Epstein sang the praises of Cuban outfielder Juan Carlos Linares, who is hitting .397 with 11 extra-base hits over 68 at-bats in the Arizona Fall League. “He has really opened some eyes,’’ Epstein said. “Great tools and it looks like he’s really going to hit. He was centering everything, showing significant opposite-field power, pulling the ball with authority as well and playing all three outfield positions and getting really good jumps. He was impressive and definitely an interesting guy.’’ Linares, 26, was signed last season.
Scouting Report: Advanced defensive center fielder with above-average range and the instincts to get solid reads on balls off the bat. Good closing speed. Moves well from gap-to-gap. Average, accurate arm with a quick release. Compact swing. Generates solid-average bat speed, but has the tendency to hook his swing and over-pull. Average present power. Will have to show ability to hit advanced secondary pitches for power to translate into game action. Attacks strikes, but needs to be more selective with which ones he can handle.
Question: Assuming that Linares continues to "rake" with the Sea Dogs to begin the season, what do you think his "trajectory"/career path holds in store for him/Sox fans? What are his chances of seeing Fenway in 2011?