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Red Sox minor league notebook: What prospects would other teams want besides Andrew Benintendi, Yoan Moncada, Anderson Espinoza?

Ryan Hannable
July 07, 2016 - 6:42 am
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Now that the MLB trade deadline is almost three weeks away, there will be plenty of rumors between now and then, especially with the Red Sox desperate to add depth to their pitching. The Red Sox are in a good position with a strong farm system, but a lot of that is because of what they have at the top in elite prospects Andrew Benintendi, Yoan Moncada and Anderson Espinoza. It would seem the organization will do everything in its power not to give up any of those three in a potential trade. On the flip side, those three players likely will be who opposing teams will want the most in a trade. Fortunately for the Red Sox, there are other talented players in their system other teams could want. Here is a look at 10 Red Sox minor leaguers who other teams might be interested in (not named Benintendi, Moncada or Espinoza). 1. Rafael Devers Devers would have had much more value at this time last year as he was named to the Futures Game and was tearing up Single-A Greenville, but this year has been a different story in High-A Salem. Opposing pitchers were attacking the outside part of the zone early on in the year and the left-handed batter was having a hard time taking the pitch the other way. He hit just .138 in April, .245 in May, but has turned things around of late, including batting .313 in June and continuing the success into July as he's been able to adjust to what was hurting him early in the year. Another big plus for Devers is he's just 19 years old, so he still has room to grow as a player and has a lot of power when he connects. 2. Mauricio Dubon Dubon's stock may never be higher as he was promoted from High-A Salem to Double-A Portland after being named to the Carolina League All-Star Game a few weeks back. In 62 games with Salem, the shortstop batted .306 with 13 extra-base hits and 29 RBIs. What may be most impressive about him at the plate is over those 62 games, he walked 33 times while striking out just 25 times. Dubon is settling in to Double-A, and with the way he's performed each of the last two seasons, teams may want to have the Honduran on their team as he looks to become the first player from Honduras ever to make the major leagues. 3. Michael Kopech Besides Espinoza, Kopech is the most talented pitching prospect in the organization. His fastball touches the high-90s and has good off-speed stuff to complement the pitch. The big downside with the right-hander is he hasn't pitched much over the last year as he was suspended the final 50 games of last season because of a suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs and then missed all of spring training this year with a broken hand suffered in an altercation with a teammate. He's made one start this season with short-season, Single-A Lowell, but has missed the last two weeks with a minor calf strain. In 15 starts with Greenville last year he posted a 2.26 ERA with 70 strikeouts in 65 innings. With character issues lingering from the past year, a team may consider it a gamble trading for him, but his overall stuff from the mound speaks for itself. 4. Henry Owens A change in scenery might be the best thing for the tall left-hander as he's been given multiple chances to start for the Red Sox over the last two seasons, but walks have always come back to hurt him. A 2011 first-round pick, he doesn't have over-powering stuff, but when he's able to command his pitches he's been effective. The only problem is it hasn't happened very often. In 15 Triple-A starts this year, he's 5-5 with a 4.12 ERA, but has walked 58 batters in 83 innings. In eight of those 15 starts, he's recorded at least four walks. Perhaps going to another team, the 23-year-old may rediscover his stuff and put his control issues behind him because when he's on, he has the potential to be a major league pitcher. 5. Josh Ockimey Ockimey has been one of the biggest surprises in the system and other organizations have taken notice. The Red Sox' fifth-round pick in 2014 didn't do much in his first two years in the organization, hitting a total of four home runs, but the first baseman has found something that has clicked so far this season. He currently has 11 home runs, which are sixth in the South Atlantic League and has shown good plate discipline as he has walked 54 times in 71 games. Overall, he's batting .275 with 30 extra-base hits and 38 RBIs. Being just 20 years old, he's still yet to hit his prime and he could develop into a power hitter at the big league level. 6. Tate Matheny Although the outfielder was a 2015 draftee, selected by the Red Sox in the fourth round, they have shown they aren't afraid to deal recent draft picks, evident by including Logan Allen in the trade for Craig Kimbrel last winter. The son of Cardinals manager Mike, Tate might have some upside with that alone, but he's in the midst of a solid first full professional season with Single-A Greenville. In 59 games, he is batting .303 with four home runs and 35 RBIs, while playing outstanding defense in both center and right field. 7. Pat Light Although Light has struggled in his two major league outings -- seven earned runs in 2 2/3 innings -- he could still be of value at the major league level. The tall right-hander has above average stuff, including a fastball that can reach 100 mph, but he's still working on developing a splitter, which would take his game to the next level. It's also worth noting he just became a reliever last year, as he was a starter up until then so there certainly is still time to grow as a reliever. 8. Trey Ball The No. 7 overall pick in the 2013 draft hasn't performed like other selections in that draft class as the left-handed starter is in his second full season of High-A and still hasn't found a way to be dominant. Ball is currently 5-4 with a 3.36 ERA, but has allowed at least five runs in each of his last two starts, including walking seven batters in his last outing. He is still just 22 years old and was a two-way player until being drafted so there is still plenty of time and room to grow. Ball was also a star center fielder in high school so there's always the chance an organization could give him another look there and at the plate. 9. Jantzen Witte Some may not be aware of Witte and while he may not be as attractive as some of the other prospects, he would be a solid second piece to a trade. He was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket after just 11 games with Portland this year and has been the every day third baseman in the middle of the PawSox lineup. He's batted .251 for Pawtucket this season. 10. Michael Chavis Chavis is another high selection that hasn't panned out yet. Chavis was selected in the first round of the 2013 draft, but struggled a great deal in his first professional season last year in Single-A Greenville. The infielder batted .223 with 16 home runs and 58 RBIs, but the biggest issue for him was striking out 144 times and walking just 29 times in 109 games. The right-handed batter has shown much better plate discipline this year and has cooled off after missing six weeks with a thumb injury, as he's batting .285 overall, after hitting .356 in April before the injury. Chavis has plenty of power, which could be intriguing to other teams.