SoxProspects.com Podcast
The most comprehensive Red Sox minor league discussion on the web.

The draft signing deadline has passed, and the Red Sox were busy. Chris and Ian took a look at the organization’s final push to add amateur talent and sized up the 2019 class. Plus, a new month means new rankings and a chance to discuss some promotions and moves to the bullpen, as well as some recent looks at the Lowell Spinners. And we close, as always, with a heaping helping of your emails!

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0:00: Intro
3:30: Draft signings: Song signed for a Song and Day 3 overslot signings
18:05: New Rankings, including discussion of...
- July 2 signings
- Bryan Mata moving up (& moving up)
- Darwinzon and Houck move to the ‘pen
- Checking in on Jimenez & Flores, plus more from Lowell
- Thaddeus Ward and pitch design
49:35: Listener emails: answers about Mookie, Houck, and Song, among others

Players discussed:
Cameron Cannon
Noah Song
Chris Murphy
Cody Scroggins
Stephen Scott
Brendan Cellucci
Blake Loubier
Karson Simas
Bradley Blalock
Feleipe Franks
Bryan Mata
Darwinzon Hernandez
Tanner Houck
Gilberto Jimenez
Matthew Lugo
Thaddeus Ward
Brock Bell
Marcus Wilson
Felix Cepeda
Eduard Bazardo
Aldo Ramirez
Jaxx Groshans
Daniel Bakst
Nick Northcut
Bryan Lucas
Jarren Duran
Mookie Betts
Bobby Dalbec
CJ Chatham

Direct download: SPPod_7.14.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:12pm EDT

With the short season clubs starting to get into full swing, Chris and Ian have a lot to talk about as we enter the busiest time of the year. The guys discuss what the Chris Owings signing means for the organization's roster depth, Michael Chavis' adjustments, Rafael Devers becoming one of the club's best players, and some draft signings to open things. Ian provides some updates from Lowell's opening weekend on Antoni Flores, Nick Decker, Gilberto Jimenez, Nick Northcut and more. Chris then takes over, analyzing some of the early returns from the DSL and looking at quick starts from Bryan Gonzalez, Albert Feliz, Brainer Bonaci, and more. A listener email asks about Jarren Duran's raw power and whether Decker could rise in the rankings.

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0:00 - Intros, housekeeping, email us and remember to check us out on Patreon. And as a reminder, we're in the midst of our Annual Donation Drive. We need your help and every contribution makes a difference.
6:00 - Chris Owings and the infield depth
10:00 - MLB updates: Hernandez, Chavis, Devers
13:15 - Draft signings roundup
24:00 - Scouting reports from Lowell
56:15 - Early returns from the DSL
1:07:15 - Listener Mailbag

Players mentioned in the show

Chris Owings
Marco Hernandez
Michael Chavis
Rafael Devers
Cameron Cannon
Ryan Zeferjahn
Jaxx Groshans
Chris Murphy
Brock Bell
Wil Dalton
Cody Scroggins
Stephen Scott
Matthew Lugo
Noah Song
Antoni Flores
Nick Decker
Gilberto Jimenez
Nick Northcut
Yusniel Padron-Artiles
Yasel Santana
Joan Martinez
Jonathan Diaz
Eduardo Lopez
Eduardo Vaughan
Bryan Gonzalez
Albert Feliz
Giancarlos Santana
Brainer Bonaci
Elio Prado
Jarren Duran

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Direct download: SPPod_161_-_We_always_finish_with_the_emails.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:17pm EDT

The 2019 draft is in the books, and it’s time for Chris and Ian to break it all down! Off the heels of our recap of the first two picks, we examined trends and discussed noteworthy players selected in rounds 3-40. Plus, we’ve got new June rankings, including a new top prospect, and the guys broke it all down. And as always, we answer your listener emails! 

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0:00 – Intro, and it’s the SoxProspects.com Donations Drive.

5:15 – Transactions highlighted by Bryan Mata and Marco Hernandez returns

10:18 – Mike Shawaryn, reliever

11:55 – The Michael Chavis update and the Boston first base situation

20:40 – 2019 Draft Recap

43:35 – Triston Casas at #1, and the rest of the June rankings update

1:01:40 – Listener Mailbag: Eduard Bazardo, comparing Chavis and Shaw, drafting pitchers, and Jay Groome

 

Players discussed:

Bryan Mata

Marco Hernandez

Brian Johnson

Mike Shawaryn

Michael Chavis

Josh Ockimey

Sam Travis

Dylan Hardy

Cameron Cannon

Matthew Lugo

Ryan Zaferjahn

Noah Song

Jaxx Groshans

Brock Bell

Chris Murphy

Wil Dalton

Sebastian Keane

Jordan Beck

Aaron Roberts

Oraj Anu

Daniel Bakst

Felipe Franks

Thayer Thomas

Caleb Hill

Triston Casas

Thaddeus Ward

Devlin Granberg

Bobby Dalbec

Jarren Duran

Darwinzon Hernandez

Jay Groome

CJ Chatham

Antoni Flores

Tanner Houck

Durbin Feltman

Ryan Fitzgerald

Kyle Hart

Enmanuel De Jesus

Eduard Bazardo

Travis Shaw

Jalen Beeks

 

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Direct download: SoxProspects.com_Podcast_Episode_160.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:20pm EDT

It's that time of year: the Red Sox are adding some new blood to the system! On the first night of the 2019 MLB Draft, Boston selected Arizona shortstop Cameron Cannon and Puerto Rican shortstop Matthew Lugo. Chris and Ian hopped on for some SoxProspects After Dark analysis of the picks, plus some quick thoughts on outfielder Jarren Duran's promotion to Portland and a mea culpa on missing Greenville right-hander Thaddeus Ward when they discussed pending promotions last week.

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Players discussed:
Cameron Cannon
Matthew Lugo
Jarren Duran
Thaddeus Ward

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Direct download: SoxProspects_Draft_Day_1_2019.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:31am EDT

Fresh off his tour of Athens and the Hellenic Republic (many olives were crushed) Chris rejoins Ian to get back into the groove in our first podcast of the summer. With Memorial Day in our rearview mirror, the guys turn their attention to the draft coming up next week. They pivot to Michael Chavis who will not be heading back to Pawtucket any time soon. Next Chris and Ian tackle the likely prospect promotions to hit in the coming weeks. Ian notes the worrisome shoulder issue that has sidelined Bryan Mata. And the guys close out the show with a quick peak into the mailbag to talk about the new baseballs in Triple A, the scouting scale and two prospects who look to be in line for big league gigs in the coming years. Plus, we welcome back the Ludlow Thieves.

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0:00 - Intros, housekeeping, email us and remember to check us out on Patreon  where you can get updated scouting reports right after we go to the park by signing up to contribute at the $2 or higher level.
5:00 - Early draft talk
9:00 - Michael Chavis hits home runs
16:00 - Prospect promotion season
37:00 - Injury updates
38:30 - Mailbag time

Players mentioned in the show

Christopher Acosta
Michael Chavis
Alex Demchak
Rio Gomez
Jarren Duran
Bobby Dalbec
Chandler Shepherd
Ryan Fitzgerald
Marco Hernandez
CJ Chatham
Devlin Granberg
Triston Casas
Brandon Howlett
Nick Northcut
Joan Martinez
Bryan Mata
Josh Ockimey

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Direct download: SPPod_158_-_someone_has_to_put_you_in_your_place.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:04pm EDT

Chris is ready for his trip to Greece and all the Feta cheese he can eat. But before it’s wheels up, he and Ian cover a lot of ground in the first podcast of May. First up is a look at the way power numbers at AAA are going to impact various fringy power guys in the Sox system. Then they talk about the new second baseman with the big club. This kid has got plenty of raw and is showing it in games. Chris brings up a provision in the CBA regarding rehab assignments, which leads us into an injury update. Finally, the guys break down the new May Rankings. Lots to cover and so little time, so

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0:00 – Intros, housekeeping, email us and remember to check us out on Patreon where you can get updated scouting reports right after we go to the park by signing up to contribute at the $2 or higher level.
5:00 – An early mailbag
15:45 – Your new starting second baseman: Michael Chavis
20:00 – Rehab rules and injury updates
27:00 – May rankings update
55:00 – Timing for promotions

Players mentioned in the show

Pedro Castellanos
Jarren Duran
CJ Chatham
Bobby Dalbec
Darwinzon Hernandez
Mike Miller
Rusney Castillo
Michael Chavis
Dustin Pedroia
Steve Pearce
Brock Holt
Tzu-Wei Lin
Triston Casas
Bryan Mata
Durbin Feltman
Marcus Wilson
Alex Scherff
Brayan Bello
Kutter Crawford
Zach Schellenger
Denyi Reyes
Mike Shawaryn
Thaddeus Ward
Ryan Fitzgerald
Yoan Aybar
Alexander Montero
Andrew Schwaab
Kyle Hart
Tanner Nishioka
Joan Martinez

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Direct download: SPPod_157_Definitely_gonna_crush_some_olives.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:34pm EDT

We have a lot to discuss. Chavis is up. Swihart is out. And Christian Vazquez is…playing second base? You know, all these moves, it’s starting to feel like the Sox might be scuffling and scrambling and oh yeah. It’s time, isn’t it? Panic mode engaged! Chris and Ian wade into the fray to break down Chavis’ debut. Chris rants about how poorly the Red Sox handled Blake Swihart in the last couple of years. And then the guys get back to the system. We meet Marcus Wilson, who comes to the system in the Swihart deal. Plus, both Ian and Chris got to the ballpark. The guys break down several prospects with extended scouting reports. And speaking of trips to the ballpark, did you know you can get updated scouting reports right after we go to the park by signing up at Patreon and contributing at the $2 level? Visit Sox Prospects on Patreon for the details. No mailbag today, but get your emails and tweets in for our next episode, but for now

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0:00 – Intros, housekeeping, email us and remember to check us out on Patreon.
2:45 – Michael Chavis gets the call
19:30 – DFAing Blake Swihart, a rant
49:30 – Meet Marcus Wilson
53:00 – Ian saw Pawtucket
1:00:30 – Chris saw Salem

Players mentioned in the show

Michael Chavis
Garrett Benge
Tony Renda
Tzu-Wei Lin
Mike Miller
Blake Swihart
Christian Vazquez
Sandy Leon
Brock Holt
Ryan Lavarnway
Marcus Wilson
Mike Shawaryn
Josh Taylor
Travis Lakins
Josh Ockimey
Jarren Duran
Ryan Fitzgerald
Pedro Castellanos
Enmanuel De Jesus
Kutter Crawford
Andrew Politi
Jake Cosart

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Direct download: SPPod_156_This_is_a_monologue_coming_up_folks.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:58pm EDT

Yeah, about that World Series title defense—Chris and Ian have some thoughts. First up, now is not the time to panic. As Ian notes, the West Coast swing always presents challenges. And second, minor league baseball is back. The full-season affiliates are playing games and the guys are dialed in to break down the rosters and share more thoughts from camp. (Speaking of camp, make sure you check out our new Patreon benefit – Game Updates.) Ian goes over his impressions of a stacked Portland roster. They discuss the talent in Greenville, highlighting the depth of teenage talent in the system. The break down the rest of the system, plus the guys who stood out in camp who did not make a full season roster. And the guys bust open the mailbag to close out the show.

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0:00 – Intros, housekeeping, email us and remember to check us out on Patreon
3:00 – The big club’s struggles to start the season
9:30 – Opening rosters decisions
1:14:30 – Mailbag

Players mentioned in the show

Colten Brewer
Brian Johnson
Brock Holt
Tzu-Wei Lin
Marcus Walden
Chandler Shepherd
Blake Swihart
Sandy Leon
Michael Chavis
Josh Ockimey
Sam Travis
Bobby Dalbec
Chad De La Guerra
Mike Shawaryn
Travis Lakins
Darwinzon Hernandez
Tanner Houck
CJ Chatham
Durbin Feltman
Denyi Reyes
Jordan Weems
Brett Netzer
Bryan Mata
Kutter Crawford
Joan Matinez
Jake Thompson
Andrew Politi
Jarren Duran
Pedro Castellanos
Tanner Nishioka
Ryan Fitzgerald
Alex Scherff
Thad Ward
Brayan Bello
Yasel Santana
Chris Machamer
Yoan Aybar
Triston Casas
Brandon Howlett
Tyler Esplin
Devlin Granberg
Antoni Flores
Nick Decker
Nick Northcut
Danny Diaz
Gilberto Jimenez
Miguel Suero
Osvaldo De La Rosa
Jonathan Diaz

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Direct download: SPPod_155__Literally_everyone_moved.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:06am EDT

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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0:00 – Intros, housekeeping, email us and remember to check us out on Patreon, where we are adding a new perk for our Patreon supporters
9:45 – Spring Training camp stars
27:30 – Who we want to see in camp
57:45 – Mailbag

Players mentioned in the show

Michael Chavis
Darwinzon Hernandez
Bobby Dalbec
Jonathan Diaz
Roldani Baldwin
Pedro Castellanos
Triston Casas
Danny Diaz
Brandon Howlett
Nick Northcutt
Tanner Nishioka
Chad De La Guerra
Brett Netzer
Antoni Flores
Jose Vinicio
Andre Colon
CJ Chatham
Tzu-Wei Lin
Gilberto Jimenez
Nick Decker
Jarren Duran
Angel Maita
Tyler Dearden
Tyler Esplin
Bryce Brentz
Marino Campana
Alex Scherff
Kutter Crawford
Denyi Reyes
Brayan Bello
Chase Shugart
Tanner Houck
Zach Schellenger
Yoan Aybar
Durbin Feltman
Christopher Acosta
Jay Groome

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Direct download: SPPod_154_SoxProspect_Spring_Training_Trip_Preview.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:05pm EDT

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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0:00 – Intros, housekeeping, email us and remember to check us out on Patreon [http://patreon.com/soxprospects].
12:00 – Emails
26:45 – Twitter Mailbag
51:00 – More Outside Rankings

Players mentioned in the show

Esteban Quiroz
Colten Brewer
Brian Johnson
Durbin Feltman
Chase Shugart
Thad Ward
Jay Groome
Tanner Houck
Alex Scherff
Jake Thompson
Shaun Anderson
Mike Shawaryn
Alexander Montero
Brayan Bello
Miguel Suero
Aldo Ramirez
Michael Chavis
Sam Travis
Brian Ellington
Bobby Poyner
Ryan Brasier
Erasmo Ramirez
Trey Ball
Austin Rei
Alex Scherff
Antoni Flores
Nick Decker
Bobby Dalbec
Zach Schellenger

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Direct download: SPPod_153_-_The_truck_is_there.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:50pm EDT

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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0:00 - Intros, housekeeping, email us and remember to check us out on Patreon.
5:30 - Late winter news
16:45 - Meet Mike Rikard
37:00 - Picking Benintendi
42:00 - The Groome draft
47:00 - Early returns on 2018
51:00 - What's ahead

More Podcasty Goodness Alert:
Catch Ian on the Over the Monster Podcast

Players mentioned in the show

Bryce Brentz
Daniel Schlereth
Jenrry Mejia
Trey Ganns
Taylor Ahearn
Austin Glorius
Lukas Young
Jordan Betts
Ryan Scott
Ramfis Berroa
Brandon Howlett
Andrew Benintendi
Ben Taylor
Bobby Poyner
Logan Allen
Jay Groome
Jarren Duran
Chase Shugart
Josh Reddick
Hunter Strickland
Casey Kelly

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Direct download: SPPod_152_Red_Sox_VP_of_Amateur_Scouting_Mike_Rikard.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:13am EDT

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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0:00 – Intros, housekeeping, email us and remember to check us out on Patreon.
3:30 – Overhauling the Red Sox pitching infrastructure
16:30 – Alex’s Top 5
22:00 – System depth at the corners
29:00 – Looking at the future of the front office
34:00 – The rest of the off-season
41:00 – Lightning round

Make sure you check out Alex’s recent articles at the Globe:

How the Red Sox Rebuilt their Pitching Infrastructure

How the Red Sox Turned Fenway Park into a Biomechanics Lab for Prospects

Players mentioned in the show

Ryan Brasier
Stephen Nogosek
Gerson Bautista
Craig Hansen
Bryce Cox
Daniel Bard
Jalen Beeks
Bobby Dalbec
Michael Chavis
Jay Groome
Triston Casas
Antoni Flores
Nick Northcut
Brandon Howlett
Rafael Devers
Josh Ockimey
Sam Travis
Danny Diaz
Christian Vazquez
Blake Swihart
Tzu-Wei Lin
Marco Hernandez
Darwinzon Hernandez
Pedro Castellanos
Gilberto Jimenez
Jarren Duran
Zach Schellenger

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Direct download: SPPod_Ep._151_-_Alex_Speier_is_on_the_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:57pm EDT