The Boston Red Sox farm system is filled with talent, but that does not guarantee success for the minor league affiliates. In Brandon Magee‘s DSL Red Sox offensive review, he details the ups and downs of the rookie league team’s 2015 season.
The Dominican Summer League is a clash of cultures. Players from around the Caribbean, South America, Central America and even Europe begin their quest for baseball stardom in the academies of the Dominican Republic. Each has shown enough promise or has skills that can be further developed. Some blossom immediately and move quickly to the United States for more advanced work. Some take years of tinkering to finally move to the next stage. Some never advance. As we look at the various performers for the Red Sox in the Dominican Summer League, keep in mind that these players are a long, long way from Fenway. We can’t even find photographic evidence that these players exist. While the next Xander Bogaerts or Hanley Ramirez may be present, it is also possible no one ever sniffs a major league park.
Player of the Year
Centerfielder Lorenzo Cedrola was a game changer offensively and defensively for the division winning Red Sox 2 club. In his first professional season, Cedrola hit .321/.420/.415 with eight doubles, seven triples and 27 stolen bases (5th in the league). Cedrola reached base via walks 23 times but also via hit by pitch 23 times, easily leading the league. Defensively, Cedrola was charged with a single error in 554 innings while throwing out eleven runners.
In his third season with the DSL Red Sox, outfielder Juan Hernandez continued to show improvement both offensively and defensively. In 62 games for Red Sox 2, Hernandez batted .326/.415/.365 with nine doubles, 32 walks and 22 stolen bases. Like Cedrola, he also committed only a single error in the field while knocking down 13 baserunners.
In his fourth season with the Red Sox, catcher Pablo Urena put up his best offensive numbers. In 30 games between both of the Red Sox teams, Urena batted .274/.356/.425 with seven extra base hits. He was also called on to pitch in a game, allowing an earned run on two hits over 2 2/3 innings of work.
In his debut season with the Red Sox, 20 year old Eddy Reynoso showed a potent bat. In 43 games for Red Sox 1, Reynoso batted .302/.365/.420 with ten doubles and three home runs.
Third baseman Stanley Espinal sparkled in his debut season, playing all 72 regular season games for the Red Sox 2. Espinal showed superior power, slugging 14 doubles, seven triples and six home runs while putting up a line of .281/.323/.437. His defense lagged behind his offense as he committed 24 errors at the hot corner.
In his second season with the Red Sox, utility man Rafael Toribio showed dramatic offensive improvement, hitting .299/.379/.377, increasing his OPS by .340 points over his debut season. Toribio slugged four doubles and four triples while stealing 19 bases. Toribio played left and right field, second and third base, shortstop and even pitched 1/3 of an inning.
Right fielder Ramfis Berroa batted .253/.358/.395 in his debut season with the Red Sox, slugging ten doubles and three home runs while walking 21 times. Like Cedrola and Hernandez, he only committed a single error in the field.
Left fielder Juan Barriento showed a dramatic increase in his power numbers during his second season with the Red Sox. After hitting a pair of extra base hits in his debut season, Barriento slugged 24 extra base hits in his second season (15 doubles and five home runs) while batting .268/.314/.408 in 68 games. Barriento was charged with a pair of errors, but knocked down six runners on the bases from his left field station.
Next Year’s Stars
In his debut season with the Red Sox, outfielder Marino Campana played in all 72 games for the Red Sox 1, batting .275/.338/.382 with 16 doubles and four triples. Campana committed four errors in the outfield, but also threw out six runners.
Catcher Carlos Pulido played in 36 games for Red Sox 2, batting .273/.384/.331 with five extra base hits, 15 walks and eight hit by pitches in his debut season. Pulido was a little rough behind the plate, as he had seven errors and eight passed balls in 33 games, while allowing 74% of runners to successfully steal a base on him.
Like Pablo Urena, Samuel Miranda caught for both the Red Sox 1 and the Red Sox 2 squads this season, seeing action in 50 games. Miranda batted .262/.340/.326 with 11 doubles and 18 walks in his second season in the DSL. In his 47 games behind the plate, Miranda committed six errors and had eight passed balls, but threw out 48% of runners attempting to steal.
Catcher Marcos Martinez showed the ability to get on base in his first season in the DSL, batting .220/.363/.253 with 20 hits and 17 walks. Like Pulido and Miranda, he also struggled behind the plate with five errors and eight passed balls.
Hemerson Serven showed power potential in his debut season, slugging 14 doubles and two triples in in 57 games. Serven, who played first base and the outfield, batted .237/.315/.317 for the season.
Middle infielder Jose Lozada batted only .216/.255/.314 in 19 games for the Red Sox in 2015. However, it appears that injuries took a tool on his abilities this season, often going weeks between appearances.
Second baseman Eduard Conde hit .211/.290/.258 with seven extra base hits and 20 walks in his first professional season. Conde also committed eight errors in his 58 games at second.
Freiberg Marin put up a strange line of .194/.305/.248 with three doubles and four triples over 62 games as the Red Sox 2 second baseman. Marin walked a team high 33 times but his 51 strikeouts also led the team. Marin was charged with ten errors in the field.
Imeldo Diaz batted .217/.289/.245 with six extra base hits in his debut season with the Red Sox. The shortstop, who played in 70 of 72 games, committed 22 errors in the field.
Third Baseman Elwin Tejeda hit .184/.290/.232 in his first professional season. Like Marin, Tejeda showed that he could get on base via the walk (with 27) but was vulnerable to strikeouts, whiffing 59 times. Tejeda picked up 19 errors in his 57 games at the hot corner.
The youngest player on the Red Sox team, catcher Keibert Petit hit .201/.241/.246 with five extra base hits. In 24 games behind the plate, Petit threw out 23% of runners attempting to steal.
Outfielder Dawill Aponte put up a line of .180/.256/.224 with six extra base hits and 18 walks in his debut season. Aponte was charged with a single error in his outfield positions while catching six runners on the bases.
Shortstop Reinaldo Ugueto struggled in his first season for the Red Sox, hitting .175/.275/.193 with three doubles and 17 walks. Ugueto also was charged with 26 errors in the field.
End of the Line?
Age is a cruel line of demarcation, especially in the DSL. Willis Figueroa showed an impressive eye in his debut season for the Red Sox, walking 53 times, good for fourth in the league. Unfortunately, debuting at the age of 20 puts a player in an awkward position of needing to perform immediately before they age out of the league. Figueroa batted .222/.398/.271 with six extra base hits. He also committed six errors in the outfield.
In his third season with the Red Sox, 20 year old Luis Benoit participated in 56 games for the Sox, putting up a line of .209/.291/.273 with seven doubles and 20 walks. The infielder was charged with 20 errors while manning second, third and short.
Outfielder Luis Yovera saw increased action in his third season with the Red Sox, hitting .267/.314/.340 with six doubles and four triples in 53 games. Yovera also collected eight scalps in his 35 games played in the outfield.
Jesus Perez played in 34 games for the Red Sox in his second season, batting an abysmal .125/.300/.281. Perez, who mostly played designated hitter, struck out 49 times while walking to first 22 times. He did show intriguing power, as eight of his twelve hits went for extra bases.
In his third season with the Red Sox, Gerardo Carrizalez continued to struggle offensively. The first baseman put up a line of .216/.303/.261 with eight doubles. Carrizalez was a stout in the field, however, being charged with only a pair of errors in 489 chances.
17 year old Angel Hernandez still has a chance to improve. However, in his 15 games for the Red Sox in his debut season, Hernandez failed to show a lot to be excited for, going 2-for-27 with a walk and twelve strikeouts.
After going 0-15 with a HBP in his debut season of 2014, Fabian Nieva could hardly do worse in his second season. However, his improvement was, at best, slight. In 15 games, the 19-year old went 2-for-34 with six walks and a hit by pitch.
In our final report on the 2015 Boston Red Sox Minor League season, we will look at the pitching of the DSL.