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30 thoughts on “Boston Red Sox 2020

        1. Jason Martinez Post author

          There was a website issue for a few hours. Pages were re-directing to end-of-season 2015 pages. So Shaw at 1B would’ve been one of many things that stood out if you thought it was the current roster. Sorry for the confusion.

    1. Jason Martinez Post author

      Fixed. Top 2 pitchers in AAA sections were cut off while adjusting templates. Thanks for catching that!

  1. Eric M. Van

    1) Anderson Espinoz’a ETA is early 2018. You could make an argument for late 2017, though. Billy Ripken has predicted he’ll be ROY in 2017, and if there were going to be a need for him in the rotation (which seems very unlikely), that would not be a crazy statement.

    2) I don’t know how you can incorporate this info, but expect to see Vazquez as the starting catcher as soon as his elbow proves to be OK.

    1. Jason Martinez Post author

      Espinoza is about to turn 18 and has made 1 start above Rookie ball. Advanced for his age, which is why I have his ETA as early 2020, but unrealistic to think he debuts in the majors as a 19 year old.

      Maybe Ripken was referring to someone else. If Espinoza was on track to even be in the majors as a 19 year old, everyone would be talking about him as one of the best pitching prospects ever. He’s a prospect on the rise but he needs to prove himself at a full-season level before a more realistic ETA can be given.

      1. Eric M. Van

        Ripken predicted the ROY on national TV (MLB Network) when they were revealing Espinoza as Baseball America’s #19 prospect.

        Comps you hear for Espinoza: Pedro Martinez, Felix Hernandez, and Dwight Gooden. That’s about it.

        He has touched 100 (sitting 96) at age 17 with effortless, perfect mechanics, commanding the fastball, and flashed a plus curve and changeup. He dominated GCL hitters barely throwing the latter two pitches.

        He absolutely is regarded as an historically great pitching prospect. He basically duplicated King Felix’s debut (better numbers versus Felix pitching in short-season ball rather than rookie ball), and Felix was ranked #30. Top 20 for a 17 year-old with 1 start above rookie ball has never happened, and you’ll probably never see that again.

    1. Jason Martinez Post author

      Yep, we got the latest options/reassignments. Just didn’t remove them MLB camp section. Thanks!

    1. Jason Martinez Post author

      Doubtful. Hasn’t played a game above Lo-A. But the fact that he could debut in 2017 as a 21 or 22 year old tells you how good he is. 2016 is all about getting him AB’s, getting better at 2B and eventually settling on and moving him to the position he’ll play in the majors. Won’t be 2B.

  2. Kevin

    You don’t think Drew Pomeranz will be in the rotation come spring? I think he should definitely be in front of Rodriguez/Buchholz

    1. Jason Martinez Post author

      Somehow, I would think. E-Rod and Buchholz outpitched him down the stretch, though. He wasn’t the same after trade. Hopefully he bounces back. He was very good with SD.

    1. Jason Martinez Post author

      He definitely has and I expect him to get 40-60 appearances regardless of whether he makes the OD roster or not. But since guys like Wright, Hembree and Abad are out of options and valuable enough to keep on the roster, I think there is one spot up for grabs between Joe Kelly and Matt Barnes. Could go either way, but I’m just very intrigued with how Kelly finished the season (14 IP, ER, 9 H, 3 BB, 20 K).

  3. Kyle

    Hey, just noticed that Luis Ysla is listed twice under relief pitchers in “Minor Leaguers You Should Know.”

    Thanks for all the hard work you do Jason!

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