Links 9-20-2010: Beckett and Lackey, farm awards, V-Mart, crowdsourced contracts

Joe Pawlikowski examines Josh Beckett and John Lackey, and concludes that Beckett is probably more likely to return to form next season.

The Red Sox announced their minor league awards for 2010. Pitcher of the year is Felix Doubront, who did great as a starter, then bit the bullet to relieve for the Major League club.

After years of our top prospects kind of flaming out and struggling, Ryan Lavarnway and Anthony Rizzo are building some real value after very strong 2010 campaigns. And don’t forget Oscar Tejeda and Jose Iglesias, who also performed very well this year. Prospect guru John Sickels believes that Rizzo has passed up Lars Anderson as the top 1B prospect in our system.

The Red Sox signed four more international players, according to the Full Count blog.

Sully at Red Sox Beacon puts Darnell McDonald’s season into context for us. Yes, his defense was exposed in center field, but McDonald was better than a lot of ¬†“name” outfielders out there this year.¬†Without him, this team would have been sunk a while ago.

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5-12-2010: Dice-K finally earns his name against the Blue Jays

Now that’s what I’m talking about! Daisuke Matsuzaka showed that the Dice-K of 2008 is still in there somewhere, as he allowed just three hits over seven innings to the Toronto Blue Jays last night. He struck out nine batters and walked nobody. Not that he needed to be that good, given all the free passes given out by starter Dana Eveland and then Shawn Camp.

Let’s not get too excited here: Dice-K was not as bad as he looked in his past two starts, but he wasn’t as good as he looked in this one. Let’s face it, the Blue Jays are far and away the most strikeout-prone club in the AL, with 300 Ks on the season (Tampa Bay is a distant 2nd at 258 Ks). And their team .308 OBP might have had something to do with Matsuzaka’s success last night. So I’m not saying he’s all the way back. But it was encouraging.

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Links 3-4-2010: ST Day 1 & schedule, Safeco to Fenway, BP top prospects

The Red Sox battered their college-level competition yesterday (as well they should), besting Northeastern University 15-0 and beating Boston College by a score of 6-1. Phenom Casey Kelly was sharp in his Spring debut, setting down the in order and using just 10 pitches. David Ortiz hit a two-run homer, and  The second game featured shortstop prospect Jose Iglesias coming through with a bases-loaded double in the 4th, then tagging the ball hard again in the 6th, only to be out on a good play. Ryan Kalish also had a good night, reaching twice, scoring twice, and driving in a run. Boof Bonser also impressed in his inning, making short work of the Eagles to start Game 2.

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Breaking down Buchholz

For those who are not familiar, there’s a nice blog called Driveline Mechanics where they analyze pitchers’ stuff, mechanics and evaluate what they do well and what they don’t. This helps determine how much of an injury risk they are in the long term. Great resource for those who are pitching-inclined.

Their latest entry might interest some of you out there: it’s Clay Buchholz.

It’s pretty involved, so don’t go there unless you are really into pitching and scouting. Spoiler: he’s got very solid mechanics and should thrive for many years. Not an elevated injury risk, making him real valuable to the Red Sox. Nice.

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