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September 28, 2015 at 2:00 PM

Weekly Notes: Season end awards & front office changes

Here are this week's minor league notes:
  • The community's award polls closed over the weekend. The awards that were up for grabs included: Offensive Player of the Year, Pitcher of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Breakout Player of the Year, Comeback Player of the Year, DSL Player of the Year, Graduate of the Year, Homegrown Player of the Year, and Ex-Prospect of the Year. SoxProspects senior staff writer James Dunne breaks down all the winners and highlights the reasons they took home the awards.
  • The Red Sox announced their own minor league end of season awards. Winners included Sam Travis (Offensive Player of the Year, pictured, right), Williams Jerez (Pitcher of the Year), Javier Guerra (Defensive Player of the Year), top-ranked prospect Yoan Moncada (Baserunner of the Year), Lorenzo Cedrola (Latin Program Player of the Year), and Denyi Reyes (Latin Program Pitcher of the Year). For more detail on each of the Red Sox minor league award winners Nick Rabasco, SoxProspects staff writer, has you covered.
  • The minor league season has wrapped up and it has been an extremely eventful year. Despite a slew of graduates, the Red Sox still finished the year with one of the top ranked farm systems. There was a ton to keep track of and the SoxProspects podcast team begins to wrap up the season with part one of their Season in Review series, including their personal picks for the Red Sox minor league awards and comments on the All-Star selections.
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at 1:30 PM 2015 season-end award winners

Much like with the major league club, 2015 saw several individual players have standout performances that weren't reflected in the team win-loss records. Only one affiliate qualified for the playoffs--though the one that did, the Gulf Coast League Red Sox, won its league championship. The talent was spread throughout the organization, from the several players who began the season with Pawtucket making an impact on the major league team, to a pair of hot-shot rookies who take home the Offensive Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year awards. The award winners in the nine below categories were selected by the community.

Offensive Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year: Andrew Benintendi
The silver lining in Boston's hugely disappointing 2014 season was the opportunity to select the 2015 Golden Spikes Award winner with the seventh overall pick in the draft. After a standout campaign as a draft-eligible sophomore, Benintendi continued to dominate the baseball world once the Red Sox brought him into the fold. Initially assigned to Lowell, he saw little resistance from New York-Penn League pitching, hitting .290/.408/.540 with seven home runs in 153 plate appearances on his way to being named the top prospect in that circuit by Baseball America. Rewarded with a mid-August promotion to Greenville, facing the more advanced South Atlantic League competition seemed only to get more out of the 21-year-old. He hit an outstanding .351/.430/.581 in 19 games to close out the season.

The .313/.416/.556 line between two levels was dominant enough to get Benintendi recognized as the top offensive performer in the system despite totaling only 239 plate appearances. The former Arkansas Razorback was in a much closer competition in the Rookie of the Year balloting, narrowly topping Cuban phenom Yoan Moncada and 17-year-old right-hander Anderson Espinoza.
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September 26, 2015 at 6:29 PM

Travis, Moncada highlight Red Sox minor league awards

The Red Sox have announced seven Minor League award recipients. Among them, Sam Travis (pictured, left) was named the Offensive Player of the Year and Williams Jerez (pictured, below) was named the Pitcher of the Year. Javier Guerra was also named the Defensive Player of the Year, while Yoan Moncada was named the Base Runner of the Year.

Travis, currently the 10th-ranked prospect on, had a breakout year for Salem and Portland. The 22-year old's first 66 ballgames of the year were with Salem, hitting .313/.378/.467 over that stretch. The remaining 65 games for Travis were with Portland, where he did not slow down with the bat, hitting .300/.384/.436 for the Sea Dogs. Travis was a Carolina League All-Star and was honored on with two Player of the Week awards this season and Player of the Month for June.

Jerez' 2015 season was split across three different levels. He began the year with Greenville, moved on to Salem for a brief stint, and then closed out the season with Portland. Overall, Jerez made 41 appearances, all out of the bullpen. He posted a 2.54 ERA in 88 2/3 innings to go along with 86 strikeouts and 36 walks. He had a 2.06 ERA in 14 games with Greenville, a 0.73 ERA in five games with Salem, and a 3.65 ERA in 22 games with Portland. Jerez was drafted in the second round in 2011 as an outfielder and began pitching last season for the first time. He is currently ranked 26th on
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September 22, 2015 at 9:03 PM

Podcast Ep. 86: Season in Review, Pt. 1

In this edition of the Podcast

- 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 recap the 2015 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 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.

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September 21, 2015 at 12:00 PM

Weekly Notes: Moncada to play winter ball in Puerto Rico

Here are this week's minor league notes:

  • The Community voted on the 2015 year-end All-Stars, and the results were released on Friday. James Dunne provided great background on each of the winners, which included nine of the site's top 10 prospects. The only player from the top 10 who did not make the cut was Michael Kopech, who was a lock to make the list before he was suspended 50 games in July. 
  • Alex Speier of the Boston Globe reported last week that Yoan Moncada (pictured) will play for Caguas in the Roberto Clemente Professional Baseball League (Puerto Rico) this offseason. Play starts in October, and Moncada will be on the same team that Rusney Castillo played for last winter, which is managed by Alex Cora. 
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September 18, 2015 at 4:17 PM

2015 All-Stars

The 2015 season was one of both great growth and some growing pains. Four different players held the title of the top prospect in the organization during the year, and the major league lineup has shown a decidedly home-grown inclination. System All-Stars from years past, such as Xander Bogaerts, Mookie Betts, and Dustin Pedroia and 2015 graduates Eduardo Rodriguez and Blake Swihart have all played key roles in the Red Sox late-season resurgence. With that in mind, we present the annual year-end All-Stars as voted by the community for the 2015 season.

Catcher: Jordan Procyshen
This was the closest contest among position players in the community voting, as Procyshen narrowly beat out Tim Roberson of the Portland Sea Dogs. Procyshen, a product of Okotoks, Alberta via Northern Kentucky University, was a 2014 14th-round pick. Procyshen impressed with his defense all season, showing the tools behind the plate to control a running game and become a reliable backstop. His advanced plate approach helped carry him to a solid .285/.356/.363 in the first half with Greenville en route to being named a starter in the South Atlantic League All-Star Game. The 22-year-old met some resistance at the plate after a promotion to Salem, hitting just .209/.309/248 but showing solid walk and strikeout numbers. The Red Sox hope the power Procyshen flashed in college returns: after hitting 25 home runs in his final two years in college, he hit only two in 2015.

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September 15, 2015 at 10:01 PM

Weekly Notes: Front office moves, Fall Instructs rosters announced

Here are this week's minor league notes:

  • With the minor league season over for the Red Sox, recently confirmed their Fall Instructional League rosters. The most notable names on the roster include Andrew Benintendi, Yoan Moncada, and Anderson Espinoza. The first game will be on September 22 against the Rays.
  • The Red Sox also made some moves in the front office last week. Brian Bannister was named Director of Pitching Analysis and Development, Chris Mears will be the Pitching Crosschecker, and Gus Quattlebaum was named Director of Professional Scouting.
  • Episode 85 of the podcast also came out this past week. Chris Hatfield, Ian Cundall, and Chaz Fiorino talked about reports from Pawtucket and Salem. They also reviewed the September rankings, and Hatfield interviewed Salem second baseman Wendell Rijo.
  • Scott Lauber of The Boston Herald wrote a piece about Moncada and how he is a "star in the making." David Hastings and Ben Crockett weighed in on the Cuban's first season as well.
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September 10, 2015 at 11:38 PM

Podcast Ep. 85: Final Notes from the Field, Sept. Rankings, Wendell Rijo

In this edition of the Podcast:

- In Notes from the Field, Chris, Ian, and Chaz share 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.

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2015 Fall Instructional League rosters and schedule take shape has confirmed the full roster of participants and schedule for the 2015 Fall Instructional League. Players will report to Fort Myers on September 18, followed by the first game on September 22. 

The 47-player roster includes four of the top ten prospects in the Red Sox system, as ranked by Top prospect Yoan Moncada (pictured, left) is joined by right-hander Anderson Espinoza (5), 2015 first round draftee Andrew Benintendi (6), and 2014 first rounder Michael Kopech (10). The league is used to develop players in the low minors and includes both classroom training and on-field workouts. The games are frequently open to the public, though the game start times are not necessarily entirely accurate.

Here is the full roster of participants, broken down by position:
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September 9, 2015 at 9:42 PM

Red Sox announce trio of front office moves

The Red Sox announced the first series of front office personnel moves since the hiring of new Team President Dave Dombrowski. Brian Bannister has been named Director of Pitching Analysis and Development, Chris Mears will be the Pitching Crosschecker, and Gus Quattlebaum has been named Director of Professional Scouting. Quattlebaum takes over for Jared Porter, who left the Red Sox organization to take the same position with the Chicago Cubs.

Bannister, a five-year major league veteran with the Kansas City Royals and New York Mets, originally joined the Red Sox before the 2015 season as a professional scout and analyst. The position was created specifically for Bannister with the plan to take more of an analytical approach to pitching development throughout the system. While a player, Bannister became known for his early embrace of sabermetrics as a way to analyze his own pitching.
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