For those of us troubled by the idea (offered here by so many) of trading Ceddanne Rafaela, David Laurila's interview with Chaim Bloom should give us some comfort.
"The Red Sox have question marks in center field and at shortstop, and Ceddanne Rafaela
could eventually be the answer at either position. Or both. One of Boston’s top prospects, the 22-year-old native of Curaçao profiles as the organization’s best defender on the grass, and he’s nearly as adept on the dirt. Moreover, he can swing the bat. Playing at High-A Greenville and Double-A Portland, Rafaela put up a 134 wRC+ while logging 32 doubles, 10 triples, and 21 home runs.
How soon he is deemed big-league-ready is a question that looms every bit as large as that of his primary position going forward. Rafaela is coming off of a season where he played 92 games in center, versus just 21 at short, but opportunity is knocking far louder at the latter. With Xander Bogaerts
leaving for San Diego and Trevor Story
going under the knife, Boston has a huge void to fill. Enrique Hernández
could fit the bill, but he’s better suited for second base or center field.
What does the bad news the Red Sox received on Story earlier this week mean for Rafaela’s near-term future? I asked that question to Chaim Bloom.
“I think we would ill-served by sidetracking proper development for him in response to this,” Boston’s Chief Baseball Officer replied. “He’s a really exciting player, and we’re excited for him to impact us, but there is still development left.”
I'm also excited to see Ceddanne impact the Red Sox. The full article includes more thoughts on him from others in the Sox development team.