Top of the List
Last Thursday, Baseball Prospectus released its list of the Red Sox Top 15 minor league prospects.
Number one on the list – Rhode Island’s own Ryan Westmoreland.
(photo courtesy of Kelly O’Connor)
The Portsmouth, RI native had an outstanding first professional season with Single-A Lowell, batting .296 (.401 OBP/.885 OPS) with 7 HR, 35 RBI and 19 SB (without being caught) in 60 games.
Unfortunately, the 19-year-old outfielder’s season ended on August 28th when he broke his collarbone while making a diving catch. Westmoreland had surgery in September and is almost completely recovered according to the Providence Journal.
“He’s doing great,” Red Sox director of player development Mike Hazen told the Projo’s Joe McDonald. “He has no pain and his range of motion is back 100 percent. Everything went really well and we have no concerns right now physically.”
I’m really looking forward to eventually watching Westmoreland play. While I’ve never seen him on a baseball diamond, I had the opportunity to broadcast one of Ryan’s high school basketball games a few years ago on Cox Sports TV and it was obvious that he is a tremendous athlete.
If you would like a sneak peak at Westmoreland’s smooth left-handed swing, here is YouTube video of one of his home runs for Lowell (be patient, it’s the entire at-bat and he doesn’t hit the HR for about 2 ˝ minutes).
According to Baseball Prospectus, the Red Sox have two five-star prospects: Westmoreland and pitcher/infielder Casey Kelly. Neither one is projected to play for Pawtucket this year, but several of the website’s Top 15 are good bets to spend time with the PawSox in 2010 including:
#3 Josh Reddick
#4 Ryan Kalish
#7 Junichi Tazawa
#8 Michael Bowden
#9 Lars Anderson
To see the Baseball Prospectus article click here. Much of the content is restricted to subscribers, but you can see the entire Top 15 list and read their in-depth scouting report on Westmoreland.
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