Bye Bye Minky
After hearing news of Carlos Delgado signing with the Marlins, rumors started to swirl on message boards that the Mets were turning their attention to Doug Mientkiewicz. Last night, when I went to bed, all I had heard was that the Sox were getting a single A prospect in return for Minky. Fans over at SOSH were drooling over the possibility of getting Yusmeiro Petit , a 20 year old right handed pitcher who although he does not have powerful stuff struck out 200 batters last year in 139 innings. When I awoke in the morning, I found out that the prospect the Sox were getting was a big first baseman named Ian Bladergroen. Ian was a 44th round pick out of junior college in Colorado in 2002, although he did not sign until 2003. In his two years in the minors his numbers are as follows:
AVG OBP OPS
.313 .376 .881
These stats can be misinterpreted because Ian has only played two years of single A ball. In his first year he struggled putting up a line of .285/.354/.416 (AVG, OBP, SLG), but last year he was a real force in the lineup until he got a wrist injury which ended his season in July. At the time of the injury he was hitting .342/.397/595. If the injury that he sustained to his wrist is fully healed by the time baseball season starts, I look forward to seeing him perform just as he did before he got injured. Baseball America which is the best minor league web site around, rated Ian the #4 prospect in the Mets system. Rotoworld rated Ian 7th among all Mets prospects.
One thing that Ian needs to learn is patience. To take a quote from Baseball America
"He was aggressive and would chase a bit like a young slugger," said Charleston (W.Va.) manager Ken Joyce, "but he had a real nice swing and legitimate big-time power. His swing path put the bat in the (strike) zone for a long time."
As Red Sox fans we all know that under the new managerial style, the Red Sox preach patience to their hitters. This was one of the main reasons the Sox traded for Mark Bellhorn last year. If Ian can learn more patience as a hitter, which I'm sure he can since he is only 21, he will have a better chance of succedding in getting to the big leagues. It will be interesting to see how he progresses in the Red Sox minor league system. All in all, I thought it was a good trade for the Sox, because I think Millar is a better fit at 1B than Minky.