It was time to challenge him, and so on Tuesday, the Red Sox promoted Meidroth to Double A.
The only problem — where to play him?
It’s a good problem to have, because Portland has become the epicenter of the Red Sox minor league system. Of the organization’s top 30 prospects according to SoxProspects.com
, a third play for the Sea Dogs (so do numbers 31, 34 and 35). That includes three of the top five. And perhaps soon, four of the top five. Tuesday night’s Double-A bench
included arguably the system’s top catching prospect (Nathan Hickey
), a third-round pick who stole 21 bases last year (Tyler McDonough
), the guy who holds High-A Greenville’s home run record (Tyler Dearden
), plus Meidroth, who likely will make his debut on Wednesday. Portland’s rotation includes the system’s breakout pitching prospect (Shane Drohan
), while a handful of the organization’s most notable young relievers (Luis Guerrero
, Ryan Fernandez
, Theo Denlinger
, Ryan Zeferjahn
) vie for key innings out of the bullpen.
At 19-9, the Sea Dogs have the best record in the Eastern League, and in the Red Sox minor league system.