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The 2017 Boston Red Sox Top 10 Prospects

Announcement: Described by Michael Salfino of The Wall Street Journal and Yahoo! Sports as “an insightful and often contrarian viewpoint to prospect rankings,” The 2017 Prospect Digest Handbook is now on sale! Check it out here!  ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 1. Andrew Benintendi, LF/CF                                         Born: 07/06/94 Age: 22 Bats: L Top CALs: Preston Tucker, Gregory Polanco, Oswaldo Arcia, Stephen…

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The 2016 Boston Red Sox Top 10 Prospects

Announcement: After peaking as the #3 book among all baseball books on Amazon last year, my new book, The 2016 Prospect Digest Handbook, is on sale! Check it out here! And for those wondering what CALs are, here’s an article on the Comparison And Likeness program I designed. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________     1. Yoan Moncada, 2B                                                        Born: 05/27/95…

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Jackie Bradley’s Upside

In my latest piece for ESPN I wrote, “As for Jackie Bradley, the probability that he develops into even a manageable big league bat certainly seems like a long shot; just 14 percent of players to struggle in a similar manner during the age-24 season have gone on to become successful big league bats.” Those…

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Peavy Trade Reaction

Boston—San Francisco Deal Never afraid to deal away prospects for help down the stretch, Giants GM swung his latest big deal heading up to the trade deadline, acquiring veteran right-hander Jake Peavy from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for a pair of pitching prospects. Peavy, whose career once seemed to teetering on the brink…

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2014 Boston Red Sox Top 10 Prospects

After a long delay – something measured in the months, not days –  I have a bit of an announcement to make: I will be publishing the first ever Prospect Digest Annual sometime late January/early February. The Prospect Digest Annual will feature each organization’s Top 30 Prospects, ranking the farm systems, and several additional articles….

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Next Great Wave of Shortstops

The late 1990s to the early 2000s was arguably the golden era for offensive shortstops. The group, spearheaded by the trio of Alex Rodriguez, Nomar Garciaparra, and Derek Jeter, also featured Edgar Renteria, who peaked in 2003, Rafael Furcal, Jose Reyes, and Jimmy Rollins. Hall of Famer Barry Larkin also chipped in back-to-back five-win seasons…

Prospect Digest All Minor League Team

With the major league rosters expanding to 40 and the minor league regular season officially over, here’s a look at the first annual Prospect Digest All Minor League Team. To qualify, a position player must have accumulated 350+ plate appearances, a starting pitcher needed 130+ innings, and the relievers with 30+ innings were considered.  …

Keep an Eye on Middlebrooks’ Walk Rate

  Before setting the baseball world abuzz with a solid 75-game stretch last season, there were more than a few questions surrounding then 23-year-old third baseman Will Middlebrooks. Kevin Goldstein, formerly of Baseball Prospectus, wrote: “The biggest challenge for Middlebrooks will be his approach. He sees far too many pitches as hittable and can expand…

Matt Thornton Trade Reaction

  After losing Andrew Miller for the rest of the season to a foot injury, the Boston Red Sox reacted quickly on Saturday night, agreeing to send minor league outfielder Brandon Jacobs to the White Sox for southpaw reliever Matt Thornton. Thornton, 36, has been one of the more dominant relievers in the game since…