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Boston Red Sox Top 10 Prospects – Part 1

October 29th, 2014 at 12:28 PM
By Sean Penney

Baseball America recently released its list of the top 10 prospects in the Boston Red Sox farm system. Most scouts agree that Boston has a very deep pool of young talent in its system with a bundle of prospects eager to burst through to the major leagues.

We got a good look at a lot of rookies this year, including Xander Bogaerts, Mookie Betts and a handful of young pitchers. While the Red Sox surely learned their lesson about relying too much on young players too soon, we are still bound to see many of these prospects make an impact over the next couple of years.

Let's take a look at these top 10 prospects that Baseball America listed to see how they might fit in with this team and when we can expect them to be brought up to the majors.

1. Blake Swihart, C
2014: .293/.341/.469, 13 HR, 64 RBI (Double-A: 92 games, Triple-A: 18 games)

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Is Yoenis Cespedes on the Trading Block?

October 28th, 2014 at 4:47 PM
By Sean Penney

As the trade deadline approached last July, the Boston Red Sox saw an opportunity to get an early jump on rebuilding for next season. With the current season already spiraling down the drain, Boston sacrificed ace starter Jon Lester, sending him to Oakland in a deal that brought back outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. The idea was that there was a real chance Lester would leave as a free agent after the season, while Cespedes is under control for 2015 and could help their struggling offense. After only two months of having Cespedes in Boston, are the Red Sox ready to move on?

Rumors have swirled lately that the All-Star outfielder could be on the trading block. The Red Sox have a surplus of outfielders and could be inclined to move at least one of them in a package for a starting pitcher. A lot of teams could come calling for Mookie Betts, but if the Red Sox determine they prefer to keep him, then Cespedes could become an attractive alternative. He has only one year left on his deal at a reasonable price tag of $10.5 million.

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Rusney Castillo Named to Arizona Fall League All-Star Game

October 27th, 2014 at 3:17 PM
By Sean Penney

Several of the best prospects in baseball will collide this Saturday in the Fall Stars game: the annual All-Star game for the Arizona Fall League. The game will be highlighted by 14 of the top 100 prospects on MLB.com's Prospect Watch list, along with two players from the Boston Red Sox farm system.

Outfielder Rusney Castillo and left-handed pitcher Robby Scott have been named to the West team. Castillo hit .278/.333/.361 with 3 doubles and a steal in 8 games in the Arizona Fall League. Scott allowed only 1 run in 6.1 innings over 5 appearances out of the bullpen for a 1.42 ERA. He also struck out 6 batters.

The Fall Stars game has traditionally featured many players that went on to reach the majors shortly afterwards. Last year's game featured 23 players that went on to make an appearance in the majors this season.

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Ten Years Ago Today, the Boston Red Sox Reversed the Curse

October 27th, 2014 at 11:49 AM
By Sean Penney

Bottom of the ninth inning, two outs. Edgar Rentaria hits a chopper back to the mound that is fielded by closer Keith Foulke, who takes a couple of steps in the direction of first base before lobbing the ball to Doug Mientkiewicz to record the final out. Foulke launches himself into the awaiting arms of his catcher, Jason Varitek, as a flood of their teammates pile on to join the celebration. That's the moment it happened – when a franchise haunting curse was finally lifted. After an 86-year drought, the Boston Red Sox were World Series Champions.

Everyone remembers the highlights of Boston's amazing comeback in the ALCS against the New York Yankees, when the Red Sox pulled themselves out of an 0-3 hole to win four straight against their fiercest rival. After that, the World Series almost seemed like a formality. Boston swept the St. Louis Cardinals in four games, becoming only the fourth team in history to sweep the World Series while never trailing in any game.

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Craig Breslow not Confident That Boston Red Sox Will Pick up His Option

October 25th, 2014 at 1:19 PM
By Sean Penney

The 2014 season was tough for a lot of players on the Boston Red Sox roster, and Craig Breslow was certainly not exempt from that. The 34-year old reliever is coming off what was by far the worst season of his career, having posted a 5.96 ERA in 54.1 innings. The Red Sox have until five days after the completion of the World Series to determine if they will exercise the $4 million option on his contract or allow him to leave as a free agent.

Breslow is fully aware how disappointing this season was and was candid with this thoughts regarding his future in an interview with WEEI.

“If you were to strictly look at 2014 with blinders without what had happened previously and what you might expect to happen going forward, $4 million is probably a hefty price tag,” Breslow said by phone Thursday afternoon. “But I think if you look at the body of work from 2008-13, you can (have) better appreciation for the pitcher that I’ve been and the pitcher that I will (be)."

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