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Old 09-04-2019, 01:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Hitmen77 View Post
The season is over for all Sox farm teams except Great Falls. How did our noteworthy prospects do? This is just off the top of my head - not an in depth analysis by any means. Let me know if I missed anyone or if you think players should be ranked otherwise. I didn't include 2019 draft picks.

Successful year:
Robert - complete turnaround from a disappointing 2018. See you in mid-April.
Madrigal - drafted only last year and he finished out the year hitting .331 with a .822 OPS over 29 games at AAA.
Stiever - Outstanding year for the 2018 5th round pick.
Collins - huge turnaround in offense after demotion back to AAA.
Sheets - looked pretty good once he got adjusted to AA. Power finally starting to show.
Walker - slumped a bit in July, but had good numbers in June and August.
Flores - pitched well when not injured. Missed over 2 months with oblique injury
Others: McClure, Mendick, Heuer, Mercedes, Sousa, Sosa

Mixed results:
Rutherford - very slow start at AA. Like Walker: good June, slumped in July and rebounded in Aug. Still lacks power, but is also still young for his level.
L. Gonzalez - his progress stalled somewhat this year. Turns 24 next week.
Pilkington - looked good at times, but also struggled at times.

Basabe - Didn't show much and missed a lot of time with injuries. 1 more option year left
Adolfo - missed almost entire season due to elbow surgery
Burdi - struggled in return from TJS. Only 19 IP before going down with another season-ending injury.
Fulmer - time is just about up for this 8th overall pick.
Hansen - 2nd lousy season in a row after stellar 2017
Bryce Bush - injured and struggled offensively. But, still only 19.

Dunning, Lambert: TJS
Burger - 2nd full season missed. Might be tough to come back from that.
You left off Vaughn who would go in the "mixed results" group. I also think you're being a bit generous with Rutherford and Gonzalez, but I agree they belong a tier above everyone in your "disappointing" list. Maybe there should be a separate category for "Incomplete", for guys like Basabe, Adolfo, Burdi, and Bush who technically played this season, but their seasons were still defined by injuries.
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