December 6, 2016
Episode 110, Dealin' Dave's Winter Sale.
Sound the emergency podcast siren! Dealin' Dave was at it again today, acquiring
Tyler Thornburg from Milwaukee for Travis Shaw, Mauricio Dubon, and Josh
Pennington, then coming back hours later and landing the white whale from the
White Sox in Chris Sale, giving up the system's top prospect, Yoan Moncada,
along with Michael Kopech, Luis Alexander Basabe, and Victor Diaz. In all, four
of the team's top nine prospects coming into the day, with two more on the
fringes of the top 20, are headed out, but for a couple of major pieces. What
did Chris and Ian think? And how did they answer your questions? Listen in!
November 16, 2016
Episode 109, Alex Speier on Ranking the System. Making his
fourth appearance on the podcast, Alex Speier of the Boston Globe and Baseball
America joined the guys to discuss his recently released Red Sox Top 10 list.
How did he pick between Andrew Benintendi and Yoan Moncada? Michael Kopech and
Jason Groome? Plus we hit on some other topics, like a potential Mookie Betts
extension and what players might be trade fodder for the next Dave Dombrowski
November 7, 2016
Episode 108, 2016 Rankings Special.
Chris, Ian, Matt, and the returning Mike Andrews marked the end of the season by
breaking down the debates that led to our end-of-season rankings! Topics
discussed included ranking Yoan Moncada over Andrew Benintendi at number 1 and
Jason Groome over Michael Kopech as the system's top pitching prospect, how the
system looks compared to past seasons, and highlights all the way down each of
the guys' top 60 rankings.
October 11, 2016
Episode 107, Instructs 2016. On what proved to be the final day
of the Boston Red Sox 2013 season, Chris and Ian recapped the latter's trip to
Instructs. Scouting reports included Jason Groome, CJ Chatham, Victor Diaz,
Roldani Baldwin, Bryan Mata, and others... even Pablo Sandoval! Plus, we answered
a slew of listener questions: Which players might get surprising, aggressive
assignments next year? What will the Sox do with all of their minor league third
basemen, and will Rafael Devers move off of the position? Who is the next Robby
Scott... and what do you take that question to mean? These and more discussed
Episode 106, AJ No-Teller.
Coming down the stretch in MLB, that doesn't mean there isn't anything to talk
about in the world of SoxProspects! In this episode, the guys wrap up each
affiliate's season, discuss the Fall Instructional League roster, and the Padres
trade scandal. Plus your emails! Which players might get protected from the Rule
5 draft this offseason (take 2)? What mechanical flaws are immediate red flags?
What's the deal with Rafael Devers' 18 steals? Plus, thoughts on Jake Cosart,
Austin Glorius, Matt Kent, and more!
September 9, 2016
Episode 105, MoncadainBoston. Moncada to the majors? September
call-ups? First-hand Jason Groome, Bobby Dalbec, CJ Chatham, and Mike Shawaryn
reports? And even new rankings? Sounds like a recipe for a podcast, so Chris and
Ian got into the kitchen to cook up some prospect talk.
August 21, 2016
Episode 104, BeninBoston.
Since the last episode, we've seen Andrew Benintendi make his debut in the
majors and Yoan Moncada make his debut at third. Could the latter join his
former Portland teammate in Boston, and is anyone else in the minors ready to
come up and help the big league club? Like say... in the bullpen? Plus quick
hits on why Rafael Devers and Michael Kopech won't get promoted, the trade of
Pat Light, Arizona Fall League assignment predictions, and first-hand reports
from Lowell. Plus your emails led to discussion of Kyri Washington, Nick
Hamilton, Christopher Acosta, Luis Alexander Basabe, and more.
July 25, 2016
Episode 103, Yes, Devers loves me, the homers tell me so. In
this week's episode, we have new first-hand updates on Yoan Moncada, Andrew
Benintendi, Rafael Devers, and Michael Kopech! Plus, we hit a ton of listener
emails: Why can't the Red Sox develop starting pitching? Which Travis - Sam or
Shaw - is more likely to be the club's first baseman in two years? How might the
Red Sox break in Andrew Benintendi when he gets called up? All this and more
await, so hit the download button!
July 18, 2016
Episode 102, Groome signs, Dave deals, podcast delivered.
So a few things have gone down over the past 10 days, eh? The guys had a ton to
talk about - the trades of Luis Alejandro Basabe and Jose Almonte for Brad
Ziegler and, more importantly, Anderson Espinoza for Drew Pomeranz showed why
the Prez of Baseball Ops is becoming known to many as Dealin' Dave. Plus, the
Red Sox were able to get Jason Groome signed before the July 15 deadline, along
with fellow draftees Bobby Dalbec and Mike Shawaryn, so the guys ran down what
they thought of the full draft haul and how the Groome signing may have played
into the club's willingness to move Espinoza. And with the deadline past, the
SoxProspects Rankings were updated - where did all of the new guys fall? And who
moved based on what the guys have seen in Lowell, Greenville, Salem, Portland,
and Pawtucket over the past few weeks? Listen for all this and more!
July 7, 2016
Episode 101, Trade, penalties fill the news. The news in this
episode was big enough to take up most of the conversation. First, just hours
before we recorded, RHP Aaron Wilkerson and 2B Wendell Rijo were dealt to
Milwaukee for infielder Aaron Hill and cash. And earlier in the week, Major
League Baseball imposed unprecedented penalties on the Red Sox organization for
rules violations relating to their acquisition of several international amateur
free agents last season. Between those big stories, a draft signings update, and
the Top 4 Update, we've got a packed episode!
June 27, 2016
Episode 100, Your regularly scheduled June programming.
With all of that draft craziness out of the way, it's time to get back to the
grind, and with promotions afoot and new seasons beginning, there was plenty for
the guys to talk about. In the Top 4 Update, Yoan Moncada (and his friends
Mauricio, Jalen, and Ben) got promoted, Andrew Benintendi is getting his
footing, and Rafael Devers is finally coming out of his funk. Meanwhile, the
Lowell and GCL seasons have started, and Ian sat on the Spinners' first five
games, giving him plenty to report about the best pitching staff that team has
had in recent memory. And of course, we read and answered your emails!
June 16, 2016
Episode 99, 2016 MLB.com's Jim Callis talks draft.
With the 2016 MLB draft in the books, our friend Jim Callis of MLB.com came on
the podcast to dissect the draft as a whole and the selections made by the Red
Sox over the event's three days. Why did Jason Groome fall, will he sign, and
what other team might he have had a deal with before the Red Sox plucked him at
number 12 overall? How do the five college juniors selected by the Red Sox in
rounds 2-6 compare to their selections in that range in past years? Will any of
the well-regarded late-round picks sign? Jim answered these questions and more!
June 10, 2016
Episode 98.5, Draft night 1 recap - Sox take top prep LHP Groome.
Chris, Ian, and Senior Staff Writer Will Woodward got on the horn quickly to
react to the Red Sox selecting prep lefty Jason Groome out of New Jersey and
Florida Atlantic shortstop C.J. Chatham in the first two rounds of the MLB Draft
on Thursday night. Given that Groome was ranked by many as the top talent in the
draft and reportedly fell due to signability and makeup concerns, there was
plenty to talk about (and will be in the coming weeks).
June 6, 2016
Episode 98, 2016 Draft Preview with Baseball America's JJ Cooper.
It's draft week! To prepare for this year's MLB First-Year Player Draft, which
starts on Thursday, June 9, Chris spoke to Baseball America Managing Editor JJ
Cooper about a number of topics, including BA's history of draft coverage, the
general strengths and weaknesses of this year's draft class, some players who
could be on the radar for the Red Sox at pick 12, and whether the club might
re-draft some past selections. Plus, in lieu of the Big 4 Update, we spoke with
JJ about his thoughts on their starts to the season.
June 2, 2016
Episode 97, Rankings and emails, emails and Rankings.
As the calendar turns to June, we've got a new set of rankings to dissect and a
bunch of listener emails to answer! We check in on the Big 4, chat about the
hard luck that has taken the top two prospects on the Pawtucket Red Sox out of
action, analyze Josh Ockimey's great start to the season and corresponding climb
to the top 20, review the bullpen arms in Pawtucket and Greenville, and more!
May 8, 2016
Episode 96, Catching up on catching up. In the unofficial
second part of the crew's roundup of the first month-plus of the season, the
guys looked at the goings-on in Portland and Greenville. The Sea Dogs are
struggling in the standings, but noteworthy mound performances by Aaron
Wilkerson and Chandler Shepherd merit discussion and
further looks at Williams Jerez, Luis Ysla,
Henry Ramos, and Jake Romanski were
undertaken. Greenville has been home to many of the season's early pleasant
surprises. Among the members of the Drive discussed are Michael Chavis,
Josh Ockimey, Roniel Raudes, the
Basabe twins, Kyri Washington, Tate Matheny,
Austin Glorius, Jake Cosart, and Bobby
Poyner. And in the Big 4 Update, the topics included which days -
precisely - we might see an Andrew Benintendi promotion (could
it be this week?), how much longer Yoan Moncada might spend in
Salem (longer than Benintendi, at least), and Anderson Espinoza's
record-tying start for the Drive (he gooooood).
May 2, 2016
Episode 95, One month in, start it up again.
It's been a month, but Chris came back from being a big shot and got back on the
horn with Matt and Ian to discuss the season's first month. Things kick off with
the first edition of the Big 4 Update, looking at whether Yoan Moncada's
strikeouts are a concern and why Andrew Benintendi and
Rafael Devers flipped in the site rankings update on May 1. Then the
guys gave us their notes from the field from the first month. Chris had the
latest from Salem, with reports on Moncada, Benintendi, Devers, Trey
Ball, and others. Then Ian and Matt responded with the word from
Pawtucket on Sam Travis and Deven Marrero.
Finally, the guys aired it out on whether it is a good idea for Blake
Swihart to start getting reps in left field, and what's gotten into the
big riser in the May 1 rankings, Teddy Stankiewicz.
March 24, 2016
Episode 94, Reports from the Fort 2016. Another successful trip
to minor league spring is in the books for the SoxProspects.com crew. With fresh
scouting and other intel to share, Chris, Matt, Ian, and Chaz got on the horn to
talk about what they saw, as well as the All-New, All-Different SoxProspects
Rankings! How did the big four of Yoan Moncada, Rafael
Devers, Anderson Espinoza, and Andrew
Benintendi look? What led to big jumps in the standings from
Travis Lakins, Christopher Acosta, and Luis
Alejandro "Not Just the Other" Basabe? Why has Yankory Pimentel
made Chaz rethink everything he knows about scouting? All of this and more await
in this episode.
March 16, 2016
Episode 93, Pre-Camp Mailbag.
In preparation for our trip to Fort Myers, the guys cleaned out the mailbag,
answering your questions about the state of the farm system! Who would they pick
for their All-Underrated Red Sox prospect team? How well would Mookie
Betts do if he were to go down to A-ball? Conversely, what if
Anderson Espinoza were called up to the majors right now? Is
Travis Shaw a hall of famer? How does a team develop power arms? These
questions and more await!
March 10, 2016
Episode 92, Jim Callis of MLB.com Returns. The guys are pumped
that their trip to Spring Training is drawing near, but first, they got on the
horn with Friend of the Site Jim Callis of MLB.com to talk about the state of
the farm system! MLB.com released its Top 30 Red Sox prospects last week, so we
had plenty of questions for Jim, and he had answers. Do the Sox have the best
quartet of prospects in the game? Where was Andrew Benintendi
on the club’s draft board last June? How will his hand injury affect
Michael Kopech’s development and prospect stock? This and more await in
another great episode!
March 2, 2016
Episode 91, Camp talk with Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe.
Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe has been all over coverage of the
early stages of spring training, and he joined us for a conversation about all
the goings on! What minor leaguers have already caught Pete's eye? How much work
has Yoan Moncada been doing with the major leaguers? Are there
really competitions for spots in the rotation and the back of the bullpen? Plus,
Peter had a great story about his introduction to covering minor league
February 24, 2016
Episode 90, Rankings Talk; Listener Questions. Pitchers and
catchers have reported, so it must be time to fire the podcast machine back up!
Chris, Matt, and Ian got back on the horn to discuss the (current and former)
Red Sox prospects ranked among the game's top 100 prospects by various outlets.
Can we learn anything by the rankings of Yoan Moncada,
Rafael Devers, Andrew Benintendi, Anderson
Espinoza, and Michael Kopech? Also, we got some great
reader questions about Moncada, Henry Owens and Brian
Johnson, Austin Glorius, Karsten Whitson,
the 2016 draft class, and more! Who were our picks for sleeper breakout seasons?
Who from last year's draft class are we excited to see in 2016? Listen to find
December 21, 2015
Episode 89, Alex Speier on Baseball America's Top 10 Prospects.
It's ranking season, and that gave us an excuse to get our friend Alex Speier of
the Boston Globe and Baseball America to discuss his recently
released list of the top 10 Red Sox prospects! We discuss the organization's
first-class top 10 and potentially worrisome lack of depth after the top 7,
whether the Red Sox gave up too much in the Craig Kimbrel deal,
and much more!
Episode 88, Breaking Down the Kimbrel Trade. Well, it did not
take very long into the offseason for Dave Dombrowski to make a blockbuster
move, as the Red Sox traded four of their top 25 prospects on Friday for Padres
closer Craig Kimbrel. If there ever was a time for an emergency
podcast, this is it, so Chris, Matt, and Ian got on the horn to discuss the ins
and outs of the deal. We have scouting reports on Manuel Margot,
Javier Guerra, Logan Allen, Carlos
Asuaje, and even Kimbrel. Was it an overpay, and even if it was, does
it still make sense for the Sox? How much does it matter that the system is so
deep and the Sox are set at shortstop and center field? How did the free agent
market influence the deal? We leave no stone unturned in our debate!
October 26, 2015
Episode 87, Season in review, pt. 2; Trey Ball interview.
The long-awaited second half of our season wrap-up hits three of your emails,
then goes through our season-end rankings! How high did upstart Venezuelan
Anderson Espinoza push into the top five, and why? What led to
Luis Alexander Basabe and Logan Allen pushing
into the top 15? What else did Ian see at Fall Instructs? Plus, we close with
Chris's interview with 2013 first-round pick Trey Ball, looking
back on his season in Salem the the pressures of being the #7 overall pick.
Episode 86, Season in review, pt. 1. It's time to wrap up the
season! We start by taking your listener questions. What players would be the
best converting to or from the mound? Do the Red Sox promote players more
aggressively than they used to? We then recap the 2015 SoxProspects.com
All-Stars. Who did our Forum members vote as the best at their positions in
2015? The answers may ... actually they probably won't surprise you really. Lastly, we debate our picks for each of the 2015 SoxProspects.com Awards, such
as Offensive Player of the Year, Pitcher of the Year, Rookie of the Year,
Breakout Player of the Year, and more! Lots of good debate here, as there were
lots of tough choices.
Episode 85, Final notes from the field, Sept. rankings, Wendell Rijo
interview. In Notes from the Field, Chris, Ian, and Chaz shared their
reports on Pawtucket's Matt Barnes, Marco Hernandez,
and William Cuevas; Salem's Wendell Rijo,
Mauricio Dubon, Teddy Stankiewicz, Ty
Buttrey; and Lowell's Logan Allen, Travis
Lakins, and Yankory Pimentel. Reviewing the September
rankings update, we discuss Yoan Moncada overtaking
Rafael Devers at the top, and comparing the fast-rising
Anderson Espinoza and Andrew Benintendi against the
"old guard" of the Top 10. Finally, we share Chris's interview with Salem Red
Sox second baseman Wendell Rijo. Wendell discussed his rise
through the minors so far, changes he’s made to his swing, the difficulties
international players face coming to the U.S., and more.
Episode 84, Mailbag extravaganza! We've got a backlog of
listener emails to get to, so what better time than the present to talk about
what you want to hear? You guys had some outstanding questions that gave us
plenty to talk about. What are the odds of a top prospect becoming a good major
leaguer? Which pitchers have the highest ceilings in the system? What players
rank as the best in each of the five tools? And of course there's current
events: What can we expect from Dave Dombrowski as President of Baseball Ops,
and is Jackie Bradley's rebound for real? All of this and more
August 21, 2015
Episode 83, Interview special with Michael Chavis and Nick Longhi.
This week, we're hitting you with a couple of interviews with members of the
Greenville Drive: third baseman Michael Chavis and first
baseman/outfielder Nick Longhi. Chavis, a 2014 first-round
pick, discussed what it was like sharing third base with Rafael Devers,
the pressures of being a first-rounder, and what's with the whole "11:11" thing.
Longhi talked about what most listeners of the podcast could probably only dream
about - being a Red Sox fan drafted by the Red Sox - as well as a number of
other topics including visiting the Dominican Instructional League.
Episode 82, Teddy Stankiewicz interview, August Rankings. It's
now August, and we've got our second straight new top prospect! Why did
Rafael Devers leapfrog Yoan Moncada to take the top
spot? How about the jumps made by the likes of Anderson Espinoza,
Marco Hernandez, and Luis Alexander Basabe?
Plus the guys talked about the (then-pending) debut of Henry Owens,
the injury to Brian Johnson, the move of Matt Barnes
back to the rotation, and the promotion of Kevin Steen
to Lowell. To cap the episode, we present Chris' interview with Salem
right-hander Teddy Stankiewicz, talking about pitching, bus
rides, and the shocking discovery from his pre-signing physical.
July 24, 2015
Episode 81, Dropping in on the Drive, Darren Fenster interview.
Chris and Ian just spent some time watching the Greenville Drive, and they had
plenty to talk about! The guys chatted with Matt about their thoughts on
Yoan Moncada, Rafael Devers, Javier Guerra,
Michael Chavis, Nick Longhi, and more! While
he was in town, Chris also checked in with Drive manager Darren Fenster
to discuss what's been going on with these players behind the scenes, as well as
getting the manager's take on life in the minors. Plus, the guys talk about
Brian Johnson's MLB debut, and your listener emails hit on
players from throughout the system and beyond: How does Devers compare to
Xander Bogaerts at the same age? Where have Karsten
Whitson and Christopher Acosta been? Which players
might move positions? All this and more!
Episode 80, Ty Buttrey interview, Salem and Lowell notes. It's
another action-packed edition of the SP Pod, featuring an interview with Salem
Red Sox right-hander Ty Buttrey! Chris sat down with him
recently in Frederick and talked about his bounce-back season, injuring his hand
last year, Clash of Clans, and more! Plus, Chris brought back his scouting notes
from seeing a pair of Salem games dishing on Buttrey, Daniel McGrath,
Aaron Wilkerson, German Taveras,
Wendell Rijo, Mauricio Dubon, Jordan Procyshen,
and more. Not to be outdone, Ian countered with notes from Lowell on
Andrew Benintendi('s BP), Austin Rei, Tate
Matheny, Jake Cosart, Ben Taylor,
Luis Alexander Basabe, Victor Acosta, and
Jeremy Rivera. Plus, your emails!
July 1, 2015
Episode 79, Promotions, Signings, Rankings, Fireworks? With the
calendar turning to July, Chris and Ian got on the horn and had plenty to talk
about, starting with a slew of recent promotions, including those of
Manuel Margot, Sam Travis, and Mauricio Dubon
to new affiliates and Deven Marrero, Jonathan Aro,
and Jackie Bradley to the majors, among others. Plus the Red
Sox are now mostly done with draft signings - after inking Andrew
Benintendi, how much money is left? And of course, new month, new
rankings, including a new number one prospect and debates aplenty! We close, as
usual with your emails.
Episode 78, Checking in on the PawSox. Many outlets have noted
the abundance of prospects on the Pawtucket Red Sox roster this season. So what
about it then? We're past the midway point of June, and after getting plenty of
looks at what the Triple-A club has to offer, Chris, Matt, and Ian talked about
who's up and who's down for the PawSox, including Travis Shaw,
Garin Cecchini, Jackie Bradley, Brian
Johnson, Henry Owens, Pat Light,
Dayan Diaz, Jonathan Aro, and more. At the
other end of the ladder, the Lowell Spinners started their season on Friday, and
the GCL Sox will start on Monday. What did the guys think of the season-opening
Lowell roster, and what that probably means down at the complex? Listen and find
out. And as always, we answered your listener emails, which led to a discussion
regarding the development of Xander Bogaerts and Mookie
June 8, 2015
Episode 77, Welcome to the Sox, Andrew Benintendi. On Monday,
the Red Sox selected Arkansas sophomore center fielder Andrew Beninteni
with the seventh overall pick in this year's MLB Draft. Chris, Ian, and Matt
quickly hopped on for their reactions: Did they like the pick? Where might he
debut in the rankings? Where will he play this year and next? Those answers,
plus video game music!
Episode 76, Draft Preview with Kiley McDaniel. The Draft is in
two days, so Chris and Ian got on the horn with Fangraphs Lead Prospect Analyst
Kiley McDaniel to preview who might be on the Red Sox radar with the seventh
overall selection. We discussed the players in play, as well as the club's
strategy with their second pick not coming until the third round at 81st
overall. Plus, Kiley talks about his recent viewing of the Greenville Drive,
focusing on Michael Kopech, Rafael Devers,
Javier Guerra, Nick Longhi, and
June 1, 2015
Episode 75, So, about those pitchers... Following the big debut
of Eduardo Rodriguez and the Boston rotation's continued
struggles, it's sure looking like it's time for the Red Sox to start leaning on
that stacked Triple-A rotation we heard about in the preseason. But what can we
expect from Rodriguez, Brian Johnson, and Henry Owens,
both now and in the future? Chris, Matt, and Ian talked about that, as well as
when it's time to promote a player in the minors - spurred by 18-year-old
Rafael Devers's hot month of May in Greenville - as well as the
latest update to the site rankings!
Episode 74, April Recap and First-Hand Notes. With Chris
returning from the other side of the world, he got Ian and Matt on the horn to
look back at the season's first month. The guys talked about the new rankings'
movers and shakers, as well as some recent MLB call-ups and the outlook for
players like Blake Swihart, Jackie Bradley,
and Matt Barnes. The guys also had plenty to report from the
field(s), having seen Pawtucket, Portland, and Greenville already in this young
season. Listen for reports on Henry Owens, Rafael
Devers, and more! Finally, in response to reader questions, the guys
quickly discussed the Red Sox' potential plans for the number 7 pick in next
April 14, 2015
Episode 73, Scout Talk and Season's Start. With the season
underway, Chris, Ian, Matt, and podcast rookie Chaz Fiorino had plenty to chat
about in this extra-large episode! First, the guys examined the affiliate
rosters, picking superlatives and discussing surprises. Then, taking advantage
of having both Ian and Chaz on, they talked about scouting: what they do when
they're at a game, what they look for in players, and decoding scout-speak.
Finally, the guys emptied the listener mailbag.
Episode 72, Season preview with Matthew Kory. It's that time!
Chris and Ian welcomed special guest Matthew Kory of Over the Monster, Forbes,
Baseball Prospectus, and sundry other publications of varying repute to talk
about what storylines we're looking forward to following in the minor league
system in 2015. How will all the infielders in Greenville get playing time? How
many of the prospect-laden PawSox have a future in the organization? Are
Portland and Salem as bad as the rosters look at first glance, or is there
intrigue there? Listen and learn! Plus, the debut of Turkey Facts!
March 25, 2015
Episode 71, Spring Training Reports! The boys are back... from
Fort Myers! Chris, Ian, and Matt had a ton of stuff to report back from the
SoxProspects.com staff's annual trip to Spring Training. We got our first look
at Yoan Moncada, as well as updated looks at Rafael Devers,
Michael Chavis, and others! Which sleepers looked poised to break out? What
new guys impressed? All that and more in this action-packed episode!
February 23, 2015
Episode 70, Yoan Moncada signs, Ben Badler Talks, PawSox sold!
A couple of bombshells dropped on the SoxProspects landscape on Monday morning,
so we just had to get on the horn post haste! First, we talked with Baseball
America's Ben Badler about the Red Sox reaching an agreement to sign Cuban
phenom Yoan Moncada, discussing the ins and outs of who Moncada is and could
become, as well as the signing's impact. Afterwards, we gabbed about a few more
points on the Moncada signing before getting into the sale of the Pawtucket Red
Sox and their potential move to Providence.
December 15, 2014
Episode 69, Hot Stove on High. Well, that was a week wasn't it?
With the Red Sox trading Allen Webster, Rubby De La
Rosa, Raymel Flores, Yoenis Cespedes,
Alex Wilson, Gabe Speier, and Myles
Smith in deals for Wade Miley, Rick Porcello,
and Zeke Spruill, as well as signing former SoxProspects.com
number 1 prospect Justin Masterson (oh, and there was the
failed pursuit of Jon Lester), Chris and Matt had plenty to
talk about. Plus, your emails asked about who will lead off and about the
defensive prowess of Christian Vazquez and Blake
December 1, 2014
Episode 68, Chris Mellen returns with BP's #diesel top 10.
Within a week of the major league club making a pair of huge signings in Pablo
Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez, Baseball Prospectus has dropped its
Top 10 prospects list (subscription req'd), which means one thing... the
return of Chris Mellen to the podcast! Hatfield, Matt, and Ian welcomed back the
Dean of #diesel, now one of the men in charge of the BP prospect team, to
discuss BP's list and the state of the farm.
November 21, 2014
Episode 67, Reserved at the Reserve List Deadline. Thursday's
reserve list deadline came and went without much fanfare, but that doesn't mean
there was nothing to talk about. While the roster additions were the four we all
expected, Chris and Matt ran through those who were not added to the 40-man
roster and may be potential selections in next month's Rule 5 Draft. Of course,
that wasn't all that happened this week, so the guys said goodbye with a look
back at Alex Hassan's time with the organization, then moved on to shiny
new toy Juan Francisco and what he brings to the Red Sox. Finally, a pair
of listener emails led to discussions of Cuban free agent Yoan Moncada and
whatever happened to Jose Vinicio.
November 12, 2014
Episode 66, Deluxe discussion of Instructs, and the Mailbag! A
long-time coming, Chris, Ian, and Matt got on the horn to talk about Ian's trip
to the Fall Instructional League! Michael Kopech, Rafael Devers,
Michael Chavis, Javier Guerra, Jake Cosart, and many more
players were in our Director of Scouting's crosshairs. Also on the agenda: a
quick run through the offseason leagues, with a chat about what to make of the
numbers put up by Sean Coyle, Deven Marrero, and Robby Scott
in the Arizona Fall League. PLUS, a listener mailbag spectacular! What should
the Sox do with their glut of upper-minors pitching? Who did we like in Lowell
this year? What does next year's draft look like? The answers to those and more
November 5, 2014
Episode 65, Alex Speier talks BA's Top 10. It's rankings
season! Our friend Alex Speier of WEEI.com
published his Red Sox Top 10 Prospects for Baseball America recently, so we
had him on the pod to talk about his rankings and to pick his brain about the
state of the Red Sox system. We're talking top 10, graduates, sleepers,
disappointments and more! Even colossal squids! There's only one way to hear it
all - hit that download!
Episode 64, Playing Out the Stretch. Things are bad in Boston
and the minor league season is over, but that doesn't mean there's nothing to
talk about! Chris and Ian got on the horn to take your emails, talk about the
recently released Fall Instructional League roster, and project who the Red Sox
might protect in December's Rule 5 draft.
September 7, 2014
Episode 63, Just Sayin' Hi. It took a bit, but the good news is
that SoxProspects South is fully operational and the podcast is back! Matt
relays his observations from Pawtucket, and Chris brings some goodies from
catching Salem in Frederick. Then we finally get to a couple of your emails,
answering questions about Jackie Bradley, Deven Marrero,
Rafael Devers, and Michael Chavis.
August 1, 2014
Episode 62, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Trade Deadline. After the
craziest Red Sox trade deadline in recent memory, Chris, Matt, and Ian were
ready to break it all down. What's up with all the young, upper-minors pitchers?
Who exactly did the Sox get? What on earth does the roster look like now? We've
got all of your answers here.
July 21, 2014
Episode 61, Wild Turkeys, July 2, and the Draft. Chris got Matt
and Ian on the horn to talk about the recent big dates on the player acquisition
calendar: the July 2 opening of the international signing period, and the July
18 draft signing deadline. Did the Red Sox screw up by going over their
international pool allotment to sign one extra pitcher? Did anything interesting
happen among the draftees? Listen and find out!
July 7, 2014
Episode 60, Midseason Review, Pt. 2. Fresh off the heels of the
first half of the midseason review, Chris, Ian, and Jon got back on the horn for
part two, taking a look at how things have gone in Salem, Portland, and
Pawtucket so far. We also took some of your emails, answering your questions
about Mookie Betts, Garin Cecchini, and the
draft! Want to impress your friends at parties? Hit the download button!
July 3, 2014
Episode 59, Midseason Review, Pt. 1. Finally getting back onto
the normal schedule, Chris, Ian, and Jon started our midseason review, taking a
look at the season thus far in the DSL, GCL, Lowell, and Greenville. Hear the
guys talk about who's up, who's down, and get the first of two rants in this two
part episode as Chris vents about players in the GCL not actually playing. Oh,
and the top prospect in the system got promoted to Boston this week, so of
course we talked about Mookie Betts's arrival in Boston.
June 9, 2014
Episode 58, 2014 Draft Recap. It's the SoxProsects.com Podcast.
Today's show, "2014 Draft Recap." Act One: Who'd We Pick? Chris talks with Matt
and runs down the whole draft. Are these guys good? Where'd all the college
seniors go? You'll hear the answers to these questions and more. Act Two:
Scouting the Newbies. Chris gets Ian to dish on what he sees from the players
selected in the first ten rounds in videos and scouting reports. From Chris's
computer in Salem, New Hampshire, it's the SoxProspects.com Podcast. Stay with
May 27, 2014
Episode 57, Seeing the Sea Dogs.
After a bit of a break, Chris, Matt, and Ian had some things to discuss. Ian and
Chris have seen Portland recently, and they had plenty to dish after seeing one
of the most prospect-laden teams in the country, on players like Mookie
Betts, Blake Swihart, Henry Owens,
Brian Johnson, Sean Coyle, and the very
recently promoted Travis Shaw (so recent, that he was still in
Portland when we recorded). We also answered your emails and talked about which
prospects in the system are due for a promotion. You know Sergio? Join us!
April 14, 2014
Episode 56, Reports from The Bucket. With the first
week-and-a-half in the books, Chris, Ian, and Matt got on the horn after
Pawtucket's first homestand of the season to ruminate on the state of the
system's Triple-A affiliate. The guys traded notes on Allen Webster,
Anthony Ranaudo, Rubby De La Rosa,
Garin Cecchini, and more. In addition, the guys took a quick spin
around the other affiliates, highlighting the top performers so far on the young
season, as well as answering a couple of your emails. FEEL THE POWER OF THE
April 3, 2014
Episode 55, Opening Day Roster Round-up.
Minor League Opening Day 2014 is here, and we're getting you ready! Chris, Jon,
and Ian talked about the season-opening rosters at the four full-season
affiliates, touching on Trey Ball and Ty Buttrey's
absence from the Greenville roster, the conservative initial assignments of
several pitchers, and of course the strongest (Pawtucket) and weakest (Salem, by
2014 Spring Training Daily, #3. On Saturday, the guys roamed
the back fields for the A-ball and Rookie-level games, and there was plenty to
see, first and foremost our first look at 2013 first-rounder Trey Ball.
Chris also got an interview with Peter Hissey about his
offseason teaching English in Ecuador and his thoughts entering his seventh year
in the system.
2014 Spring Training Daily, #2. With three days of camp to
catch up on, there was plenty for the guys to talk about. In the second dispatch
from the Fort, the guys talk about what they've seen from Anthony
Ranaudo, Allen Webster, Myles Smith,
Garin Cecchini, Blake Swihart, Rafael
Devers, and more!
2014 Spring Training Daily, #1. After the crew's first day(s)
out on the back fields, Chris screwed up and deleted the audio from the short
podcast we recorded. But don't worry - we'll do it right tomorrow. We still have an interview
for all of you with PawSox broadcaster Jeff
Levering about his take on the past five days of camp!
March 17, 2014
Episode 54, MLB.com's Jim Callis closes out the ranking season.
What better way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day than with the final offseason
ranking of the Red Sox top prospects? Longtime friend of the site Jim Callis,
now part of MLB.com's MLB Pipeline team, came on the podcast to chat
about his new gig and his top 20 list. Topics ranged from why Jim thinks
is the best second baseman in the minors, how close Xander Bogaerts
is to consensus top prospect Byron Buxton, and more!
March 3, 2014
Episode 53, Spring Training Mailbag. Chris, Jon, Ian, and,
eventually, Matt thought it time to get to your emails, so that could mean one
thing: mailbag podcast. You asked about first-timers in MLB camp, Steven
Wright's place on the 40-man roster, trading with the Cubs, Garin Cecchini's
chances of forcing his way into the Majors, and whether the Sox can continue to
stay near the top of the farm system rankings, and we talked about all of it.
Just how distracted can Chris be while a Sox-O's game is on in the background?
Download and find out!
February 14, 2014
Episode 52, ESPN Insider Keith Law on ranking the Red Sox.
We continued our offseason rankings conversations by chatting with ESPN's
Keith Law. We asked Keith about how the Sox system compares to other top
systems, how Garin Cecchini compares to Bill Mueller, who might be breaking into
the top 10 in the future, and more! Who needs a Valentine's day date when you
can listen to Chris, Matt, and Ian?
January 17, 2014
Episode 51, Convos from New Stars for Young Stars IX. No guest
this week, but an action-packed episode nonetheless! Chris and Matt play some
audio from Blake Swihart, Mookie Betts, and Drake Britton from New Stars for
Young Stars, and along with Ian, get back to the inbox with more than a month of
emails to answer. Questions hit on players changing positions, how the current
crop of pitching prospects compares to past groups, the Rookie Development
Program, and more. And in this episode's Where Are They Now?, we covered the
prospects in the Erik Bedard trade.
January 6, 2014
Episode 50, Jason Parks of Baseball Prospectus on the Red Sox
Top 10 and #want.
We've hit 50 episodes! To celebrate, Chris and Ian had a chat about Baseball
Prospectus's Red Sox Top 10 list with BP's Jason Parks and our very own
Chris Mellen. Discussion hit on Jason and the BP prospect team's process for
making their lists, a rundown of the Parks vocabulary, and, put simply, every
nook and cranny of BP's Red Sox list and beyond.
December 19, 2013
Episode 49, Alex Speier on Baseball America's Red Sox Top 10.
It's ranking season! With the release of Baseball America's Red Sox Top
10 prospects list, we were joined by Alex Speier, also of WEEI.com, to talk
about the list. We discussed his process for researching and writing the
scouting reports and ranking the players, the tiers that developed at the top of
the list and... well, too much stuff to recount here, but trust us, we talked
about a lot of stuff. Just listen!
November 30, 2013
Episode 48, The Slow Season. There may not be much going on,
but Chris, Matt, and Jon still got up from their Thanksgiving naps to answer
some reader questions. Among the subjects on tap were how contracts are
calculated against the Competitive Balance Tax, how the Sox plan to use Cuban
pitcher Dalier Hinojosa, what to make of Brian Johnson's 2013 season, and a
lightning round of quick player questions. Inspired by a listener email, we
debuted a new regular segment, tentatively called "Where Are They Now?", where
we check in on former Sox prospects. Today, we look back at the prospects
involved in the Adrian Gonzalez trade.
November 6, 2013
Episode 47, Off-season Preview. After shaking off their World Series hangovers,
Chris, Matt, and Ian pulled themselves together to set up the offseason.
Listener e-mails covered which upper-level pitchers might move to the bullpen, a
review of who the heck Devern Hansack was, and how players get picked for the
Arizona Fall League. The offseason preview covered the rest of the winter
leagues, the Rule 5 draft, free agency, and everything you need to know to get
you through until pitchers and catchers.
October 22, 2013
Episode 46, Listener Question Bonanza. During a lull before the World Series, Chris,
Jon, and Ian got together to answer a bunch of your questions. Bogaerts and
Workman on baseball's biggest stage! What players have made the biggest
improvements this year? Who's everyone's next prospect binkie going to be? All
this and much more await. Listen now!
September 24, 2013
Episode 45, SoxProspects 10-Year Anniversary. Mike Andrews makes his
triumphant return to the podcast to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the
website with Chris. We tried our hardest not to make this a back-slapping,
hey-remember-when yuk-fest. Did we succeed? Probably not. Stories from the site's
inception and growth abound.
September 19, 2013
Episode 44, 2013 Season Wrap-up. Chris, Jon, and Ian (showing some #want by checking in from
England) come dangerously close to the two-hour mark as they put a bow on the
2013 minor league season. Nearly no stone is left unturned as the guys go
through the SoxProspects.com award winners and All-Stars. And as you might
expect with an episode this long, things get a bit punchy. Dropped computers!
WWE entrance music! LISTEN NOW!
August 27, 2013
Episode 43, Honkbal hits The Hub. Chris, Matt, Jon, and Ian got together for a
super-size episode, leading off with their reaction to the call-up and usage of
Xander Bogaerts in Boston. They also discussed some of the system's hottest
players in Mookie Betts, Henry Owens, and Manuel Margot; the announcement of the
Arizona Fall League rosters; the August promotions; and who might get the call
to Boston in September. Plus, Jon tells a visitor that he's on a conference call.
August 5, 2013
Episode 42, 2013 Trade Deadline. The podcast returns, as Chris chats with Matt and Ian
about the three-team trade that brought Jake Peavy and Brayan Villarreal in
exchange for Jose Iglesias, Frank Montas, Cleuluis Rondon, and JB Wendelken,
including the players involved and repercussions going forward for the Red
Sox. Plus, the guys gabbed a bit about the promotions of Anthony Ranaudo and
July 15, 2013
Episode 41, Promotion Commotion. Chris is joined by Matt Huegel and Ian Cundall
to talk about... well... everything that's happened since last episode, and that
happens to be a lot of stuff. We hit the draft signing deadline. We hit the
opening of the international signing season. We talk about the promotions of
Brandon Workman, Drake Britton, and Mookie Betts. We talk about Brandon Jacobs
getting traded to Chicago. We talk about the Futures Game. Why? Because we like
June 26, 2013
Episode 50, Oops Chris Did it Again. Well, a little over a year after
the "forgot to hit record" incident, Chris screwed up and deleted the audio
from the second half of last week's podcast. However, he made up for it by
recording a new episode with Ian Cundall, going over the news--including Will
Middlebrooks' demotion, Garin Cecchini's promotion, and Trey Ball's
signing--before delving into the players to watch in Lowell and the GCL this
year. Also, Chris sneezes really loudly during the middle and leaves it in to
show he's a good sport.
This week we open with another track from Young
London's new EP, Instincts, called "That Feeling." Check them out on iTunes,
facebook.com/younglondonmusic, and on the Spotify stage at this summer's
June 17, 2013
Episode 39, Mellen's Excellent Adventure. With Chris Mellen
back from his yearly southern swing, the two unofficial members of SoxProspects
South, Chris Hatfield and Jon Meoli, hit him with some questions about the
players he saw at the two full-season A-ball affiliates. The guys also talked
about Xander Bogaerts's promotion to Pawtucket, Jon Denney signing for way less
than we thought he would, and the rest of the news.
This week's opening
music is "Stuttering" by
Young London. Check out their new EP, Instincts, which dropped last week, on
iTunes, and see them on this summer's Warped Tour.
June 10, 2013
Episode 38, Draft Post-Mortem. After another big week for the Red Sox, Chris Hatfield, Matt
Huegel, and Ian Cundall reviewed the results from the club's 2013 draft. They
speculate on which of the highly-ranked high school players might sign,
discuss their new draft binkies, and answer reader questions. Plus, the guys
got to some news on the farm, including Xander Bogaerts's recent hot streak
and potential to be promoted soon, Brandon Workman's actual promotion to
Pawtucket, Jose Iglesias's official graduation to Boston, and the start of the
Dominican Summer League. And, of course, Chris makes a bunch of references
that nobody gets.
This week's opening music is "Lionheart" by the band
Sirsy. Check 'em out at www.sirsy.com.
June 6, 2013
Episode 37, Draft Day 1 Recap. With the Sox's selections of Trey Ball and Teddy Stankiewicz
in the books, Chris Hatfield, Jon Meoli, and Ian Cundall evaluated the
selections and speculated about the organization's potential strategy in its
June 3, 2013
Episode 36, Draft Preview Edition. Chris Hatfield, Ian Cundall, and Jon Meoli preview this
week's draft. With the Sox picking at number 7 overall, excitement is high for
the highest pick the club has had in years. The guys talk about the draft as a
whole (not good), the Sox' recent draft history and strategy, and look at the
players who may be the pick at number 7. Also, Chris chases a fly around his
apartment and Ian watches a shaving commercial.
May 27, 2013
Episode 35, Iglesias to Third.
Back on schedule, Chris Hatfield, Matt Huegel, and Ian Cundall discussed the
news of the week, including what depth there is at third base in Pawtucket given
Jose Iglesias's move over there in the majors and why Greenville's lineup is
lacking a bit in prospect power. Listener questions included inquiries on Garin
Cecchini, Brandon Workman, and Brandon Jacobs. Finally, we hit on what Jackie
Bradley, Jr. has been up to since going back to Pawtucket, and discuss whether
he'll be back soon.
May 21, 2013
Episode 34, First-hand Impressions. After a
short hiatus, the guys are back. Chris Hatfield, Matt Huegel, and Jon Meoli talk about the goings on
in Pawtucket, Portland, and Salem, discussing players like Rubby De La Rosa,
Xander Bogaerts, and Garin Cecchini, and also hit on what Mookie Betts is
doing down in Greenville. Also Jon's roommate walks in and can be heard in the
background at one point.
April 29, 2013
Episode 33, Best Starts to the Season. After a week off, Chris Hatfield, Matt Huegel, and Ian Cundall gabbed about the
players who've had the best starts to the season, and what conclusions we can
draw (hint: not many) from one month of data.
April 12, 2013
Episode 32, Welcome to the 2013 Season. The minor
league season is just over a week old, and the SoxProspects team is already
out there reporting from the field. On this episode, Chris gets on the horn
with Jon Meoli, who was at Salem's season-opening series in Frederick, and
Chris Mellen, who caught Portland's opener and hadn't been on yet to talk
about Spring Training. Per Jon's request, we opened with some Justin
Timberlake. Forgive us.
April 6, 2013
Episode 31, Minor League Spring Training. The guys discuss what they saw down at minor league spring training last week
(which you can read up on at news.soxprospects.com!), then analyze the Opening
Day rosters at the Sox' four full-season affiliates. Also discussed: Jon Meoli's
March 15, 2013
Episode 30, Spring Training. Chris
Hatfield and Matt Huegel talk about the big stories from Spring Training so
far, which in a happy coincidence are almost entirely prospect-related. Jackie
Bradley, Allen Webster, Xander Bogaerts and more are on the agenda. Plus the
fellas talk about battles for major league roster spots and discuss which
projected 2013 roster is most intriguing to them.
January 27, 2013
Episode 29, New Stars. With some fresh audio from the Jimmy Fund's New Stars for Young Stars event,
the guys discuss five players and their upcoming seasons.
December 30, 2012
After a four-month layoff, Chris Hatfield, Chris Mellen, Matt Huegel, and,
eventually, Mike Andrews discussed the rising "new core" of homegrown Sox
players, and how that core could be factoring in to the organization's planning.
They also discussed their internal debates when ranking the system's top 10
prospects. A special thanks to The Ludlow Thieves for providing this episode's intro
track, "All the Money."
August 22, 2012
dog days of the season upon us, Chris Hatfield, Chris Mellen, and Matt Huegel
chatted about Xander Bogaerts and the exodus of talent from Salem to Portland,
touching on what that says about the system on the whole, as well as who fans
can expect to see called up to Boston when rosters expand. The guys also took
questions from Twitter and discussed Mellen's burgeoning collection of Pauly
Shore movies. Intrigued?
July 15, 2012
Buckle up! We've got a long one here, as Chris Hatfield, Chris Mellen, Matt
Huegel and Ian Cundall discuss what's been going on in Pawtucket, Portland, AND
Lowell, plus touch briefly on the end of the draft signing period and blow
through a "short" 20-minute "lightning round."
June 24, 2012
||We take a
break from making you listen to us talk about the players and let you hear
from the players themselves! Short interviews with Jose Iglesias, Deven
Marrero, and Pat Light from LeLacheur Park in Lowell.
June 17, 2012
Chris, Chris, and Jon talk about the goings on in
Salem and Greenville. Among the players they dished on: Matt Barnes,
Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley, Henry Owens, Blake Swihart, and Garin Cecchini.
They also chatted briefly about Ryan Kalish's return to the major leagues and
the growing list of Sox draft picks to sign.
June 10, 2012
Chris, and Matt chat about the draft, breaking down how things shook out in
the first year under the new CBA and dishing out the scouting reports on
May 22, 2012
In the re-boot of the SoxProspects.com Podcast, the guys chat about the big
stories of the spring in the Red Sox system: Will Middlebrooks, Matt Barnes, and
January 23, 2012
Chris, and Chris discuss off-season transactions, projections for Will
Middlebrooks and Xander Bogaerts, and react to some player audio clips from
New Stars for Young Stars.
November 23, 2011
Chris, and Chris talk about the new CBA, the Red Sox front office promotions,
the AFL, winter leagues, the 40-man roster additions, minor league free
agency, and the holes on the major league roster.
October 11, 2011
Mike, Mellen, and Hatfield discuss the Arizona Fall League, Fall Instructional
League, and the World Cup.
|September 13, 2011
||Season wrap-up. Mike Andrews, Chris Mellen, Chris Hatfield, and Jon Meoli discuss the 2011 season and provide an early look at the 2012 season.
August 17, 2011
Chris Hatfield, Jon Meoli, and Matt Huegel recap the draft signing deadline.
August 1, 2011
Podcast. Mike Andrews, Chris Mellen, Chris Hatfield, and Ian Cundall
break down the two trades from trade deadline weekend.
July 13, 2011
Chris, Chris, and new podcasters Ian Cundall and Jon Meoli discuss some
first-hand reports, the trade deadline, and the looming 40-man roster crunch.
June 2, 2011
Podcast. In the second half of the Podcast, we also cover our recent
scouting trip to Greenville and Salem, as well as some recent observations
April 20, 2011
In our April podcast, we discuss the early returns for the 2011 season, what
players might actually be due for an early promotion, and take some questions
from the Twitterverse.
March 27, 2011
||2011 season preview
February 23, 2011
We break our record for our longest podcast with a nine-topic spring preview and
a discussion of what prospects we're most excited to follow in 2011.
January 25, 2011
||In our first podcast
of 2011, we cover the state of the system, the Adrian Gonzalez trade, and
our early projections on 2011 roster assignments.
August 17, 2010
||In the August
podcast, we cover the draft signing deadline and discuss some first-hand
reports from Salem and Lowell.
July 22, 2010
In our longest podcast to date, we discuss how the system stands at the halfway
point of the season, the first month of short season ball, Ryan Kalish's future,
and we also welcome guest Mike Newman from ScoutingtheSally.com
||Recap of day one of
the 2010 draft.
2010 draft preview podcast.
May 13, 2010
||In the second show of
the season, we discuss the early season surprises and disappointments, a
draft preview preview, and introduce Red Sox Nation to SoxProspects Triple
April 5, 2010
Recorded on April 3, 2010. The panel discusses their observations from
minor league spring training and previews the 2010 season. Panel includes
Mike Andrews, Ian Theodoridis, Chris Hatfield, and Chris Mellen, as well as a
guest appearance from Jonathan Singer.
December 21, 2009
The roundtable talks about off-season transactions, the fall and winter leagues,
and prospect valuation.
September 29, 2009
||The panel gets
together for a post-mortem of the 2009 minor league season and what to look
forward to going ahead.