Post by freeagentblogger on Oct 14, 2019 21:46:16 GMT -5
Baseball America's end of year league top 20s:
International League: none Eastern League: Mata (7th), Dalbec (8th), Duran (13th) Carolina League: Duran (7th), Mata (8th) South Atlantic League: Casas (4th) New York-Penn League: G. Jimenez (4th), A. Ramirez (18th) GCL: M. Lugo (14)
Post by freeagentblogger on Oct 25, 2019 9:09:58 GMT -5
SoxProspects final rankings summary from dd:
Triston Casas & Bryan Mata stayed atop the list, but ... Jason Groome and Gilberto Jiminez moved up to 3 and 4 from 5 and 6 respectively while ... Bobby Dalbec and Jarren Duran moved down 2 spots from 3 & 4. Noah Song and CJ Chatham voth moved up a notch to 8th & 9th. Thad Ward is # 10, down 2. Ryan Zeferjahn moved up 3 from 14 to 11. Aldo Ramirez is at #12, up from 17 on 9/1, 29 on 8/1, and 40 on 7/15. Matthew Lugo dropped from 11 to 13. Nick Decker down from 12 to 15. Brayan Bello up from 20 to 17. Antoni Flores fell 5 positions down to 18. Ceddanne Rafaela rose from 34 to 19, one position for each letter in his name! Pedro Castellanos up from 26 to 21. Brand Howlett went the other way, 18 to 22. Jorge Rodriguez, at # 23, matched Rafaela ... except that his name is one letter shorter. Durbin Feltman, 21 to 24. Eduard Bazardo, 28 to 25. Mike Shawaryn (27) and Kutter Crawford (29) both down 5 spots. Chase Shugart dropped from 23 to 31. Nick Northcut fell 10 positions landing at # 37. Darel Belen is ranked for the first time at 35. Brainier Bonaci up 16 from 56 to 40. Brayan Gonzalez down 7 to # 41. Denyi Reyes at 42, down 6. Yoelvis is at 44. That's up 2 from last month but up 10 since 8/1. Josh Ockimey, ranked # 4 in the spring of '17, id down 5 and now at # 45. Blake Loubier up from 55 to 49. Devlin Granbeg down from 42 to 50. Kole Cottam, 44 to 51. Emmanuel De Jesus fell 10 down to # 55. Yusniel Padron-Artiles is ranked for the first time at 58. Luis Perales, a 22nd round pick in '18, is ranked for the first time at #60 to round out the rankings. Jhon Nunez (49 last month), Stephen Scott (54), and Daniel McGrath (60) all fell out of the top 60.
Post by freeagentblogger on Oct 28, 2019 10:14:19 GMT -5
Song, an All-American and Golden Spikes Award finalist last spring, has already made an impression on the mound for Team USA. He struck out four of the six batters he faced in the team’s scrimmage Saturday against Arizona, sitting 95-96 mph and touching 98 mph with his fastball and flashing a four-pitch mix.
One scout in attendance succinctly described Song’s stuff as “filth.” His teammates got as rowdy and amped up in the dugout during the outing as they have at any point since they first came together last week. Twenty-four hours later, players and coaches were still buzzing Song’s performance prior to Team USA’s third scrimmage.
“It’s a live arm with command,” said Team USA pitching coach Bryan Price, the former Reds manager. “I can see why he was effective in college, and I can see why he’s seen as a very valuable asset and commodity with the Red Sox.”
Post by freeagentblogger on Oct 28, 2019 15:42:09 GMT -5
Nice Fangraphs writeup about Thad Ward at Fangraphs. Also a good look at what Alan Bannister brings to the Sox.
His slider is his best pitch.
“It’s a Chris Sale slider,” is how Red Sox pitching guru Brian Bannister described it to me in late September. “It’s a sweeping slider, with a similar shape to Jhoulys Chacin’s or Corey Kluber’s. It has that extra horizontal component to it.”
Post by freeagentblogger on Oct 29, 2019 6:04:14 GMT -5
Asian Baseball Championship
While the tournament ended on October 20 with Taiwan winning its first title in 18 years, the Red Sox signed the Most Valuable Player from this tournament on Wednesday. Liu Chih-Jung struck out six and did not allow a run over 3 1/3 innings as him and Tzu-Wei Lin helped lead Taiwan to the championship. The 20-year-old right-hander has a fastball that reportedly can hit 98.
Post by freeagentblogger on Nov 4, 2019 2:28:05 GMT -5
Team USA lost to Mexico 8-2. Houck got the start and pitched well, Dalbec had his 2nd HR in as many games. Now their backs are against the wall and will need a win tomorrow against the Dominican Republic to advance.