Bonus Red Sox Prospects: Nos. 21-25
When we unveiled MLBPipeline.com’s initial 2014 Top 20 Prospects lists for each organization back in March, I used my blog to spotlight the players who would have ranked at Nos. 21-25 for the 10 systems I covered.
Now that we’ve updated all of our lists — the team Top 20s, as well as the overall Top 100 and the positional Top 10s — in Prospect Watch, I’ll once again identify the best prospects who just missed out. Over the next 10 weekdays or so, I’ll present bonus prospects for the organizations whose Top 20s I wrote about.
First up is the Red Sox, who have one of the deepest systems in baseball. These guys below couldn’t crack our Boston Top 20, but they would have made several other lists.
21. Henry Ramos, of. He had a scouting report all ready to go at No. 20, but then Edwin Escobar arrived from the Giants via the Jake Peavy trade and bumped him off the list. Currently sidelined with a stress fracture in the tibia in his left leg, Ramos is a switch-hitter with an advanced approach and the potential for 15 or more homers per season. An average runner with a solid arm, he has split time between center and right field as a pro.
22. Bryce Brentz, of. The 2010 supplemental first-rounder never will hit for a high average because he’s overly aggressive at the plate, but he does have the power and arm strength scouts look for in a right fielder. Injuries have sidetracked him the last two years, including hamstring issues in 2014.
23. Teddy Stankiewicz, rhp. A second-round pick in both the 2012 (Mets) and 2013 Drafts, he has had a steady first full pro season in low Class A. While he’s not overpowering, he can show a plus fastball and slider at times, and he does a nice job of throwing strikes.
24. Heath Hembree, rhp. The other piece in the Peavy deal, Hembree made his big league debut last year with the Giants and could help the Red Sox bullpen in the near future. He works mainly off a 91-95 mph fastball and backs it up with a cutter/slider.
25. Nick Longhi, of. Though he was a 30th-rounder, he got the fourth-biggest bonus ($440,000) in Boston’s 2013 Draft. Before a torn thumb ligament ended his 2014 season in July, he hit .330/.388/.440 and showed impressive hitting ability and power potential as an 18-year-old in the short-season New York-Penn League.
Newcomer To Watch: Sam Travis, 1b. A second-round pick in June, he was one of the better all-around college hitters in the 2014 Draft (as was his Indiana teammate, Cubs first-rounder Kyle Schwarber). There aren’t a lot of 6-foot, right-handed-hitting first basemen in the big leagues, but Travis could be an exception because of his bat speed, strength and advanced approach.