perhaps, from listening to him and his coaches, who would deny as much in later interviews—that he was not throwing his outstanding changeup in order to work on other parts of his game, namely his fastball command and his other secondaries, a curveball and a slider, the latter a new offering for the tall lefty. As a result, his early-season results, at least statistically, were middling. In his first 12, starts, Owens only allowed 44 hits and a .196 batting average over 64 1/3 innings, but he walked 44 batters and struck out just 51, both career-worst rates. His 3.64 ERA may not have stood out as particularly bad, but his inability to limit free passes stood out as particularly worrisome.
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