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Sunday, August 27, 2006

Down on the Farm: Boston

Boston Red Sox Top 10 prospects:

1. Craig Hansen (2005, 1st - Pawtucket)

Hansen is being groomed to take over the closer's job in Beantown, he's just not ready yet. In an early-season call-up, Hansen was 1-3 with a 5.23 ERA. He has the best fastball and slider in the whole Red Sox system, and is expected to really be something special. MLB comparison: Joe Nathan. ETA: 2007-8

2. Philip Hughes (2004, 1st - Portland)

Hughes is expected to be a key member of the rotation, perhaps ace material, down the road. He has not seen any action yet this year. ETA: 2008-9

3. Edison Volquez (UFA - Pawtucket)

Obtained from Texas in mid-June, Volquez had a brief sojourn with the big club before going down to Pawtucket. He is expected to be a great starter in a few years. ETA: 2008

4. Michael Bowden (2005, 1st - Wilmington)

Bowden is still very raw, and is not expected to get the call for a few years. The club expects him to be an effective starter, but he is clearly not there yet. He has four MLB-caliber pitches, including a low-90s fastball, and a great 12-6 curve. MLB Comparison: Matt Morris. ETA: 2009-10

5. Clay Bucholz (2005, 1st - Wilmington)

Bucholz and Bowden are often lumped together, as they were taken in the same round of the same draft, and have progressed through the minors together. Bucholz has actually been more impressive in the minors, but only ranks behind Bowden because he is two years older. Bucholz has no visible response to pressure, he has ice water in his veins. MLB comparison: Bronson Arroyo. ETA: 2009-10

6. Bryce Cox (2006, 3rd - Portland)

Cox has been superb all year, and recently earned a call-up to Portland. He is expected to be, at the very least, a great setup man for Hansen. High-90s fastball, but has struggled with control. MLB comparison: Derrick Turnbow. ETA: 2007-8

7. Kris Johnson (2006, 1st - Wilmington)

Johnson has been absolutely astonishing, with a 0.79 ERA, and rumor has it he may soon be in Portland. The Sox expect him to be another one of their prized young pitchers. Throws three good pitches, the best of which is a hard curve. MLB comparison: Joe Kennedy. ETA: 2008-9

8. Edgar Martinez (UFA - Pawtucket)

Martinez recently appeared in the Futures Game, and is likely to start the 2007 season with the Red Sox, as they are rumored to be releasing Cliff Politte and Chris Hammond, among other relievers. He is expected to be a middle reliever, and may progress into becoming a very good setup man. Martinez converted from catcher in 2004, and had a breakout season in 2005. He throws a high-90s fastball, but not much else. MLB comparison: Rich Garces. ETA: 2007

9. Justin Masterson (2006, 2nd - Lowell)

Masterson is the future Sox closer of the future, once Hansen inherits the job. He is currently in Lowell, but a call-up to Greenville is inevitable due to his 1.14 ERA. Throws a great sinker, changeup, and slider. MLB comparison: Derek Lowe. ETA: 2010-11

10. Jason Place (2006, 1st - Greenville)

Place is a highly touted outfield prospect, but is clearly not anywhere near ready to be called up. He has great speed and is a five-tool outfielder, though he strikes out a lot, and only ranks this low on this list because of his age. MLB comparison: Jeff Francouer. ETA: 2010-11

Erik Bedard contributed to this story. Edited by Steve Adams


At 10:40 AM, Blogger Steve Adams said...

Great one!

I'm going to do the same for Washington!

At 9:47 PM, Blogger Jordan Young said...

I think your missing someone, I think his name is like Derosa, he's a 2B, and he started today in real life. Do you or anyone know when he got called up? I don't visit www.redsox.com to often.

At 8:13 AM, Blogger Erik Bedard said...

Oh, it's Pedroia. He's starting in MLB for me, so he's not a prospect anymore. Same with Duncan, Ellsbury, Zumaya, and Kinsler.

At 8:13 AM, Blogger Erik Bedard said...

He got recalled from AAA Pawtucket on August 25th.

At 8:42 AM, Blogger Jordan Young said...

Pedroia thats right, on my team, Einersten, Whiteman, Lorg, Hirsh, Encohs, Gothreaux all got called up to fill in spots, they aren't every day starters for me, and I sent down Hirsh and Enochs.

At 9:46 AM, Blogger Steve Adams said...

are you doing one for me too?

At 2:10 PM, Blogger Erik Bedard said...

I'll do one for everybody who asks me, whenever I feel like it. I just need you to make a list of who has been with your team for quite a while this year. e.g. you graduate from being a prospect after 45 days with the team, 40 IP, or 250 AB, which Pedroia, Duncan, Kinsler, and Ellsbury have all reached. Well, not Ellsbury, but he's starting for me in MLB, so I'm not using him.

At 3:30 PM, Blogger Jordan Young said...

those guys I mentioned will stay on my team for the rest of the year.

At 4:36 PM, Blogger Erik Bedard said...

Astros coming up tomorrow!

At 9:56 PM, Blogger Jordan Young said...

yay! what happend to alantas?

I got to get started on part 2 of the around the bbftg! I havent even started yet! :o

At 4:36 PM, Blogger Erik Bedard said...

I deleted all the PMs while cleaning out my inbox, could you please send me a list again?


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