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

Give it up for your 2018 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox. Chris and Ian get together to share the latest news from the system. After a quick recap of the Arizona Fall League and the goings on in Venezuela, they get down to how to assemble a World Series title team. They review the top player development stories in the system. They review the draft to end all drafts - 2011. They laud the deep scouting work done that brought guys like Robby Scott and Hector Velazquez. And finally, they take a short look at what the offseason ahead brings.

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0:00 - Intros, housekeeping, email us and remember to check us out on Patreon.
3:30 - Postseason roster considerations
8:30 - News from the Fall/Winter leagues
23:00 - Minor League Free Agents
25:30 - Building a World Series winner
1:27:30 - Red Sox Gold Glove winners


Players mentioned in the show

Michael Chavis
Darwinzon Hernandez
Bobby Dalbec
Josh Ockimey
Esteban Quiroz
Mike Shawaryn
Josh Taylor
Enmanuel De Jesus
Christopher Acosta
Justin Haley
Dustin Pedroia
Steve Pearce
Christian Vazquez
Jackie Bradley
Matt Barnes
Blake Swihart
Mookie Betts
Brandon Workman
Brian Johnson
Andrew Benintendi
Robby Scott
Hector Velazquez
Sam Travis
Tzu-Wei Lin
Rafael Devers
Steven Wright
Brock Holt
Heath Hembree
Joe Kelly
Eduardo Rodriguez
Marco Hernandez

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Direct download: SPPod_148_Not_a_bad_investment_for_a_buck.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:14pm EST

End-of-season rankings … season is upon us, and the full complement of the SoxProspects brass is ready to chat about it. Chris and Ian welcome back The Dude himself, Mike Andrews, to the virtual studio for an extended discussion of the state of the Sox system. All topics are fair game: why Michael Chavis remains the consensus top prospect, why Darwinzon Hernandez jumped both Tanner Houck and Bryan Mata to become the top (healthy) pitching prospect in the system, the differences that put Antoni Flores ahead of CJ Chatham, the huge jumps by breakout players from Instructs for whom we don't even have headshots, and more. It sure seems like the depth, at least, is back, but is the system still down on the whole? We'll break it all down.

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0:00 - Intros, housekeeping, email us and remember to check us out on Patreon.
3:00 - Rankings Update
1:05:00 - Josh Taylor and the Rule 5 Draft
1:11:15 - Mailbag/Twitter/Forum Questions

Players mentioned in the show

Michael Chavis
Triston Casas
Jay Groome
Bobby Dalbec
Darwinzon Hernandez
Tanner Houck
Bryan Mata
Antoni Flores
CJ Chatham
Durbin Feltman
Nick Decker
Mike Shawaryn
Brandon Howlett
Danny Diaz
Jarren Duran
Josh Ockimey
Gilberto Jimenez
Chase Shugart
Pedro Castellanos
Esteban Quiroz
Marco Hernandez
Tzu-Wei Lin
Brayan Bello
Yoan Aybar
Aldo Ramirez
Yasel Santana
Josh Taylor
Ryan Pressly
Roldani Baldwin
Chad De La Guerra
Angel Maita
Ceddanne Rafaela

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Direct download: SPPod_147__Season-end_rankings_spectacular.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:17pm EST

Last year, the Sox cancelled Instructs following the damage from Hurricane Irma. And we love Instructs. It's a fresh look at players who we haven't seen since Spring Training and a first look for guys who are new in the system.  Ian went to Instructs. And he liked what he saw. Chris and Ian went deep on some of the guys and lightning round through all the players in Instructs. They welcome Chris Becerra to the front office. And they wrap up the show with a trip into the mailbag.

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0:00 - Intros, housekeeping, email us and remember to check us out on Patreon.
2:30 - What is the fall Instructional League
13:30 - Ian's Instructs Reports
30:00 - Instructs Lighting Round
57:00 - Chris Becerra joins the Front Office
59:00 - It's mailbag time

Players mentioned in the show

Antoni Flores
Gilberto Jimenez
Yoan Aybar
Francisco Lopez-Soto
Joan Martinez
Andrew Politi
Yasel Santana
Zach Schellenger
Alex Scherff
Chase Shugart
Lane Milligan
Justin Qiang
Triston Casas
Pedro Castellanos
CJ Chatham
Andre Colon
Danny Diaz
Ryan Fitzgerald
Brandon Howlett
Everlouis Lozada
Esteban Quiroz
Kleiber Rodriguez
Trey Ball
Nick Decker
Jarren Duran
Angel Maita
Bramdon Perez
Caleb Ramsey
Jagger Rusconi
Kervin Suraez
Bobby Dalbec
Mookie Betts

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Direct download: SPPod_Ep._146__Thats_a_heckuva_signing_for_10K.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:40am EST

Our minor league revels now are ended for 2018. Before we turn our attention to the big club and their quest to break the franchise record for wins in a season, Chris and Ian wrap up the minor league season. They preview the Arizona Fall League, highlighting the strong contingent of Sox Prospects who will play for Mesa. They begin to game plan the off-season, before getting down to the in-depth review of the system at season end. Ian concludes that the system is coming back, thanks to a great draft and high volume of international signings. But first, Chris and Ian welcome unofficial podcast ombudsman and Senior Web Editor Matt Picard to refute Chris' slanderous comments about Kevin Youkilis.

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0:00 - Intros, housekeeping, email us and remember to check us out on Patreon.
2:30 - In defense of Kevin Youkilis
10:30 - Mailbag
26:30 - Arizona Fall League Rosters
36:00 - High Minors Recap
48:30 - Mid Minors Recap
56:50 - Low Minors and Draft Recap

Players mentioned in the show

Kevin Youkilis
Michael Chavis
Josh Ockimey
Bobby Dalbec
Mike Shawaryn
Darwinzon Hernandez
Esteban Quiroz
Teddy Stankiewicz
Josh Taylor
Travis Lakins
Rusney Castillo
Trey Ball
Jay Groome
CJ Chatham
Brett Netzer
Bryan Mata
Tanner Houck
Roniel Raudes
Tanner Nishioka
Jhonathan Diaz
Triston Casas
Nick Northcut
Jarren Duran
Brandon Howlett
Durbin Feltman
Nick Decker
Danny Diaz
Antoni Flores
Eduardo Lopez

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Direct download: SPPod_Ep._145-_Were_letting_it_roll_so_just_go_ahead.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 11:42am EST

Join Chris and Ian as they sort through the people's mailbag. They share their thoughts on the WooSox (Narrator: WooSox?) What do you think about WooSox? We'd like to know. Ian declared victory in the what is a prospect debate. He also saw Mike Shawaryn shove at Pawtucket. Then Chris cracked open the mailbag. They compare Bobby Dalbec and Michael Chavis. Ian and Chris agree that the logjam of players in corner spots will resolve itself soon enough. They go deep on Pedro Castellanos and his power profile. Plus does Denyi Reyes have enough stuff to go with his fantastic control?

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0:00 - Intros, housekeeping, email us and remember to check us out on Patreon. And thanks for your support in the SoxProspects Donation Drive
5:30 - We hate WooSox
16:30 - We asked. You answered, what's a prospect
18:30 - Latest from Pawtucket
27:50 - The people's mailbag
29:30 - Chavis vs. Dalbec
41:30 - The corner infield logjam
59:00 - Will Pedro Castellanos tap into his power
1:15:45 - International Spending and the luxury tax cap

Players mentioned in the show

Mike Shawaryn
Sam Travis
Williams Jerez
Ty Buttrey
Ryan Brasier
Michael Chavis
Bobby Dalbec
Jarren Duran
Allen Webster
Lars Anderson
Daniel Nava
Hunter Cervenka
Pedro Castellanos
Denyi Reyes


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Direct download: SPPod_144_-_They_have_a_Durin_Duran_and_Duron.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:29am EST

It's August, and the Red Sox are rolling. Chris and Ian break down the Kinsler trade. Now that the trade deadline has passed, the Sox are promoting prospects. Ian saw a few of the new guys at Pawtucket and reports on how they look. The guys throw down over what kinds of minor league players should be classified prospects. Should a 30-year-old journeyman minor leaguer be ranked alongside a 16-year-old Venezuelan amateur? Let us know your thoughts by dropping us a line. Speaking of your mail, Chris and Ian wrap up the show by opening the mailbag and answering your questions.

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0:00 - Intros, housekeeping, email us and remember to check us out on Patreon. Plus, it's the SoxProspects 2018 Donation Drive
3:30 Welcome to Boston, Ian Kinsler
16:00 Promotions
39:00 August rankings
42:30 What is a prospect
59:00 Mailbag

Players mentioned in the show

Ty Buttrey
Williams Jerez
Tony Renda
Travis Lakins
Durbin Feltman
Mike Shawaryn
Josh Ockimey
Antoni Flores
Ryan Brasier
William Cuevas
Denyi Reyes
CJ Chatham

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Direct download: SPPod_143_-_Ian_might_be_silent_about_it.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 12:59am EST

The trade deadline is right around the corner. With one swap in the books, Chris and Ian bid farewell to Jalen Beeks. They look ahead to potential upgrades to the big-league club, whether in the bullpen or at the keystone. Ian has been to Lowell and updates us on the progress of several promising young players in short-season ball. Then Chris and Ian break down the mid-season re-rankings from Baseball America and MLB Pipeline, in particular why their top fives look a bit different than ours. Ian talks about why Jay Groome is his number two guy in the system. Chris explains the challenges hitters with a first base-only defensive profile face. And the guys debate whether a hitter can shove. Despite Ian's claim to the contrary, they can't. Pitchers shove. Hitters rake. (Chris's note: Thank you, Joe)

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Podcast Show Notes 

0:00 - Intros, housekeeping, email us and remember to check us out on Patreon. Plus, it's the SoxProspects 2018 Donation Drive
03:30 - Beeks-Eovaldi trade analysis
24:00 - Latest from Lowell
36:30 - Midseason rankings from BA and MLB and the system's top five

Players mentioned in the show

 
 
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Direct download: SPPod_142_-_Well_I_do_so_deal_with_it.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:33am EST

As we reach the major league All-Star Break, Chris and Ian update us on changes in the site rankings, including the additions of the top international signee and final draft signings. Ian has seen Lowell and reports on a very interesting Spinners roster. Durbin Feltman is (was?) dealing. Jarren Duran is very fast. Meanwhile, Chris ventured to luxurious Woodbridge to see Salem. Bobby Dalbec is mashing. Bryan Mata is very young (and in the Futures Game, which Chris was also at). We also got to your emails. Ian weighs in on the challenges of scouting just the stat line. And leading off, Chris shared some good news: You should be getting podcast goodness more regularly now. You’re welcome.

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Podcast Show Notes

0:00 - Intros, housekeeping, email us and remember to check us out on Patreon. Plus, it's the SoxProspects 2018 Donation Drive
03:30 - July 15th rankings update
26:30 - J2 signings
29:30 - Final draft signings update
35:00 - Scouting the system: Lowell
46:15 - Scouting the system: Salem
1:04:00 - Emails

Players mentioned in the show

Bobby Dalbec
Tzu-Wei Lin
Roniel Raudes
Jarren Duran
Durbin Feltman
Denyi Reyes
Kutter Crawford
Jhonathan Diaz
Eduardo Lopez
Chris Machamer
Thad Ward
Tyler Dearden
Devlin Granberg
Kole Cottam
Tyler Esplin
Michael Chavis
Bryan Mata
Tanner Houck
Matt Barnes
CJ Chatham
Brett Netzer
Darwinzon Hernadez
Christopher Acosta
Ryan Brasier
Ty Buttrey

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Direct download: Podcast_Episode_141_-_I_can_probably_talk_about_this_now.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:36pm EST

Surely, you can't be serious! It looks like Chris and Ian picked the right time to record a podcast. The new rankings have landed. The Red Sox have locked in their draft picks in the upright position. International signings are cleared for take-off. Join Chris and Ian as they taxi through the system. Their first stop is the Steve Pearce trade. They go over the likelihood of more trades to add to Boston's budget for the July 2 prospects. Chris highlights the big movers and all the debuts in the new rankings. Ian recaps who he's seen at Pawtucket and Lowell.

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Podcast Show Notes

0:00 - Intros, housekeeping, email us and remember to check us out on Patreon. Plus, it's the SoxProspects 2018 Donation Drive
02:15 - Farewell Santiago Espinal
10:45 - More trades are coming
13:30 - International free agency preview
16:30 - New rankings for July
24:30 - Quick draft signings update
27:45 - More rankings talk
33:30 - Notables at AAA: Buttrey, Travis and Jerez
43:45 - Jarren Duran could be a guy
47:00 - Stateside debut of Alexander Montero
52:00 - Emails

Players mentioned in the show

Sam Travis
Santiago Espinal
Michael Chavis
Bryan Mata
Tanner Houck
Tristan Casas
Nick Decker
Danny Diaz
Antoni Flores
Nick Northcut
Durbin Feltman
Travis Lakins
Ty Buttrey
Williams Jerez
Jarren Duran
Alexander Montero
Jordan Weems

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Direct download: SPPod_Ep_140.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:05pm EST

Remember that episode of Spring Training scouting reports we promised? Here it is. With the benefit of time (prepare to grimace when the guys excitedly talk about how great Jay Groome looked...), it looks like Chris and Ian saw some things coming and were way off on others. Listen in and find out!

Podcast Show Notes

0:00 - Intros, housekeeping, email us and remember to check us out on Patreon. Plus, it's the SoxProspects 2018 Donation Drive
03:25 - Jay Groome
12:20 - Tanner Houck
20:30 - Sam Travis
22:30 - Darwinzon Hernandez
25:45 - Alex Scherff
29:45 - Josh Ockimey
30:45 - Roniel Raudes
34:30 - Cole Brannen
40:30 - Danny Diaz/Antoni Flores
43:45 - Jake Thompson
46:15 - Pedro Castellanos
48:30 - CJ Chatham
52:00 - Joan Martinez
54:45 - Lightning Round: Brett Netzer, Kervin Suarez, Everlouis Lozada, Santiago Espinal, Jeremy Barfield
1:03:00 - Emails: Aaron Perry, selectively aggressive, drafting, bold predictions, Bobby Dalbec, sleepers (Jhonathan Diaz, Andre Colon, Tyler Dearden, Tyler Esplin)

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Direct download: SPPod_139__The__Lost__Spring_Training_Reports.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:05pm EST

Well that was unexpected! On the first day of the 2018 Draft, the Red Sox selected 3B/1B Triston Casas and OF Nick Decker, high schoolers from Florida and New Jersey, respectively. Both boast raw power as their best tool and high upside. What did Chris and Ian think? If you've been listening, you probably already know, but download and find out on this special short episode!

Direct download: Draft2018.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:29am EST

That's Juan Carlos Linares who looks like one of the Beagle Brothers. And if we're referencing JC Linares, who ranked in the top twenty in 2011, then you know that, yeah, the system isn't looking good right now. But that system transformed in a minute during the 2011 draft, and guess what time it is? With the first and second rounds on Monday night, Ian highlighted his take on the Sox draft strategy for the 2018 draft. The guys shared the new rankings, discussing Jay Groome's status after Tommy John, the latest on Tanner Houck and Bryan Mata at Salem, Jalen Beeks and his cut fastball, and scouting reports on Travis Lakins, Ty Buttrey and Williams Jerez. Plus much more.

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Podcast Show Notes 

0:00 - Intros, housekeeping, email us and remember to check us out on Patreon. Plus it's the SoxProspects 2018 Donation Drive
5:00 - Jay Groome and the state of the farm system
11:00 - The 2011 Red Sox Draft in history
18:00 - 2018 Draft Preview
29:00 - Jay Groome tumbles in the new rankings
34:00 - Bryan Mata and Tanner Houck switch places
41:30 - Jalen Beeks is mowing down batters
49:15 - More rankings updates and scouting reports

Players Discussed:

Jay Groome
Mookie Betts
Xander Bogaerts
Kutter Crawford
Michael Chavis
Tanner Houck
Bryan Mata
Jalen Beeks
Steven Wright
CJ Chatham
Santiago Espinal
Alex Scherff
Travis Lakins
Cole Brannen
Jake Thompson
Roldani Baldwin
Ty Buttrey
Williams Jerez

Read Mike Andrews' Draft Preview on news.soxprospects.com

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Direct download: SPPod_Ep._137_-_He_looks_like_one_of_the_bad_guys_from_Ducktales.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:33am EST

Remember us? We've been busy. #BlameHatfield. After two-and-a-half soggy weeks of minor league games, we're back. Chris and Ian start with a rundown of the top talents in the system, who both happen to be sidelined, then broke down the wonderful success stories of Bobby Poyner and Marcus Walden, who both made the big club out of spring training. The guys renewed their objections to the handling of Blake Swihart. Finally, Chris and Ian noted the season-opening roster highlights and top early performers throughout the system, running the gamut from the loaded Salem rotation, young Greenville lineup, crowded PawSox pitching staff and Portland lineup that… really needed Josh Ockimey back.


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Podcast Show Notes

0:00 - Intros, housekeeping, email us and remember to check us out on Patreon.
6:30 - Jay Groome and Michael Chavis updates
16:00 - Injury Updates from the system
22:00 - Poyner and Walden make the big club
36:15 - Finding Blake Swihart at-bats
47:00 - Pawtucket's bullpen depth
54:45 - Portland's intriguing storylines
1:00:30 - Salem's loaded rotation
1:12:30 - Greenville's young team

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Direct download: SPPod_136_-_Ian_is_being_a_wisenheimer.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:42am EST

The annual rite of spring approaches—the SoxProspects staff spring training trip is coming, and to set the table, Chris and Ian preview what they are looking forward to seeing when they get to the Fort. Ian notes the remaking of Tanner Houck. Chris lists out the questions that surround Cole Brannen. Ian wants to see Darwinzon Hernandez’ new slider. Chris seeks to understand what Alex Scherff is. The guys talk about the lack of power in the system, and the guys who might reverse that trend. Chris muses on the pop-up arm that will catch the guys by surprise. And finally, they go over the potential middle infielders to build out the system’s up-the-middle talent.

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Podcast Show Notes

0:00 - Intros, housekeeping, email us and remember to check us out on Patreon.
7:00 - Previewing the SoxProspects spring training trip
12:00 - Top 20 Prospects Guys Who I Want to See SoxProspects Podcast 2018 Draft
24:00 - Email us, Tweet us, let us know who you want updated scouting reports on
26:00 - Three themes we want to see in guys in the system
34:15 - News and notes since the last podcast

Players Discussed:

Sam Travis
Jay Groome
Michael Chavis
Alex Scherff
Tanner Houck
Cole Brannen
Aneury Tavarez
Darwinzon Hernandez
Tyler Esplin
Pedro Castellanos
Roldani Baldwin
Trenton Kemp
Austin Glorius
Kervin Suarez
Everlouis Lozada
Santiago Espinal
CJ Chatham
Andre Colon
Joan Martinez
Bryan Mata
Jose Gonzalez

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Direct download: SPPod_Ep._135_2018_Spring_Training_Trip_Preview.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:27am EST

The quiet winter is over. Spring training kicked off and so did, at last, the hot stove. Chris and Ian broke it all down on a transaction-heavy edition of the Podcast. Mookie won. Eduardo Nunez signed. JD Martinez ... was signing. The guys bode farewell to Ben Taylor and Bryce Brentz. Ian deftly responded to our mailbag question. And Chris closed out the show with a brief chat with one of our Patreon contributors, Brian Morelli from SoxSignatures.com.
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Podcast Show Notes

0:00 - Intros, housekeeping, email us and remember to check us out on Patreon.
10:00 - Mookie Betts prevailed in arbitration
18:30 - More transactions, Nunez Signs, Taylor DFA’d and Brentz traded
30:00 - JD Martinez has been signed
39:00 - Minors Transactions
45:45 - Michael Chavis is not healthy again
52:00 - Mailbag question: What is pitchability?
59:00 - Special Pateron Guest Sox Signatures’ Brian Morelli

Players Discussed:

Bryan Mata
Xander Bogaerts
Mookie Betts
Marco Hernandez
Ben Taylor
Bryce Brentz
JD Martinez
Jeremy Barfield
Blake Swihart
Brock Holt
Deven Marrero
Tzu-Wei Lin
Sam Travis
David Durden
Jake Romanski
Tommy Layne
Michael Chavis
Jalen Beeks

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Direct download: SPPod_134_-_Conspiracy_Theories_are_Real.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:47pm EST

Chris and Ian return to talk about the glacial pace of the offseason. Henry Owens has left the system. JD Martinez still hasn’t signed with the Sox. And while the big headlines tarry, the club has signed some minor league free agents, including Ivan De Jesus Jr. who returns to the club for his third stint. The guys go over non-roster invitations, touching on Chad De La Guerra’s rise from 17th round pick to big league camp. They break down the club’s AAA rule 5 pickups. Finally, they cover both Baseball America’s and Baseball Prospectus’ rankings of the Red Sox system.

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Podcast Show Notes 

 

0:00 – Intros, housekeeping, email us and remember to check us out on Patreon.
2:00 – The slowly developing off-season
20:00 – Farewell, Henry Owens and minor league signings
29:45 – Non-roster invitations
42:00 – Red Sox Rule 5 pickups
48:00 – Arbitration Showdown: Mookie Betts
53:00 – Outside Red Sox prospect rankings
1:14:00 – Minor league coaching staff changes

Players Discussed:

Henry Owens
Ivan De Jesus Jr.
Oscar Hernandez
Chad De La Guerra
Marco Hernandez
Danny Mars
Michael Chavis
Andy Ferguson
Luke Tendler
Yomar Valentin
Mookie Betts
Darwinzon Hernandez
Lorenzo Cedrola
Tyler Hill
Bryce Brentz

As Chris mentioned we’re hiring for a social media specialist and a contributing editor.

 

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Direct download: SPPod_133_-_Six_Degrees_of_Ivan_De_Jesus.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:43pm EST

Throughout the year, we get questions about who the Red Sox will protect from the Rule 5 Draft in the coming offseason. This week, we learned who those players are, so what better time to discuss? Why did the Red Sox protect Jalen Beeks, Ty Buttrey, and Chandler Shepherd? Listen and find out! Plus, the Arizona Fall League is over, so we recapped the fall campaigns of Michael Chavis, Henry Owens, and their compatriots on the league champion Peoria Javelinas. Finally, we mused about how Blake Swihart and Marco Hernandez might fit on the 2018 Red Sox roster.

Podcast Show Notes

0:00 - Intros, housekeeping, email us and remember to check us out on Patreon.
4:30 - Scouting Reports on Jalen Beeks, Chandler Shepherd and Ty Buttrey
20:15 - Players not added to the roster ahead of the rule 5 draft
28:30 - Arizona Fall League Wrap
37:00 – Other Winter League notes

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Direct download: 2017-1121.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:49pm EST

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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Podcast Show Notes 

0:15 - Daniel Flores, In Memoriam
10:45 - Intros, housekeeping, email us and remember to check us out on Patreon.
12:00 - Post-World Series transaction recap
13:30 - Bryce Brentz joins the 40-Man
21:30 - Rusney Castillo and the new CBA
28:00 - Williams Jerez quick scouting report
31:30 - Welcome aboard Tony LaRussa
34:00 - Coaching staff round up 

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Direct download: Addendum_ep.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:50am EST

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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Podcast Show Notes  

3:00 - Intros, housekeeping, email us and remember to check us out on Patreon.
4:30 - Minor League Free Agent signings wrap up
9:15 - So Long John Farrell; Hello Alex Cora
17:30 - Fall and Winter Leagues
34:15 - Season End Rankings are up
40:00 - State of the System
58:30 - Awards and Final Thoughts on 2017
1:11:00 - System Highs and Lows
1:23:30 - Listener Mail

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Direct download: SPPod_131_Blame_Hatfield.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:31pm EST

September brings us minor league playoffs, September call-ups in both the majors and minors, and of course, a new set of rankings. Who's fueling the Greenville Drive's playoff run? Why is Chris so fired up about Bryce Brentz? Who did Ian try to rank much higher than the other brass members? Listen and find out!

Show notes
0:00 - Intro and housekeeping
4:55 - The DSL Sox made the playoffs?
6:20 - The Greenville Drive are still alive
24:19 - Lowell's September call-ups
29:25 - Boston's September call-ups... and Bryce Brentz staying home
47:10 - September rankings talk & the rankings process

Players discussed:
Brendan Nail
Jagger Rusconi
Pedro Castellanos
Daniel Gonzalez
Hildemaro Requena
Everlouis Lozada
Kervin Suarez
Cole Brannen
Bryce Brentz
Sam Travis
Bryan Mata
Travis Houck
Michael Chavis
Nick Duron
Justin Haley

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Direct download: 2017-0911.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:37pm EST

With the calendar turning to September and the minor league season about to wrap up, Chris and Ian discussed the news and took a bunch of your questions! The Arizona Fall League rosters have been released, and the Red Sox are sending an interesting crew into the desert in October. The news highlights included Jay Groome's season ending with an injury, the in-game debut of a 2017 draftee and the on-mound debut of another, and a few transactions of note. And finally, you came through with an 80-grade set of mailbag questions. Why doesn't raw power always actualize in games? Might Mookie Betts ever move back to second base? Where would Blake Swihart rank if he were still eligible for the site rankings? The answers to these and more await!

 

 

0:00 - Welcome, housekeeping, email us and remember to check us out on Patreon. Plus it's the SoxProspects Annual Drive.

6:45 - Analyzing the Red Sox Arizona Fall League participants

25:30 - Other news

39:10 - Scouting reports from Portland and Lowell

46:20 - Mailbag!

 

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Players discussed:

  • Michael Chavis
  • Chad De La Guerra
  • Josh Tobias
  • Ty Buttrey
  • Bobby Poyner
  • Brian Johnson
  • Henry Owens
  • Brendan Nail
  • Zach Schellenger
  • Zach Scherff
  • Lukas Young
  • Noe Ramirez
  • Steve Selsky
  • Rafael Rincones
  • Jay Groome
  • Taylor Grover
  • Angel Padron
  • Rio Gomez
  • Trey Ganns
  • Enmanuel De Jesus
  • Daniel Gonzalez
  • Dedgar Jimenez
  • Josh Ockimey
  • Yorvin Pantoja
  • Dominic LoBrutto
  • Taylor Ahearn
  • Jeremy Barfield
  • Mike Olt
  • Rusney Castillo
  • Jordan Weems
  • Devon Fisher
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Direct download: 08312017.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:41pm EST

Promotions marked the start of August, and having seen Pawtucket, Portland, and Lowell recently between them, Chris and Ian had plenty to talk about. Included in the first-hand talk are the surging (and relevant again?) Bryce Brentz, the new-look Henry Owens, the red-hot Michael Chavis, and 2017 draftees Brett Netzer and Jake Thompson, among others.


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Podcast Show Notes

2:00 - Intros, housekeeping, email us and remember to check us out on Patreon. Plus it's the SoxProspects Annual Drive.
9:30 - Josh Ockimey Promotion
14:30 - Early August Promotions Round-Up
21:30 - Blake Swihart is Playing Again
25:15 - Ian's Notes from Pawtucket
49:30 - Chris' Reflections on Portland
1:15:00 - Lowell Lightning Round
1:20:45 - Pawtucket relocation?

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Direct download: SoxProspects_08142017.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:07pm EST

It's the trade deadline. Chris and Ian broke down the trades to acquire Addison Reed for Jamie Callahan, Stephen Nogosek and Gerson Bautista and Eduardo Nunez for Shaun Anderson and Gregory Santos. They bid farewell to Luis Ysla, who was dealt the Dodgers in a move to clear room for Nunez on the roster. They celebrated the promotion of wunderkind Rafael Devers, now hitting sixth in your Red Sox lineup. Devers wasn't the only promotion in the system and the guys tackled all the news and notes surrounding a very busy trade deadline. Plus, we opened the mailbag with your questions, comments and considerations.

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Show Notes

2:00 - Intros, housekeeping, email us and remember to check us out on Patreon. Plus it's the SoxProspects Annual Drive.
9:00 - Red Sox acquire Addison Reed
29:45 - Rafael Devers can hit a little bit
32:45 - Red Sox land Eduardo Nunez
45:00 - Injury Update on David Price and Brian Johnson
51:00 - The return of Justin Haley
55:30 - Other promotion news
59:30 - Luis Ysla, See Ya
1:02:45 - Scouting Tanner Houck
1:07:30 - Listener Mail

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Direct download: SoxProspects_07302017.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:47am EST

Chris and Ian battle technical difficulties on a big news weekend. Rafael Devers got upped. They say so long to Pablo Sandoval and Jhonny Peralta. They also discuss the recently shuffled rankings now that the draft and the J2 signing period are in the books. But, the trade deadline looms. Is Todd Frazier on the way? And if so, how much, how much is it going to cost the Red Sox? And will the players who will need to vie for a spot on the 40-man roster ahead of this winter's rule 5 draft be among the guys dealt? Ian spent some time watching Portland before Devers was promoted and drops some gems on the guys he saw. And we get to your emails.

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Podcast Show Notes

2:00 - Intros, housekeeping, email us and remember to check us out on Patreon. Plus it's the SoxProspects Annual Drive.
7:15 - News - The Big Promotion
12:45 - Final Draft Signing Update
23:00 - Rankings Update
36:45 - Listener Email on injury updates
49:15 - Trade Deadline Talk
1:00:00 - Possibly Premature Rule 5 Talk
1:06:45 - Quick Hits on Portland Players
1:11:30 - More Listener Mail

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Direct download: SoxProspects_07162017.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EST

A very special Independence Day edition of the SoxProspects Podcast brings Ben Badler back to talk about the Red Sox's haul of international free agents. The guys talked with Ben about Venezuelan catcher Daniel Flores, the consensus second-ranked prospect in the 2017 class, and the rest of the players who've signed. Chris and Ian also talked about the players traded for international bonus pool money, the latest draft signings, and the latest rankings.

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Podcast Show Notes

2:00 - Intros, housekeeping, email us and remember to check us out on Patreon. Plus it's the SoxProspects Annual Drive.
8:00 - Draft Signings Update
13:30 - Trades for international bonus pool space
27:30 - Rankings update
43:00 - Listener emails
50:45 - Baseball America's Ben Badler

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Prospects discussed:
  • Nick Longhi
  • Stanley Espinal
  • Imeldo Diaz
  • Michael Chavis
  • Tanner Houck
  • Bryan Mata
  • Bobby Dalbec
  • Cole Brannen
  • Alex Scherff
  • Tzu-Wei Lin
  • Brett Netzer
  • Zach Schellenger
  • Jay Groome
  • Rafael Devers
  • Sam Travis
  • Bryce Brentz
  • Chad De La Guerra
  • Bobby Poyner
  • Christopher Acosta
  • Daniel Flores
  • Danny Dia
  • Antoni Flores
  • Nelfy Abreu
  • Denny Daza
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Direct download: SoxProspects_07032017.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:26pm EST

Ian and Chris hung out to discuss the latest news on the Red Sox system. The promotion of Michael Chavis and what that means for both Chavis and Rafael Devers headlines the discussion. Will Chavis even be in the Sox system after the trade deadline? The promotion of Tzu-Wei Lin to Boston prompted another discussion of the team's lack of infield depth. There were plenty of draft signings to cover, Ian provided a run down of what he's seen in Lowell so far, and the guys discussed the long road ahead for Jay Groome.

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Podcast Show Notes

2:00 - Intros, housekeeping, email us and remember to check us out on Patreon.
4:30 - Breaking News - Everybody loves promotions
25:00 - Congrats Tzu-Wei Lin, Major Leaguer
33:00 - Draft Signings update
47:30 - Lowell, oh Lowell
53:00 - The Jay Groome Experience
63:00 - Pawtucket Pitchers
69:00 - Listener Mail

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Direct download: 2017-0625.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:23am EST

Jim Callis of MLB.com joined us for our annual draft review to talk about how the Red Sox 2017 draft class looks coming out of last week’s 40 rounds! Chris and Jim talked about the club’s picks from the first five rounds and some later round sleepers. Also on the agenda were some general draft questions from our listeners: What qualifies as a successful draft? Why did were more first basemen drafted in the first 50 picks this year? And finally, Jim chimed in on a topic that’s been hot on the SoxProspects Forums: Would an MLB team ever blow past the draft bonus cap, and why or why not? And how did that lead to Jim telling a great story on the Red Sox 2005 draft and how that affected the organization for years afterward? Don’t miss this episode!!

Draftees discussed:
- Tanner Houck
- Jake Thompson
- Alex Scherff
- Cole Brannen
- Brett Netzer
- Garrett Benge
- Aaron Perry
- Donny Diaz
- Charlie Madden

Direct download: 2017-0621.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:24pm EST

Chris and Ian couldn't wait, so they hopped right on the Podcast Machine to chat about the Red Sox selections in the First and Second Round of the 2017 MLB Draft! Is Missouri right-hander Tanner Houck, the club's first pick, a starter or reliever down the road? What's the projection on Georgia high school outfielder Cole Brannen? Where do these two potentially slot in the rankings? All of this and more in our special, instant reaction edition of the pod!

Direct download: 2017-0613.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:43am EST

Another episode, another guest. This week JJ Cooper abandons the bear and joins Chris and Ian for a draft preview extravanganza. JJ discusses players who have been linked to the Sox and touches on some of the more interesting strategies teams have employed in recent years to maximize their talent hauls in the draft. Chris and Ian go deep on the recent spate of promotions. And if it's a new month, we have rankings to run down. Plus your questions are answered.


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Podcast Show Notes

2:00 - Intros, Housekeeping, email us and Remeber to check us out on Patreon.
5:00 - Baseball America's JJ Cooper joins the show
48:30 - Latest System News
1:16:00 - June Rankings Talk
1:26:00 - Mailbag!

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Direct download: SPPod_121_06062017.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:39pm EST

Brendan McGair from the Pawtucket Times joins Chris and Ian for the 120th edition of the SoxProspects Podcast. Chris and Ian are in a celebratory mood as we have, thanks to your help surpassed our initial goal on Patreon. And speaking of Patreon, our first Patron chat is coming up soon. If you want to get in on it, sign up at Patreon. Chris and Ian talk about the latest round of promotions, the PawSox stadium situation, some notable players in Pawtucket and discuss the state of the system as we head to the June 1st rankings update.


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Podcast Show Notes

2:00 - Intros, Housekeeping, email us and Remeber to check us out on Patreon and a word from Ian about the City United, Manchester in the United Kingdom.
9:30 - Breaking News - More promotions
20:00 - The Pawtucket Times' Brendan McGair
50:00 - Rankings Talk

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Direct download: SPPod_120_-_It_wouldnt_be_the_first_time_you_havent_recorded_a_podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:15pm EST

Chris is back from Greenville to join Ian for a news heavy Podcast. Prospects are getting promoted. Chris and Ian analyze all the moves and all the injuries we're tracking in the system. Chris quizzes Ian on the players in the Sox system who launched at least 10 home runs last season. With an extra week, you answered the call and refilled the mailbag with gusto. We have a Devers update and more of your questions.


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Podcast Show Notes

2:00 - Intros, Housekeeping, email us and Remeber to check us out on Patreon.
6:00 - Breaking News - Promotions galore
18:30 - Plus a needed demotion
22:30 - Injury bug bites Boston system
40:00 - Michael Chavis has hit 10 bombs
42:00 - Pawtucket update
53:30 - Mailbag time!

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Direct download: SoxProspects_05212017.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:16am EST

Now featuring the full episode!
 
The partners in crime, Chris and Ian, have the SoxProspects virtual podcast studio all to themselves. They break down the decision to hold off on rushing Rafael Devers to Boston. They go over why it's Kyle Kendrick and not Brian Johnson or Henry Owens replacing Steven Wright. We cover the 2-8 scouting scale, how options work and speculate on why so many pitchers in the system are mowing guys down. Plus, it's mailbag emptying time.


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Podcast Show Notes

2:00 - Intros, Housekeeping, email us and Remeber to check us out on Patreon.
4:30 - Breaking News: Rafael Devers is really good. Why isn't he in Boston?
18:00 - More News: Steven Wright is done, Why wasn't my favorite SoxProspect pitcher promoted instead of Kyle Kendrick?
20:30 - System Promotion Update - Mission Accomplished #FreeAneury
26:30 - Congrats to Shaun Anderson and Austin Rei - SoxProspects' Pitcher and Player of the month
31:30 - Questions from the SoxProspects crew
42:00 - Looking ahead to the July 1 International Signing Period
48:30 - Mailbag time!

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Direct download: SoxProspects_05062017.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:44pm EST

Chris and Ian welcome Mike Andrews, the Dude, His Dudeness, or el Duderino - if you're not into the whole brevity thing - to the Podcast just in time to go over the new rankings, because it's May at last. An end to April showers and Pawtucket rainouts. We also crown a new king atop the Sox Prospects ranking leaderboard. Ian, Chris and Mike go over the risers, fallers and all the rankings related news. Ian spends a minute sharing the latest from Pawtucket. And Chris cracks open the mail bag to get to your questions.


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Podcast Show Notes

2:00 - Intros, Housekeeping, email us and Remeber to check us out on Patreon..
8:00 - May Rankings - The New Top 20
38:30 - May Rankings - Charting 21 - 60
49:30 - It's Mailbag time
1:13:00 - Pawtucket News

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Direct download: SoxProspects_04302017.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:45am EST

Ian and Chris welcome Chaz Fiorino to the Podcast and go deep on Portland. We have an update on Rafael Devers. We go into the intrigue of Aneury Tavarez spend more time as a Sea Dog. Chaz and Ian play bullpen bingo with the Portland 'pen. We peer into the mailbag to find out just what we have in both Ben Taylor and Jamie Callahan and we bid a parting tribute to our friend and now former colleague Matt Heugel.

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Podcast Show Notes

2:00 - We wish our good friend Matt Heugel a fond farewell. 4:00 - Intros, Housekeeping, email us and Remeber to check us out on Patreon.
6:30 - April in Portland
9:30 - Portland Hitters
27:30 - Portland Starters
41:00 - Portland's 'Pen
58:00 - It's the Ben Taylor Mailbag

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Direct download: 2017-0413.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:52pm EST

Real actual baseball. Minor League season kicked off tonight and with the rains in the northeast, Pawtucket and Portalnd were washed away. And what better time than now to review rosters and dip into the mailbag to answer your questions. Ian and Chris check in on the Portland bullpen quartet. The compare the depth between Salem and Portland. Ian still isn't buying the Roniel Raudes story. Greenville's rotation looks to be the best of the minor league affiliates. Jeremy Rivera's suspension gives the guys a chance to discuss the minor league policies for drug suspensions. And we've got your emails. Listen In!

Podcast Show Notes

1:00 - Intros, Housekeeping, email us and Remeber to check us out on Patreon.
10:30 - Ian's Misadventures with the Lowell mascot
12:00 - Pawtucket Roster Review
29:00 - Portland Roster Review
43:00 - Salem Roster Review
58:00 - Greenville Roster Review
1:15:00 - Twitter Mailbag - #AskSP

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Direct download: SoxProspects_04052017.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:14pm EST

With Fort Myers in the rearview mirror, Chris and Ian stick a set of chopsticks into Spring Training. Chris sits down with Sox farmhand and member of the upstart Team Israel team, Mike Myers. Ian elaborates on the Jason Groome experience. Chris and Ian review the A-Ball pitchers and hitters from the end of the Spring Training trip. Chris swerves by his standing rant about how the Rule 5 draft hurts Latin players. Tyler Hill makes another Podcast appearance as the Sox continue to trial him in center this spring. Listen In!

Podcast Show Notes

1:00 - Intros, Housekeeping, email us and Remeber to check us out on Patreon. 5:30 - Corner Outfielder Mike Myers on his WBC experience
17:00 - Ian's #Winning Spring Training
20:00 - Updates on the Greenville and Salem pitchers
52:00 - Lightning Round on A-Ball Hitters

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With winter weather clinging bitterly to Boston, Chris, Matt and Ian look ahead to their spring training trip. Up first is an overview of what the guys are looking forward to seeing when they get to the balmy summer climes of the Fort. And then from the mailbag, listener Joe calls out the lack of statistical context when judging the flukiness of Rusney Castillo's winter revival. Finally, they lament the end of the beloved Blue Sushi and wonder whether Brahma Sushi can compare.

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After a winter hibernation, Chris, Matt and Ian have a backlog of questions and a lot to cover in advance of the staff trip to Fort Myers. It's Spring Training At Last. And many recent top Sox Prospects are in Arizona with the Padres or the White Sox. The time has come to survey the state of the system and some of the Non Roster Invitees to camp. Andrew Benintendi has bulked up. Rafael Devers is in Big League camp along with an interesting mix of post-prospect guys, like Blake Swihart. The guys also review the AFL and discuss the players who were dealt this winter. Plus, Chris Acosta is back. Listen in!

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Sound the emergency podcast siren! Dealin’ Dave was at it again today, acquiring Tyler Thornburg from Milwaukee for Travis Shaw, Mauricio Dubon, and Josh Pennington, then coming back hours later and landing the white whale from the White Sox in Chris Sale, giving up the system’s top prospect, Yoan Moncada, along with Michael Kopech, Luis Alexander Basabe, and Victor Diaz. In all, four of the team’s top nine prospects coming into the day, with two more on the fringes of the top 20, are headed out, but for a couple of major pieces. What did Chris and Ian think? And how did they answer your questions? Listen in!

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Making his fourth appearance on the podcast, Alex Speier of the Boston Globe and Baseball America joined the guys to discuss his recently released Red Sox Top 10 list. How did he pick between Andrew Benintendi and Yoan Moncada? Michael Kopech and Jason Groome? Plus we hit on some other topics, like a potential Mookie Betts extension and what players might be trade fodder for the next Dave Dombrowski deal.

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Chris, Ian, Matt, and the returning Mike Andrews marked the end of the season by breaking down the debates that led to our end-of-season rankings! Topics discussed included ranking Yoan Moncada over Andrew Benintendi at number 1 and Jason Groome over Michael Kopech as the system’s top pitching prospect, how the system looks compared to past seasons, and highlights from each of the guys’ top 60 rankings.

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On what proved to be the final day of the Boston Red Sox 2013 season, Chris and Ian recapped the latter’s trip to Instructs. Scouting reports included Jason Groome, CJ Chatham, Victor Diaz, Roldani Baldwin, Bryan Mata, and others… even Pablo Sandoval! Plus, we answered a slew of listener questions: Which players might get surprising, aggressive assignments next year? What will the Sox do with all of their minor league third basemen, and will Rafael Devers move off of the position? Who is the next Robby Scott… and what do you take that question to mean? These and more discussed herein!

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Coming down the stretch in MLB, that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything to talk about in the world of SoxProspects! In this episode, the guys wrap up each affiliate’s season, discuss the Fall Instructional League roster, and the Padres trade scandal. Plus your emails! Which players might get protected from the Rule 5 draft this offseason (take 2)? What mechanical flaws are immediate red flags? What’s the deal with Rafael Devers’ 18 steals? Plus, thoughts on Jake Cosart, Austin Glorius, Matt Kent, and more!

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Moncada to the majors? September call-ups? First-hand Jason Groome, Bobby Dalbec, CJ Chatham, and Mike Shawaryn reports? And even new rankings? Sounds like a recipe for a podcast, so Chris and Ian got into the kitchen to cook up some prospect talk.

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Since the last episode, we've seen Andrew Benintendi make his debut in the majors and Yoan Moncada make his debut at third. Could the latter join his former Portland teammate in Boston, and is anyone else in the minors ready to come up and help the big league club? Like say... in the bullpen? Plus quick hits on why Rafael Devers and Michael Kopech won't get promoted, the trade of Pat Light, Arizona Fall League assignment predictions, and first-hand reports from Lowell. Plus your emails led to discussion of Kyri Washington, Nick Hamilton, Christopher Acosta, Luis Alexander Basabe, and more.

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In this week’s episode, we have new first-hand updates on Yoan Moncada, Andrew Benintendi, Rafael Devers, and Michael Kopech! Plus, we hit a ton of listener emails: Why can’t the Red Sox develop starting pitching? Which Travis - Sam or Shaw - is more likely to be the club’s first baseman in two years? How might the Red Sox break in Andrew Benintendi when he gets called up? All this and more await, so hit the download button!

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So a few things have gone down over the past 10 days, eh? The guys had a ton to talk about - the trades of Luis Alejandro Basabe and Jose Almonte for Brad Ziegler and, more importantly, Anderson Espinoza for Drew Pomeranz showed why the Prez of Baseball Ops is becoming known to many as Dealin' Dave. Plus, the Red Sox were able to get Jason Groome signed before the July 15 deadline, along with fellow draftees Bobby Dalbec and Mike Shawaryn, so the guys ran down what they thought of the full draft haul and how the Groome signing may have played into the club's willingness to move Espinoza. And with the deadline past, the SoxProspects Rankings were updated - where did all of the new guys fall? And who moved based on what the guys have seen in Lowell, Greenville, Salem, Portland, and Pawtucket over the past few weeks? Listen for all this and more!

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The news in this episode was big enough to take up most of the conversation. First, just hours before we recorded, RHP Aaron Wilkerson and 2B Wendell Rijo were dealt to Milwaukee for infielder Aaron Hill and cash. And earlier in the week, Major League Baseball imposed unprecedented penalties on the Red Sox organization for rules violations relating to their acquisition of several international amateur free agents last season. Between those big stories, a draft signings update, and the Top 4 Update, we've got a packed episode!

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With all of that draft craziness out of the way, it's time to get back to the grind, and with promotions afoot and new seasons beginning, there was plenty for the guys to talk about. In the Top 4 Update, Yoan Moncada (and his friends Mauricio, Jalen, and Ben) got promoted, Andrew Benintendi is getting his footing, and Rafael Devers is finally coming out of his funk. Meanwhile, the Lowell and GCL seasons have started, and Ian sat on the Spinners' first five games, giving him plenty to report about the best pitching staff that team has had in recent memory. And of course, we read and answered your emails!

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With the 2016 MLB draft in the books, our friend Jim Callis of MLB.com came on the podcast to dissect the draft as a whole and the selections made by the Red Sox over the event's three days. Why did Jason Groome fall, will he sign, and what other team might he have had a deal with before the Red Sox plucked him at number 12 overall? How do the five college juniors selected by the Red Sox in rounds 2-6 compare to their selections in that range in past years? Will any of the well-regarded late-round picks sign? Jim answered these questions and more!

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Chris, Ian, and Senior Staff Writer Will Woodward got on the horn quickly to react to the Red Sox selecting prep lefty Jason Groome out of New Jersey and Florida Atlantic shortstop C.J. Chatham in the first two rounds of the MLB Draft on Thursday night. Given that Groome was ranked by many as the top talent in the draft and reportedly fell due to signability and makeup concerns, there was plenty to talk about (and will be in the coming weeks).

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It's draft week! To prepare for this year's MLB First-Year Player Draft, which starts on Thursday, June 9, Chris spoke to Baseball America Managing Editor JJ Cooper about a number of topics, including BA's history of draft coverage, the general strengths and weaknesses of this year's draft class, some players who could be on the radar for the Red Sox at pick 12, and whether the club might re-draft some past selections. Plus, in lieu of the Big 4 Update, we spoke with JJ about his thoughts on their starts to the season. Remember, during the draft, be sure to check out our News Page at http://news.soxprospects.com for up-to-the-minute news throughout the draft's three days!

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As the calendar turns to June, we've got a new set of rankings to dissect and a bunch of listener emails to answer! We check in on the Big 4, chat about the hard luck that has taken the top two prospects on the Pawtucket Red Sox out of action, analyze Josh Ockimey's great start to the season and corresponding climb to the top 20, review the bullpen arms in Pawtucket and Greenville, and more!

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In the unofficial second part of the crew's roundup of the first month-plus of the season, the guys looked at the goings-on in Portland and Greenville. The Sea Dogs are struggling in the standings, but noteworthy mound performances by Aaron Wilkerson and Chandler Shepherd merit discussion and further looks at Williams Jerez, Luis Ysla, Henry Ramos, and Jake Romanski were undertaken. Greenville has been home to many of the season's early pleasant surprises. Among the members of the Drive discussed are Michael Chavis, Josh Ockimey, Roniel Raudes, the Basabe twins, Kyri Washington, Tate Matheny, Austin Glorius, Jake Cosart, and Bobby Poyner. And in the Big 4 Update, the topics included which days - precisely - we might see an Andrew Benintendi promotion (could it be this week?), how much longer Yoan Moncada might spend in Salem (longer than Benintendi, at least), and Anderson Espinoza's record-tying start for the Drive (he gooooood).

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It's been a month, but Chris came back from being a big shot andgot back on the horn with Matt and Ian to discuss the season'sfirst month. Things kick off with the first edition of the Big 4Update, looking at whether Yoan Moncada's strikeouts are a concernand why Andrew Benintendi and Rafael Devers flipped in the siterankings update on May 1. Then the guys gave us their notes fromthe field from the first month. Chris had the latest from Salem,with reports on Moncada, Benintendi, Devers, Trey Ball, and others.Then Ian and Matt responded with the word from Pawtucket on SamTravis and Deven Marrero. Finally, the guys aired it out on whetherit is a good idea for Blake Swihart to start getting reps in leftfield, and what's gotten into the big riser in the May 1 rankings,Teddy Stankiewicz.

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Another successful trip to minor league spring is in the books for the SoxProspects.com crew. With fresh scouting and other intel to share, Chris, Matt, Ian, and Chaz got on the horn to talk about what they saw, as well as the All-New, All-Different SoxProspects Rankings! How did the big four of Moncada, Devers, Espinoza, and Benintendi look? What led to big jumps in the standings from Travis Lakins, Christopher Acosta, and Luis Alejandro "Not Just the Other" Basabe? Why has Yankory Pimentel made Chaz rethink everything he knows about scouting? All of this and more await in this episode.

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In preparation for our trip to Fort Myers, the guys cleaned out the mailbag, answering your questions about the state of the farm system! Who would they pick for their All-Underrated Red Sox prospect team? How well would Mookie Betts do if he were to go down to A-ball? Conversely, what if Anderson Espinoza were called up to the majors right now? Is Travis Shaw a hall of famer? How does a team develop power arms? These questions and more await!

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The guys are pumped that their trip to Spring Training is drawing near, but first, they got on the horn with Friend of the Site Jim Callis of MLB.com to talk about the state of the farm system! MLB.com released its Top 30 Red Sox prospects last week, so we had plenty of questions for Jim, and he had answers. Do the Sox have the best quartet of prospects in the game? Where was Andrew Benintendi on the club’s draft board last June? How will his hand injury affect Michael Kopech’s development and prospect stock? This and more await in another great episode!

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Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe has had all the coverage of the early stages of spring training, and he joined us for a conversation about what's been going on! What minor leaguers have already caught Pete's eye? How much work has Yoan Moncada been doing with the major leaguers? Are there really competitions for spots in the rotation and the back of the bullpen? Plus, Peter had a great story about his introduction to covering minor league baseball.

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Pitchers and catchers have reported, so it must be time to fire the podcast machine back up! Chris, Matt, and Ian got back on the horn to discuss the (current and former) Red Sox prospects ranked among the game's top 100 prospects by various outlets. Can we learn anything by the rankings of Yoan Moncada, Rafael Devers, Andrew Benintendi, Anderson Espinoza, and Michael Kopech? Also, we got some great reader questions about Moncada, Henry Owens and Brian Johnson, Austin Glorius, Karsten Whitson, the 2016 draft class, and more! Who were our picks for sleeper breakout seasons? Who from last year's draft class are we excited to see in 2016? Listen to find out!

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It's ranking season, and that gave us an excuse to get our friend Alex Speier of the Boston Globe and Baseball America to discuss his recently released list of the top 10 Red Sox prospects! We discuss the organization's first-class top 10 and potentially worrisome lack of depth after the top 7, whether the Red Sox gave up too much in the Craig Kimbrel deal, and much more!

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Well, it did not take very long into the offseason for Dave Dombrowski to make a blockbuster move, as the Red Sox traded four of their top 25 prospects on Friday for Padres closer Craig Kimbrel. If there ever was a time for an emergency podcast, this is it, so Chris, Matt, and Ian got on the horn to discuss the ins and outs of the deal. We have scouting reports on Manuel Margot, Javier Guerra, Logan Allen, Carlos Asuaje, and even Kimbrel. Was it an overpay, and even if it was, does it still make sense for the Sox? How much does it matter that the system is so deep and the Sox are set at shortstop and center field? How did the free agent market influence the deal? We leave no stone unturned in our debate!

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The long-awaited second half of our season wrap-up hits three of your emails, then goes through our season-end rankings! How high did upstart Venezuelan Anderson Espinoza push into the top five, and why? What led to Luis Alexander Basabe and Logan Allen pushing into the top 15? What else did Ian see at Fall Instructs? Plus, we close with Chris’s interview with 2013 first-round pick Trey Ball, looking back on his season in Salem and the pressures of being the #7 overall pick.

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On this episode of the SoxProspects.com 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? Why has the top prospect changed so often over the last two years? These questions get answered and more!

- We recap the 2015 SoxProspects.com 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 SoxProspects.com Awards, such as Offensive Player of the Year, Pitcher of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Breakout Player of the Year, and more! Some tough choices here led to some good debate.

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SPPod #85: Final Notes from the Field, Sept. Rankings, Wendell Rijo

In this episode of the SoxProspects.com 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, and 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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SPPod #84: Mailbag extravaganza!

We've got a backlog of listener emails to get to, so what better time than the present to talk about what you want to hear? You guys had some outstanding questions that gave us plenty to talk about. What are the odds of a top prospect becoming a good major leaguer? Which pitchers have the highest ceilings in the system? What players rank as the best in each of the five tools? And of course there's current events: What can we expect from Dave Dombrowski as President of Baseball Ops, and is Jackie Bradley's rebound for real? All of this and more awaits!

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SPPod #83: Interview Special with Michael Chavis and Nick Longhi

This week, we're hitting you with a couple of interviews with members of the Greenville Drive: third baseman Michael Chavis and first baseman/outfielder Nick Longhi. Chavis, a 2014 first-round pick, discussed what it was like sharing third base with Rafael Devers, the pressures of being a first-rounder, and what's with the whole "11:11" thing. Longhi talked about what most listeners of the podcast could probably only dream about - being a Red Sox fan drafted by the Red Sox - as well as a number of other topics including visiting the Dominican Instructional League.

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It's now August, and we've got our second straight new top prospect! Why did Rafael Devers leapfrog Yoan Moncada to take the top spot? How about the jumps made by the likes of Anderson Espinoza, Marco Hernandez, and Luis Alexander Basabe? Plus the guys talked about the (then-pending) debut of Henry Owens, the injury to Brian Johnson, the move of Matt Barnes back to the rotation, and the promotion of Kevin Steen to Lowell. To cap the episode, we present Chris' interview with Salem right-hander Teddy Stankiewicz, talking about pitching, bus rides, and the shocking discovery from his pre-signing physical.

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Chris and Ian just spent some time watching the Greenville Drive, and they had plenty to talk about! The guys chatted with Matt about their thoughts on Yoan Moncada, Rafael Devers, Javier Guerra, Michael Chavis, Nick Longhi, and more! While he was in town, Chris also checked in with Drive manager Darren Fenster to discuss what's been going on with these players behind the scenes, as well as getting the manager's take on life in the minors. Plus, the guys talk about Brian Johnson's MLB debut, and your listener emails hit on players from throughout the system and beyond: How does Devers compare to Xander Bogaerts at the same age? Where have Karsten Whitson and Christopher Acosta been? Which players might move positions? All this and more herein!

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It's another action-packed edition of the SP Pod, featuring an interview with Salem Red Sox right-hander Ty Buttrey! Chris sat down with him recently in Frederick and talked about his bounce-back season, injuring his hand last year, Clash of Clans, and more! Plus, Chris brought back his scouting notes from seeing a pair of Salem games dishing on Buttrey, Daniel McGrath, Aaron Wilkerson, German Taveras, Wendell Rijo, Mauricio Dubon, Jordan Procyshen, and more. Not to be outdone, Ian countered with notes from Lowell on Andrew Benintendi('s BP), Austin Rei, Tate Matheny, Jake Cosart, Ben Taylor, Luis Alexander Basabe, Victor Acosta, and Jeremy Rivera. Plus, your emails!

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SPPod #79: Promotions, Signings, Rankings, Fireworks?

With the calendar turning to July, Chris and Ian got on the horn and had plenty to talk about, starting with a slew of recent promotions, including those of Manuel Margot, Sam Travis, and Mauricio Dubon to new affiliates and Deven Marrero, Jonathan Aro, and Jackie Bradley to the majors, among others. Plus the Red Sox are now mostly done with draft signings - after inking Andrew Benintendi, how much money is left? And of course, new month, new rankings, including a new number one prospect and debates aplenty! We close, as usual, with your emails.

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Many outlets have noted the abundance of prospects on the Pawtucket Red Sox roster this season. So what about it then? We're past the midway point of June, and after getting plenty of looks at what the Triple-A club has to offer, Chris, Matt, and Ian talked about who's up and who's down for the PawSox, including Travis Shaw, Garin Cecchini, Jackie Bradley, Brian Johnson, Henry Owens, Pat Light, Dayan Diaz, Jonathan Aro, and more. At the other end of the ladder, the Lowell Spinners started their season on Friday, and the GCL Sox will start on Monday. What did the guys think of the season-opening Lowell roster, and what that probably means down at the complex? Listen and find out. And as always, we answered your listener emails, which led to a discussion regarding the development of Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts.

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On Monday, the Red Sox selected Arkansas sophomore center fielder Andrew Benintendi with the seventh overall pick in this year's MLB Draft. Chris, Ian, and Matt quickly hopped on for their reactions: Did they like the pick? Where might he debut in the rankings? Where will he play this year and next? Those answers, plus video game music!

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SPPod #76: Draft Preview with Kiley McDaniel

The Draft is in two days, so Chris and Ian got on the horn with Fangraphs Lead Prospect Analyst Kiley McDaniel to preview who might be on the Red Sox radar with the seventh overall selection on Monday. We discussed the players in play, as well as the club's strategy with their second pick not coming until the third round at 81st overall. Plus, Kiley talks about his recent viewing of the Greenville Drive, focusing on Michael Kopech, Rafael Devers, Javier Guerra, Nick Longhi, and Michael Chavis.

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Following the big debut of Eduardo Rodriguez and the Boston rotation's continued struggles, it's sure looking like it's time for the Red Sox to start leaning on that stacked Triple-A rotation we heard about in the preseason. But what can we expect from Rodriguez, Brian Johnson, and Henry Owens, both now and in the future? Chris, Matt, and Ian talked about that, as well as when it's time to promote a player in the minors - spurred by 18-year-old Rafael Devers's hot month of May in Greenville - as well as the latest update to the site rankings!

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With Chris returning from the other side of the world, he got Ian and Matt on the horn to look back at the season's first month. The guys talked about the new rankings' movers and shakers, as well as some recent MLB call-ups and the outlook for players like Blake Swihart, Jackie Bradley, and Matt Barnes. The guys also had plenty to report from the field(s), having seen Pawtucket, Portland, and Greenville already in this young season. Listen for reports on Henry Owens, Rafael Devers, and more! Finally, in response to reader questions, the guys quickly discussed the Red Sox' potential plans for the number 7 pick in next month's draft.

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With the season underway, Chris, Ian, Matt, along with podcast rookie Chaz Fiorino had plenty to chat about in this extra-large episode! First, the guys examined the affiliate rosters, picking superlatives and discussing surprises. Then, taking advantage of having both Ian and Chaz on, they talked about scouting: what they do when they're at a game, what they look for in players, and decoding scout-speak. Finally, the guys emptied the listener mailbag.

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SPPod #72: Season Preview with guest Matthew Kory

It's that time! Chris and Ian welcomed special guest Matthew Kory of Over the Monster, Forbes, Baseball Prospectus, and sundry other publications of varying repute to talk about what storylines we're looking forward to following in the minor league system in 2015. How will all the infielders in Greenville get playing time? How many of the prospect-laden PawSox have a future in the organization? Are Portland and Salem as bad as the rosters look at first glance, or is there intrigue there? Listen and learn! Plus, the debut of Turkey Facts! (Note: we recorded on Saturday, 4/4, so forgive the couple of outdated comments.)

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The boys are back... from Fort Myers! Chris, Ian, and Matt had a ton of stuff to report back from the SoxProspects.com staff's annual trip to Spring Training. We got our first look at Yoan Moncada, as well as updated looks at Rafael Devers, Michael Chavis, and others! Which sleepers looked poised to break out? What new guys impressed? All that and more in this action-packed episode!

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A couple of bombshells dropped on the SoxProspects landscape Monday morning, so naturally we had to get on the horn post haste! First, we talked to Baseball America's Ben Badler about the Red Sox reaching an agreement to sign Cuban phenom Yoan Moncada, discussing the ins and outs of who Moncada is and what the impact is of his signing. Then, we discussed a few things about the Moncada signing that have really been grinding our gears before talking a bit about the sale of the Pawtucket Red Sox and their potential move to Providence.

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Well, that was a week wasn't it? With the Red Sox trading Allen Webster, Rubby De La Rosa, Raymel Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Alex Wilson, Gabe Speier, and Myles Smith in deals for Wade Miley, Rick Porcello, and Zeke Spruill, as well as signing former SoxProspects.com number 1 prospect Justin Masterson (oh, and there was the failed pursuit of Jon Lester), Chris and Matt had plenty to talk about. Plus, your emails asked about who will lead off and about the defensive prowess of Christian Vazquez and Blake Swihart.

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SPPod #68: Chris Mellen returns with BP's #diesel Red Sox top 10

Within a week of the major league club making a pair of huge signings in Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez, Baseball Prospectus has dropped its Red Sox Top 10 prospects list, which means one thing... the return of Chris Mellen to the podcast! Hatfield, Matt, and Ian welcomed back the Dean of #diesel, now one of the men in charge of the BP prospect team, to discuss BP's list and the state of the farm.

And by the way, please take our one-minute survey at http://bit.ly/SPPodSurvey!

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Thursday's reserve list deadline came and went without much fanfare, but that doesn't mean there was nothing to talk about. While the roster additions were the four we all expected, Chris and Matt ran through those who were not added to the 40-man roster and may be potential selections in next month's Rule 5 Draft. Of course, that wasn't all that happened this week, so the guys said goodbye with a look back at Alex Hassan's time with the organization, then moved on to shiny new toy Juan Francisco and what he brings to the Red Sox. Finally, a pair of listener emails led to discussions of Cuban free agent Yoan Moncada and whatever happened to Jose Vinicio.

Direct download: 2014-1120.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:01am EST

A long-time coming, Chris, Ian, and Matt got on the horn to talk about Ian's trip to the Fall Instructional League! Michael Kopech, Rafael Devers, Michael Chavis, Javier Guerra, Jake Cosart, and many more players were in our Director of Scouting's crosshairs. Also on the agenda: a quick run through the offseason leagues, with a chat about what to make of the numbers put up by Sean Coyle, Deven Marrero, and Robby Scott in the Arizona Fall League. PLUS, a listener mailbag spectacular! What should the Sox do with their glut of upper-minors pitching? Who did we like in Lowell this year? What does next year's draft look like? The answers to those and more await! (And please, if you're even a part-time listener of the show, please fill out the survey at http://bit.ly/SPPodSurvey. You'll be doing us a big-time solid.)

Direct download: 2014-1112.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:16am EST

It is rankings season! Our friend Alex Speier of WEEI.com published his Red Sox Top 10 Prospects for Baseball America recently, so we had him on the pod to talk about his rankings and to pick his brain about the state of the Red Sox system. We're talking top 10, graduates, sleepers, disappointments and more! Even colossal squids! There's only one way to hear it all... hit that download button!

Also, we're asking our listeners from a BIG favor. If you're even a part-time listener of the show, please fill out the survey at http://bit.ly/SPPodSurvey. You will be doing us a major solid. (Note that you can fill the survey out without giving your email.)

Direct download: 2014-1105.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:24pm EST

Things are bad in Boston and the minor league season is over, but that doesn't mean there's nothing to talk about! Chris and Ian got on the horn to take your emails, talk about the recently released Fall Instructional League roster, and project who the Red Sox might protect in December's Rule 5 draft.

Direct download: 2014-0922.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 9:32pm EST

It took a bit, but the good news is that SoxProspects South is fully operational and the podcast is back! Matt relays his observations from Pawtucket, and Chris brings some goodies from catching Salem in Frederick. Then we finally get to a couple of your emails, answering questions about Jackie Bradley, Deven Marrero, Rafael Devers, and Michael Chavis.

Direct download: 2014-0907.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:39pm EST

After the craziest Red Sox trade deadline in recent memory, Chris, Matt, and Ian were ready to break it all down. What is up with all the young, upper-minors pitchers? Who exactly did the Sox get? What on earth does the roster look like now? We have all of your answers here.

Direct download: 2014-0801.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 8:45pm EST

Chris got Matt and Ian on the horn to talk about the recent big dates on the player acquisition calendar: the July 2 opening of the international signing period, and the July 18 draft signing deadline. Did the Red Sox screw up by going over their international pool allotment to sign one extra pitcher? Did anything interesting happen among the draftees? Listen and find out!

Direct download: 2014-0721.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm EST

Fresh off the heels of the first half of the midseason review, Chris, Ian, and Jon got back on the horn for part two, taking a look at how things have gone in Salem, Portland, and Pawtucket so far. We also took some of your emails, answering your questions about Mookie Betts, Garin Cecchini, and the draft! Want to impress your friends at parties? Hit the download button!

Direct download: 2014-0707.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 12:07am EST

Finally getting back onto the normal schedule, Chris, Ian, and Jon started our midseason review, taking a look at the season thus far in the DSL, GCL, Lowell, and Greenville. Oh, and the top prospect in the system got promoted to Boston this week, so of course we talked about Mookie Betts's arrival in Boston. Hear the guys talk about who's up, who's down, and get the first of two rants in this two-part episode as Chris vents about players in the GCL not actually playing. 

Direct download: 2014-0703.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 12:13am EST

Today's show, "2014 Draft Recap." Act One: Who'd We Pick? Chris talks with Matt and runs down the whole draft. Are these guys good? Where'd all the college seniors go? You'll hear the answers to these questions and more. Act Two: Scouting the Newbies. Chris gets Ian to dish on what he sees from the players selected in the first ten rounds in videos and scouting reports. From Chris's computer in Salem, New Hampshire, it's the SoxProspects.com Podcast. Stay with us.

Direct download: 2014-0609.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 12:18am EST

After a bit of a break, Chris, Matt, and Ian had some things to discuss. Ian and Chris have seen Portland recently, and they had plenty to dish after seeing one of the most prospect-laden teams in the country, on players like Mookie Betts, Blake Swihart, Henry Owens, Brian Johnson, Sean Coyle, and the very recently promoted Travis Shaw (so recent that he was still in Portland when we recorded). We also answered your emails and talked about which prospects in the system are due for a promotion. You know Sergio? Join us!

Direct download: 2014-0526b.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:55pm EST

With the first week-and-a-half of the season in the books, Chris, Ian, and Matt got on the horn after Pawtucket's first homestand to ruminate on the state of the system's Triple-A affiliate. The guys traded notes on Allen Webster, Anthony Ranaudo, Rubby De La Rosa, Garin Cecchini, and more. In addition, the guys took a quick spin around the other affiliates, highlighting the top performers so far on the young season, as well as answering a couple of your emails. FEEL THE POWER OF THE PODCAST!!

Direct download: 2014-0414.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:56pm EST

Minor League Opening Day 2014 is here, and we're getting you ready! Chris, Jon, and Ian talked about the season-opening rosters at the four full-season affiliates, touching on Trey Ball and Ty Buttrey's absence from the Greenville roster, the conservative initial assignments of several pitchers, and of course the strongest (Pawtucket) and weakest (Salem, by far) rosters.

Direct download: 2014-0403.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 9:57pm EST

On Saturday, the guys roamed the back fields for the A-ball and Rookie-level games, and there was plenty to see, first and foremost our first look at 2013 first-rounder Trey Ball. Chris also shared an interview with Peter Hissey about his offseason teaching English in Ecuador and his thoughts entering his seventh year in the system.

Direct download: ST1403.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 11:31pm EST

With three days of camp to catch up on, there was plenty for the guys to talk about. In the second dispatch from the Fort, the guys talk about what they've seen from Anthony Ranaudo, Allen Webster, Myles Smith, Garin Cecchini, Blake Swihart, Rafael Devers, and more!

Direct download: ST1402.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 7:45am EST

After the crew's first day(s) out on the back fields, Chris screwed up and deleted the audio from the short podcast we recorded. But don't worry - we'll do it right tomorrow. We still have an interview for all of you with PawSox broadcaster Jeff Levering about his take on the past five days of camp!

Direct download: ST1401.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 12:59am EST

What better way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day than with the final offseason ranking of the Red Sox top prospects? Longtime friend of the site Jim Callis, now part of MLB.com's MLB Pipeline team, came on the podcast to chat about his new gig and his top 20 list. Topics ranged from why Jim thinks Mookie Betts is the best second baseman in the minors, how close Xander Bogaerts is to consensus top prospect Byron Buxton, and more!

Direct download: 2014-0317.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am EST

Chris, Jon, Ian, and, eventually, Matt thought it time to get to your emails, so that could mean one thing: mailbag podcast. You asked about first-timers in MLB camp, Steven Wright's place on the 40-man roster, trading with the Cubs, Garin Cecchini's chances of forcing his way into the Majors, and whether the Sox can continue to stay near the top of the farm system rankings, and we talked about all of it. Just how distracted can Chris be while a Sox-O's game is on in the background? Download and find out!

Direct download: 2014-0303.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:22pm EST