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A Sox prospect didn't know what a force out was

Jan 11, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

Omar Minaya and Theo Epstein spoke at a round table
discussion over the weekend and the subject of Latin American player development came up.  This was fun:

While many big-name players have emerged from the Dominican Republic,
the highly touted athletes often are kept out of baseball games and
kept in training facilities, thus explaining the tendency of Dominican
prospects to be more raw than most minor-leaguers. Buscones, which are
similar to agents in the Dominican Republic, take the talented children
(as young as 10 years old, according to Minaya and Epstein) and have
them fine-tune their stills through drills. This hinders their baseball
thinking so much that Epstein recalled a player that the Red Sox had
given $500,000 to that they soon realized did not understand what a
force out was.

Of course, given the fact that the Red Sox haven’t produced a single Latin American prospect of note under Theo Epstein maybe this anecdote says more about the Sox’ Latin American scouts than it says about the habits of Dominican kids and the buscones who find them.

  1. Mark Armour - Jan 11, 2010 at 6:22 PM

    Hanley Ramirez, Anibel Sanchez, Manny Delcarmen.

  2. gumbercules - Jan 11, 2010 at 6:38 PM

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t Manny Delcarmen from the Roxbury section of Boston?

  3. Neil - Jan 11, 2010 at 6:45 PM

    Hanley was signed two years before Epstein was made GM, Anibal (the correct spelling) was signed one year before, and Delcarmen is from Mass. and was also drafted two years before Epstein became GM. Nice try though.

  4. Mark Armour - Jan 11, 2010 at 7:09 PM

    Damn, total fu*k-up with Delcarmen.
    On the other guys, I would suggest that
    (1) it often takes several years for a young Latin player to move through the system (as they are often signed at 16 or 17.
    (2) it is silly to only credit the signing organization for the development of the player, rather than the people who were there as he was moving up through the system.

  5. Erik - Jan 11, 2010 at 7:43 PM

    Yeah, I’d have to agree with Mark here … it takes a lot longer for them to move through the system, and the Sox have a lot of DR or latin prospects of high regard like Stolmy Pimental, Yamaico Navarro, Felix Doubront, and Oscar Tejada.

  6. WonkoTheSane - Jan 11, 2010 at 9:26 PM

    Engel Beltre.

  7. Old Gator - Jan 11, 2010 at 9:26 PM

    Meester exciteeng young prospeck, meet meester Weesy Yones….

  8. Wooden U. Lyktneau - Jan 12, 2010 at 9:26 AM

    Craig – Shame on you for not spotting the farce of “trend-setter” and Mets in the same sentence.

  9. Julianna Gottlieb - Jan 30, 2010 at 4:06 AM

    Aha, das muss ich mir sp

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