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October 17, 2014 at 7:30 AM

Top 40 Season in Review: Bryce Brentz and Christopher Acosta


For the next five weeks, SoxProspects.com will count down its end-of-season top 40 prospects, recapping their seasons and looking at what's ahead for them in 2015. You can find all of the entries in this year's series here.

#32: Bryce Brentz, OF
2014 Teams: Pawtucket Red Sox, Boston Red Sox (Rehab: GCL Red Sox, Lowell Spinners)
Final Stats: 298 PA, .227/.326/.430, 12 HR, 12 2B, 3 3B, 65 K, 36 BB (minors)
26 PA, .308/.308/.385, 2 2B, 9K, 0 BB (majors)

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Season in Review: Brentz came out of the gate showing improved patience, walking 20 times over his first 35 games with the PawSox, matching the number of walks he had in 82 games with Pawtucket in 2013. While he still was not making consistent contact, he did hit for power, with 14 extra-base hits, including six home runs, over his first 135 at-bats. On May 15, Brentz strained his hamstring, an injury originally putting him in day-to-day status, but lingered for long enough that he did not start a rehab assignment until over two months later. For the second year in a row, Brentz likely missed out on a major league call-up due to injury, as the Red Sox outfield thinned significantly during that period. He returned to Pawtucket on August 2, and he ended the season on a roll, batting .263/.349/.516 over his last 95 regular season at-bats. He continued to hit in the postseason, batting .263 with three doubles in eight games as he helped lead the PawSox to the Governors' Cup. After the PawSox playoff run finished, Brentz was promoted to Boston, and he played well in his first major league call-up, recording at least one hit in six of the eight games he appeared in. - Jim Crowell
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October 16, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Top 40 Season in Review: Justin Haley and Jake Cosart


For the next five weeks, SoxProspects.com will count down its end-of-season top 40 prospects, recapping their seasons and looking at what's ahead for them in 2015. You can find all of the entries in this year's series here.

#34: Justin Haley, SP
2014 Teams: Salem Red Sox, Portland Sea Dogs
Final Stats: 130 1/3 IP, 10-6, 1 SV, 2.35 ERA, 107 H, 39 R/34 ER, 39 BB, 107 K, 1.12 WHIP

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Season in Review: After a solid 2013 season with Greenville, Haley pitched well right out of the gate with High-A Salem, splitting his time between starting and relieving early in the year before forcing his way into the rotation for good in June. An area of immediate improvement for Haley was his ability to limit walks. After allowing more than five free passes per nine innings with the Drive last season, Haley cut that mark by more than half in his time with Salem. In 92 2/3 innings, Haley was 7-4 with a 2.82 ERA, allowing just 77 hits and posting a career-high 3:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. The 23-year-old right-hander continued his fantastic season after a promotion to Portland by going 3-2 with a 1.19 ERA in six starts to round out the season. While continued to limit hits, his walk rate did creep back up, as he allowed 16 in 17 2/3 innings. However, 10 of those free passes came in two starts, and Haley went at least six innings in each of his starts with Portland. - John Gray
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October 15, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Top 40 Season in Review: Drake Britton and Dalier Hinojosa


For the next five weeks, SoxProspects.com will count down its end-of-season top 40 prospects, recapping their seasons and looking at what's ahead for them in 2015. You can find all of the entries in this year's series here.

#36: Drake Britton, RP
2014 Teams: Pawtucket Red Sox, Boston Red Sox
Final Stats: 58 1/3 IP, 2-3, 5 SV, 5.86 ERA, 77 H, 41 R, 38 ER, 38 BB, 37 K, 1.97 WHIP (minors)
6 2/3 IP, 0.00 ERA, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K, 1.05 WHIP (majors)

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Season in Review: Britton started the year back in Pawtucket, with an eye towards getting the call to Boston if the opportunity arose. He allowed only two earned runs in 12 innings in April, but a deeper look at his numbers showed signs of issues that would dog him all year, a 12-to-11 strikeout-to-walk ratio and 1.71 WHIP showing that the control problems that have plagued him throughout his career were not completely exorcised. Things started to go downhill and over his next 35 innings, Britton pitched to a 9.26 ERA with 22 walks and only 16 strikeouts. Batters hit .372 against him while slugging .622. Britton admitted in interviews near the end of the season that he had lost focus and struggled with the fact that he was still in Pawtucket. He did manage to rebound and toss 9 2/3 scoreless innings over his last five appearances with Pawtucket, and he threw 6 2/3 shutout innings over seven appearances in the majors to give him some positive momentum as he enters a very important offseason. - Jim Crowell
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October 14, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Top 40 Season in Review: Cody Kukuk and Jamie Callahan


For the next five weeks, SoxProspects.com will count down its end-of-season top 40 prospects, recapping their seasons and looking at what's ahead for them in 2015. Note, of course, that we will be using the site's official end-of-season rankings, meaning that any changes after September 26 will not be reflected in the countdown. You can find all of the entries in this year's series here.

#38: Cody Kukuk, SP
2014 Teams: Salem Red Sox, Greenville Drive
Final Stats: 102 2/3 IP, 7-7, 4.47 ERA, 89 H, 59 R/51 ER, 83 BB, 116 K, 1.68 WHIP

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Season in Review: After showing both the ability to miss bats and issues throwing strikes in 2013, Kukuk began 2014 back in Greenville after logging 107 innings with the Drive the previous season. The tall left-hander made five starts with the Drive, allowing only five runs over 24 innings pitched before getting the call-up to Salem at the beginning of May. The Carolina League proved a tougher test for Kukuk, whose control problems re-emerged and helped contribute to a tough stretch in his first six weeks with Salem, as he walked 37 batters and allowed 41 hits in 35 2/3 innings over 10 starts. The arrival of July saw improved performances from the 21-year-old, with Kukuk surrendering only six earned runs over six starts that month. He struck out 36 batters and walked 15 in 26 1/3 innings, earning SoxProspects.com’s Pitcher of the Month award. However, including his last start of July, Kukuk's control issues re-emerged in his last five starts, as he allowed 25 free passes in 20 innings. His final line in Salem saw him post 5.26 ERA and 1.81 WHIP in 78 2/3 innings. Despite strong strikeout numbers, his biggest issue remains his propensity to give up the free pass, as he posted an 8.1 walks-per-nine rate during his time in the Carolina League. - Alex Skillin
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October 13, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Top 40 Season in Review: Dan Butler and Mauricio Dubon


For the next five weeks, SoxProspects.com will count down its end-of-season top 40 prospects, recapping their seasons and looking at what's ahead for them in 2015. Note, of course, that we will be using the site's official end-of-season rankings, meaning that any changes after September 26 will not be reflected in the countdown. You can find all of the entries in this year's series here.

#40: Dan Butler, C
2014 Teams: Pawtucket Red Sox, Boston Red Sox
Final Stats: 325 PA, .241/.317/.350, 19 2B, 4 HR, 71 K, 29 BB (minors)
20 PA, .211/.250/.368, 3 2B, 5 K, 1BB (majors)

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Season in Review: Butler's unassuming 2014 stat line belies what was at least one big success, as the former undrafted free agent became one of the more unlikely players to make the climb through the Red Sox system in recent years, making his major league debut on August 10. The 27-year-old ended up appearing in seven games during two stints on the major league roster, with a highlight coming in a 3-for-4, two-double performance against Baltimore on September 10. Butler spent most of the year with Pawtucket, where he spent much of the season deferring to Christian Vazquez and Blake Swihart. However, the organization showed that even with those two top prospects taking many of the reps behind the plate, it still wanted to keep his bat sharp, giving him 28 starts at designated hitter. - James Dunne
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Fall/Winter League Roundup: Castillo, Coyle impress early


This is the first in our series of weekly roundups of the Fall/Winter Leagues, and look for coverage to continue every Monday into January. For the full list of Red Sox prospects participating in these leagues, check out our Fall & Winter Leagues page, which will be updated continuously through January. This week's roundup covers the period of October 7-12.

Arizona Fall League

Games started on October 7, with seven prospects seeing action for the Surprise Saguaros. The biggest name this year is Rusney Castillo (pictured), who went 5 for 15 with six runs scored over three games. He also stole a base, and Keith Law of ESPN.com tweeted that he was very impressed with his defense in center field.
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October 10, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Scouting Scratch: Fall Instructs Part Three


Recently, SoxProspects Director of Scouting Ian Cundall traveled to the Fall Instructional League to report on the goings-on in Fort Myers. This is the third of four reports from his trip. For part one click here and for part two click here.

- Of all the Red Sox pitchers I saw during my trip, Jake Cosart was the most impressive. Cosart has an athletic, projectable frame and is on the skinny side at present, listed at 6-foot-2, 175 pounds. His delivery is arm-heavy as he does not utilize his lower half much and has some effort, especially when viewed from the side, because he does not get normal extension with his arm. He throws from a three-quarters arm slot, where he almost short-arms the ball and has a slight stab. That said, Cosart has a loose arm and elite arm strength that helps him generate easy velocity even though he doesn’t use his lower half to great effect. Cosart’s fastball worked 93-95 mph over a two-inning stint, showing plus sink down in the zone. 
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October 9, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Scouting Scratch: Fall Instructs Part Two


Recently, SoxProspects Director of Scouting Ian Cundall traveled to the Fall Instructional League to report on the goings-on in Fort Myers. This is the second of four reports from his trip. For part one click here.

- Simon Mercedes did not have his best fastball during the outing I saw, but he made up for it by showing two potential plus secondary pitches. Mercedes looks all of his listed 6-foot-4, 245 pounds, and is on the soft side with a large lower half. His mechanics are rigid, with a stiff landing leg that results in him finishing off balance and falling off to the first-base side. He also has the tendency to drift at times, and can thus lose his line to the plate. His fastball sat 91-93 mph, showing some sink, but lacked the crispness it has had in past looks. His secondary pitches, on the other hand, showed much better than previous looks. His threw his slider 84-87 mph with two-plane break and solid depth through the zone. It showed the potential to be swing-and-miss pitch at the highest level. His changeup showed similar potential. He threw it 84-87 mph as well, with the same arm speed as his fastball. The pitch had almost splitter-like movement at times, with the bottom falling out of it. He ended up recording three strikeouts with the pitch in this outing, all swinging, with hitters having little chance against it. Mercedes has shown the potential to have at least two plus pitches and potential third solid-average one, but his future likely lies in the bullpen. He has had trouble staying healthy and has problems with consistency, rarely getting all of his pitches working in a given outing.
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October 8, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Weekly Notes: Arizona Fall League and Fall Instructs start up


The last two weeks' minor league notes:

  • The Arizona Fall League opened its season yesterday. Red Sox prospects will play for the Surprise Saguaros along with prospects from the Cincinnati Reds, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners, and Texas Rangers. The roster features four Red Sox pitchers (Keith Couch, Aaron Kurcz, Robby Scott, and Madison Younginer) and three position players (infielders Sean Coyle and Deven Marrero (pictured, right) and outfielder Rusney Castillo). The Saguaros started with a 5-4 loss to Peoria, but none of the Red Sox players participated in the game. The entire schedule for all teams can be found here.
  • SoxProspects.com director of scouting Ian Cundall headed down to Fort Myers this week to get his eyes on the Fall Instructional League. This morning he posted his first fall edition of Scouting Scratch, which has scouting information on several prospects including third basemen Rafael Devers and 2014 first-round pick Michael Kopech
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Scouting Scratch: Fall Instructs Part One


Recently, SoxProspects Director of Scouting Ian Cundall traveled to the Fall Instructional League to report on the goings-on in Fort Myers. This is the first of four reports from his trip.

- Perhaps the biggest news from the Fort was that Rafael Devers had his right foot in a cast and was on crutches. We have confirmed that Devers turned his ankle while sliding and suffered a stress fracture. Luckily, the Red Sox expect him to be healthy by late November and have a normal off-season.

- 2014 first-round pick Michael Kopech started my first game down there, working only one inning but showing the tools that made him an early selection. Kopech has a prototypical pitcher’s frame, listed at 6-foot-3, 195 pounds. He has the frame to support added size as he matures without losing any of his present athleticism. Kopech throws from a three-quarters arm slot with a high-effort delivery that has already improved since his amateur days. He still utilizes a high leg lift and turns at the waist prior to coming forward, but the turn is less pronounced now and his arm is not as long behind. Still, it is not a clean delivery and could be something he and the organization continue to tinker with to make it easier for him to repeat in longer outings, although he was able to repeat it throughout his inning here for the most part.
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