Bonus Red Sox Prospects: Nos. 21-25
To accompany each of the Top 20 Prospects lists I’ve personally authored for MLBPipeline.com, I’m providing five bonus prospects for those organizations. Here are the players who just missed our Red Sox Top 20:
21. Travis Shaw, 1b. The son of former All-Star closer Jeff Shaw, Travis batted just .221 in Double-A last year but did have 16 homers and 78 walks, and he did bounce back with a strong Arizona Fall League. That’s Shaw in a nutshell — he won’t hit for a high average but he does have power and patience at the plate.
22. Simon Mercedes, rhp. He originally signed with the Giants for $400,000 in March 2011, had the deal voided by MLB after an investigation into his identity, then inked with the Red Sox for $800,000 a year later. Mercedes has one of the best fastballs in the system, ranging from 92-97 mph, as well as a hard slider.
23. Daniel McGrath, lhp. One of the better Australian prospects in the Minor Leagues, he’s quite polished for someone of his age (19) and background. McGrath commands his upper-80s fastball well, and he can throw his curveball and changeup for strikes or get hitters to chase them out of the zone.
24. Sean Coyle, 2b. Signed for $1.3 million as a third-round pick in 2010, he has an interesting array of tools for a second baseman but he’s also too aggressive at the plate. Coyle has plus raw power, solid speed and soft hands, though he’ll need to tone down his approach.
25. Henry Ramos, of. He gets better at controlling the strike zone each year, allowing him to get more out of his tools. Ramos offers pop from both sides of the plate, average speed, good instincts in center field and a solid arm.
My favorite deep sleeper: Tzu-Wei Lin, ss. His .608 OPS at short-season Lowell may not indicate it, but he has all-around ability at a premium position. While Lin needs to get stronger, he has the bat speed to hit for average, the plus-plus speed to steal bases and the defensive chops to stick at short. He signed for $2.05 million out of Taiwan in 2012.