With every good organization, there is the minor league system full of game changing players for years to come. Whether they stay in the organization all the way to their call up or become trade chips that benefit the “win now” attitude. The Red Sox farm system has been an intriguing one over the last couple of years to say the least. With GM Dave Dombrowski, the farm system seems depleted, but with a plentiful of draftees in the near future, the minor league system looks bright. Rafael Devers will not be mentioned as he is rocking it in Boston.
1. LHP Jayson Groome, Greeneville
The 6’6 220 pound 18 year old out of Barnegate, New Jersey was the first round pick in last year’s draft. He has a very good command of his fastball, has an average of 90-93 MPH with a top of 97. Even though he’s at a young age, his command and velocity will come eventually with more preparation and experience in the minor leagues. He has a nice curveball that shows a lot of movement and is very consistent for his age, while keeping hitters fooled. Even though he sports a 2-6 record throughout the season, he has 49 strikeouts. With more experience, expect to hear Jason Groome’s name for a while.
2. 3B Micheal Chavis, Portland
The 2014 first rounder has great power and speed which makes him a valuable asset to any team. Whether he gets traded or John Farrell and company can find a spot for the 21 year old. He has hit 22 home runs so far this year, which is the type of power he is capable of showcasing. His defense is another story, he needs to improve on his footwork and defensive shifts. He has an arm that will make it to first, even in a deeper play or towards the line.
3. LHP Trey Ball, Portland
He was once a top 5 prospect in the Red Sox farm system, but injuries and lack of strength has plagued this former all star caliber pitcher. He needs to add strength to fill his wide frame. Since undergoing tommy john surgery he has lost some velocity on his fastball, which right now averages 92 MPH. He has a nice arsenal to compliment the fastball including a changeup, cutter, slider, and curveball. He has a low delivery point, which can throw off hitters to his advantage. He easily locks into the zone, but pitches with emotion. Even though his development has been a long one, this pitcher still has the stuff to perform at the major league level.
There are plenty of prospects to mention and there are hundreds of others to write about. These three are just a small sample of the talent that Red Sox fans should be looking forward to not only see a win now caliber team, but future contention for years to come!
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