Friday, July 11, 2008

Red Sox Minor League Report

Now that Jacoby Ellsbury, Jon Lester, Clay Bucholz, and Manny Delcarman are in the majors it is time to look down into the minors to see who will be coming up in the next couple of years. Right now our team is the 3rd oldest team in the league with only Philadelphia and Houston being older. With players like Mike TImlin, Curt Schilling, Tim Wakefield, and Manny Ramirez dragging our average age to 30.5. So with all that said here are some of our prospects that we can look forward to in the coming years.

Josh Reddick: He may not fit the mold as an OPS guy for the Red Sox but he is absolutely tearing it up in Single A right now. He has a .349 batting average with 9 doubles, 8 triples, 15 home runs, in only 68 games. He spent some time in AA Portland last year and I wouldn't be surprised to see him there again before to long. Most likely we will see him in the Majors sometime in 2010 maybe playing right field.

Michael Bowden: A first round pick from that celebrated 2005 Draft Bowden is playing with AA Portland and was recently named to the Eastern Conference All Star team with an 8-4 record, a 2.36 ERA and 93 Strikeouts. He has a great reputation and I could see him playing with the team in September or early next season depending on how the guys in front of him work out.

Lars Anderson: I will be honest with you this guy truly excites me. It has been a long time since the Sox had a true power hitter in there farm system. Lars is currently in Single A where he is kitting .324 with 13 Home Runs. He should probably be ready in a few years when he can step in for Papi at DH, or for Youk at first when Lowell hangs them up.

That is all I have for now, also look out for Michael Almanzar, he is only 17 and is playing the gulf coast league but everything I read about him reminds me of what they used to say about Hanley.

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