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November 15, 2017 at 11:20 AM

Fall/Winter League Roundup: Down fall week for Sox prospects


This continues our series of weekly roundups of the Fall/Winter Leagues. Coverage will 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 from November 6 - November 13.

Arizona Fall League
It was a tough week for Red Sox prospects in Arizona. Michael Chavis played in four games, getting time in at third base, first base, and DH. He only had three hits in 14 at-bats with a home run, three RBI, three walks, and six strikeouts. However, his numbers still remain solid on the season with a .263/.341/.447 line. Though unspectacular, that was the best hitting performance of the week as Chad De La Guerra managed two singles in eight at-bats and Josh Tobias went hitless in seven at-bats.

Bobby Poyner (pictured, right) was the lone pitching bright spot on the week, throwing a scoreless inning but allowing two hits. That was far better than Henry Owens, who gave up four earned runs on three hits and three walks with three strikeouts in 4 1/3 inning, taking the loss. Ty Buttrey gave up an earned run on three hits in an inning. Finally, Kevin McAvoy was the only pitcher to pitch in multiple games with a scoreless inning in the first outing but allowed three runs (two earned) on two hits and a walk over two innings while striking out a batter.
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November 14, 2017 at 11:13 AM

Podcast Ep. #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.

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November 8, 2017 at 9:05 PM

SoxProspects.com mourns the passing of Daniel Flores


The owners and staff here at SoxProspects.com were deeply saddened to hear of the tragic passing of Daniel Flores today due to complications during treatment for cancer. We send our sincere condolences to Daniel's family and those in the Red Sox organization who had the opportunity to get to know this 17-year-old young man.

We here at SoxProspects contribute to the website because we love what we do. Getting to follow the journeys of the players who enter the system as they strive to become major leaguers is one of the best parts of the job. Flores, a catcher signed this past July out of Nueva Esparta, Venezuela, certainly held great promise on the field based on reports—as much as any addition to the farm system in recent memory. We eagerly looked forward to seeing him play for the first time this spring. However, on-field prowess is beside the point in a situation such as this—the tragedy of a young life cut short much too soon puts the game on the field into perspective.

Rest in peace, Daniel.
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November 6, 2017 at 5:30 PM

Fall/Winter Roundup: Travis, Marrero injured, Chavis appears in AFL all-star game


This continues our series of weekly roundups of the Fall/Winter Leagues. Coverage will 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 from October 30-November 5.

Arizona Fall League
Michael Chavis appeared in the AFL Fall Stars game, batting third and playing third base for the West, who lost the game 4-2. Chavis went 0 for 3 with a pair of strikeouts and a walk. In three other games for Peoria last week, Chavis went 3 for 10 with a double, a triple, two RBI, two runs, and just one strikeout. After debuting at first base a couple weeks ago, Chavis continued to play there, starting back-to-back games at first on Wednesday and Thursday. In two games, Chad De La Guerra went just 1 for 9 and Josh Tobias went 2 for 7 with three RBI, three runs, two walks, and one strikeout.
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November 3, 2017 at 6:00 AM

Podcast Ep. #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.

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October 30, 2017 at 3:00 PM

Fall/Winter Roundup: Chavis named Fall Star; Brentz mashes


This continues our series of weekly roundups of the Fall/Winter Leagues. Coverage will 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 23-29.

Arizona Fall League
Michael Chavis continued to make hard contact, delivering a solo home run as part of Peoria's 17-hit barrage on the 23rd. More important than his 3-for-17 offensive week was his spot on the field. The 2014 first-round pick got the first two starts of his career at first base. Chavis played first on both Monday and Thursday, making an error there in the latter contest. The continued strong play has earned Chavis a spot in the league's Fall Star game when rosters were announced Monday afternoon. Unlike most regular season leagues, the AFL takes prospect status into account when selecting its All-Star teams. Chavis hit .282/.347/.563 between High A Salem and Double-A Portland, blasting 31 homers on the year.

Peoria also got boosts from Josh Tobias (4 for 8) and Chad De La Guerra (3 for 7).

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October 23, 2017 at 12:00 PM

Fall/Winter Roundup: Chavis and Swihart start off strong


This is the first in our series of weekly roundups of the Fall/Winter Leagues. Coverage will 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 9-22.

Arizona Fall League

With 10 games in the books, the Peoria Javelinas are in first place in the Arizona Fall League West division with a 6-4 record. Michael Chavis (pictured) is the highest ranked player of the seven Red Sox prospects that are on the team, and he has impressed over the first two weeks. Chavis is currently batting .314/.351/.429 over 35 at-bats, with two walks and six strikeouts. Daren Willman, the Director of Baseball Research & Development for MLB, tweeted that Chavis has recorded two of the four highest exit velocities so far in Arizona, with his hardest hit coming in at 113.5 mph. 
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October 16, 2017 at 2:00 PM

2017 SoxProspects.com All-Stars


As the Red Sox look back on clinching a playoff berth for the second consecutive season, the roster is a clear indication of the value the franchise has gotten from its farm system in recent years. Eight of the nine regular starters in the lineup made their major league debuts with Boston, and its top two starters were both acquired in 2016 in deals included a trio of top prospects. Highlighted by current major league third baseman and graduated top prospect Rafael Devers, we present the 2017 SoxProspects.com All-Star selections:

Catcher: Roldani Baldwin
A year after struggling with an aggressive placement at Greenville in 2017, the 21-year-old returned to the South Atlantic League to have a breakthrough season. Baldwin tied for the organization lead with 35 doubles, and he blasted 14 homers after totaling only 11 in his first three pro seasons. The Dominican product also spent the season as a full-time backstop after previously splitting times between catcher and third base, throwing out 33% of potential base stealers. Baldwin also earned recognition as South Atlantic League All-Star for his .274/.310/.489 campaign.
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SoxProspects.com 2017 season-end award winners


After having arguably the top farm system in baseball in 2016, a combination of trades and graduations has the Red Sox sitting more in the middle of the pack for 2017. With Andrew Benintendi and Rafael Devers contributing to Boston's American League East title, the top two prospects entering the season did their part, but a few of the other players who started the year in the top 10 saw their season get derailed by injuries. There were several bright spots on the farm this year, with none being brighter than Breakout Player of the Year Michael Chavis.

Player of the Year: Rafael Devers
Devers entered the year ranked second in the system behind Andrew Benintendi, and the 20-year-old phenom did nothing but impress as he worked his way up to the big leagues. Starting the year in Portland, where he was the youngest player in the Eastern League, Devers mashed to the tune of .300/.369/.575 over 77 games. He was called up to Pawtucket, and after going 14 for 35 with two home runs, he was called up to Boston to fix the big issues Boston was having at third base. Devers proved to be exactly what Boston needed, batting .268/.319/.449 in 52 games. His strikeout rate was a tad high and his walk rate was a bit low, but very few, if any, people his age can come up to the major leagues and provide above-average offense. The one area that remained a weak spot for Devers is his defense, as he committed 12 errors in only 58 games in Boston after committing 16 in 86 games in the minors.
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October 2, 2017 at 12:00 PM

Minor Notes: Chavis, Beeks, others nab year-end honors


Here are this week's minor league notes:
  • The Red Sox announced their year-end minor league award winners. Michael Chavis (pictured) was named the system's minor league offensive player of the year, backed by his 31 home runs on the season. Between Salem and Portland, Chavis bounced back in a big way from last season, finishing with a .282/.347/.563 slash line. Jalen Beeks was named Red Sox minor league pitcher of the year, finishing with a record of 11-8 with a 3.29 ERA between Portland and Pawtucket. In 145 IP, Beeks struck out 155 and walked 55.
  • In other categories, Austin Rei was named the defensive player of the year. Tate Matheny was named the system's baserunner of the year. Keibert Petit was named the Latin Program offensive player of the year, while Luis Rivero was named that program's pitcher of the year.
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