With the major league club performing like an execrable shitshow, it’s time to turn to the minors.
There is the potential, at least, to turn over a sizeable chunk of the major league roster this off season if the right guys in AAA do well. We have a DH and third baseman who are aging, a shortstop and catcher who are meh, a platoon in right field, and potential solutions at AAA.
Will Middlebrooks is considered by most to be the Sox best prospect. He’s off to a torrid start at Pawtucket and if he has an excellent year he could step into a big role on the 2013 team. I don’t think most people would consider his bat a difference maker so it’s not like he’s going to take us over the top to a championship but if things work out he should be good enough that we aren’t screaming for a replacement.
Ryan Lavarnway has a chance to be an excellent offensive force but really only if he sticks at catcher. If he’s anything else he likely won’t be enough of a hitter to be anything special.
The talk of Jose Iglesias making the 2012 roster out of spring training was just ludicrous. He’d be an automatic out in the majors at this point considering he was almost an automatic out in AAA. In fourteen games at AAA so far this season he’s got an OPS of .593 which is terribad but if you knock off the first four games it’s a .729 OPS, and one that is OBP heavy. He’s got 7 walks in those fourteen games compared to 21 in a hundred games last year. If he can keep the OBP up then he can be a tremendous asset.
Ryan Kalish is on the DL and will be for a while so his only job is to get healthy. He’s pretty much at the age and stage of development where if he doesn’t make the big club in 2013 it’s probably not going to happen.
I haven’t said anything remarkable here. I don’t pretend to be an intense follower of the minors and I’m certainly not collecting scouting reports and projecting talent but these are the guys I’m keeping my eye on in the relative short term.