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Former Sox prospect Ryan Westmoreland delivers perfect takedown of Twitter troll

John Tomase
August 18, 2018 - 9:50 am

NESN released a moving documentary on former prospect Ryan Westmoreland this week, but because people are inherently awful, one of them used it as an opportunity to question Westmoreland's reputation as a top prospect.

Fortunately, the Rhode Island native who has survived multiple brain surgeries had a ready answer.

After the documentary aired, a twitter user questioned, "Is it just me, or was NESN really exaggerating the level of prospect that Ryan Westmoreland was?"

Westmoreland's response was perfect:

"Patrick, sorry I disappointed you with my injuries," he wrote. "If I could turn back time and get rid of the tumors that derailed my life just so I could impress you, believe me I would." He finished with the two-hands-clasped-in-prayer emoji.

To put a finer point on it, Westmoreland's former teammate and fellow New England native, Alex Hassan, also weighed in.

"The best 4 position player 'prospects' I ever saw in the minor leagues were Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Mookie Betts, and Ryan Westmoreland," Hassan tweeted. "They are likely underrating how good of a prospect he was, and it’s impossible to describe how good of a human being Ryan is."

Westmoreland's career was tragically cut short in 2010 with the discovery of a cavernous malformation at the back of his brain, which necessitated the first of two surgeries that threatened his life. He officially retired in 2013. Now 28, he's coaching in his hometown of Portsmouth, Rhode Island, and hopes to embark on a career in baseball as a coach or scout, per the Providence Journal.

Oh, and as for his prospect ranking, it was legit. Westmoreland played only one season in the Red Sox system after being drafted in the fifth round of the 2008 draft, but it was enough for Baseball America to name him the game's No. 21 prospect -- No. 1 in the Red Sox system -- before the 2010 season. Playing against mostly college graduates as a 19-year-old at short-season Lowell in 2009, the five-tool Westmoreland hit .296 with seven homers, 19 steals in 19 chances, and an .885 OPS.