Welcome back to The Red Seat Podcast, episode number 295. This week, Jake Devereaux and Bob Osgood are joined by Chris Clegg (@RotoClegg on Twitter). Chris is the co-host of the Toolshed Podcast and the founder of The Dynasty Dugout, a website that covers prospects from both a real-life and fantasy baseball perspective. He is also a finalist for the IBWAA Baseball Writer of the Year award.
Chris has been to over 40 games this year scouting the Greenville Drive, the high-A affiliate for the Red Sox, located in South Carolina. We opened the show by talking about some live looks that he got for 20-year-old catcher Kyle Teel and 19-year-old outfielder Roman Anthony before their recent promotions to Portland. How aggressive were these promotions and might we see Teel in Boston during the 2024 season? We also discussed Teel’s “pop time”, which is already on a major league level.
Kyle Teel posted a 1.9 pop time on this and had the guy out by 2 steps. No catcher should be able to post those pop times on a pitch low and away in the dirt. Excellent framer, excellent pop times. Teel is gonna be a major league catcher for a long time. pic.twitter.com/WQSH2yMQ45— Chris Clegg (@RotoClegg) September 2, 2023
Marcelo Mayer is out for the season with a shoulder injury that Mayer says was sustained back in May. Clegg got his looks at Mayer in Greenville before the injury but has been underwhelmed by the bat, despite his excellent glove, and no longer has him ranked as his #1 prospect in the Red Sox system.
In 2022, Chris was the first on the scene promoting newest Red Sox call-up Ceddanne Rafaela, when he arrived in Greenville. A look back at a throw that Rafaela made in April of last year.
Ceddanne Rafaela has been incredible this season. The 21-year-old is in high-A Greenville(Red Sox). He currently has a .394/.429/.788 slash with 3 HR/3 SB. He can play all over the field, has speed, and a cannon of an arm. Here he throws out Trey Sweeney at third by 6 steps. pic.twitter.com/RkoYk5BIGv— Chris Clegg (@RotoClegg) April 16, 2022
From the pitching side, we discussed the three most notable starting pitchers that currently are at High-A: Luis Perales, Yordanny Monegro, and Wikelman Gonzalez. An in-person look at Perales from a week ago, who Clegg is highest on of the three, due to concerns that Gonzalez could be a reliever in the long-term.
Luis Perales mix from last night.— Chris Clegg (@RotoClegg) September 3, 2023
Mixed results, but some positives to take away. Perales allowed 4 ER in his first 1.1 IP and then settled in.
5.2 IP/7 H/5 ER/2 BB/7 K
15 whiffs/35% CSW/70% strikes.
SL: 81-85@SoxProspects pic.twitter.com/lqqOxibPp2
We closed the show talking about some young hitters, including 1B/3B Blaze Jordan, 2B/SS Brainer Bonaci, and OF Allan Castro, a bit of a pop-up prospect this year. Greenville will start their three-game playoff series against the Hickory Crawdads on Tuesday night.
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