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Updated: 2012-03-21T00:22:52.884-07:00


Johnson the Yank can Yank my Johnson


Bud Selig approved a trade that would allow the Yankees to acquire Randy Johnson by moving Shawn Green from LA to Arizona in exchange for a pair of young Arizona prospects to be named later (most likely Dioner Navarro and William Juarez). The Dodgers will have to pick up $8 million of Green's contract and Johnson has to approve a Yankees extension clause.

Many people are now saying that the Johnson signing makes us the underdog. I say great, that is the only way we know how to play. Beating the Yankees in 2005 will be all the sweeter knowing that they have bought themselves 17 all stars on their 25 man roster.

This acquisition only makes the rivalry stronger and I like looking down at them from above as they try desperately to try to knock us off of the top of the hill.

Bring it on Randy!

Top Position Prospects


Hanley Ramirez is the top prospect for the Boston Red Sox (or at least that is what they want everyone to think). He is commonly referred to as a five-tool player which is the poker equivalent of a royal flush. The five tools that baseball scouts look for are 1) high batting average, 2) power, 3) speed, 4) arm strength and 5) strong defensive skills. Rameriz appears to have them all.

In 2004 he split time between the Rookie League, A ball and AA ball. In the Gulf Coast League he played 6 games batted .400, had a .500 slugging percentage, stole a base, scored 5 runs, collected 7 rbis. In Sarasota he 62 games and batted .310, had a .389 slugging percentage, stole 12 bases (was caught 7 times), scored 33 runs and collected 24 rbis. In Portland he played in 32 games and batted .310, slugged .512, stole 12 bases (was caught only 3 times), scored 26 runs and tallied 15 rbis.

The knock on Ramirez is that he is a bit immature (he is only 21 years old). He was suspended for 10 games in 2003 for making obscene gestures to fans and was also sent home in 2002 for swearing at a trainer. Since the Sox have signed Edgar Renteria, Hanley has become the target of trade speculation. Theo has come to his defense by saying that Rameriz has a bright future in the Red Sox organization. Ramirez has been deemed the anointed one by Red Sox management and the Boston and Portland press. Baseball America has even named him our top prospect.

I really believe that he is talented but I can't help but wonder if management really wants another high maintenance head case on their hands. I think that management may be dressing him up for a trade. If I am wrong and Theo really wants to keep Ramirez, he would make a fine second or third baseman in Boston at some point.

Brandon Moss is another top prospect and I suspect that he will be wearing a Boston uniform in the future. This 6' 180 lb. 21 year old had a breakout year last year between Augusta and Sarasota. Moss is a speedy outfielder with a strong arm. He possessed the third best batting average in the minor leagues last year batting .353 and his 182 hits was good enough for second place across the leagues. These great stats earned him a promotion to Portland, where he is expected to play next year.

What is very interesting about Moss is that despite all of the five-tool hype surrounding Hanley Ramirez, Moss looks to me to be the better player. Last year Moss Hit .353 which tops Ramirez's .314. His slugging was also better by wide margin. He slugged .519 vs .436 for Ramirez. He had only 4 fewer stolen bases than Ramirez but was thrown out less and had a better success rate at .724 vs. .714 for Hanley. Moss scored 18 more runs than Ramirez in 2004 and had 65 more rbis.

No matter how I look at it Moss appears to be our true "top prospect". I am looking forward to seeing both of them playing side by side on the same team and facing the same competition in 2005.

Dustin Pedroia was drafted by the Sox in the 2nd round of the 2004 draft and has seen limited action in Sarasota and Scottsdale, but from what little I have see I have liked. He had a very strong career at Arizona State. He was named 2003 National Defensive Player of the Year and has good power for a small guy (he is 5'8" 180 lbs.). He earned a promotion to the Wilmington Blue Rocks and is expected to play there in 2005.

Top Pitching Prospects


I plan on highlighting our top prospects and providing updates on them throughout the season. It appears that the Sox have a number of very promising prospects that should develop nicely into major leaguers over the coming years. Some of my favorite pitchers include: Jon Papelbon is a 24 year old right handed pitcher who played in Sarasota last year and is projected to make the jump up to Portland in '05. Jon was drafted in the 4th round of the 2003 draft and played college ball at Mississippi State. He is 6'4" and weighs 220 lbs. He has an overpowering fastball which has been clocked as high as 98 MPH. What I like most about this guy is that he has very good control and can keep hitters off balance with a slow curve ball. He also commands a very good change up as well as a slider. I would look for him to possibly jump up to Pawtucket at some point next year and enjoy some success there. Anibal Sanchez is a 20 year old right hander who pitched for the Lowell Spinners in '04. Sanchez was picked up as a minor league free agent in 2001 after going undrafted. He throws in the mid 90s and has a great curveball. He has excellent movement and solid control. He struck out 101 batters last year in 76.1 innings pitched. His 3 and 4 record last year is a bit deceiving as he lacked run support. His era last year was a cool 1.77. He is too inexperienced to expect him in Boston anytime soon but I suspect that he will continue to impress as he matures. It looks like he is going to be promoted to the Blue Rocks for the 2005 season. Abe Alvarez is a 22 year old lefty that was taken in the 2nd round of the 2003 draft. This 6'3" 185 lb southpaw posted a 10 and 9 record for the Portland Seadogs last year and posted a 3.66 era with 108 strike outs in 135.1 innings of work. His strengths include pinpoint accuracy and an awesome changeup. This is offset a bit by the fact that his fastball is a bit weak. It remains to be seen if a mid to high 80s fastball is good enough to make it in Boston but the front office seems to think highly of him. It does appear that Alvarez may have been a little rushed as he skipped from rookie ball all the way up to AA. It will be interesting to see how he develops in Pawtucket next year. Manny Delcarmen is a 22 year old Boston native that stands 6'2" and weighs in at 190 lbs. He was taken in the 2nd round of the 2000 draft and has spent time playing A ball for the Sarasota Red Sox. He has a blazing fastball clocked in the high 90s and his curveball, which is often thrown for strikes, is a killer. Last year he posted disappointing 3 and 6 record with a 4.68 era with 76 strikeouts over 73 innings pitched in Sarasota. He also registered 3 wins and 2 losses in Peoria with a 3.68 era with 19 strikeouts in 22 innings pitched. It looks like his change up has made some progress but will need to continue to develop in order for him to step up. He injured his arm 2 years ago and had to undergo Tommy John surgery, so the jury is out on him for now. I am hearing that his velocity improved after the operation. Prior to the operation he was throwing 93-94 MPH now he is consistently at 96 and has topped out at 98! He was on a pitch count of 75 or 5 innings last year but should be back in full action next season for the Wilmington Blue Rocks. This kid should be fun to watch. How can you help but pull for the home town guy? Jon Papelbon is my favorite of all of our prospects because he is big and strong. He had a 2.64 era last year with great control. His strikeout to walk ratio was an impressive 3.78 over the last 2 years playing A ball which is impressive considering the fact that the average K/BB ratio for the 50 MLB players with the most career strikeouts is 2.46. Now there is obviously a big difference between A ball and the bigs, but to compare apples to apples Pedro Martinez has a MLB career K/BB ratio of 4.31 which is the highest of all of the top 50 MLB all time strike out kings. His ratio in A ball was 4.37. Number two on that list is Curt Schilling with a MLB[...]

Red Sox Blog


I figured that there are not enough Red Sox web sites out there completely dedicated to my opinion. So here goes.