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Thread: Let the Swihart watch begin

  1. #136
    So with the injury to Vazquez, I decided to do some digging and figure out who our next highest catching prospect was.

    So I dug.

    And I dug.

    And I dug.

    We have no catching prospects other than Swihart in our top 20 according to Soxprospects.com. Hmm.

    Also true that we have no other catching prospects in our top 40. Oh dear.

    I had to go all the way down to #57. Our 57th best prospect in the Red Sox system is a catcher by the name of Romanski. He's 24 and played last year in high A ball with no particular distinction and not much chance of rapid promotion frrom A ball, much less actually getting all the way to the majors.

    That's our next guy among actual prospects (as opposed to MLFA's and AAA depth) behind the big two.

    Checking last year's draft, we did draft 2 catchers who aren't ranked yet that probably will be.

    Ben Moore profiles as Ryan Lavarnway without the power, he's a college C/OF who's going to try to stick at catcher fulltime mostly because his bat doesn't justify a big league signing bonus as an outfielder. there's a chance, but looks more like a backup with a bit of versatility than a real starting catcher option.

    The other guy, Procyshen, I have absolutely no idea about because there just seems to be no info about his defense at all and he's only had 80 or so plate appearances in A ball.

    Might just want to see about drafting another catcher or two, Mr. Cherington.
    Last edited by Dojji; 03-29-2015 at 11:45 AM.
    If history tells us anything, the path to redeption for any bad baseball team is marked with a deep rotation of durable starters, a world class defense in both infield and outfield, a lineup that can generate runs in more than one way, a bullpen that won't steal defeat from the jaws of victory, and a top end catcher to hold the whole package together. These are the conditions by which victory is achieved, anything that does not accomplish these objectives is a waste of resources.

  2. #137
    Quote Originally Posted by Dojji View Post
    Might just want to see about drafting another catcher or two, Mr. Cherington.

    Good information about catchers in our system Dojii.

    The thing about drafting another catcher or two though, is that most teams are not going to draft based on position or need. Most teams will draft the best available players, regardless of what position they play.

  3. #138
    I get that, but if you draft with zero regard for need, these little problems happen occasionally, because catchers are rarely the best or most athletic players on the market in any round.
    If history tells us anything, the path to redeption for any bad baseball team is marked with a deep rotation of durable starters, a world class defense in both infield and outfield, a lineup that can generate runs in more than one way, a bullpen that won't steal defeat from the jaws of victory, and a top end catcher to hold the whole package together. These are the conditions by which victory is achieved, anything that does not accomplish these objectives is a waste of resources.

  4. #139
    No, the idea of drafting the best available talent is perfectly fine. Teams run into "the little problem" we have, because it's literally impossible to have good depth at every possible position. Notice the "good" part. By trading the best available player every round you give yourself the opportunity to use the depth you've built to cover holes in your roster.
    We miss you Mike.

  5. #140
    Johnson pitched well tonight - Castillo had a couple of hits.

  6. #141
    Harrigab coming back this week. What are the Sox going to do with Swihart? If 2015 is over I rather see him get the majority of games behind the plate. He is starting to hit the ball and major league experience behind the dish would be a positive moving forward. I think Vazquez's injury has cost him a shot at being the Sox everyday catcher.

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