Good to see 0 BB’s. I think Wikwlman has some mid-no.2 rotation potential but his BB rate has been problematicWikelman Gonzalez with a strong start for Greenville tonight. 5.1 IP, 1 R (0 ER), 4 H, 0 BB, 12 K. 89 pitches, 61 strikes.
Drive wins 3-1
And a near identical start for Luis Perales: 5.0 IP, 10 punchouts and no walks. Great to see two of our top pitching prospects so dominantWikelman Gonzalez with a strong start for Greenville tonight. 5.1 IP, 1 R (0 ER), 4 H, 0 BB, 12 K. 89 pitches, 61 strikes.
Drive wins 3-1
I’d go so far as to say how Drohan, Perales and Wike finish the year will go a long way in determining the strength of the system. If these guys have strong finishes it changes the profile from a top heavy position player heavy 18-22 ranked system to a top 10ish finish.And a near identical start for Luis Perales: 5.0 IP, 10 punchouts and no walks. Great to see two of our top pitching prospects so dominant
They really could use one of the AAA starters to get back on track.I’d go so far as to say how Drohan, Perales and Wike finish the year will go a long way in determining the strength of the system. If these guys have strong finishes it changes the profile from a top heavy position player heavy 18-22 ranked system to a top 10ish finish.
One thing of note and it sounds like an excuse but it’s real….They really could use one of the AAA starters to get back on track.
Oh well, the Drive games in Brooklyn next week won’t be the same without Mayer.
Koss has a .619 OPS in 147 PA at Portland this year. (After a .739 there last year in 531 PA.) Didn't so much earn a promotion as they needed to clear space for Mayer. Now he'll have to compete for playing time at short with David Hamilton.
FanGraphs had this in a Dec '22 White Sox prospects report, with Denlinger among "Other Prospects of Note: Guys Who Throw Hard" -- "Denlinger has a plus fastball, sitting 94-96 with big movement. His slider looks good on paper but in-person scouts see it as very vulnerable."I liked the blacksmith meme value of the Denlinger pickup, but those are some nice numbers. Any idea if his stuff could actually translate upwards?
Would be safe to assume that the Sox aren’t interested in his stats at this point, no? I’d be curious to see if he threw like 50% sliders then none after the 3rd inning or something like that.Walks really high but best AAA outing so far.
I agree with this especially after that Athletic article. Still promising to see that many walks and it result in limited runs.Would be safe to assume that the Sox aren’t interested in his stats at this point, no? I’d be curious to see if he threw like 50% sliders then none after the 3rd inning or something like that.
FCS players to watch:There is buzz surrounding Yoeilin Cespedes, a 17-year-old shortstop whom the Red Sox signed out of the Dominican in January for a seven-figure bonus. At 5 feet 10 inches and 180 pounds, he not only has raw power but has regularly juiced balls with surprising regularity in extended spring training games in the Dominican thanks to his ability to zone in on pitches he can drive.
“He definitely stands out offensively,” said Red Sox assistant general manager Eddie Romero. “He’s been one of the better offensive players that we’ve had there in a while.”
Though Cespedes is a bat-first prospect, he has made progress on his defensive first step. But it is his offensive traits — strength, bat speed, approach, advanced feel for the strike zone, ability to handle velocity — that make it conceivable that he could move to the Florida Complex League this summer.
2 catchers to keep an eye on:Freili Encarnacion, 3B/SS. He has what one scout described as “absurd tools,” placing 70 grades (double-plus on the 20-80 scouting scale) on both his raw power and throwing arm. But he struck out in 32 percent of his plate appearances last year in the DSL. The 18-year-old has worked to develop a more compact swing with two strikes.
He’s big and strong enough that he doesn’t need his A swing to make hard contact.
“I feel like he gets taller every time I see him,” said Abraham. “It’s hard to not see a young Xander Bogaerts [in stature] when you look at this kid.”
Johanfran Garcia, C, and Brooks Brannon, C: In the 18-year-old Garcia and 19-year-old Brannon, the Sox have a pair of players with raw power and a chance to stick behind the plate. Garcia has shown a surprising amount of polish both in his offensive game and technical aptitude. Brannon shows an eagerness to learn behind the dish and lead a pitching staff.
“I think you would be hard-pressed to find another organization that’s much better in terms of an FCL caching duo, based on what I’ve seen,” said Abraham.
Mikey Romero has been out since spring training with a back strain, but could be back by mid-June.Marvin Alcantara, SS: The 18-year-old was a standout last year in the DSL, showing impressive bat-to-ball skills that yielded a .302/.406/.397 line in his pro debut. He has a very high baseball IQ and quick first step to suggest the ability to stick at short.
“He’s the kind of guy you can dream about,” said Abraham. “He’s got a chance to be a really good overall player,” said Romero. “I don’t know if any one tool outside of the defense screams, but he’s just steady, consistent, reliable, and the upside is very compelling.”
DSL:Righthanded starter Eybersson Polanco, 19, gets his fastball up to 94-95 and shows the ability to spin the ball.
Righthander Yordanny Monegro, 20, has made a significant jump in stuff and mechanical consistency since a poor performance in the FCL last year, showing a fastball up to 96 with a good changeup.
Bummer news: Bleis is on the IL.Franklin Arias, SS: A defensively advanced shortstop whom the Sox signed out of Venezuela in January as what Romero described as “a true five-tool player where the defense is plus, the hit tool is going to be possibly above-average. That’s a really valuable player when you combine that with his makeup and his desire to get better.” His strong defensive skills are complemented by game savvy. Offensively, he’s a line-drive hitter with some pop.
Yoiber Ruiz, 2B/SS: A 5-7, 170-pound, dynamic top-of-the-order player who has shown a balanced skill set as a 17-year-old.
“He’s a sparkplug-type player,” said Romero. “He’s a gamer and he hits the ball hard. For being a smaller-frame guy, despite being shorter, he’s still strong. He’s physical. He backspins the ball really well.”
Righthander Obed Balderas, 16, has added roughly 15 pounds of strength since signing out of Mexico, and is now touching 90 while showing the makings of a multi-pitch repertoire.
On the other hand, Wikelman had a great start and Bradley Blalock is back after TJ surgery:Outfielder Miguel Bleis, 19, suffered a recurrence of the left shoulder strain that had sidelined him in May. He’ll be on the injured list for Salem and likely sent to Fort Myers to rehab.
Righthander Wikelman Gonzalez, 21, struck out a career-high 12 with no walks over six innings in his last start for High A Greenville.
Righthander Bradley Blalock, 22, made his return from Tommy John surgery, touching 97 m.p.h. while allowing one hit in four innings for Single A Salem, his first start since 2021.
And HickeyMayer now 0-16 after the promotion. Welcome to AA kid!
Two more hits for Blaze who's now hitting .321 with power. Since Mayer was promoted, seems like Jordan should be any day as well. That would give 14-games-over-.500 Portland an even sicker lineup of Rafaela, Yorke, Lugo, Mayer, Jordan, Kavadas, Meidroth and Rosier!!
Those are the Shoeless Joe Jackson condos. I think technically their name is something like the .408 after his batting average.