When Dave Dombrowski was named Red Sox President of Baseball Operations last August, the prevailing notion was that the administrative change was a step in the right direction. Dombrowski has had a long history of building contending teams as a baseball executive, and there was no reason why he wouldn’t be able to replicate his Florida and Detroit success with a team that had more resources than many, if not all, of its competitors. Yet beneath the surface layer of cheers, there were dissenting whispers bringing up the dark side of a Dombrowski reign. “Oh, you like your prospects and organizational depth?”those whisperers said. “Well don’t get used to them. They don’t call him Dealin’ Dave for nothing”. We were warned. This is what Dombrowski does; he cashes in minor league assets for major league talent (leaving the farm system cupboard completely bare), crafts a playoff team full of All-Stars, forgets about the bullpen, and condemns the team to a cycle of near-misses in October. Continue reading
We’re just over a week away from Opening Day (mercifully, I might add). You know what that means? Time for some crazy, random, polarizing predictions about the upcoming Red Sox season. Here’s nine of them, one for every minute that Clay Buchholz takes to deliver a pitch from the stretch:
If you missed yesterday’s Part 1, click here.
And now for the rest of the rankings…
Tier 1: LOOK BUT DON’T TOUCH
Subcategory: CAUTION: Don’t trade, high probability it bites you in the a@#
Level: Low A (Greenville)
The highest ranked international prospect since Xander Bogaerts in 2013, Moncada came in with a massive hype train after signing for an absurd $31.5 million, blasting through the international spending limit. The total investment was $63 million after the 100 percent international free agency cap penalty, making Moncada the most expensive amateur free agent signing ever. After struggling to adjust in the first couple months at Greenville, Moncada caught fire, showing a rare mix of speed and an advanced approach at the plate. While the strikeout numbers were high (83 K’s in 81 games), he posted a .278 average with a .380 OBP, 42 walks, and 19 doubles. Scouts buzzed about his speed, as Moncada stole 49 bases in only 52 tries, a testament to his baseball IQ as well his athleticism. At only 20 years old, Moncada is a legit threat to be Boston’s next superstar, and he still has room to grow.