Second top independent player inked
The Red Sox have signed their second independent player in as many days, purchasing the contract of catcher Dennis Blackmon of the Joliet Jackhammers of the Northern League. Blackmon, a 24-year-old right-handed hitter, was ranked as the #5 independent league prospect by Baseball America, and grades out above average defensively, with a very strong throwing arm. He hit .289/.352/.426 (.778 OPS) with 10 doubles, one triple and nine HR in 289 AB (37 K/28 BB) over 81 games with Joliet in 2007.
Seems to me like we got the same thing we already have in Mark Wagner, with Blackmon being a year older. I don't how independent prospects compare with those in the minor leagues, so I won't comment on proximity to the majors.
I'm just a tad bit skeptical of the offensive numbers Wagner put up this year (Lancaster effect FTL), despite what he showed in the lower levels. So basically, we now have two catching prospects who are very good defensively with offensive potential.
Anything to see?