Joined: Feb 27 2008, 05:28 AM

Nov 19 2010, 02:16 AM #171

The Cuban to keep tabs on this coming season is Adalberto Ibarra, 23, catcher. He is likely to debut at Salem but some think Portland.

Here's the SoxProspects scouting report:


Scouting Report: Athletic catcher with an excellent frame and a very strong arm . Came up through the Cuban ranks as an all-purpose infielder, only converted to catching in 2009 . Raw in the blocking and game-calling department. Good hands and solid fundamentals. Offensively, Ibarra has solid swing mechanics and a lot of potential. High power ceiling. Hits to all fields with decent present power. Laces a lot of opposite field liners, meaning his swing is well-suited for Fenway. Smart player with leadership skills. Needs to learn English. Defected from Cuba following the 2009 season and became eligible to sign in the U.S. in April 2010. Boston invited him for an early tryout and signed him almost immediately, stating the belief that he has higher offensive potential than any catcher in the Red Sox system . The Sox beat out several other teams for his services.


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Nov 19 2010, 02:38 AM #172

Free Agent Blogger @ Nov 18 2010, 10:16 PM wrote: The Cuban to keep tabs on this coming season is Adalberto Ibarra, 23, catcher. He is likely to debut at Salem but some think Portland.

Here's the SoxProspects scouting report:


Scouting Report: Athletic catcher with an excellent frame and a very strong arm . Came up through the Cuban ranks as an all-purpose infielder, only converted to catching in 2009 . Raw in the blocking and game-calling department. Good hands and solid fundamentals. Offensively, Ibarra has solid swing mechanics and a lot of potential. High power ceiling. Hits to all fields with decent present power. Laces a lot of opposite field liners, meaning his swing is well-suited for Fenway. Smart player with leadership skills. Needs to learn English. Defected from Cuba following the 2009 season and became eligible to sign in the U.S. in April 2010. Boston invited him for an early tryout and signed him almost immediately, stating the belief that he has higher offensive potential than any catcher in the Red Sox system . The Sox beat out several other teams for his services.
Well I've got my AA tickets, so whoever plays for Portland is who I'll follow.

Linares is more than a AA player, that much I'm sure of. His defense is every bit as ready as Jose's if what I saw is what he does consistently. But you just never know who can hit MLB pitching until they actually face MLB pitching every day.
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Joined: Feb 27 2008, 05:28 AM

Nov 19 2010, 04:26 AM #173

SoxProspects Portland projections (SP rank):


Starters
RH Casey Kelly (1)
RH Stephen Fife (36)
RH Alex Wilson (26)
RH Stolmy Pimentel (8)
RH Brock Huntzinger

Bullpen
RH Daniel Turpen
RH Eammon Portice
RH Seth Garrison
LH Mitch Herold
RH Ryne Miller
LH Kyle Fernandes
RH Mike Lee
RH Miguel Gonzalez
LH Will Latimer
RH Jeremy Kehrt
LH Lance McClain
RH Kelvin Pichardo

Lineup
C Ryan Lavarnway (15)
1B Anthony Rizzo (3)
2B Oscar Tejeda (14)
3B Will Middlebrooks (13)
SS Jose Iglesias (6)
LF Jorge Padrón (52)
CF Che-Hsuan Lin (17)
RF Alex Hassan (29)
DH Juan Carlos Linares (51)

Bench
C Tim Federowicz (37)
IF Jon Hee
UT Ryan Khoury
OF Chih-Hsien Chiang
C Will Vazquez
1B Jon Still
1B Drew Hedman
OF Jason Place



Should be a lot of good times at the ballpark. 4 of the top 10 and several poised to make a jump.

ADD: Don't assume that Linares being pencilled in as the DH is any indictment of his defense. More likely the case, he's already experienced enough there that the Sox want to give outfield time to other prospects. Portland mission isn't to win games, it's to train prospects.


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Dec 14 2010, 04:47 PM #174

AFTERMATH:


BA's likely top 10 vs (SoxProspects top 10):

1. Iglesias (2)
2. Ranaudo (4)
(Kalish) (1)
3. Britton (7)
4. Reddick (10)
5. Doubront (5)
6. Pimentel (6)
7. Cecchini (18)
8. Anderson (3)
9. Tejeda (12)
10. Vitek (8)

Navarro (9)


The difference is primarily that BA only publishes once a year and to some extent has to project what kind of season they expect. SoxProspects changes once a week. Kalish is no longer eligible to be on BA's list.


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