Red Sox Minor League Notebook

The Red Sox found Andrew Benintendi early and it paid off. (Steven Branscombe/USA Today Sports)
Ryan Hannable
May 12, 2016 - 8:02 am
1. When it comes to drafting a player, Andrew Benintendi was the model of how the process is supposed to go. The Red Sox were well ahead of the industry with their No. 7 overall pick in last year's draft thanks to former scout and now Red Sox pitching cross-checker Chris Mears. Mears first spotted...
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Left-hander Trey Ball missed most of spring training following knee surgery in February. (Darrell Snow/Greenville Drive)
Ryan Hannable
May 05, 2016 - 7:47 am
1. Left-hander Trey Ball didn't think anything was wrong. He felt something in his right knee for about a month beginning roughly following the New Year, but didn't think anything of it as it wasn't too painful, just a loose, aggravating feeling. Ball wasn't concerned as he felt it would go away...
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Current Blue Jays GM Mark Shapiro started player plans when he was with the Indians. (Dan Hamilton/USA Today Sports)
Ryan Hannable
April 14, 2016 - 7:32 am
1. The Red Sox can thank Blue Jays general manager Mark Shapiro for a major part of their minor league player development -- a thing called player plans. Shapiro implemented this when he was in the Indians' organization as director of player development in the early 1990s. It stayed in place when...
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Yoan Moncada is the No. 3-ranked prospect by Baseball America. (Jonathan Dyer/USA Today Sports)
Ryan Hannable
April 07, 2016 - 7:18 am
1. The Red Sox' High-A Salem team is not only the most talented in terms of prospects in the organization, but it might also be one of the most talented teams in terms of prospects in all of minor league baseball. Salem has three of the top-20 prospects as ranked by Baseball America in second...
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Yoan Moncada
Ryan Hannable
September 17, 2015 - 5:09 am
With the 2015 Red Sox minor league season coming to a close, we'€™ll take a look at the top prospects who have yet to appear in a major league game. Last week we unveiled No.'s 6-10 and this week is No.'s 1-5, as this is the final Red Sox Minor League Notebook of the season. 1. Yoan Moncada The...
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Javier Guerra
Ryan Hannable
September 10, 2015 - 5:33 am
With the 2015 Red Sox minor league season coming to a close, we'll take a look at the top prospects who have yet to appear in a major league game. This week's list is No.'s 6-10 and next Thursday will be No.'s 1-5 in the final installment of this year's Red Sox Minor League Notebook. 6. Javier...
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Dave Dombrowski
Ryan Hannable
September 03, 2015 - 5:37 am
When it comes to new Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski and the minor leagues, his reputation is that he generally trades away a number of his top prospects for proven major league talent, especially when he was with Detroit. With the Red Sox having arguably the best minor...
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Anderson Espinoza and Logan Allen play their home games at JetBlue Park. (Erin Lashley/WEEI)
Ryan Hannable
August 27, 2015 - 8:15 am
As the Red Sox arguably have the best farm system in all of baseball, their prospect with the most intrigue may be at the lowest level -- the Florida Gulf Coast League and 17-year-old right-hander Anderson Espinoza. Espinoza, out of Venezuela, was signed as an International free agent last year as...
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Yoan Moncada
Ryan Hannable
August 20, 2015 - 2:04 pm
The Red Sox have one of, if not the best farm system in major league baseball . Of the top 100 prospects rated by MLB.com , the Red Sox have seven of them, including four currently with Single-A Greenville. While the team may not have many prospects major league ready, the future looks bright with...
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2014 first-round pick Michael Chavis is having a much better second half. (Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
Ryan Hannable
August 13, 2015 - 9:04 am
It's been an up-and-down first full season in the Red Sox organization for 2014 first-round pick Michael Chavis with Single-A Greenville. On July 4, his average dipped blow .200 for the year to .197, but the past month or so Chavis has turned things around. The third baseman's average is up to .228...
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