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2006 Season Ending Report: GCL Red Sox

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#1 Cuzittt

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Posted 12 September 2006 - 01:16 PM

Final Record: 35-19 (1st Place (Southern Division), 1st Place (GCL-Overall), Winner - GCL Championship)

Going into the 2006 GCL Season, the Red Sox were looking to improve on their three consecutive playoff apearances. And, succeed they did. The Red Sox had a tremendous year, dominating the Southern Division (winning by 7 1/2 games) and earning a bye directly into the GCL Finals. The Red Sox met the Dodgers affiliate in the finals, and defeated the Dodgers in the deciding 3rd game, 11-2. The GCL title earned by the team was the first by a Sox affiliate in 7 seasons (the last being the 1999 Augusta Greenjackets).

Unlike previous seasons, this teams performance was truly due to prospects, as there were only a few minor rehab assignments. Furthermore, there were only a few Undrafted Free Agents on the team. Although there were a few major draftees on the team (most notably 2006 First Round Pick Jason Place), the team was mostly made up of Sox international signings, with 21 major contributers coming from outside of North America (mostly from the Dominican Republic and Venezuela, but also a trio from Taiwan). It is safe to say that the international program is moving back in the right direction based on these results.

So, let's get to the players.

As usual, a note of caution...

I haven't seen these players. I have no idea how they look. I can only base my opinions solely on the stats provided. Additionally, the stats provided are for the regular season, they do not include the 3 playoff games.

Offensive Player of the Year:
Jonathan Egan

If I were to give this award to the player with the best OPS, Michael Jones would get the award. However, I give it to Jon for a couple of reasons. 1) He is a year and a half younger, 2) playing a highly skilled position, 3) with a better OBP. After a somewhat lost year last season in the GCL (.222/.340/.294) and a tumultous off-season, Egan came back to Florida and showed the Sox fans why he was drafted in the second round last season. Jon hit .339/.400/.559 with 17 of his 43 hits going for extra bases (10 doubles, 4 HRs). If there is something to be concerned about, it may be his strikeouts... as Jon struck out in about 26% of his plate appearances.

Pitcher of the Year:
Felix Doubront:

For those reading this who know the players, this name is very familiar and just seems like he should get this award. But, the truth is, Felix was one of literally a half dozen pitchers on the GCL roster this season who could have gotten this award. So, the obvious question is why Felix as opposed to, Jose Capellan?

Well, the 2005 Red Six Carribean Pitcher of the year was quite good this year, going 2-3 with a 2.52 ERA (after dominating the VSL last season by going 7-1 with a miniscule 0.97 ERA). Felix was the only pitcher on the team to start all the games he pitched in (11 starts), pitching a team high 53 2/3 innings. Felix had a 1.01 WHIP, giving up 41 hits and 13 walks, allowing 15 earned runs (+ only 2 unearned runs) while striking out 36. Again, we temper the positive with the negative... Felix did give up a team high 6 HRs. Felix was the only pitcher to move up to Lowell after the GCL Championship.

Now... for the rest of the players.

Offensive Players:

Carlos Fernandez
: Also known as Carlos Fernandez-Oliva, Carlos had a fine first season stateside. Carlos led the team in games played (43), ABs (155), Hits (46), doubles (12), Runs (33) and walks (20). Carlos also was second on the team in Steals with 9, but was caught 5 times. Final Line: .297/.376/.458
Matt Sheely: Matt was a Draft and Follow signing this year, and had a decent debut season. Sheely hit .292/.361/.358 with 12 walks and a team high 3 triples.
Kris Negron: The 7th Round Draft pick out of Consumnes Community College debuted with the GCL team, and in 41 games, hit .261/.340/.373 with 10 extra base hits, 10 steals (without being caught even once) and 12 walks. He was promoted to Lowell after the playoffs.
Leonardo Sumoza: Also known as Luis Sumoza, Sumoza had a tough time transitioning to baseball in the US. In 38 games, Leo went .205/.262/.291, striking out a team high 38 times. Leo did go 7/9 on SB attempts.
Argenis Diaz: The Venezuelan Shortstop made his US debut this year, going .263/.300/.293 with 6 walks and 23 strikeouts.
Michael Jones: Despite putting up an .830 OPS last season in the GCL, the Red Sox opted to place Jones back in the GCL this year. Jones was not phased by the lack of movement, and became the most feared hitter on the team, going .311/.375/.607 with a team high 9 HRs and 9 doubles. He was promoted to Lowell after the playoffs, and will likely start in Greenville in 2007.
Jason Place: The Sox first pick of the 2006 draft had a nice debut professional season, going .292/.386/.442 with 4 HRs and 17 walks. The only negative would be the strikeouts, as Jason struck out 35 times.
Pedro Vasquez: Pedro had a decent regular season, going .257/.364/.345 with 2 HRs, 15 walks and 23 Ks. However, he excelled in the playoffs, where he matched his season total of 2 HRs. Pedro also had two stints with Greenville, including a promotion after the playoffs.
Chih-Hsien Chiang: One of two Taiwanese middle infielders debuting with the GCL Sox this season, Chih-Hsien showed his potential by putting up a line of .287/.318/.410 with 8 doubles. He earned a promotion to Lowell after the playoff victory.
Roberto Sosa: A poor season for the Dominican Catcher, who was my 2005 DSL Player of the Year. In 28 Games, Roberto hit .213/.307/.348 with 8 extra base hits.
Chih-Hsiang Huang: The second of the Taiwanese middle infielders, Chih-Hsiang did not enjoy his first year in the states as much as Chih-Hsien. Huang hit .125/.190/.208 with 3 doubles and a HR.
Emilio Linares: Emilio did not hit too well in what is likely to be his final year in the States for the Sox, going .242/.266/.323 with only 2 walks.
Rafael Cabreja: The Sox 8th round pick had a less than impressive debut in the GCL, going .152/.227/.197 with 3 doubles. Will almost certainly be assigned to the GCL again next year, and will need a vast improvement to avoid becoming a total washout.
Manny Arambarris: Manny had a succesful second season in the GCL, although he only played in 19 games in Florida. Manny went .328/.371/.422 (improving his OPS .150 points over 2005) in between stints with the Lowell Spinners.
Levi Tapia: The Draft and Follow Catcher Signee went .186/.265/.279 in his first 15 professional games.
Rafael Gil: The fourth catcher on the team, Gil went .235/.278/.294 in 13 games.

Jose Capellan: My 2004 DSL Pitcher of the year finally makes it to the states, and does well. In 48 1/3rd innings, Capellan went 4-1 with a 2.79 ERA. Capellan walked only 9 and struck out a team high 48. He did give up 7 unearned runs.
Jorge Rodriguez: In 46 innings, Jorge went 4-1 with a 2.35 ERA. Jorge gave up 8 unearned runs, and had pretty poor peripherals, walking 18 and striking out 34.
Joseph Guerra: In 43 2/3 innings, Guerra went 4-2 with a 2.68 ERA. Joseph did give up 53 hits, but was able to keep his WHIP down to only 1.21 as he did not walk a single batter. He did strike out 25.
Emelis Guerrero: In 40 1/3 innings, Guerrero went 3-2 with a 2.45 ERA. However, his peripherals are nothing to write home about, putting up a 1.44 WHIP due to 47 hits and 11 walks. Emelis struck out 38 and gave up 8 unearned runs.
Mauricio Mendez: Mendez pitched mostly out of the pen, going 36 innings in 15 appearances. Mendez was excellent in that role, putting up a record of 2-1 with a 1.50 ERA, walking 5 and striking out 28. Only player with significant time to put up a below 1 WHIP (0.97 to be exact).
Miguel Socolovich: Miguel put up an undefeated 4-0 record out of the pen this season, with a 3.20 ERA in 25 1/3rd innings. Miguel walked 11 and struck out 18.
Gustavo Salcedo: One of the very few dissapointing pitchers on the GCL staff, Gustavo went 0-2 with a 7.59 ERA and a 2.02 WHIP in 21 1/3rd inning.
Wang-Yi Lin: The Young Taiwanese pitcher went 2-1 with a 1.31 ERA in 20 2/3rd innings in his US debut. Wang-Yi gave up 17 hits, 6 walks and struck out 8.
Ryan Colvin: The Draft and Follow Signee went 0-1 with a 3.72 ERA in 19 1/3rd innings in his professional debut. Colvin walked 5 and struck out 10.
Will Mann: An Undrafted Free Agent, Will pitched in 15 games (17 2/3 innings), going 2-0 with a 3.06 ERA
Carlos Gonzalez: In 17 1/3 innings (over 7 appearances), Carlos went 4-1 with a 2.08 ERA. Carlos walked only one batter this season while striking out 12.
David Timm: The third and final undrafted free agent, David went 2-1 with a 2.81 ERA over 11 relief appearances (16 innings). Timm walked 3 and struck out 12.
Argenis Paulino: Paulino went 1-1 with a 4.97 ERA in 6 appearances (12 2/3rd innings). Paulino walked 6 and struck out 9.
Jose Martes: Statistically the worst pitcher on the team, Martes went 1-1 with an 8.49 ERA and 2.23 WHIP in 11 2/3 innings. Martes not only gave up 11 earned runs in his appearances, he gave up 4 additional unearned runs, gave up 14 hits and walked 12. On the plus side, he is the only pitcher with "significant" time to have a K/9 over 9 (Having struck out 12).

Short Termers/Rehabbers
Offensive Players:
Luis Soto: The oft-injured Outfielder spent 7 games in Florida, hitting .160/.222/.320
Reid Engel: Engel spent 6 games in Florida before being promoted to Lowell, going .200/.304/.300 before being promoted to Lowell.
Ryan Kalish: Kalish, the 9th round pick of the 2006 draft, signed late and played in 6 regular season games in Florida, going .300/.333/.550 with 2 doubles and a HR. He was promoted to Lowell after the playoffs.
Matt Van der Bosch: VdB spent 5 games in Florida rehabbing, going .263/.391/.579 with 2 HRs.
Keoni de Renne: Keoni spent 2 games in Florida rehabbing, walking twice in 2 games (going 0/4).

John Barnes: The former outfielder turned knuckleballer pitched in 3 games out of the pen in Florida, posting a 2.57 ERA in 7 innings.
Adam Blackley: The Australian spent the end of the season with the Sox on a rehab assignment, posting a 3.86 ERA in 7 innings.
Chad Rhoades: The 2006 Undrafted Free Agent started his professional career in Florida, pitching 5 scoreless innings (with 5 Ks). He was moved up to the Greenville bullpen after his apprenticeship.
Lenny DiNardo: DiNardo had 2 rehab starts in Florida, going unscored upon in 4 2/3rd innings.
Matt Hancock. Matt had 2 rehab appearances in the GCL, going 3 2/3rd innings and putting up a 14.73 ERA. He then retired.
Jordan Craft: The 13th Round Draft Pick pitched 3 innings in 2 appearances for the GCL Sox, giving up a run. He was then promoted to the Spinners.
Matt Clement: Clement pitched a scoreless inning for the Sox in July.



#2 Titans Bastard

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Posted 12 September 2006 - 01:45 PM

The GCL was probably the most fun Sox affiliate to follow this year. There was rarely a day when at least one guy didn't have a big day on offense, and we had some good pitchers too. Doubront, Capellan, Egan, Place, Kalish, Jones, Fernandez, Chiang all bear watching after good years, while guys like Sumoza, Diaz, Guerrero, Socolovich, and even Jose Marte have some level of toolsiness that could translate into one breakout from the group next year.

Minor note - Chiang, Huang, and Lin are all Taiwanese, not Korean.

#3 Cuzittt

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Posted 12 September 2006 - 09:09 PM

Minor note - Chiang, Huang, and Lin are all Taiwanese, not Korean.


Yeah, I knew that. Not sure why I keep writing Korean. Perhaps I'm trying to send a subliminal message to the front office.


#4 amfox1

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Posted 13 September 2006 - 06:17 AM

Some errata:

Hancock retired.

It is Linares' second year in the US (and likely his last).