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

We have real news. Lots of it. News from camp. Juice Pigs news (yes, that’s a thing). And new rankings news. We start off with Nick Yorke signing, and the guys speculate about how soon the rest of the draftees will sign. They go over news from summer camp, including the players diagnosed with COVID-19. Get well soon, guys. Before getting to our new rankings, they go over MLB Pipeline’s Position Group rankings. They talked about the possibility of minor leaguers playing in independent leagues. And then it’s time for our mid-season rankings. Several interesting moves both up and down and Chris and Ian share their thoughts and reasoning. Finally, it’s back to the mailbag for a pair of interesting questions.

0:00 - Intros, housekeeping, email us and remember to check us out on Patreon
8:00 - Quick hit news
24:30 - Our rankings update
54:45 - Mailbag time

Players Mentioned

Nick Yorke 
Blaze Jordan
Bobby Dalbec
Brendan Celucci
Noah Song
Connor Wong
Pedro Castellanos
Brandon Howlett
Cedanne Rafaela
Luis Perales
Kyle Hart
Nathanael Cruz
Robinson Leyer
Ryan Fitzgerald
Nick Longhi
Josh Ockimey
Denyi Reyes
Jhonathan Diaz
Jalen Beeks
Junichi Tazawa
Darwinzon Hernandez
Brandon Workman
Matt Barnes
Justin Masterson
Eduardo Rodriguez
Clay Buchholz
Jonathan Papelbon
Jon Lester
Michael Kopech

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Direct download: SPPod_186_-_Theres_summer_camp_happening.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:30am EDT

Major League Baseball has announced plans for a return to the field. Meanwhile, Minor League Baseball cancelled its 2020 season. That gets Chris and Ian back behind their mics. Leading off, Noah Song finally has direction for the next 12-18 months of his military career. Then on to the big news of the week. MLB imposed a 60-games-in-66-days framework. They discuss how the 60-man player pool will work. From there, the guys break out who is on the Sox squad and debate which players should be added to the 60-man. Then it’s time for a somber topic, the cancelation of the minor league season. Finally, Chris and Ian reach into the deep mailbag and answer your excellent questions.

0:00 - Intros, housekeeping, email us and remember to check us out on Patreon
3:30 - Noah Song is going to flight school
9:20 - The plan to play
17:30 - Boston’s 60-man player pool
40:00 - The last dozen spots
1:00:00 - Canceling the MiLB season
1:06:45 - Mailbag time

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Direct download: SPPod_185_-_Get_things_started_and_ramp_up.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:32am EDT

Having gone outside the pod for opinions last episode, Chris and Ian got their chance to talk through the draft. The guys talk through each draft selection, and all the undrafted free agents who had signed as of the time we recorded. They go in depth on both Nick Yorke and Blaze Jordan, the two high schoolers whose bats will need to carry them. Then it’s time to talk about the two college pitchers.  And of course, we read another batch of your exceptional emails!

0:00 - Intros, housekeeping, email us and remember to check us out on Patreon.
3:10 - Recapping the draft
33:00 - Undrafted free agent signings
46:45 - Mailbag

Players Mentioned in the show

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Direct download: SPPod_184_-_Maybe_it_worked_I_dont_know.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:04pm EDT

Chris and Ian welcome Jim Callis to the pod (his fifth appearance on the podcast!) to talk all things MLB Draft. And as always, he’s got plenty of knowledge to bring to the table! Jim shared his thoughts on Boston’s draft strategy, his thorough thoughts on the players the Sox picked in the draft, and the abbreviated draft in general. And of course, we got to your emails!

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Direct download: SPPod_183_-_Jim_Callis_Interview.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:47am EDT

With the 17th selection of the 2020 Major League Baseball Draft, the Boston Red Sox threw us all a curveball when they selected California high school infielder Nick Yorke. Wondering what happened? Want the dish on the newest Red Sox draftee? Chris and Ian have the answers. Ian shares the consensus on Yorke’s hit tool and makeup, both of which are highly regarded. The guys talk through the draft strategy behind the pick, including expectations of how the next 3 picks will shake out. They shared their impressions of the conference call with Chaim Bloom and Paul Toboni. And we close with a great email.

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Direct download: SPPod_182_-_2020_Draft_Night_1_Recap.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:11am EDT

A sense of normalcy returns Wednesday as Major League Baseball holds its annual Rule 4 Draft. This year’s draft is a truncated affair: 5 rounds instead of 40. But as Chris and Ian discuss with Carlos, the class has remarkable depth. The guys ask Carlos about draft strategies, especially in light of the Sox’ lack of a second-round pick. Carlos previews some players that might be in play for the Sox at pick 17. And all three guys answer your excellent collection of draft questions. We really appreciate the awesome questions from you all. And while you’re getting ready for the draft, be sure to check out our own 2020 Draft Preview!

Follow Carlos Collazo on Twitter: @CarlosACollazo
BA’s 2020 Draft Coverage landing page
 
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Direct download: SPPod_181_-_Draft_Preview_with_BAs_Carlos_Collazo.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:18pm EDT

At a time when there are more important things to focus on in all of our lives, we felt that recording a 97-minute distraction might not be the worst thing for a temporary respite. Will we have to wait much longer before baseball returns? Chris and Ian have some thoughts and updates as we enter June. First up, they look at the state of negotiations between players and owners. Some hurdles have been cleared, but we have a long way to go. Next up they go through a round of cuts. With the transaction freeze over, teams have been making some personnel decisions. They quickly pivot to reports on what teams may do instead of a minor league season. And after a brief word on the coming draft, it’s time for your awesome messages when Chris and Ian open the mailbag. Keep the terrific emails coming, everyone.

0:00 – Intros, housekeeping, email us and remember to check us out on Patreon.
3:00 – Negotiations to get the season started
39:45 – Transaction freeze thaws out
51:15 – How the season affects minor leagues
57:15 – Mailbag

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Direct download: SPPod_180_-_Were_going_to_try_to_talk_baseball_again.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:45am EDT

Baseball’s long winter continues. And while we wait for games, Chris and Ian have updates. First up, an interview with Deputy editor and Pentagon Correspondent at Defense News (and more importantly, longtime podcast listener) Aaron Mehta, who gives some insight into the Noah Song situation. MLB set the terms of the 2020 Draft, and the guys have opinions on how badly MLB has handled the situation, as well as thoughts about how the Sox will approach the draft. Plus, Chris and Ian recap their participation in the Prospects Live Mock Draft. The guys also spent some time breaking down the proposals for the abbreviated season, including the smart moves the club made to have flexibility with the unique roster conditions, we continued looking at the State of the System with outfielders, and finally, we answer listener emails!

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Direct download: SPPod_179_-_Go_get_some_vitamin_D.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:25am EDT

We all miss baseball, but the podcast marches on! Even without games, Chris and Ian had plenty to talk about. In the news, MLB finally released its report on the Red Sox sign-stealing investigation. Was the punishment as lax as most seemed to think? The guys disagree with the consensus there. Plus, with this week's report that the minor league season is in jeopardy, we discuss the implications on the field and off. Plus, Chris has an update on Noah Song's status, and the guys continued looking at the latest entries in the State of the System series! As always, we close with your emails, and the listeners came through again with some terrific questions.

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Direct download: SPPod_178_They_cant_hear_you_nodding.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:19pm EDT

Baseball extended winter continues. All of us at SoxProspects want to send you our sincere wishes for health and safety. And with time on our hands, we can turn our attention to a little series we just launched: State of the System. If you haven’t seen it yet, please take a look. Ian and Chris take a look at the series and share their thoughts. They start by breaking down drafts and J2 signings to evaluate the evolution of the Sox farm system in the last several years. And then it is on to the mailbag. Thanks for listening and filling up the mailbag. Let us know if there are any other topics you want us to talk about by dropping a line to podcast@soxprospects.com

0:00 – Intros, housekeeping, email us and remember to check us out on Patreon.
3:00 – State of the System series introduction
12:00 – Drafted pitchers in the minors
48:20 – International pitching prospects
59:10 – Mailbag

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Direct download: SPPod_Ep_177_-_It_s_got_a_better_twist_than_that.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:11pm EDT

Before we get started, to all our listeners, colleagues, supporters and friends of the site, we all want to send our sincere wishes for health, safety and security. We’re planning to keep episodes of the podcast coming, so you have things to listen to while you’re sheltering in place, working from home and taking breaks from MLB Vault marathons. We’re releasing this podcast on what would have been Opening Day. And while baseball is still shut down, we have plenty to talk through. Chris and Ian update us the negotiations between MLB and the Players Association. They tackle the time needed to get both the big leaguers ready to play as well as the minor leaguers. Then they turn to the mailbag to answer your questions.

0:00 – Intros, housekeeping, email us and remember to check us out on Patreon.
9:00 – There is no plan for this
37:30 – Mailbag
49:15 – Sox complete the Travis Lakins deal
52:00 – More mailbag

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Direct download: SPPod_Ep._176_-_Small_Prospects.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:16pm EDT

A lot can change in a couple days. In this episode, Chris and Ian engaged in an in-depth preview of their then-upcoming trip to minor league spring training, running through the players they were looking forward to seeing in camp and taking your listener questions. Days later, as Chris explains in the new intro, the trip was unfortunately canceled due to concerns related to the coronavirus, but we are still releasing the episode as a preview of the players and storylines we have our eyes on entering the year.

0:00 – Intros, housekeeping, email us and remember to check us out on Patreon.
5:45 – Late offseason moves
11:00 – Cuts from big-league camp
20:10 – Active roster thoughts
26:00 – Minor league camp preview
44:45 – Priority guys to see in camp
1:02:00 - Mailbag

Players mentioned in the show

Hector Velazquez
Brian Johnson
Chris Mazza
Bryan Mata
Bobby Poyner
Eduard Bazardo
Bobby Dalbec
Tanner Houck
Jonathan Arauz
Tzu-Wei Lin
Jeter Downs
Connor Wong
Chih-Jung Liu
Triston Casas
Jay Groome
AJ Politi
Brainer Bonaci
Darel Belen
Bryan Gonzalez
Eduardo Lopez
Albert Feliz
Brayan Bello
Cameron Cannon
Antoni Flores
Danny Diaz

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Direct download: SPPod_175_Minor_League_Camp__Preview_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:52am EDT

Here we go again. The siren is blaring. Mookie Betts is once again on his way to LA, along with David Price and cash to cover half of what Price is owed over the next three years. Coming back to Boston are Alex Verdugo, Jeter Downs and Connor Wong. Chris and Ian break down the new deal and answer your questions.

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Direct download: SPPod_174.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:41am EDT

This is not a test. The front office actually did it. Mookie Betts and David Price (plus some cash) are now Dodgers. Alex Verdugo and Brusdar Graterol are now Red Sox. And Chris and Ian are here for all of us.

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Direct download: SPPod_173_Mookie_Betts.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:21am EDT

This is a test of the emergency podcast system. This is only a test. If this had been an actual emergency podcast, Mookie Betts would no longer be a member of the Boston Red Sox. But as of the recording of this episode, no trade has been struck. While we wait for news to break (if it breaks), Chris and Ian talked through potential returns for Betts. Ian tackled the Padres; Chris took the Dodgers. And before they played fantasy GM, they recapped the latest moves and offered condolences for all the families and friends of the victims of the helicopter crash that took the life of Kobe Bryant and several family members of Red Sox amateur scout JJ Altobelli.

0:00 – Intros, housekeeping, email us and remember to check us out on Patreon.
4:00 – GoFundMe Page for Sox amateur scout J.J. Altobelli and his family
7:00 – Transactions: Travises Sam and Lakins out, Weber still here?
18:40 – Mookie Betts trade rumors
37:00 – If the Padres trade for Betts
46:30 – If the Dodgers trade for Betts
1:06:00 – Mailbag

Players mentioned in the show

Jeffrey Springs
Sam Travis
Marco Hernandez
Matt Hall
Jhon Nunez
Juan Centeno
Travis Lakins
Ryan Weber
Nick Longhi
Mookie Betts
Jackie Bradley Jr.
Triston Casas
Bobby Dalbec
Jarren Duran
Antoni Flores
Brandon Howlett
Gilberto Jiminez
Ceddanne Rafaela
Nick Decker
Bryan Mata
Jay Groome
Ryan Zeferjahn
Chris Murphy

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Direct download: SPPod_172.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:10am EDT

New Year, new laptop, new podcast, and a new book out from our guest Alex Speier (@alexspeier). Chris and Ian spend an hour with the Boston Globe beat writer discussing his new book, Homegrown: How the Red Sox Built a Champion from the Ground Up, his Baseball America top 10 rankings and other thoughts from the system, and questions from our listeners in the mailbag. Heck, they even got Alex’s real-time “thoughts” on a transaction that broke during the chat!

0:00 – Intros, housekeeping, email us and remember to support the show on Patreon.
4:00 – December and early January transactions
17:20 – Previewing our chat with Alex: his Top 10 rankings and some thoughts about Homegrown
25:15 – A quick look at the Rookie Development Program invitees
27:30 – Alex Speier’s on the podcast (whaaaaaaat?!)
30:00 – On Homegrown
1:04:45 – Alex’s take on the farm system
1:32:00 – Alex helps us with the mailbag!

Want to read more from Alex on the Sox system? Pick up a copy of the Baseball America 2020 Prospect Handbook

Players mentioned in the show

Juremi Profar
Joe DeCarlo
Jett Bandy
John Andreoli
Mike Kickham
RJ Alvarez
Chris Mazza
Robinson Leyer
Nick Longhi
Sam Travis
Angeudis Santos
Marco Hernandez
Tzu-Wei Lin
CJ Chatham
Michael Chavis
Triston Casas
Bobby Dalbec
Bryan Mata
Jarren Duran
Darwinzon Hernandez
Thaddeus Ward
Jay Groome
Gilberto Jiminez
Noah Song
Tanner Houck
Brainer Bonaci
Rafael Devers
Yoan Moncada
Logan Allen
Marcus Wilson
Jonathan Arauz
Yoan Aybar
Kyle Hart
Durbin Feltman
Mookie Betts
Jackie Bradley Jr.
Xander Bogaerts
Andrew Benintendi
AJ Politi
Chris Murphy
Antoni Flores
Danny Diaz
Felix Doubront

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Direct download: SPPod_171_-_Alex_Speier_talks_Homegrown_his_top_10_and_the_Sox_system.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:19am EDT