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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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Red Sox Managerial Decision Seemingly Made Up



Did anyone think that the Boston Red Sox would take their time when hiring their new field manager? According to one report the team is moving rather quickly

According to one report, the team is moving rather quickly to the point where their minds are already made up.

“There is a 99.9 percent chance of [Cora] being named Red Sox leader,” a source told Puerto Rico’s El Nuevo Dia. “They want him for the job. That post is for him. Alex is very beloved there. And he would love to run Boston. They want to make the fast decision.”

Cora is currently serving as the bench coach for the Houston Astros, a team that is battling it out with the New York Yankees for the chance to go to the World Series. Boston isn’t the only suitor for the former player however. Cora is set to meet with the New York Mets on Tuesday and is also expected to be of interest to other teams like the Philadelphia Phillies.

But the interest between Boston and Cora is mutual and a report from Puerto Rico confirms that. Cora played for the Red Sox during his career and was part of the 2007 Wolrd Series team. At the time he was considered an excellent leader on the team that had all the intangible qualities of one daying being an excellent coach. Since his playing days, he has served as an ESPN Analyst, GM of Puerto Rico national team, coach in Puerto Rico’s baseball league, and now a bench coach for Houston.

If the Red Sox are able to bring in Cora it would be seen as if they had been grooming him for years and that he is their guy. With other suitors in tow, it looks like an offer from the Boston Red Sox to Cora is going to come rather quickly. And quite frankly, this is the best decision for the team.

Acquiring Cora is far superior to a long time mediocre manager like Ron Gardenhire or a failed first coach stinter like Brad Ausmus. Cora is both young and has some prior experience to bring to the table. The one real question with him is if he will be too buddy-buddy with the players, a very real possibility.

Red Sox fans seem to be rather torn on this topic, many seem to like the idea of an old manager like Gardenhire, while others favor Cora who was a fan favorite as a player. In reality the true intentions or favorite of the Red Sox is unknown, but for the moment, Cora looks like the lock.

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Red Sox Manager Contestants Stepping Right Up



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On Wednesday the Boston Red Sox fired field manager John Farrell. With the departure of Farrell, the Red Sox must now conduct a full and wide search for their next manager. There are dozens of potential candidates for the job. The one choice that will have to be made is to either to go young or go old.

Fortunately for us, Dave Dombrowski gave a general outline of what he will be looking for in the next manager. In his post-firing presser, he mentioned that the candidate is unlikely to come from within.

That comment seemingly rules out a candidate like Chili Davis or Gary Ddisarcina.

In terms of experience, Dombrowski said “I think managerial experience helps. I don’t think it’s a 100% necessity.”. He also mentioned the importance of being in the dugout as experience. The last time Dombrowski hired a field manager he was in charge of the Detroit Tigers. The coach he hired at the time was Brad Asmus. So maybe that means he will go on the younger side.

If he goes young in terms of experience here is the list of potential candidates:

  • Brad Asmus: Asmus was let go by Detriot after having a rather shaky first tenure as a manager. He was hired by Dombrowski and has plenty of connections to New England. He will land somewhere this offseason.
  • Alex Cora: Direct connections to Boston and knows how the media is here. Well respected by players and has coached in Puerto Rico and is the bench coach for AJ Hinch’s Houston Astros.
  • Jason Varitek: Obvious connections here. But he has no actual experience as a coach in the dugout. He has helped with player development and scouting as a special assistant to the gm in Boston. But chances are he isn’t in the conversation.
  • Hensley Meulens: Speaks Spanish, English (and other languages), has extensive coaching experience and serves as the hitting coach for the Giants. Has coached the Netherlands in the WBC. There has been a rumor that Major League Baseball is encouraging the Red Sox to hire a coach of minority status. Meulens fits that bill.

In terms of an older/experiences option, there are a few. There is an opportunity here for Dombrowksi. That opportunity is to convince the well respected Jim Leyland to come out of retirement. Leyland though doesn’t seem interested in coaching again and decline to come to Boston a long time ago.

Below are few options for an experienced field manager:

  • Leyland
  • Torey Luvullo: Had a 93 win first season at the helm of Arizona. Could be convinced to leave to come back to Boston.
  • Joe Girardi: Could be on his way out of New York. Is a noted good in-game manager.
  • Ron Gardenhire: Former Twins manager and currently a bench coach for the Diamondbacks. This kind of smells to me though.

What way will Dombrowski go with is anyone’s guess. This process can take awhile with the team needing to lock down a list and start the interview process. According to Dombrowski he always has a list of people for every position he might have to hire for. So, in theory, this could happen fairly quickly.

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Red Sox Fire John Farrell



On Wednesday morning the Boston Red Sox have announced that they have parted ways with field manager John Farrell.

Farrell has been the manager since 2013 and during his tenure, he led the team to 3 AL East division titles and a World Series Victory. The other two seasons happened to be two straight last-place finishes.

Farrell has been constantly criticized for his below average in game management, but being able to win 93 games when your team had turmoil and underperformances all season was impressive. While personally, I am not a supporter of him. I feel as if he often fails to get the credit he deserves.

But when it comes down to it, he is not the future at the helm for the Boston Red Sox.

According to the team, the process to find the next field manager will start immediately with Dave Dombrowski addressing the situation shortly.

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