A switch hitter, Hernandez handles the bat well but is better from the left side of the plate. He has enough bat speed and strength for gap power and the plus-speed to beat out bunts. He's still learning to use his quickness on the basepaths. His first-step quickness and above-average arm strength give Hernandez the tools to make plays at shortstop. He needs to improve his throwing accuracy but overall is very reliable for a young defender.
Hernandez has no glaring weaknesses ... makes reliable contact and should develop gap power once he gets stronger ... He'll have to improve his plate discipline and pitch recognition to handle better pitching ...
The Red Sox signed left-hander Casey Crosby, according to Baseball America’s Matt Eddy. Crosby was ranked the No. 47 prospect in Major League Baseball before the 2010 season by Baseball America. He was ranked the league’s No. 32 prospect by Baseball Prospectus.
Crosby underwent Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow within a year of being drafted, and he has since battled various ailments. The southpaw had surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow in August 2013. He also spent time on the disabled list last May because of shoulder soreness. Crosby, who was released from Detroit’s 40-man roster in July before re-signing a minor league contract with the club, recently threw for scouts from several organizations, including the Red Sox, to show he’s fully healthy. The 26-year-old’s medical history raised red flags for other clubs, though, and Boston apparently is hoping it found a diamond in the rough.
Based on this tweet -- https://twitter.com/drosenbaum10/status/555200625898950656 … -- #RedSox have obtained AAA Nationals LHP Danny Rosenbaum. Coming off TJ surgery.
bosox79 said:Do the lower levels. (A ball and below, or even AA and AAA) have loogys? There are guys like Edwin Escobar who could fill the role for the Sox.
Yeah, your post caused me to do a little remedial research on him. He's got 70 major league games under his belt, primarily as a LOOGY with just 44 innings, but in aggregate his peripherals all signal a solid major leaguer.Lose Remerswaal said:
Layne isn't going anywhere if there's a crunch.
The Red Sox have agreed to terms on a minor league deal with left-hander Dana Eveland, tweets SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo. Eveland, a client of PSI Sports Management, will receive a split deal with an invite to big league camp.
The 31-year-old enjoyed a solid half-season with the Mets in 2014, notching a 2.63 ERA with 8.9 K/9, 2.0 BB/9 and a 53.8 percent ground-ball rate in 27 1/3 innings. That work represented his first in the Majors since 2012, when he struggled to a 4.73 ERA with the Orioles in 32 1/3 innings.
Eveland debuted as a 21-year-old reliever with the Brewers back in 2005 and struggled to establish himself in either the bullpen or the rotation with Milwaukee or Arizona over the next three seasons. Traded alongside Brett Anderson, Chris Carter and Carlos Gonzalez to the A’s in the Dan Haren blockbuster of 2007, Eveland registered 168 innings of 4.34 ERA ball in his first season with the A’s, but again fell victim to struggles the following season.
All told, he owns a lifetime 5.27 ERA with 6.1 K/9 and 4.3 BB/9 in 420 big league innings, though he did make some significant strides in 2014. Eveland has nearly scrapped his four-seamer entirely and now relies on a hefty dose of two-seam fastballs and far more sliders than he’s ever thrown. The results were positive, particularly against left-handed hitters, who batted just .241/.305/.296 against him last year.
Diamond split time between the Twins' and Reds' Triple-A affiliates, owning an ugly 6.57 ERA and 1.67 WHIP over 123 1/3 innings. The 28-year-old southpaw hasn't pitched in the majors since 2013. He would likely garner nothing more than a minor league deal with the BoSox.
LaHair, 32, spent last season between Double- and Triple-A with the Indians, batting just .223/.309/.318 with five homers over 111 games. The former All-Star is merely organizational depth.
Paulino was limited to just 18 1/3 innings with the White Sox last season due to lingering shoulder issues, and that was after he missed all of 2013 following Tommy John surgery. He will come to spring training to compete for a bullpen spot.
nattysez said:Drake Britton DFA'd, per the usual suspects on Twitter
durable reliever who has spent last six years at Triple-A with 9.2 SO/9, 3.3 BB/9 and 1.30 WHIP
A Cardinals second-round pick out of Arkansas in 2007, Todd has spent the bulk of the past six seasons at Triple-A for five different organizations.
Todd posted a 3.62 ERA and 66/27 K/BB ratio over 72 relief innings at Triple-A for the D'Backs in 2014. He hasn't appeared in the majors since 2010.
Rodriguez, 25, was released by the Reds last spring and didn't play pro ball in 2014. He owns a .294/.341/.403 batting line over 403 games in the minors and appeared in 21 games with the Reds from 2012-2013. He'll serve as organizational depth.
gryoung said:Nice to have a local Wistah kid back with the Sox.
mabrowndog said:Yup. He looks to be the latest edition of Brandon Snyder (minus the 3B ability).