Monday, April 21, 2014
As mentioned in the last blog, Baseball America came out with its Prospect Handbook, which list the top 30 prospects for each organization (and then includes a supplement containing a 31st prospect for each club).
We'll be looking as Boston's prospects in coming blogs. Today we will look at who is not on Boston's list - not only who has dropped out of the poll, but those in other organizations with Red Sox connections.
Nick Hagadone, No. 10 on Cleveland's list. The lefty was drafted by Boston in the supplemental round of the 2007 draft and then underwent Tommy John surgery in 2008. He was traded to the Indians in the Victor Martinez deal. Hagadone, 25, was added to Cleveland's 40-man roster and will likely return to Double-A, where he was 2-2 with a 4.50 ERA in 48 innings last year.
Logan Schafer, No. 16 with Milwaukee. Boston picked Schafer, now 24, an outfielder, out of junior college in the 31st round of the 2006 draft. Schafer opted to return to school (Cal Polytechnic), and the Brewers drafted him in the third round in 2008. He will likely be in Double-A this year.
Hunter Morris, No. 17 with Milwaukee. Morris, now 22, can play first or third. Boston drafted him in the second round out of high school in 2007. He attended Auburn instead and was the Brewers' fourth-round pick in 2010.
Engel Beltre, No. 5 with Texas. Beltre, 21, an outfielder, signed with Boston as a 16-year-old international free agent out of the Dominican Republic, in 2006. He was traded the next year in the Eric Gagne deal. He reached Double-A last season, batting .254 in 47 games.
Roman Mendez, No. 13 with Texas. Mendez, 20, a pitcher, was a Red Sox prospect last year, but struggled in Greenville (11.40) and Lowell (4.36). He was traded in the Jarrod Saltalamacchia deal.
Casey Kelly (No. 1) , Anthony Rizzo (No. 2) and Reymond Fuentes (No. 4) with San Diego. Maybe you heard about the trade with the Padres, for Adrian Gonzalez ... Good for the Padres farm system; better for the Red Sox present.
Besides those traded or promoted to the majors (Ryan Kalish), seven prospects dropped out of the Red Sox top 30 from last year's list:
Michael Bowden, RHP (No. 13 last year). Age 24. 2010: 3.66 ERA in Pawtucket.
David Renfro, SS (No. 14). Age 19. 2010: Batted .190 in Lowell.
Stephen Fife, RHP (No. 17). Age 24. 2010: 8-6, 4.75 with Portland.
Luis Exposito, C (No. 24). Age 24. 2010: Batted .260 with 94 RBI in Portland.
Mark Wagner, C (No. 25). Age 26. 2010: Batted .205 in injury-filled year in Pawtucket
Ryan Dent, inf (No. 28). Age: 21. 2010: Batted .225 in Salem
Joe Vinicio, SS (No. 29). Age: 17. 2010: Batted .253 in Gulf Coast League.
Kevin Thomas covers baseball and basketball for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. He wisely moved to Maine in 1994 after working for the St. Petersburg Times. He is married to Nancy and they have nine children.
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