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.

Next up, the Minnesota Twins – Josh Beckett versus Nick Blackburn (first pitch at 7:05PM). Catch it today on WEEI. Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait until March 13 to actually see one of these games on NESN. The whole schedule is here, courtesy the Globe.

Been wondering what Adrian Beltre’s spray chart might look like at Fenway? Here you go, courtesy of katron.org’s MLB Gameday BIP Location tool. Cool stuff.

Beltre's Safeco spray chart at Fenway Park

Beltre 2009 at Fenway

Kevin Goldstein at Baseball Prospectus has released his top 101 prospects list. Red Sox farmhands making the cut include Ryan Westmoreland (14th), Kelly (30th), Josh Reddick (58th), and Kalish (76th). Nice to see so many position players on there, but where are Lars Anderson, Michael Bowden and Junichi Tazawa?

David Pinto gives his prediction for the Red Sox offense for 2010: something around 5.53 runs/game. Comparatively, he has the Yankees at 5.83 runs/game.

Jeremy Greenhouse at Baseball Analysts ranks the best pitches of 2009 using PITCHf/x and run values per 100 pitches. Daniel Bard’s slider grades out as one of the top breaking balls, while Jonathan Papelbon’s split-finger fastball was “one of the worst splitters in baseball last year”.

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