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March 21, 2019 at 12:00 PM

Fort Report: SoxProspects crew arrives at spring training


Here are Thursday's minor league notes:

  • Ian Cundall arrived in Fort Myers on Wednesday, and he has already tweeted his observations on a handful of players. He saw Danny Diaz hit a long opposite field home run in a simulated game, and he saw an impressive splitter from Jake Thompson (pictured)
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March 18, 2019 at 3:00 PM

Fort Report: Feltman debuts & Darwinzon sticks around (for now)


Here are Monday's notes:
  • The SoxProspects.com social media team continues their #SP40 rundown on Twitter. Yesterday finished with the third-ranked prospect, left-hander Jay Groome, as the list nears the top spot.
  • This season, we will also be offering a new feature to SoxProspects.com Patreon members. If you pledge $2 per episode and up, you can receive short audio recaps of games scouted by SoxProspects.com staff members. Check out this post for more information and details.
  • 11 players were reassigned to minor league camp today as spring training winds down prior to opening day on the 28th. Alex Speier of the Boston Glove has the list of players: Catcher Oscar Hernández; Right-handers Zach Putnam, Erasmo Ramírez, Josh Smith, and Domingo Tapia; infielders C.J. Chatham, Bobby Dalbec, and Chad De La Guerra; and outfielders Bryce Brentz, Tate Matheny, and Cole Sturgeon.
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March 15, 2019 at 12:00 AM

Introducing Patreon Game Updates


Here at SoxProspects, we are always trying to think of new ways that we can bring content to our readers—and to listeners of our podcast. In our most recent edition of the SoxProspects Podcast, we announced our newest feature: Patreon Game Updates.

We'll be introducing this feature next week as a pilot program. The series will feature short audio recaps of games scouted in person by staff members, and it will be exclusive to our Patrons on Patreon.com who pledge $2 per episode and up. As we described on the most recent episode of the show, these short clips will give us the opportunity to provide our Patrons with detailed updates that expand beyond what we feature on the podcast itself. 

For example, on a given night, Chris might go deep into the starting pitcher's pitch count, what was working, what wasn't, details from at-bats, and the like. Or Ian might get into more details on at-bats by a certain hitter or hitters that night, analyzing more minutiae than we have time to do on the regular show.
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March 14, 2019 at 12:00 PM

Fort Report: Chavis highlights first cuts from big league camp


Here are Thursday's minor league notes:
  • The SoxProspects podcast team eagerly previewed their upcoming trip to Fort Myers in their most recent episode. Chris and Ian discussed the prospect standouts so far in major league camp, as well as the players they are most excited to see this spring. The guys will be in camp from Wednesday, March 20, through Sunday, March 24. Be sure to follow their reports here on the News Page, on Twitter (@SoxProspects@IanCundall@SPChrisHatfield@MikeAndrewsSP@JamesDunneSP), and of course on the Podcast!
  • Also included in this weeks podcast was the introduction of SoxProspects newest feature, Patreon Game Updates! This feature will provide exclusive audio recaps of live games attended by the SoxProspects staff, providing unparalleled coverage of the systems top prospects and beyond. For details on how you can gain access to this Patreon exclusive feature see this article, and of course, tune in to this weeks episode of the podcast to hear what you can expect from the staff themselves.
  • The  #SP40 social media countdown marched on this week, with number nine prospect CJ Chatham, number eight prospect Antoni Flores, and number seven prospect Bryan Mata all being featured.
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March 13, 2019 at 2:06 PM

Podcast Ep. #154 - SoxProspects Spring Training trip preview


JetBlue is bustling. There’s new grass on the field. The Sox are playing and getting geared up for the defense of their World Series victory. (It never gets old saying that) And with Spring in the air, Chris, Ian, Mike and the team are getting ready for their annual trip to the Fort. In this preview episode, Chris and Ian talk about the prospect stars from the first few weeks of major league camp, with Michael Chavis and Darwinzon Hernandez off to particularly hot starts. Then they break down the guys they are most looking forward to seeing on the back fields of minor league camp. And to close it out, they break open the mailbag to talk about the highest ceilings in the system.

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March 11, 2019 at 9:29 PM

Fort Report: Hernandez continues scoreless spring


Here are Monday's minor league notes:
  • Darwinzon Hernandez continued his impressive spring on Friday with three shutout innings against the Orioles. He allowed just one hit, one walk, and struck out four to extend his scoreless streak to seven innings. 
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March 7, 2019 at 12:00 PM

Fort Report: Lin homers off Scherzer, Feltman set to debut


Here are Thursday's minor league notes:
  • Tzu-Wei Lin (pictured) has gotten off to a great start this spring, hitting .389 with a 1.172 OPS while playing second base, shortstop, and center field. Lin homered off of Max Scherzer on Tuesday as part of a 2-for-4 performance. 
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March 4, 2019 at 2:00 PM

Fort Report: Chavis hits 4th home run, Hernandez impresses


Here are Monday's minor league notes:
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February 28, 2019 at 12:00 PM

Fort Report: Dalbec and Chavis continue domination of Grapefruit League


Here are Thursday's minor league notes:

  • Michael Chavis continued to show off his power on Wednesday with another home run in a 7-6 loss to the Orioles. Chavis, as highlighted by John Tomase of WEEI, has overcome many setbacks both on and off the field during his career, but due to a trust in his own abilities, is now on the cusp of breaking into the major leagues. 
  • In a feature done by the Boston Globe’s Alex Speier, Bobby Dalbec (pictured, right) discussed how his time with the Cape Cod League’s Orleans Firebirds has shaped his approach to hitting. Dalbec talked about how he became an adherent to the Ted Williams school of hitting, a connection he shares with fellow slugger J.D. Martinez. On the field Dalbec has started at both first and third base while continuing to rake, raising his average to .500. More importantly, Dalbec still hasn't struck out so far this spring.
  • On the mound, Travis Lakins, Darwinzon Hernandez, and Colten Brewer each made their debuts. Brewer had mixed results during his outings, striking out five over two innings while giving up three earned runs. Lakins and Hernandez fared better in their appearances, each firing two scoreless innings while striking out one and three batters respectively.  
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February 25, 2019 at 12:00 PM

Fort Report: Chavis on fire as spring games begin


Here are Monday's minor league notes:
  • Red Sox minor leaguers have seen plenty of action early in Boston's first three games of 2019, with top prospect Michael Chavis (pictured) standing out. He is hitting .600 with a pair of three-run home runs, one to left field and one to the opposite field. Bobby Dalbec has also been impressive, as he has reached in all three of his Grapefruit League at-bats with a single and two walks after homering to dead center against Northeastern. Tate Matheny has also been hot, going 2 for 4 with a home run in two Grapefruit League games. 
  • On the mound, Travis Lakins tossed a pair of scoreless innings despite allowing three hits. Denyi Reyes allowed a run in two innings of work.
  • Christopher Smith of MassLive.com recently wrote a feature on Reyes, where Alex Cora is impressed with the right-hander's pitchability. 
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February 21, 2019 at 12:00 PM

Fort Report: Shawaryn set to start against Northeastern


Here are Thursday's minor league notes:

  • With games starting on Friday there will soon be a lot more news and updates on Boston’s minor leaguers. Mike Shawaryn (pictured) will get the first start of the spring, squaring off against Northeastern University. Christopher Smith of MassLive.com talked with Shawaryn about his 2019 outlook and what it was like to pitch out of the bullpen in the Arizona Fall League (AFL).
  • Smith also had an interesting note on Darwinzon Hernandez, who has been pitching alongside the major league rotation this spring. Red Sox manager Alex Cora was surprised by the impressive spin rate on Hernandez’s curveball. It’s not too surprising to the fans who followed Hernandez this offseason, as MLB.com noted that Hernandez’s fastball had the highest spin rate in the AFL, and only two players had a breaking ball with a higher spin rate. 
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February 18, 2019 at 5:30 PM

Fort Report: Full-squad workouts begin


The Fort Report will run every Monday and Thursday through the end of spring training, at which point we will transition back to our Minor Notes columns. Here are Monday's notes from Fort Myers:
  • Today marks the first full-squad workout this season for the Red Sox. Pitchers and catchers reported on the 13th, and the first game will take place this Friday at 1:05pm against the Northeastern Huskies.
  • It's hard to contain the excitement of the SoxProspects.com podcast team with Ian and Chris recording another episode on Friday taking questions from readers via email and Twitter. Some topics covered were the timeline for Michael Chavis’ debut, Ian talks about the ultimate role of Mike Shawaryn, they discuss the Trey Ball hitting project, and note that Jay Groome is throwing again.
  • During the pod, they also discuss some of the recent prospect rankings. One of which was ESPN's Keith Law where he did not rank any Red Sox prospects in his top 100 and also did not mention one in his Impact 20 for 2019. However, one did make his list of players who just missed the top 100, and that was lefty Darwinzon Hernandez (pictured, above) where Law touts the improvement of his stuff but worries about his below average command. Finally, he ranked the 30 teams farm systems and put the Red Sox at 24 for the second year in a row where the positives are the 2018-19 class of draft, and international signings but the negatives are the graduations and injuries to the top prospects in the system.
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February 15, 2019 at 5:50 PM

Podcast Ep. #153 - The Truck is There


Pitchers and catchers have begun to arrive in Fort Myers. Baseball is back and so are we. Chris and Ian bust open the mailbag to answer your questions. Would the Red Sox ever use an opener? Chris and Ian go deep on that, and the state of starting pitching development in the Red Sox system. The guys bat around some timelines for Michael Chavis’ debut. They look at the bullpen (again). Ian talks about the ultimate role of Mike Shawaryn. They discuss the Trey Ball hitting project. Jay Groome is throwing again. And finally, Chris and Ian take a look at the latest Sox system rankings from Keith Law at ESPN.com and from Kiley McDaniel and Eric Longenhagen at Fangraphs.

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February 14, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Fort Report: Pitchers and catchers report, early injury news


Pitchers and catchers reported for spring training on February 13, and that signals the return of the Fort Report. These articles will run every Monday and Thursday through the end of spring training, at which point we will transition back to our Minor Notes columns. 
  • On the most recent episode of the SoxProspects.com Podcast, Chris and Ian scored an interview with Red Sox VP of Amateur Scouting Mike Rikard. Rikard discussed the process that led to Andrew Benintendi (pictured, right) being his first pick as scouting director, whether the Red Sox envisioned Jay Groome would be available at pick 12 in 2016, and the early returns on the 2018 draft. 
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February 7, 2019 at 6:00 AM

Podcast Ep. #152: Red Sox VP of Amateur Scouting Mike Rikard


The countdown to Spring Training is on, and what better way to get geared up for the season than with a special guest: Red Sox VP of Amateur Scouting Mike Rikard! Mike shared insights on his career in the game-including almost 15 years with the Red Sox, the scouting process, and running a draft. With four drafts as the organization's scouting director under his belt, the guys also asked about some of his more noteworthy picks like Andrew Benintendi and Jay Groome, as well as the well-received class of 2018. Plus, Chris and Ian briefly discussed some of the team's slew of recent minor league signings.

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February 4, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Minor Notes: Jenrry Mejia signs minor league deal, winter ball completes


Here are Monday's Minor Notes:
  • Boston signed Jenrry Mejia to a minor league deal on January 30 after he was reinstated for the 2019 season. Mejia is most known for becoming the first and only player to receive a lifetime ban from Major League Baseball for steroid use as he failed three drug tests between April 2015 and February 2016. He also served as the Mets closer in 2014, earning 28 saves.
  • Aneury Tavarez (pictured, right) will be returning to the system as he signed a minor league contract on January 26.
  • Brian Ellington and Dan Runzler also were inked to minor league contracts on February 1.
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February 1, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Fall/Winter League Roundup: Season wrap-up and a Jenrry Mejia update


With the Caribbean Winter Leagues complete and the Red Sox prospects eliminated from the Australian Baseball League playoffs, this will be the last Roundup of the winter. For final regular season stats on all Red Sox prospects who participated in these leagues be sure to check out our Fall & Winter Leagues page. This week's roundup covers the period of January 7-30.

The last winter league action is the 2019 Caribbean Series which will take place February 4-10 in Panama. 

Dominican Baseball League
The playoffs came to an end on January 23 with Chris Madera (pictured, above) and the Estrellas de Oriente taking home the title. Madera did not get much playing time over the last three weeks, going 0 for 4 in his only start. Jenrry Mejia, who signed with the Red Sox on Wednesday, made two starts for the Toros del Este in the playoffs. He won his first start after firing six shutout innings, walking one and striking out three while allowing seven hits. He did not fare as well in the next appearance, taking the loss after allowing three runs on five hits in only 2 2/3 innings.
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January 12, 2019 at 2:00 PM

Podcast Ep. #151 - Alex Speier’s on the Podcast (WHAAAAT?)


Happy New Year! Chris and Ian kick off 2019 with a very special guest. They welcome the Boston Globe’s Alex Speier (@alexspeier) back to the podcast for his unofficial annual appearance. Alex writes up the Sox top 10 prospects for Baseball America and holds court on the state of the system and all things Red Sox. Chris and Ian ask about Alex’s recent articles (check out the links below). He shares what makes this year’s rankings so unusual. Chris goes over both the depth at the corners in both the upper and lower minors and what the future of front office looks like. The guys wrap things up with a lightning round that highlights the most intriguing players in the system today.

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January 7, 2019 at 2:00 PM

Fall/Winter Roundup: Rivera helps power Mayaguez in playoffs


The calendar turns to 2019 on our regular roundup of the Fall and Winter Leagues, highlighting performances from players in the Red Sox organization. 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 December 31 to January 6.

Roberto Clemente Professional Baseball League (Puerto Rico)
Mayaguez is off to a strong start in Puerto Rico's round robin format, winning each of its first three playoff contests. Jeremy Rivera (pictured) provided a big boost in Los Indios' second game, going two for four with a pair of runs scored. His teammate, recently signed minor league free agent catcher Juan Centeno, has not seen postseason action. The elimination of Caguas ends the winter league campaign for Rusney Castillo, who finishes 9 for 36 in nine games. 
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at 7:00 AM

Minor Notes: Rule 5 Draft, Offseason Signings and Spring Invites


Here are December's minor notes:

  • The Rule 5 Draft was on December 13, and while the Red Sox did not take anyone or lose anyone in the major league portion, they picked up Andrew Schwaab and Anyelo Gomez in the minor league part of the draft, while Tyler Hill went to Detroit and was then traded to the Yankees. James Dunne has the in-depth recap for SoxProspects.
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