I haven't noticed more movement necessarily, just more movement from the top prospects. I think that's largely because of 2.This seems like a lot more movement this early in the season than usual. I wonder if 1. I'm right 2. If it's because they're performing well and/or 3. it's an organizational strategy change.
Catching up on the thread; I think this is the article you are referencing? https://www.bostonglobe.com/2021/09/23/sports/just-how-good-was-red-sox-prospect-nick-yorke-this-season-he-was-mookie-betts-mike-trout-territory/but I remember Speier talking last year about how big a deal it is for a prospect to go .300/.400/.500 across a full minor league season at any level. The players who’ve done it are really, really good. I wish I could find his list. It was pretty impressive.
In the same game, Portland threw Jay Groome, Boston’s first-round pick in 2016, after an opener inning from lefty Rio Gomez. Groome was not sharp, with four walks in 3 1/3 innings and just 58 percent of his pitches going for strikes.
He had a wipeout curveball in high school, but it didn’t come all the way back after Tommy John surgery, and was more of a 55 (above-average) pitch on Sunday, 78-81 with two-plane break and good shape but not quite the tight rotation it had when he was an amateur. He’s improved his changeup, however, and it was consistently average and occasionally above-average when he got on top of the ball more to get better tumble — which also gives him better command of the pitch. His biggest problem is his fastball, which was 88-93 and clearly does not have great spin or other secondary characteristics. Hitters see the pitch too well, and he can’t use it to set up either of the off-speed pitches as a result. When he was an amateur, there was reason to think he’d pick up velocity as he filled out, but he’s going to turn 24 next month, and this might be all there is.
Ceddanne Rafaela was the No. 20 prospect in the Red Sox system coming into the year, but the 21-year-old has moved up quite a bit after hitting .330/.368/.594 with 14 steals for High-A Greenville to start the year. Boston promoted him to Double A three weeks ago, and he’s continued to show power but has struggled with the better quality of pitching at the higher level — and Harrison did not help matters, as he punched out Rafaela all three times he faced him, getting him with the classic fastball up and in and slider down and away in one of them, and backdooring a slider in another. Rafaela walked in his final plate appearance when Richmond reliever RJ Dabovich threw two pitches to the backstop. This wasn’t the ideal look for an evaluation, with Rafaela facing one of the best pitching prospects in baseball, but one facet of his game that stood out was the way he sets up his hands very high and loads them late, which might be one of the reasons he’s struggling more with different pitch types in Double A.
Great find. Thank you, that is the article I was thinking of. Let’s hope Yorke can get his groove back.Catching up on the thread; I think this is the article you are referencing? https://www.bostonglobe.com/2021/09/23/sports/just-how-good-was-red-sox-prospect-nick-yorke-this-season-he-was-mookie-betts-mike-trout-territory/
Especially for that pitch. Not overwhelming stuff but it was up and a little bit in so to have pulled in his hands and muscle it out like that is impressive.The launch angle and distance on that thing are ridiculous. The wall to the right is 420 and that thing was way over the big wall in center. My god.
With a name like Ceddanne Rafaela, you don't need a nickname. But he already has a nickname, it's Raffy. Of course, that will be problematic unless Devers is gone. But he goes by Carita anyway.4 team sweep tonight for the good guys! Niko with another dinger, Blaze with another double (21 now!), Sale with a good rehab, and 2 more hits for Ceddanne. And don’t we need a cool nickname for Ceddanne by now?!
Ah shit. I would have sworn he was from elsewhere. Well, then, Ceddanne has a higher bar to reach for than I thought. Kenley Jansen and Jonathan Schoop too.Andruw Jones wants to know what else he has to do.
The Globe article on him was great. I’m on Team Niko for sure.Niko finishes off his Ajaxian June with a game-tying HR in the 7th. Future Schwarbombs 2.0.
Blaze passed by Rafaela (19-->8), Winckowski (12-->9), Murphy (15-->10), Seabold (14-->11), Paulino (23-->12), W.Gonzalez (11-->13).And how is Blaze down to 14 from 10 after his insane June?!
Haven’t heard anything about him. Sounds like someone to keep an eye on.Yorberto Mejicano went 2/5 with a double. He is now slashing .298/.338/.463 in 130 PA with 6bb/31, 12 xbh, 4 HR. Last year in a very SSS, he slashed .415/.460/.683 in 50 PA with 3 HR, 6bb/10k. He's a 21 year old C in Salem. Not that much out there about him.
I keep rewatching this trying to figure out when he loads up to make the jump but keep coming to the conclusion that he jumped 12 feet into the air on a whim.
It's always scary seeing a guy kind of plant his leg in the wall to climb it/get some leverage to propel himself upward, but he did it perfectly there. Also, love the way he tracked that ball. Wasn't a straight line. He was hunting it, kind of rounded the angle at the top of his "route" heading to the warning track to make sure he could get his steps in sync and his lower body spring loaded.I keep rewatching this trying to figure out when he loads up to make the jump but keep coming to the conclusion that he jumped 12 feet into the air on a whim.
CV is having a good season and he’ll likely get a decent 3-4 year deal from someone, hopefully not Bloom. I think I’d look at dealing one of the mL C’s…. Move one up as a 2/5 rotation with a decent one year contract for a FA (who???). My preference is Hernandez but I haven’t followed much this seasonBoth WooSox catchers have done enough at the plate to intrigue me as CV’s contract nears its end but I know they may be loathe to double down on inexperienced guys. Both in the mid-700s OPS.
Eovaldi was ok in rehab today, 3ip 4k/0bb 5H and 2er including a bomb to a .174 hitter but it’s more about health and building back up than results right now.
5ip 6k/0bb 3h 0r today.The 8th round pick of 2021, Hunter Dobbins over his last 2 starts: 9.0 ip, 5 hits, 1r/1er, 1bb/16k, 1HRA. 50% K rate. His first 4 starts were pretty pedestrian though. He missed all of 2021, requiring TJ surgery. Prior to his injury, he was topping out at 98 mph. If he can bounce back to his prior velocity, he's definitely worth watching. FB/Curve/CU/Sinker.