Links 2-28-2010: Spring rotation, BA top prospects, scouts agree on Papi


The Sox announced their opening rotation for Spring Training this weekend:

Wed 3/3 Northeastern – Casey Kelly
Wed 3/3 Boston College – Boof Bonser
Thu 3/4 Minnesota – Josh Beckett
Fri 3/5 Minnesota – Jon Lester, Tim Wakefield
Sat 3/5 Minnesota – John Lackey
Sat 3/5 Tampa Bay – Felix Doubront
Sun 3/6 Baltimore – Clay Buchholz

Baseball America released their annual top 100 prospects this week. Red Sox farmhands making the list: OF Ryan Westmoreland (#21), SP Casey Kelly (#24), OF Josh Reddick (#75), 1B Lars Anderson (#87).

Saberists believe that David Ortiz has become vulnerable to the fastball up and in, and that has been verified by at least one Major League scout. Reduced bat speed appears to be the culprit. He’s still plenty dangerous, but he can be beat.

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