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A farewell to the many prospects Dave Dombrowski traded Tuesday

A farewell to the many prospects Dave Dombrowski traded Tuesday

A baseball lesson: There’s trading a top prospect because you know he’s not as good as everyone thinks (a la the Atlanta Braves back in the day with Andy Marte) and then there’s straight-up dumping out the treasure chest because you’re Dave GD Dombrowski and you’ll be damned if “promise” is going to get in the way of you making a zillion trades… a la Dave Dombrowski.  

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Since the start of the 2016 season, Dombrowski has traded four of his top 10 prospects by Baseball America’s rankings, and three of his top five. The group is led by Yoan Moncada, who was considered the team’s best prospect before he was shipped to Chicago in Tuesday’s blockbuster trade for Chris Sale. 

 

All in all, the Sox sent out six prospects in two trades Tuesday, and they’ll join the likes of Anderson Espinoza, Manuel Margot and others with whom Dombrowski has willingly parted since taking over as Boston’s president of baseball operations. 

Here’s a look at the players the Sox gave up Tuesday: 

YOAN MONCADA, 2B 
Baseball America Red Sox ranking: 1
MLB.com Red Sox ranking: 1

Moncada’s eight games in the Major Leagues to this point haven’t been impressive, but using that as rationale (as some may have when the Sox traded a young Hanley Ramirez in the Josh Beckett trade) is likely wishful thinking. 

The Cuban infielder was ranked the No. 1 prospect in baseball by Baseball America last season. The outlet projects him as a five-tool player whose potential to hit for average and power will outweigh strikeout concerns. 

From August: 

Built like a running back at 6-foot-2, 205 pounds, Moncada is an explosive athlete with true five-tool potential. A switch-hitter, Moncada has electric bat speed, which combined with his strength allows him to smash hard line drives all over the field. He has at least plus raw power, with that power starting to translate more in games thanks to mechanical adjustments he’s worked on this season.  

MICHAEL KOPECH, RHP
Baseball America Red Sox ranking: 5
MLB.com Red Sox ranking: 5

A first-round pick of the Sox in the 2014 draft, Kopech has yet to reach Double A, but, per two radar guns, has reached 105 miles an hour with his fastball. If that number is accurate, it ranks just one tenth of a mile-per-hour behind Arolis Chapman’s 2010 fastball for the fastest pitch recorded. 

Regardless of the pitch’s exact speed, it does damage. Pitching in High-A Salem last season, Kopech struck out a whopping 82 batters in 52 innings. 

LUIS ALEXANDER BASABE, OF 
Baseball America Red Sox ranking: 9 
MLB.com Red Sox ranking: 8

The switch-hitting outfielder spent most of last season in Single-A Greenville, hitting .258/.325/.447 in 105 games with 12 homers and 52 RBI. The Venezuela native is considered a decent fielder with a very good arm. 

If his name sounds familiar, it’s because it’s the same first and last name as twin brother Luis Alejandro Basabe. Perhaps not surprisingly, Dombrowski also traded him over the last year when he shipped the second baseman to Arizona in the Brad Ziegler trade. 

MAURICIO DUBON, SS/2B
(Not ranked among Baseball America’s top 10 Red Sox prospects) 
MLB.com Red Sox ranking: 17

Maybe the kind of guy you want to keep on the same day you trade Yoan Moncada. 

Dubon is considered a very solid infield prospect, so much so that The Boston Globe noted Tuesday that “teams were absolutely drooling over Dubon’s defense and his offensive potential.” He finished the season at Double-A Portland, hitting .339/.371/.538 with six homers, six triples and 40 RBI. 

VICTOR DIAZ, RHP
(Not ranked among Baseball America’s top 10 Red Sox prospects) 
 MLB.com Red Sox ranking: 28

The hard-throwing righty reportedly hit triple digits with his fastball this season and, like Kopech, used his fastball to his advantage. He struck out 63 batters in 60.1 innings for Single-A Greenville

JOSH PENNINGTON, RHP 
(Not ranked among Baseball America’s top 10 Red Sox prospects) 
MLB.com Red Sox ranking: N/A

This is an interesting one. He was drafted as a project in the 2014 draft after learning that he would need Tommy John Surgery. He was starting to make good on his potential this past season, posting a 2.86 ERA and striking out 49 batters in 56.2 innings for Short-Season A Lowell. 

Drew Pomeranz leaves start vs. Yankees with back spasms

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Drew Pomeranz leaves start vs. Yankees with back spasms

BOSTON — At a time when it’s reasonable to contemplate how the rest of the season would look without David Price, the Red Sox got a scare Friday night when lefty Drew Pomeranz was removed in the top of the fourth inning.

The initial diagnosis, back spasms, was encouraging considering the arm trouble Pomeranz had last year and into this year. His left elbow was in question coming into 2017, but he’s proved the most reliable Sox pitcher behind Chris Sale.

There was one out in the fourth inning at Fenway Park when Pomeranz delivered a 1-0 pitch for a ball to the Yankees’ Chase Headley. The lefty exited with a team trainer with the Red Sox leading 2-0. Brandon Workman entered in relief.

Before Friday night’s game, Sox manager John Farrell said the team was not looking outside the organization for rotation help in response to a question about Price’s health situation.

“I don’t think we’ve thought about going outside or bringing somebody up from Pawtucket to replace anybody in the rotation thus far,” Farrell said. “Our focus has been doing whatever we can to get David back and we haven’t abandoned that yet.”

An injury to another starter — such as Pomeranz — however, would be a big blow as the Sox wait to see what will happen with Price.

Farrell: Pedroia (knee) has made 'really good strides' over past week

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Farrell: Pedroia (knee) has made 'really good strides' over past week

BOSTON — Dustin Pedroia’s slated to stay behind when the Red Sox go to Cleveland on Monday for the start of a four-game series, a positive sign for the second baseman who’s trying to make it back from a left knee injury. 

“He’s improving,” Sox manager John Farrell said. “The strength and conditioning that he’s going through, along with treatment, there’s been some really good strides made over this past week. 

“We’re hopeful that baseball activities are coming in the early part of this coming week.”

Pedroia could see some time at DH upon his expected return as he manages the knee condition.