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Red Sox Prospect Jalen Beeks Could Be The Next Guy From Paw Sox

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Red Sox Prospect Jalen Beeks Could Be The Next Pitching Prospect Out Of Red Sox System

Jalen Beeks made his 4th start at the AAA level on Tuesday night against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. Tonight, he went 6 1/3 innings, giving up 4 hits, 3 runs, 3 walks, and 9 strikeouts on 105 pitches (63 strikes). His ERA at the AAA Pawtucket is now 3.60. The Paw Sox went on to drop this one 7-0 to Lehigh Valley.

2 of those runs came in the 5th inning after he allowed 2 runners to reach base. Then with 2 outs, Pedro Florimon hit a fly ball to left field that Brian Bogusevic had to run very far to have a chance to catch. Bogusevic had a chance to catch it, but it hit off of his glove as he slid to catch it. Both runners ended up scoring on that play.

The other run came in the 7th after Beeks was taken out of the game. After a lead off single to Hector Gomez, Beeks struck out Angelo Mora. That is when Beeks was lifted from the game for Jamie Callahan. Later in the inning, J.P. Crawford hit a single up the middle that drove in Gomez. That officially ended the night for Beeks.

Jalen Beeks Impresses On Tuesday

This is the second time Beeks has pitched at McCoy Stadium. In his first start on June 9th against the Buffalo Bisons, Beeks impressed by only giving up 1 earned run in 6 innings. Tonight he showed us why he could possible be the next top pitching prospect out of the Red Sox organization.

“He buries his holds. He maintains his stuff from the stretch. [Beeks] does a lot of things well, and he’s got a really good pitch-ability. He’s not afraid to pitch inside either.” said manager Kevin Boles regarding Jalen Beeks

From what I saw tonight from Beeks is exactly what manger Kevin Boles said. He isn’t going to over power you with his fastball as it sits in the low 90’s. But he holds the ball making it difficult for the hitter to see. He isn’t afraid to throw the ball up in the zone either. Tonight, he was able to get a ton of swing and misses on his up in the zone.

Beeks was able to get swing and misses on a consistent bases with all of his pitches. He could work both sides of the plates, in any count, to keep hitters off balance. The most impressive part of his 9 strikeouts tonight was that 7 of them came on sing and misses. These strikeouts have been coming often at AAA. In 25 innings, he has 24. However, in 2 of his starts he has had 4 or less. Both of those games on the road.

What Jalen Beeks Could Be

If a pitcher is able to pitch on the inside part of the plate, they will succeed. There is no if’s, and’s, or but’s about it. Jalen Beeks is able to do that. Some of the best pitchers in the game are able to do that. If Jalen Beeks is able to get more speed on his pitches, it should be able to get him to get more swings and misses outside the zone. Right now, he pitches around the zone to get a lot of his swing and misses.

It is going to be very difficult for him to get to that point because he did have an elbow problem during his time in college. But if he is able to overcome that, he could be a dominate starter in the major leagues.

It’ll be interesting to see how Beeks pitches his next time out when the Paw Sox play in Scranton this weekend. Will he be able to have a big strikeout game. So far, he hasn’t been able to do it in consecutive starts.

Evan is a attending Bryant University and joined the Trifecta Network as an Editor in February of 2016 and is a guest on Down to the WIRE Sports Talk.

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Bottom Line: Boston Red Sox Need Stanton

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Boston Red Sox Team President Dave Dombrowski isn’t a great talent evaluator. Throughout his entire career, he has built his success by acquiring proven big league talent. Betting on that changing anytime soon is foolish, so why not make another move for proven talent?

Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins has long been rumored to be on the trade block and Boston is just one of his potential destinations. Reports have stated thought that Stanton would prefer a trade to a team like the Dodgers despite “advisers” pushing for Boston.

The Stanton vs Judge potential is enough to get any baseball fans heart racing. But should Boston present Miami a god offer? Some have balked at the potential of trading any more prospects but let me tell you a very well known secret, Boston’s farm system has been pillaged. Jay Groome and Michael Chavis are considered the best two prospects remaining under Dombrowski.

So any thought of depleting the farm system anymore should be tossed out the window as there isn’t much left there, to begin with. On top of that, the current makeup of the team and the organization is winning now, a strategy that is far from working given the current talent in the lineup. Last season the Red Sox lacked true pop in their lineup after the retirement of David Ortiz. Many at the time sold it as the 2015 Royals who nickeled and dimed their way to a world series title. But when it came down to it the 2017 Boston Red Sox lacked balls.

Boston needs a power bat in the heart of their order. Not just for the home runs from that player, but for the protection they would offer the other hitters in the lineup. If you were a pitcher facing the Red Sox last season almost every hitter in the lineup could be pitched too. The only exception might be Hanley Ramirez, but the BIG HR simply was set up to fail to have to step in for Ortiz with no protection around him.

Stanton would instantly bring in pop, lineup protection, and the much needed “it” factor that will help drive fans to the team. Without this type of move, it is hard to see how next season will be any different.

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Minimum Expectations for the 2018 Red Sox

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Last year, it was Chris Sale; in 2016, the exorbitantly expensive David Price was all the hype. Both of these roundly heralded saviors produced the same underwhelming results. Another short-winded trip to the playoffs; another bummer of a year.

The Red Sox simply cannot afford a third consecutive first-round exit, in the 2018 postseason. And it seems that Dave Dombrowski knows this. In an attempt to prevent car-flipping anarchy in the streets, he fired the overseer of all this recent failure (his direct subordinate) – John Farrell.

Now the Sox will be heading into next season with a newfangled remedy. No, it’s not a hundred-million dollar player. This time around, management has received the upgrade. It’s the newly hired manager, Alex Cora, who will be charged with the burden of resurrecting one of the most venerated franchises in professional sports.

On Monday, Cora was formally introduced to Boston as the new manager (or scapegoat).

Good luck, buddy! You’re gonna need it.  

Should Boston fans really expect an appreciable change to be affected by just one man? After all, this is exactly what we’ve done, to no avail, for the past few years. And if Cora really represents the end-all-be-all solution, what is a realistic accomplishment for him, and his club, in the first season of his tenure?

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Like Looking in the Mirror

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After watching the Houston Astros win the 2017 World Series, Red Sox fans deserve to be upset.

Go ahead and sink into your bed of indignance, for a couple of days, and don’t let anyone stop you, Red Sox Nation. You’re safe there.  

The asseveration has lingered on the tip of Boston’s tongue, ever since the ALDS – “That could have been us!” And it’s true, it could have been the Sox hoisting that trophy, on Wednesday night.

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