The Boston Red Sox' farm system is, to put it kindly, in a "rebuilding" phase.
But its top players will gain some valuable experience on the international stage this fall.
USA Baseball released its 28-man roster for the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Premier12 tournament Thursday, and it includes four Red Sox prospects, the most of any MLB club.
Here's the list:
- Bobby Dalbec, 1B/3B (Triple-A Pawtucket)
- C.J. Chatham, SS (Triple-A Pawtucket)
- Tanner Houck, RHP (Triple-A Pawtucket)
- Noah Song, RHP (Single-A Lowell)
Team USA doesn't have any MLB-level players, but the squad is led by former New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi and includes many prospects in MLB's Top 100, including No. 5 overall prospect Jo Adell of the Los Angeles Angels.
The team will train in Sunrise, Ariz., later this month before competing in the Premier12 tournament, which begins Nov. 2 and is the first opportunity for Team USA to qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
The Americans are in a stacked Group A that includes the Dominican Republic, the Netherlands and Mexico, so they should face quality competition.
Dalbec (No. 2), Houck (No. 5) and Chatham (No. 9) all are among the top 10 prospects in Boston's system, while Song is a 2019 draft pick and Naval Academy graduate who has the option of delaying his baseball career to serve in the Navy.
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It's a common refrain as the Red Sox approach Wednesday's trade deadline: they have no prospects to deal.
Like many common refrains, it happens not to be true.
While the system that once boasted blue-chippers like Yoan Moncada, Rafael Devers, Andrew Benintendi, and Michael Kopech has taken a clear hit since a flurry of deals and promotions helped build last year's World Series champion, there remain prospects to deal as the Red Sox pursue upgrades, presumably in their bullpen.
Here are 10 players who could draw interest from rival organizations in the next 48 hours.
The Boston Red Sox are looking to buy ahead of Wednesday's MLB trade deadline, and Edwin Diaz reportedly is on their shopping list.
But their apparent interest in the New York Mets' All-Star closer begs the question: What assets in a thin farm system do they have to work with?
ESPN's Buster Olney shared his latest intel Monday by listing two prospects the Red Sox probably would have to part with to wrest Diaz from the Mets.
Casas and Dalbec are the two best prospects Boston has to offer. The 19-year-old Casas already has 17 home runs and 68 RBIs for the Class A Greenville Drive, while the 24-year-old Dalbec won both Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year in the Red Sox's 2018 Minor League Awards.
Both are primarily third basemen, though, so the Sox in theory wouldn't mind moving them with 22-year-old Rafael Devers having a breakout season in the majors. The Mets also could use an upgrade at third base over 33-year-old veteran Todd Frazier.
The Red Sox will have plenty of competition, of course: the Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers, Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays reportedly are also in on Diaz and boast deeper farm systems.
But no team on that shortlist has a higher-rated third base prospect than Dalbec (per MLB.com), so Boston may have a shot at landing the missing piece in their bullpen.
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