BOSTON (CBS) – Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe joined Zolak and Hardy on Wednesday to talk about everything from the Celtics, LeBron James, A.J. Pierzynski, the Red Sox pitching staff, and the possibility that the Red Sox have overrated their prospects.
However, talk of Jackie Bradley Jr. and Xander Bogaerts dominated the segments.
“I worry that it’s becoming an epidemic,” said Shaughnessy. “The overvaluing of their prospects. And that is something that bears watching. I mean, Bradley has given no indication that he can hit in the big leagues. Bogaerts, you know has been a nice player. He’s hitting .260, but please, with what we thought — second best prospect in baseball and it looks like it’s all there — I’m surprised the numbers aren’t better.”
Red Sox fans old and young have seen it before. Young prospects making it to the big leagues and instantly making an impact. More recently Nomar Garciaparra, and before Nomar, it was Fred Lynn. Shaughnessy made that comparison as well.
“Those guys just came in and took over baseball,” said Shaughnessy. “We thought this was going to be that kind of thing and we are seeing more of a learning thing with Bogaerts.”
With the Red Sox season looking like it could be one they don’t want to remember, people are going to want to see the kids in Double-A and Triple-A get called up to the big leagues.
“Well that’s what going to happen,” said Zolak. “If you are out of it, people are going to want to see the kids. I don’t want to see A.J. Pierzynski in the middle of August taking at-bats and swinging at first pitches.”
It is important to stress patience, but with patience, you want to see improvement and results. The Red Sox are hoping that they can soon see greater improvements and results from Jackie Bradley Jr. and Xander Bogaerts.