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Arizona Fall League
Only one more week for the AFL and the Sox' biggest name prospects playing this offseason.
Luis Exposito: 3-9, BB -- .295/.340/.409
Jose Iglesias: 8-16, 3 2B, BB, K -- .293/.348/.439
-And just when it looked like he was going to follow through on that "no bat" prediction. A roller coaster stint for Iglesias is so much better than a flatline.
Ryan Kalish: 5-14, HR, 3 BB, 3 K -- .306/.392/.387
-Finally, some of the power! But it's Kalish's continued OBP and patience (BB% of ~12.5) that are really impressive.
Casey Kelly: 3-9, 4 K -- .241/.353/.345
-Y'know, I think Kelly's skills as a shortstop probably get underrated. It's hard to pick things up when everyone is already in midseason form and you're just starting out. Not to mention it seems like he really could have a nice bit of pop for a middle infielder.
Still want him to be a pitcher though...
Randor Bierd: 4 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K – 5.40 ERA, 13:10 K:BB, 1.29 WHIP
Richie Lentz: 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K – 1.98 ERA, 13:2 K:BB, .88 WHIP
-Everybody has a bad game sometimes. Lentz' season is still something to write home about after his crappy year in Portland
Chris Province: 3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 HR, 0 BB, 0 K – 3.86 ERA, 8:4 K:BB, 1.03 WHIP
Dustin Richardson: 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 HR, 2 BB, 3 K – 5.91 ERA, 16:9 K:BB, 1.97 WHIP
-I'm starting to notice a trend as far as earned runs are concerned...
Columbian Winter League
Reynaldo Rodriguez: .213/.310/.311
-Wow, that must've been one bad week.
Puerto Rican Winter League
The late-starting Puerto Rican League started play this week. Only Aaron Bates and Jorge Jimenez saw playing time among Sox players so far.
Aaron Bates: 1-8, 3 K -- .125/.125/.125
Jorge Jimenez: 2-7, HR -- .286/.444/.714
-Two hit by pitches! He's an on base machine!
Sydney Winter League
Boss Moanaroa: 2-4, 2B, K -- .409/.500/.500
-Boss is seeing some time in the corner outfields in Sydney. Committed an error, though.
Moko Moanaroa: 2-4, 3B -- .278/.409/.389
-Though corner outfielder Moko is playing center, so perhaps it's just a matter of level of talent?
Venezuelan Winter League
Yeiper Castillo: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 K – 5.68 ERA, 4:5 K:BB, 1.74 WHIP
-Castillo bucks the trend, but in the wrong direction.
Felix Doubront: 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K – 1.74 ERA, 3:2 K:BB, 1.06 WHIP
-Not a big "peripherals" year for Doubront.
Ryan Westmoreland Looking Good
The Providence Journal reports that Ryan Westmoreland's recovery is coming along quite nicely. Westmoreland suffered a broken collarbone after running into an outfield wall in the process of making a catch. If Westmoreland is as well as reported, it seems very likely that he won't miss any more baseball due to this injury.
Peter Gammons Chimes In
Gammons had a few notes on Iglesias—not much more than the usual other than this bit:
"What impressed me is that he squares the ball," says an NL scout. "He's not some overwhelmed teenager. He squares the bat on the ball. He shows some pop, and with his speed, if he learns to steal bases, could be a pretty good offensive player."
First time I can remember having heard positive scouting on Iglesias' bat. Maybe he's just having a hot streak, but there's no reason not to hope.
Gammons also notices a long-developing trend in the Sox' minor league system involving depth at shortstop and catcher. While the Sox may not have a wealth of top-level talent, they've been building up a large number of lesser names that could all turn out to be good major league talent at some of the league's most talent-bereft positions. Whether any of them hit remains to be seen, but between Wagner, Exposito, Federowicz and Lavarnway at Catcher, and Iglesias, Navarro, Gibson and Renfroe at SS, they've got some surprisingly good odds. Which is to say nothing of the under-18 group in Oscar Perez and Jose Vinicio.
Sox Acquire Stephen Fox, RHP, from Can-Am League
Fox is the second player acquired by the Red Sox from an independent league this year, joining Reynaldo Rodriguez. Fox had a rocky start to his year, but finished strong by posting a 1.90 ERA and 29 strikeouts in his final 24 innings of work, earning him a look from MLB teams.
So far, Reynaldo Rodriguez has struggled during his short time spent in Edgar Renteria's Columbia Winter League. Daniel Nava, another independent league acquisition, has been dominating every level of competition he's faced in the Sox' farm system, and is likely to start the year in Pawtucket.