Stacked Boston Prospects Ready to Brawl

The Boston Brawlers tasted the playoffs for the last two seasons in a row – the first time ever the team has had back-to-back postseason appearances. And a glance at their 3rd ranked prospect pool suggests many more postseasons are coming their way.

Boston’s top prospect, Orlando Rios, has a bright future anchoring their outfield within the next 1-2 seasons

Their #6 ranked center-fielder Orlando Rios is joined by a succession of up and coming pitching arms that will surely bolster their rotation and solidify their bullpen over the next few seasons. The solid-hitting, speedy CF is already developing great contact and should find enough power to earn a regular spot in the top level in 1-2 seasons.

One, Al Wooldridge, is already expected to make an impact at the top level this season. Wooldridge is a pinpoint finesse arm who matured nicely last season at AAA-level Laval, where he crafted a respectable 3.71 ERA against some of the toughest hitters at that level, allowing just two home runs in 99.1 innings. The 23-year-old groundballer has moved up rapidly since being drafted 15th overall by Boston in 2016.

OSA scouts believe Wooldridge could have legendary control one day, as suggested in this scout report

Wooldridge has an excellent chance of breaking into the rotation in 2018, perhaps after a stint in long relief to test him out and find where he fits into a already decent 5-man rota.

But the real impact pitcher could be Ron Bayer, a plus-stuff left-hander who is so far developing at a more realistic pace than Wooldridge, but could have a bigger impact when he makes it to the top in 2-3 seasons.

Bayer spent time as both a reliever and starter last year, at different levels, but ended the year at A-level Lexington with a 2-0 record, 3 saves, and a 1.28 WHIP. He already shows plenty of maturity and command, but is projected to be a hard-throwing cut fastballer with a deceiving changeup.

Another first-round pick pitcher, Branden Cassidy, also awaits in the wings, and should provide a clearer picture of his direction after a full season in the minors. Drafted out of Utah State U in June as the only college player to throw a no-hitter last season, Cassidy is another power pitcher who commands respect, not only for his 95 mph fastball, but for his well-developed slider.

Some may argue this pitcher-heavy prospect list may hamper the Boston offense in the near-term. But other than catcher Bill Ross, who will enter 2018 at age 37, the starting position players are all young bucks, most with big swings.

At any rate, a surplus of good pitching prospects gives some flexibility to deal for decent hitting, ensuring that the club should see many more postseasons to come.

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