The Wave of the future

The next batch of Red Sox prospects is in town for the team’s annual Rookie Development program, a group that includes Casey Kelly, Jose Iglesias, Ryan Kalish, Junichi Tazawa and Luis Exposito.

We had some media availability in the bubbled practice facility at Boston College on Wednesday. Here are some snippets we gleaned.

Casey Kelly is now just a pitcher and happy about that. It makes training for the season a little more straightforward.

“It’s a lot easier than last year trying to train for two positions, but this year has been great. Knowing what position I’m going to be playing throughout the season has helped my training. Been training hard, started throwing program a couple of weeks ago. So I’m ready to get the season going,” Kelly said

Where is Kelly in his development?

“He’s going to compete for a spot in the Portland rotation. The criteria that we hold in terms of progressing players through the system, especially a starting pitcher, which is repeating your delivery, throwing your fastball to both sides of the plate and throwing your secondary pitches for strikes, Casey demonstrates a lot of those things already,” said director of player development Mike Hazen. “We feel pretty good that, if everything continues to progress, he could move pretty quickly. It wasn’t so much of a sell as a decision that we sat down and talked about. We didn’t feel like we had to sell him on this. We just felt like we needed to sit down at the end of the year and talk about what we felt like was going to be in the best interests of Casey moving forward, then hear what he had to say about what would be in the best interests of Casey moving forward, then putting it all together and coming to a joint decision. If Casey wouldn’t have bought into pitching, this wouldn’t work. It was very much how we hope all of our relationships with players is – it’s a partnership.”

Hazen had one very noteworthy quote on Exposito, the big catcher.

“He’s got tremendous raw power. He might have the best right-handed raw power in the system,” Hazen said.

As for Iglesias, he is learning the culture as much as he is trying to figure out what it takes to get to the highest level of baseball. He is working hard to learn English, even taking in American movies. His favorite thus far? “Avatar”.

There you have it.

7 Comments

Sounds like good new for the future of the Sox..
Ian it sure is lonely here!!!! Can’t wait til ST!!!!!
Next Saturday I’m going to the Legends Game for Joe DiMaggios childrens hospital… A little relief from the “Baseball Jones-ing” that Ive been doing.

Thanks for the update on these up-and-comers, Ian. I hope Exposito, Iglesias, and Casey can hit their stride, and Tazawa can develop effectively. Hopefully, we can see some of them soon in the majors, but I hope they are not rushed too much, like Tazawa was. Perhaps some will appear in Futures All Star games before long! GO SOX!

Sorry. I just can’t fathom what kind of a reward there is in spending even a few days in Boston in January? Brrrrrrrr!!!

Robert, If you are talking about me attemding the legends game, it’s in Fort Lauderdale… about 3 exits up I95 from me.. It is an annual event and it brings in alot of the retired players. NOWAY… I’m not heading into the tundra that is the Northeast lately!!!!

NEW THREAD…

I noticed you omitted Aaron Bates, as he was having himself a heck of a winter league playing firstbase in Puerto Rico. Was he part of the program? Because I know he left P.R. early due to Red Sox matters, as I understood it at the time. Was this the reason? That aside, how do you like Aaron?
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Looking for more on Red Sox Prospects? My blog posted a load of info pertaining to how Boston?s prospects will affect the fantasy baseball landscape this coming season and beyond. Would love to hear thoughts!

http://www.mlbfantasyprospects.com/2010/01/mlb-fantasy-prospects—team-scouting-reports-and-analysis—boston-red-sox.html

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