Bowden and Reddick's Place in the Master Plan

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Two of the Red Sox' biggest prospects, Michael Bowden and Josh Reddick, had less than stellar seasons in 2009. While the pair still remain tremendous talents, it has now become more difficult to see either one in the Sox' future plans, due in part to their failures this year as well as the team's changing circumstances. Still, should either or both pan out as originally expected, they would be quite the addition to a team in need of an infusion of cheap, young talent. Michael Bowden It’s hard to say that Bowden is at a crossroads in his career. He just turned 23, he possesses excellent stuff, and has been great in his minor league showings. However, his 2009 was nothing short of a disaster, as he was belted in every way imaginable in every appearance he made.
Red Sox vs. Royals

Two of the Red Sox’ biggest prospects, Michael Bowden and Josh Reddick, had less than stellar seasons in 2009. While the pair still remain tremendous talents, it has now become more difficult to see either one in the Sox’ future plans, due in part to their failures this year as well as the team’s changing circumstances. Still, should either or both pan out as originally expected, they would be quite the addition to a team in need of an infusion of cheap, young talent.

Michael Bowden

It’s hard to say that Bowden isn’t at a crucial time in his career, as his recent struggles at AAA and the MLB have cast serious doubt on his ultimate ceiling as a prospect and his ability to play the game at the major league level.

Bowden, 23, possesses excellent stuff, and was superb in his minor league showings through the early part of 2008. However, his 2009 was nothing short of  a disaster, as he was belted in every way imaginable in every appearance he made. Unfairly, perhaps, many experts are beginning to write off his chances to contribute to the big club. Before this season, most believed him to be a future #2 or #3 starter. It’s hard to perform so badly in only 16 innings to change that opinion, but that is exactly what has happened.

What is troubling about Bowden is not his abysmal performance in the MLB, but, rather, his drop in strikeouts the last two seasons in AAA. After dominating up through AA until 2008, his Ks fell off sharply. Through 166.1 innings between 2008-09, he posted just 117 punchouts for a pedestrian 6.33 K/9. The walks in 2008 were quite nice (5 BBs in 40 IP), but this season, his impeccable control left him this season, as he walked 47 in 126.1 IP.

Past performance or not, AAA numbers are incredibly important for young starting pitchers. It’s a bit surprising that the Ks dropped so suddenly for Bowden, as he still possesses good velocity for a starter (91-92 mph fastball) and these types of sharp downturns usually are confined to soft-tossers with good breaking pitches. At this juncture, he could still recapture his form from AA, but 2009 was a large bump in the road.

Still, don’t let those poor hit totals and homers in 16 MLB innings get you down. Even position players aren’t that bad at pitching, so there’s a significant element of bad luck here. Bowden’s key is going to be finding that sweet command he had all throughout the minors until this year. If he does that, he can still fill out the role as a solid number three. If not, he’ll be struggling to find time as a long man somewhere else – or out of the majors all together.

Perpetually the subject of trade rumors, Bowden may never get the chance to prove himself in a Boston uniform. He’s always been looked at as somewhat of an extra piece, given the presence in years past of Buchholz, Lester, and Masterson. However, there’s a bit of an upside to keeping him around, as it may behoove the Sox to let him prove himself out of the bullpen as a long man.

There are a number of advantages to this. For one, he will be cost-effective, which, with the plethora of quality free agents on the market this year and next, will give the team extra flexibility. And two, more importantly, it will give the Sox a very good sample as to what they can reasonably expect from Bowden for 2011 and beyond. This is especially important given the changes facing the rotation in the next few years. Beckett becomes a free agent after 2010, while Wakefield’s back makes him a risk to retire at any time.

The Sox’ success this decade has very directly linked to their ability to cultivate plenty of homegrown talent. And, in case you haven’t noticed, the farm is short on players in the high minors that are ready to contribute. No team, even the Yankees, can build a team without some homegrown talent. If Bowden can recapture his command he showed before this season, it will be a big step in the right direction for the Sox’ chances in the second decade of the new millennium as this rotation may get dicey fast without at least one more cheap starter.

Sure, Buchholz is still a very cost-effective option, but that’s about it beyond 2010. Daisuke has a large contract, and Lester’s services will get expensive quickly. With Beckett a potential free agent casualty (or an overpriced commodity should he sign) and Wakefield getting older by the day, sliding Bowden in as a solid third or four option would free up a considerable amount of resources.

Beyond Bowden, only Tazawa stands in the way of an army of expensive free agent mercenaries. Yes, there’s Casey Kelly, but he still needs to give up on the shortstop thing and become a full-time pitcher – but even he’s still in A-ball. Stolmy Pimentel is another quality arm, but is also just finishing up in Greenville. Felix Doubront and Kyle Weiland could both use some seasoning.

The outlook for this team pivots quite a bit on the outcome of Bowden. If he recaptures his former level of production, the Sox have an quality arm at minimal cost for the next 6 years, giving them more money to plug up other holes and forego risks on the free agent market. If not, they’ll need to rely on the other not-yet-ready talent low in the minor leagues or free agents. The last in a lengthy line of recent Sox stud pitching prospects (Lester, Buchholz, Masterson, Papelbon), little brother Bowden has a chance to make just as big an impact as any who have come before him, even if he doesn’t pan out like most had originally hoped.

Josh Reddick

Nearly all of the expectations positioned on Michael Bowden can be transferred to Reddick, whose 2009 season was just as important – and just as disappointing – as Bowden’s. Reddick gave Sox fans plenty of reason to dream from his stellar string of campaigns since 2007, showing good power with some plate discipline to boot. Still, his 2009 debut was very unkind and he was completely overmatched at the plate.

Though Reddick is just 5 months younger than Bowden, he may have more time left in his developmental clock, due to the fact that he reached AAA for just the first time this season. However, like Bowden, he too dominated in the low minors while struggling at Pawtucket and the MLB. After steamrolling his way through A-ball and AA, he screeched to a halt in AAA, batting .127/.190/.183 in 77 plate appearances, following it up with a .169/.210/.339 line in 62 MLB trips to the plate.

While small sample sizes are often unfair to a player, Reddick’s struggles are compounded by the fact that his future with the Sox is linked to him taking over a corner outfield position. It seems funny that Boston has been much more successful at developing – or at least attempting to develop – up-the-middle position players in recent years.

This may be somewhat by design, as teams with playoff hopes can’t have a deadbeat at the plate in an infield or outfield corner. Even if they are great fielders, they can’t come even remotely close to pulling their weight since the offensive standard is so high at these positions. For players at short, the keystone, center, and catcher, a player can fall back on their fielding if they are struggling at the plate. They’ll still be below average, but the batting demands are so much lower at these positions that, if they are performing poorly, it won’t hurt the team as much. Teams also place more emphasis on defense at up-the-middle positions. This is why the team can import Alex Gonzalez, a no-hit shortstop, for September while, if Jason Bay had gone down, any no-hit, slick-fielding left fielder is insufficient. Major League front offices value hitting at the corners  and there are no replacements.

This has likely been the case with the Sox in recent years as the only homegrown corner position player they’ve developed since 2002 has been Kevin Youkilis – and even he had to prove himself as a part time player for two years before being allowed to take the reins. Who’s played up the middle? Dustin Pedroia, Jacoby Ellsbury, and the team was prepared to hand Jed Lowrie the job until he was injured.

So this puts Josh Reddick in a tight spot. On the one hand, he will be given a shot to prove he can handle the position since corner outfielders are very expensive commodities. If the Sox can grow a stud hitter on their own, they will have some serious financial flexibility for the next six years.

On the other hand, if he flops again in an extended look, expect the team to push him hard on the trade market. Playoff teams can’t have question marks at big run-producing positions. The Sox seem to believe this and seem to be more comfortable signing big free agents than testing out talented youngsters. After all, the last time they grew their own corner outfielder was when Trot Nixon was called up to stay in 1999 – and he was a 7th overall pick SIX years before in 1993.

While Reddick would be an incredible luxury for this team should he pan out, it’s unfortunate he may not get the chance to prove himself before its too late. Left field will likely be sealed up for the foreseeable future this offseason. And while right field is still an option, as is DH (should Bay be resigned and move there in two years), those positions will have to be solved after the 2010 season when Ortiz departs on free agency, or 2011 when Drew’s contract expires. This means that Reddick needs to prove himself this year, or risk writing himself out of the Boston plans. Right field looks like his best bet, but time is not on his side, which is bad for both parties as Reddick is a tremendous prospect, with excellent athleticism and power potential.

It will be very important to get Reddick at-bats this season, though that will be a difficult task. Barring injury, the fourth outfielder option is out, as it will cost him valuable development time in the minors. He can’t hold down a full time job yet, so that option is out as well. It may come down to a cup of coffee in September, or – hold your breath – an injury to a starter – to get him the playing time he needs to reestablish himself as part of this team’s future.

Sure, 59 at-bats is no way to judge a player’s future. But, when you’re the Boston Red Sox, question marks in the corner outfield don’t cut it.

Michael Bowden and Josh Reddick will certainly need to turn in productive seasons if they want to have any real future in the Red Sox organization. Everyone in Red Sox Nation should be pulling for the two studs. Should they make the requisite turnaround, it would make Boston the division front runner for the next five years. If not, the Sox will have to opt for free agent replacements – never the ideal scenario in a competitive division where every dollar counts.

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  1. -marcos- October 20, 2009 at 7:45 AM #

    I like Reddick. He’s a taller, more powerful, faster version of Dustin Pedroia. Like Pedroia he swings hard but puts the ball in play. And like Pedroia’s first taste of MLB, he had bad luck. He hit the ball hard, they just happened to to be caught. I don’t like Bowden, I think they should’ve traded him by now. His throwing motion its too weird. His stuff is average, which isn’t a good thing. I think I’ve used this forum before to express what thought about Bowden. I was insulted by a bunch of people who thought or think(doubtful) that he is better than Buchholz.

    • -marcos- October 20, 2009 at 7:46 AM #

      * his stuff is average, which isn’t a good thing for an AL east starter.

      • Glftips October 21, 2009 at 12:52 PM #

        I think that the main problem with Bowden is that he shows too much ball. With his wind up, the ball leaves his glove from the start and hitters get to see the grip and the arm plane very easily. He could get away with this is lower ball but not as the talent got bwetter. Farrell needs to make him a project and get him to have a wind up that does not tip the hitter.

    • Gerry October 20, 2009 at 1:41 PM #

      Here's where stats simply don't tell the whole story. As you said, he hit the ball hard and they were caught. I felt that if we hadn't traded Kotsay and Rocco's condition allowed him to play more, then Reddick would have gotten his cup of coffee in Pawtucket at age 22 and not Fenway, and he would be ready for 2010.. Unlike most young players, I felt totally comfortable with him in the outfield, not at all worried that he would make errors or bad plays. His speed, good jumps, good glove were above average and, with little to judge by, his arm seemed strong. At the plate he acted like a vet, worked the count, and crushed the ball when he hit it. Hopefully he is playing winter ball with a good hitting coach. If Theo wants to start rebuilding, and J.Bay walks (please, no Holliday), a short term FA would give him time to finish developing. If he comes out of ST mashing the ball, give him the job. For me, the jury is still out on Bowden. He runs so hot and cold, and is having confidence issues. I still like him, motion and all and hope he pulls it all together in AAA for a 9/1 call up..

    • M.A.G. October 20, 2009 at 12:14 PM #

      I liked Bowden more than Buchholz. Certainly, after last season, I have to admit I’m looking very bad, but I would like to see some more of him before emiting the final judgement.

      In any case, I have no problem with trading him. In fact, I’m ready to trade anyone for A-Gon.

      • E_Rock October 21, 2009 at 1:26 AM #

        I believe I said that I didn't like Buch or Bowden. Bowden is all arm, his motion exerts too much strain. Let's face it; his stuff really isn't that good!

        Its funny when I read comments from Padres, Mariners, etc. fans when they respond to our proposed trades for their stars. They have every right to scoff. Think about it. Most of these packages that don't include Bard, Buch, etc are centered around prospects we wouldn't mind parting with (OUR GARBAGE!). You really can't expect a team to surrender its proverbial ace-in-the-hole for a slew of guys we're willing to part with. How many of you are the proud owners of brand new $15K Cadillacs? See my point?

        It has been said that a steep price will have to be paid for Gonzales or Hernandez. Think about it; if Theo goes after these guys now, he would be selling out on what he's preached for years now. His tenure/legacy as GM is being built on the foundation of having a stable and productive farm that produces players to build a team with – while augmenting the team with the OCCASIONAL free agent. That's his stance. He will not build the team around a FA and augment holes with the few remaining prospects.

        Good seein ya again M.A.G! Despite my take on all this I'm stoked its Hot Stove time! (-Eric)

        • M.A.G. October 20, 2009 at 10:49 PM #

          Good to see you, too, Eric!

          I agree with you: if we want to land guys of the quality of Gonzalez or Hernandez, we are gonna have to let go quality guys like Buchholz or/and Bard. In any case, I was not triying to imply Bowden was a central piece for a big trade, he is just a probable piece in a larger package.

          And I think this team need a big bat to compete in the AL east, and with the declines of Papi and Lowell, and the probable departure of Bay, we need to make a big move now if we want to have a chance against the Yanks. I think a young superstar like A-Gon is the best investment for the future, right now.

          In any case, I also think we have enough deep in the farms to protect some of our best prospects (Kelly and Westy). And there are some measures we can take to re-stock the farm, like going after Chapman or Kikuchi, or trading Papelbon for a couple of good prospects, and then flipping them in a larger package for A-Gon or another big player.

          Well, in any case, I think we have a lot of options, and I would like to hear what you guys think…

  2. donna October 20, 2009 at 1:51 PM #

    yes.. if no Bay, then i would hope to see a one year FA ( ?Damon) to see how Reddick continues to improve. i, like Gerry, see him as completely competent in the OF ( and what a nice complement to Ells), and his stroke is nice to watch. he could develop into the kind of hitter we are all salivating for.
    patience.
    as a RS fan i know patience. it seems we have become very impatient and demand instant gratification lately.

    • ericinboston October 21, 2009 at 1:05 AM #

      i've said a few times that i think abreu could be a nice 'stop-gap' type player allowing them another year to figure out a long term solution.

      i have a hard time seeing damon coming back to boston. could you imagine the soap opera involved with that?

  3. radiohix October 20, 2009 at 2:03 PM #

    For Bowden the drop in the BB/K from 5.80 to 1.87 is due to his work on developing a slider and that will generate command issues.
    As for Reddick, as Gerry said the kid was in AA (where he got a torrid start) got injured, returned after 3 weeks, was starting to reach a comfort zone, get called due to injuries then optioned to AAA then get called back to the big club: Not really a common path for a Sox prospect (One thing that I love about our FO is that they don't rush their top talent).
    In case we don't resign Bay (unlikely), I would like to give him at least half a season in AAA to work on his plate discipline and hitting to opposite field (2 aspects, as Evan could confirm you, in which he made HUGE strides) and we'll have a Markikis Clone(Yeah, I think he's that good): The power is there, the defense is there as the cannon arm.
    Don't write him off!

    • -marcos- October 20, 2009 at 10:27 AM #

      His swing is very similar to Paul O’neil’s

    • bob October 21, 2009 at 11:49 AM #

      he is definitely NOT Markakis good, he doesn't have the patience or the power, Markakis is one of the 5 best outfielders in the game, Reddick could make a couple all star games, but he's not that good. That said, with a little time and some more development he could be the right fielder of the future when JD leaves

  4. Smashwell October 20, 2009 at 6:24 PM #

    Mike Silver you are truely a bandwagon fan ;) . You're giving up on two very young talents.

    Bowden had sporatic control issues. I remember he was unhittable at the beginning of the season; matching Buchholz pitch for pitch (ERA under 1 with good splits until Mid-May) until all of a sudden, like was already said, he lost command. If it was developing a new pitch or someone trying to tinker with his mechanics than I give him a bit of a reprieve. I believe he will start in AAA next year and he will do well. Scouts have always believed he was a back of the rotation starter who will get ground balls, have good command and not rely on the strike out. If you believed he was going to be a front of the rotation starter then yes this was truely a disappointing season. He had trouble striking batters out with two strikes because he doesn't have that plus plus pitch. At other times, he seemed to get flustered and lose his command. Saying all that, he should come in next season ready to go and, Mike, remember he just turned 23. He's very young with a lot more bullets left in that gun.

    As far as Reddick, he had no business being in the majors this year. The Sox usually don't make rash decisions but they brought him up when they needed a corner OF even though he had barely seen AAA. Remember, at the end of 2008 he struggled in AA, then he played extremely well there this year. Next year he will be in AAA and he won't be rushed. I would say long term he is eying Drews spot after 2011, but like you said there is a possibility he makes it up in September or LF in 2011 if Papi leaves via FA.

    Overall good piece but don't give up yet. You once told me you thought Buchholz was toast and he began to show what hes capable of doing this year. I can't wait to see Reddick play down in Pawtucket next year and Im sure the two of us will go see a couple games. Maybe we'll go to opening day… then we'll get to see Bowden and Reddick :)

    • radiohix October 20, 2009 at 6:51 PM #

      You nailed it and yes he's developing an out pitch: The slider.

    • Mike_Silver October 20, 2009 at 8:58 PM #

      Thanks Rothwell. What happened to Ezekiel?

      • Smashwell October 21, 2009 at 4:34 AM #

        I forgot what my name was supposed to be but I figured you'd understand it was me. You've got a good gig Silver but as always I will give young players a chance until there flame is extinguished and you are more on the opposite end of the spectrum.

        FYI, this led to some interesting conversations in college

  5. Joe October 20, 2009 at 8:13 PM #

    You are far too bearish on Reddick. A 22 year old who posted the year he had at AA is still something to be excited about. Give him a year, at Pawtucket and he's a 24 year old rookie in 2011. he struggled in his first go-round at Portland in 2008 also.

    Bowden, eh. Ozzie Guillen was right about him, he just does not have the stuff to pitch in the bigs. I'd love to see him succeed but I'm not optimistic.

  6. Ernest October 20, 2009 at 10:43 PM #

    "Two of the Red Sox’ biggest prospects, Michael Bowden and Josh Reddick, had less than stellar seasons in 2009. While the pair still remain tremendous talents, it has now become more difficult to see either one in the Sox’ future plans, due in part to their failures this year…"

    Seriously, we're talking about SSS 22 year-old rookies.

    Thanks God Greg Maddux and Manny Ramirez weren't given up on after rookie struggles.

  7. Mike_Silver October 20, 2009 at 11:02 PM #

    I actually think the part on Reddick wasn't particularly bearish at all in terms of assessing his ability. He's an incredibly gifted athlete who is still finding himself at the plate at the upper levels. Nowhere have I advocated for the Sox giving up on the prospect, rather, the team may not have room for him when he is ready. I thought I had stated this but maybe it was lost in the shuffle.

    I don't think anyone can argue that he was not overmatched in the MLB this season. Talent or not, players who are ready to contribute do not strikeout in nearly 30% of their at bats with an 8-1 K:BB rate.

    With that said, he's still got as much talent as anyone in the system. The main point I was trying to communicate is that, by the time he is fully developed, the Sox might not have a spot for him. No one's trying to dismiss his talent, but he may be blocked by the time he's ready for the show.

    Bowden, on the other hand, may be in a little more trouble. Going back to what radiohix said about developing a slider, while it probably contributed a bit to his increased BBs, I find it hard to believe that one pitch, unless it is used as much as a fastball, will so drastically increase a pitcher's walk rates.

    Even so, his walk rates are still within allowable means for a reliable starter. However, he hasn't been able to consistently strikeout hitters in the upper levels. While many pitchers can put up good K numbers in the low minors, as Bowden did (9.86 K/9 in 2006, A-ball; 9.00 K/9 High-A, 7.63 AA, 2007; 8.71 AA in 2008), those numbers disappeared in the high minors. That's the real test and that's reason to be down on a prospect. By all means, he could reclaim his former success, but, at this point, there is reason be pessimistic.

  8. Gerry October 20, 2009 at 11:58 PM #

    This discussion creates, IMO, two interesting paths.

    1. One with AGon. Bowden and Reddick have been consistently part of a package for AGon. If the Padres see Bowden and Reddick as some do here, then they will be replaced in the package, by people we really don't want to give up. Absolutely no to Lester, Ells, Kelly, Westmoreland, etc. Getting the benefits of AGon should not create long or short term issues for the team.
    damage the team
    2. Without AGon. If Reddick is the future in LF (as he seems to be), then we can't trade him. If Bowden's slide is due to learning a slider, then he is becoming a better AA pitcher by adding weapons that he needs. If he progresses, then a low cost rotation of Beckett, Lester, Daisuke, Buchholz, Wake, Bowden, Tazawa, Doubrant, Kelly, etc. is worth hanging onto. We already lost Materson and Hagadone. How many more pitchers can we lose without hurting the team? Maybe this would better be a year of consolidation, letting Mike, Papi, Tek, Gonzo play through their contracts, in expectation of overhaul in 2011

  9. donna October 21, 2009 at 1:04 AM #

    newsflash…(for me)… Gerry i am right with you on #2… we will be a contender again if we made no changes for next year ( LF still an issue but would be happy with a stopgap FA for a year or two if we can't/don't retain Bay).

    i do not completely understand the willingness to give up the farm for a "superstar" when we may, in fact, be breeding more on the farm now (i.e., the likes of Youk, Pedroia, and Ells – Lester, Buccholz, Bard…). these guys are the now and future of the team. if we keep Papelbon then he is another farm hand that the team can be proud of sprouting and keeping for years.

    until and when contracts are given per year and per performance…
    and…
    what i found and still find relatively distasteful about the Yankees is their willingness to BUY championships.

    why would i go to the dark side now?

  10. E_Rock October 21, 2009 at 1:13 AM #

    As much as I'd like to "see my team remain elite", I have this stinking suspicion that the Sox will hang onto to these aging veterans while attempting to augment the staff with more Penny's. Don't get me wrong, I'd love nothing more than to see this team get infused with GREAT PLAYERS, and players that have fun playing the game. The true Sox Pessimist in me just doesn't see it happening. Get ready for 2009 part 2 boys and girls! 95 wins and sniffing that Yankee ass in the standings.

  11. Rob October 21, 2009 at 12:07 PM #

    Can you please be so kind and tell us what you thought of Pedroia at the end of 2006 and the first 200 or so ABs ins 2007? I'll wait til Reddick is 25 before I write him off.

  12. bob October 21, 2009 at 11:26 PM #

    I don't think anyone is writing Reddick off, just stating the fact that he has at least a year before he's ready. I don't think that's heresy. In any case there's no shortage of good outfielders in the system especially when you consider Westmoreland who has about as high a ceiling as a player can have, the Grady Sizemore comparisons aren't too far off. I'd love to see an Ellsbury, Reddick, Westmoreland outfield someday if only because it would be all-time range out there

  13. Jason Werth October 22, 2009 at 4:43 AM #

    Perfect, more white players from the farm system. Good old theo, keepin it pure since 2004. What a bag of douche.

  14. Gerry October 22, 2009 at 5:14 AM #

    I guess Theo should be hung in effigy for bringing aboard Gathright, Gonzalez, Saito, Tazawa, Cabrera, this year, and for trying to land Chapman, Kikuchi, AGon, Dye, Hernandez, Montero, Fielder, etc.; and for letting Ramirez, Sanchez, Hansack & Thurston head out instead of the pure Moss, Murphy, Masterson, Hagadone, Breslow, Hansen. Oh, wait. He traded them, didn't he? They must not really be white. I'm sure Murphy is black Irish. You're a silly racist living in the past, Werthman, just ask Martinez, Pedroia, Delcarmen, RRamirez, Saito, Ellsbury, Okajima, Ortiz, Matsuzaka, Lowell, Gonzales, Gathright . . . half the WS roster. Shame on him for having white players on there.

  15. MKM October 23, 2009 at 12:50 AM #

    "However, his 2009 was nothing short of a disaster, as he was belted in every way imaginable in every appearance he made."

    This statement alone completely shatters this article's credibility (at least as it pertains to Bowden). It's simply not true and leads me to believe that you merely looked at his finishing line for the season. Go back and actually look at how he performed in the games he started. He had his struggles, but he had a lot of VERY strong performances which more often than not were canceled out by his team's dormant bats. The Paw Sox were abysmal this year when it came to offense. He's still got plenty to prove, I agree there, but in no way was 2009 a disaster for him.

  16. Gerry October 24, 2009 at 5:56 PM #

    Excellent point. And his comment that he really liked RP, liked the rush, came after he struck out the side in a pressure situation. He has good stuff, no doubt. Listen to Ozzie at your peril. Anecdotally, he seemed to tire after a couple of innings, which effected his command and velocity and his ERA. That could be because 2009 was the first time his schedule was stretched beyond the AA season and he really was dealing with fatigue issues during intense competition, plus the anxiety of being a 22 year old AA/AAA guy trying to prove himself at Fenway. Give him several months of polishing at AAA and see what comes up. If he gets traded to SD, I can't imagine how good he would be there come July.

  17. James October 27, 2009 at 12:04 AM #

    I think ignorant statements like this show who is the douche and racist too:

    Jason Werth · 4 days ago
    Perfect, more white players from the farm system. Good old theo, keepin it pure since 2004. What a bag of douche.