2005-01-04T15:58:48.526-08:00Bud 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.
2004-12-30T14:47:18.593-08:00Hanley 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.
2004-12-30T14:53:17.826-08:00I 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[...]
2004-12-29T14:11:23.210-08:00I figured that there are not enough Red Sox web sites out there completely dedicated to my opinion. So here goes.