As we all sit in limbo wondering what type of team we are going to be watching this season, you can at least ask yourself this question, who are the new kids on the block and rapidly approaching the Major Leagues within the Red Sox Farm System, well here is a breakdown of who is who.
1. Alex Hassan, Outfielder, currently in AAA, Hassan is quick and has a lot of speed, swings a good bat he also brings a OBP of close to .400, which is pretty good. I would not be surprised to see him playing at Fenway for the big club at some point this season.
2. Daniel Nava, Infielder/Outfielder, currently with the Major League Team, Nava is a great guy and has a lot to offer to this team coming up for the season ahead, he is a versatile player and probably will get some playing time between the outfield and some first base this year, I am thinking Nava is ready for a break out year ahead. Last season Nava carried a .243 batting average, 352 OBP, and even hit 6 home runs with 33 RBI playing in 88 games for the sox last season, not bad.
3. Clayton Mortenson,Pitcher, currently with the Major League Team, Mortenson had a pretty good year last year for the sox, he spent most of his playing time back and forth between Boston and Pawtucket. Mortenseon is my projected surprise of the year for the red sox, I think he is going to be a big part of this year’s club either as a starting pitcher or long reliever. Mortenson last season carried a 3.21 ERA in 42 innings pitch for Boston, while in Pawtucket he had an ERA of 2.33 in 38 innings pitched with a 5 and 3 record. Pretty decent.
4. Mark Hamilton, 1st Baseman, Hamilton spent most of last season at Memphis the AAA affiliate for the St.Louis Cardinals. While in AAA Hamilton had some pretty impressive numbers, would not be surprised to see him get some playing time backing up Napoli at 1st in Boston this season. He has a very good glove and is what will be needed in the later innings.
5. Xander Bogaerts-the future is bright with Bogaerts in the cards. Xander is a very good player with a great future for the red sox. Between Wiston-Salem and Portland last season, Bogaerts carried a .307 batting average, with .373 on base percentage.
The red sox farm system is loaded with talent, it is just a matter of time before these faces I just mention and many more make their way to the big club…Fans be patient, in time this will be a very good team.