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

It’s December, and despite the lack of major league player movement Chris and Ian had plenty to discuss. We finally know what the realignment of the minor leagues looks like and which teams that will remain a part of the Red Sox system. There have been some moves to look at as we welcome Hunter Renfroe and Garrett Whitlock to Boston. Chris and Ian take a quick trip through the winter leagues. We released new rankings and go into detail on a few of the guys who made significant moves. And finally, the guys get to your excellent questions.

 
0:00 - Intros, housekeeping, email us and remember to check us out on Patreon
3:50 - Minor League affiliate shuffle
15:50 - Rule 5 recap
23:00 - Hunter Renfroe signing
29:00 - News from the winter leagues
34:00 - Rankings update
50:00 - Mailbag
 
Players Mentioned
 
 
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Direct download: SPPod_198_Youre_throwing_a_curveball.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 6:49pm EST

Making his seventh appearance on the podcast, Alex Speier joins Chris and Ian for an enjoyable conversation. The guys discuss his prospect rankings, the challenges of ranking players who have missed a full year of development, and how much weight to put on performance at alternate training sites. And as always, the discussion crosses into so much more. Prior to talking with Alex, Chris and Ian go over the latest offseason news, including a just-announced trade, and pop open the mailbag to answer your questions. 

0:00 - Intros, housekeeping, email us and remember to check us out on Patreon
2:30 - Offseason News
7:45 - Mailbag
26:30 - Alex Speier interview

Players Mentioned
 

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Direct download: SPPod_197_Alex_Speier_Returns.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:49pm EST

It's mid-November, and finally... some minor league scouting updates to discuss! Ian and Chris have the goods from the Fall Instructional League in Fort Myers, where 62 of the Red Sox' top farmhands spent 5.5 weeks. We've got who impressed and who disappointed with their showings. Plus, the guys preview who might be protected on Friday from selection in the Rule 5 draft (and how that list has changed based on Fall Instructs reports), who's playing abroad this winter, and of course, your emails. 

0:00 - Intros, housekeeping, email us and remember to check us out on Patreon 
6:10 - Rule 5 preview
21:00 - Offseason leagues
25:45 - Fall Instructs
1:06:00 - Mailbag

Players Mentioned

Bryan Mata 
Connor Seabold 
Conner Wong 
Jay Groome 
Eduard Bazardo 
Hudson Potts 
Jeisson Rosario 
Deivy Grullon 
Gilberto Jimenez 
Triston Casas 
Aldo Ramirez 
Brainer Bonaci 
Chris Murphy 
Brayan Bello 
Nick Decker 
Matthew Lugo 
Cameron Cannon 
Chih-Jung Liu 
Eduardo Lopez 
Darel Belen 
Eduardo Vaughan 
Juan Chacon 
Wilkelman Gonzalez 
Nick Yorke 
Blaze Jordan 
Shane Drohan 
Jeremy Wu-Yelland 
Brian Van Belle 
Jordan Divalerio 

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Direct download: SPPod_196_That_is_patently_false.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:10pm EST

The winter meetings are still off in the future, but baseball’s offseason is in full swing. The Sox brought back several minor league free agents. Oh, and Alex Cora is back with the club to manage. In addition, we have a run down on important upcoming dates for the offseason. The guys talk through the players who will need to be protected on the 40-man before the rule 5 draft. Ian and Chris discuss the future of the minor leagues. And we wrap it all up with another installment of the 80-grade mailbag.   

0:00 - Intros, housekeeping, email us and remember to check us out on Patreon
4:10 - Offseason news
9:50 - Minor League free agent signings
19:00 - Alex Cora returns to helm the Sox
30:20 - Important offseason dates
44:50 - Future of the minors
51:50 - Mailbag

Players Mentioned

Roldani Baldwin 
Seth Blair 
Raynel Espinal 
Stephen Gonsalves 
Joey Meneses 
Johan Mieses 
Josh Ockimey 
Jhonny Pereda 
Caleb Simpson 
Martin Perez 
Josh Tobias 
Jay Groome 
Bryan Mata 
Hudson Potts 
Jeisson Rosario 
Connor Seabold 
Conner Wong 
Eduard Bazardo 
Pedro Castellanos 
Kutter Crawford 
Jerry Downs 
Joan Martinez 
Alex Scherff 
Zach Schellenger 
Thaddeus Ward 
Durbin Feltman 
Kevin Garcia 
Rusney Castillo 
Nick Pivetta 
Tanner Houck 
Dustin Pedroia 
Chris Martin 

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Direct download: SPPod_195_Resetting_the_Roster_Pt._2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:14am EST

The 2020 season has successfully drawn to a close, bringing us to an offseason that promises great change for the Red Sox. With nine players already gone from the roster, Chris and Ian went player-by-player through the remaining members of the 40-man roster in an attempt to predict who will stay, who will go, and what those who are still around will be doing next season. Plus, some questions about Jackie Bradley’s future with the club now that he’s a free agent, and more of your great questions! 

0:00 - Intros, housekeeping, email us and remember to check us out on Patreon
6:25 - Early offseason moves
19:50 - Reshaping the 40 man
58:45 - Mailbag

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Direct download: SPPod_194_Resetting_the_roster_part_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:13pm EST

The sprint that was the 2020 season has drawn to a close, and while it may not seem like it, Chris and Ian had plenty to look back on. There were plenty of debuts to digest, so the guys looked back on the first taste of MLB for Bobby Dalbec, Tanner Houck, and others, plus examine what the team's (probable) positioning at number 4 in next year's draft really means. Meanwhile, what did we learn from the action at Sim City in Pawtucket? Is there anything to be gleaned from this experiment in player development? Who stood out? And baseball is not done yet - it's time for the Fall Instructional League, and we're breaking down the roster. Plus, as always, your superlative emails!

For the full Fall Instructional League roster, see our post

0:00 - Intros, housekeeping, email us and remember to check us out on Patreon
4:45 - MLB season recap
43:30 - Looking back at the Alternate Training Site
1:01:00 - Looking ahead to Fall Instructs
1:22:45 - Mailbag

Players Mentioned

Andrew Bennintendi 
Jay Groome 
Bobby Dalbec 
Michael Chavis 
Jonathan Arauz 
Tanner Houck 
Nick Pivetta 
Robinson Leyer 
Domingo Tapia 
Kyle Hart 
Dustin Pedroia 
Jarren Duran 
Jeter Downs 
Triston Casas 
Stephen Gonsalves 
Bryan Mata 
Connor Seabold 
Hudson Potts 
Jeisson Rosario 
Alan Marrero 
Dylan Spacke 
Osvaldo De La Rosa 
Wikelman Gonzalez 
Nathanael Cruz 
Chih-Jung Liu 
Brian Van Belle 
Jordan DiValerio 
Eduard Bazardo 
Brainer Bonaci 
Nick Yorke 
Blaze Jordan 
Pedro Castellanos 
Wil Dalton 
Luis Perales 
Danny Diaz 
Brandon Howlett 
Albert Feliz 
Tyler Esplin 

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Direct download: SPPod_193_-_Speaking_is_hard.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:33pm EST

Well, the season is over. The Sox finished strong and still nabbed the fourth pick in the 2021 draft. Chris and Ian wind down the campaign with an eye to the future. Tanner Houck is looking good, and Nick Pivetta made the most of his starts with the big club. Ian shares several thoughts from the Alternate Training Site, and both Ian and Chris call out that the roster reflects Chaim Bloom’s craftsmanship, citing Nick Yorke and the many top 20 prospects acquired in trades this season. Among those guys is Sox newcomer Jacob Wallace who came over as the player to be named later from the Rockies in the Pillar trade. Wallace will go straight to Instructs, which Chris breaks down the logistics of the fall camp. Teaser, we’ll have a more in-depth preview next episode. Finally, it’s mailbag time, and you all did a great job filling the bag with some awesome questions. 


0:00 - Intros, housekeeping, email us and remember to check us out on Patreon
4:45 - The Red Sox are... winning?
7:10 - Tanner Houck MLB pitcher
25:00 - Nick Pivetta after one start
39:30 - News from the Alternate Training Site: Nick Yorke can hit
46:45 - A look at Jacob Wallace
54:15 - Fall Instructs picture becoming clearer
1:07:00 - Mailbag

Players Mentioned

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Direct download: SPPod_192_-_Revealing_my_real_age.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 5:56pm EST

With the possibility of a top-five pick riding on the last few weeks of the season, we have a reason to pay attention to games as the season winds down. Ian breaks down how much of a difference a high draft pick means towards overall bonus pool. And speaking of reasons to pay attention, Tanner Houck is expected to make his big-league debut on September 15. Ian gives us a full scouting report for the righthander, who we have ranked number 10 in the system. Next up the guys discuss MLB’s approval of fall instructs. We also share an update on the negotiations between Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball. And we hand the show over to you to close it out with more of your terrific emails and messages.

0:00 - Intros, housekeeping, email us and remember to check us out on Patreon
3:00 - 2021 Draft watch
12:45 - Tanner Houck MLB debut preview
29:45 - MLB approves fall instructional camps
35:00 - MLB/MiLB negotiation update
45:45 - Mailbag

Players Mentioned

Tanner Houck 
Bobby Dalbec 
Kyle Hart 
Jarren Duran 
Jon Lester 

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Direct download: SPPod_191_-_Tankathon_update.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:17am EST

The Red Sox wheeled and dealed at the deadline. In total, they struck four deals, including the Workman-Hembree deal talked about last episode. We don’t know who the club got for Kevin Pillar and Josh Osich, but can break down the two players the Sox got for Mitch Moreland. And both Hudson Potts and Jeisson Rosario are intriguing young players with some upside who debuted in the top 20 on our recently released rankings. Both Potts and Rosario will need to be added to the 40-man ahead of the winter’s Rule 5 draft. Who else is eligible to be selected, and which should be protected? We discuss. And with the trades, a number of Sox Prospects are playing in the bigs and the guys break them all down. And we hand the show over to you to close it out with more of your terrific emails and messages.

0:00 - Intros, housekeeping, email us and remember to check us out on Patreon
4:30 - Talking Trades
22:00 - Rule V considerations
28:30 - New rankings
47:45 - Promotions and non-promotions
1:03:45 - Mailbag

Players Mentioned

Hudson Potts 
Jeisson Rosario 
Gilberto Jimenez 
Jay Groome 
Connor Seabold 
Thaddeus Ward 
Triston Casas 
Tanner Houck 
Mike Shawaryn 
Bobby Dalbec 
Jonathan Arauz 
Jarren Duran 
Kyle Hart 
Jeter Downs 
Robinson Leyer 
Nick Pivetta 

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Direct download: SPPod_190_Were_talking_trade_deadline_today.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:13am EST

With the trade deadline coming up, Chris and Ian get back on the line to talk trades. They address the deal that sent Brandon Workman and Heath Hembree to the Phillies and brought back Nick Pivetta and Connor Seabold. The guys then revisited the trade talks with the Padres, and while they don’t see Wil Myers coming to Boston, they do see the Red Sox as being in a good spot to take on salary and get decent young talent in exchange. The guys also talked who the club should and should not move. They talk through Casas joining the Alternate Training Site and who might join them. And we close out the show with more of your terrific questions.

0:00 - Intros, housekeeping, email us and remember to check us out on Patreon
9:00 - We have a trade to discuss
30:15 - Trade talk mailbag
36:00 - Trading Xander?
43:00 - Guys who could move
58:00 - Casas in Pawtucket
1:03:02 - Mailbag
 
Players Mentioned
 
 
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Direct download: SPPod_189_-_I_think_thats_genius_actually.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 4:22pm EST

Two weeks in, and we still have MLB games! And thanks to the PawSox streaming simulated games from McCoy Stadium, we even get to see the prospects. We have a lot to talk about for both the big league club as well as the action down in Pawtucket. Chris and Ian leadoff with pitching talk. In particular, they go in depth on what happens when a club loses half of its top eight pitchers. Following that, they break down concerns with the lineup. Ian wonders when Bobby Dalbec joins the 28-man roster. Then Chris and Ian break down what’s happening at Pawtucket. And we conclude with an abundance of your always great emails.

0:00 - Intros, housekeeping, email us and remember to check us out on Patreon

5:30 - Big league roster construction - pitchers

18:00 - Big league roster construction - hitters

36:00 - Scouting the Alternate Training Site

46:30 - Mailbag

 

Players Mentioned

 

Eduardo Rodriguez

Darwinzon Hernandez

Josh Taylor

Dylan Covey

Zack Godley

Ryan Weber

Bryan Mata

Kyle Hart

Brian Johnson

Stephen Gonsalves

Phillips Valdez

Michael Chavis

Andrew Benintendi

Jackie Bradley

Rafael Devers

Christian Vazquez

Xander Bogaerts

Matt Hall

Chris Mazza

Jonathan Arauz

Tzu-Wei Lin

Bobby Dalbec

Jay Groome

Marco Hernandez

Jeter Downs

Jarren Duran

 

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Direct download: SPPod_188_Getting_to_see_the_prospects.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:27am EST

Baseball games are starting at last. Chris and Ian drop in to set the stage for this most unusual of seasons. They lead off with the latest additions for the club. Welcome to Boston, Dylan Covey and Zack Godley. Then the guys go deep on the difficult decisions in staffing the big league club. The last draft signings were officially announced. And finally, news out of Los Angeles, Mookie Betts has a contract extension in place that will enable him to finish his career in Dodger Blue. And we conclude with more of your terrific emails.

0:00 - Intros, housekeeping, email us and remember to check us out on Patreon
3:00 - Player Pool additions
11:00 - New acquisitions
25:45 - Toughest roster decisions
35:45 - Draft signings
39:00 - Mookie gets paid
48:30 - Mailbag

Players Mentioned

Triston Casas
Darwinzon Hernandez
Josh Taylor
Dylan Covey
Eduardo Rodriguez
Zack Godley
Bobby Dalbec
Gilberto Jimenez
Robinson Leyer
Jeremy Wu-Yelland
Shane Drohan
CJ Chatham
Jonathan Arauz
Jarren Duran
Andrew Miller

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Direct download: SPPod_187_-_Happy_Season_Eve.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:54am EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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!

Follow Jim on Twitter @jimcallisMLB

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

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST