John Henry believes Red Sox are 'as strong as we've ever been'

John Tomase
February 24, 2015 - 9:35 am
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John Henry has overseen three World Series title winners since taking over the Red Sox in 2003, but he believes the organization has never been in better shape than it is right now. "I think we're as strong throughout the organization as we have ever been," Henry said on Tuesday. The reasons for Henry's optimism? It's partly the talent general manager Ben Cherington assembled this winter to help the big league club escape its second last place finish in three years, but it's also the strong minor league system. "I think there are a lot of reasons to be optimistic," Henry said. "I feel good about the pitching. I feel great about the hitting. I feel great about the organization, about the fact that so many players came early this year, and there seems to be a focus. It has to make you feel good at this point." The Red Sox are in the process of signing 19-year-old Cuban shortstop Yoan Moncada, with the deal expected to be announced on Friday. Moncada adds another impact prospect to a farm system rapidly filling with them. "At certain times you might say we might have had greater depth, but depth in the minor leagues sometimes doesn't translate into the major leagues," Henry said. "What you need are a lot of A and B type players, and we have a lot of A players in the minor leagues these days, people that should make it to the majors. I think we're in as good a shape as we've ever been in that regard. If anything, I think maybe we've rushed our players a little bit, because the difference between Double A and Triple A baseball and the major leagues has never been greater. We have to feel good about not only the major league camp, but the minor league camp."