SoxProspects: Past trades -- where are they now?

July, 22, 2011
If you listen to sports radio or follow the Red Sox Twitterverse, you’ll hear a lot in the next week or so about which Red Sox prospects might be available at the trade deadline. Looking back at the front office’s history of trades involving prospects, you typically see two types of deals: (1) mega-deals involving two or three highly-regarded prospects in exchange for an established superstar major-leaguer, such as the Adrian Gonzalez; or (2) trading a “lottery-ticket” type prospect -- one with a high ceiling but a negligible chance of reaching it -- for a secondary role player, such as when Boston acquired OF/1B Mark Kotsay for OF Luis Sumoza in August 2008.

While the chances of a mega-deal seem less likely to occur this July 31, crazier things have happened. More than likely, look for the club to acquire a role player or two in exchange for some B- and C-level prospects. That being said, it doesn’t appear that there are any “untouchable” prospects in the Sox system right now, so any player could be available in a trade.

For an idea of what the club has done in the past, here is a list of the “prospects” that Boston has traded over the last six years, sorted chronologically by the date of the trade (along with 2011 stats through July 19). Note that this list does not include the full-fledged major leaguers that the team dealt during that time period or the minor leaguers that Boston sent to other teams in exchange for cash, such as when the club sent OF Bubba Bell to Cleveland this past March. Ultimately, the only player on the list who has gone on to stardom is SS Hanley Ramirez, but there are also a few major league regulars in David Murphy, Justin Masterson and Anibal Sanchez, as well as a few prospects with promising futures in Anthony Rizzo, Casey Kelly, Reymond Fuentes, Roman Mendez and Nick Hagadone.

Prospects traded in 2011

RHP Pedro Perez (traded to Detroit for IF Brent Dlugach, April 2011)
2011 stats: 0-1, 2.19 ERA, 14/11 K/BB, 12.1 IP for short-season Class A Connecticut (DET)
A slight-of-build Dominican right-hander, Perez was the player-to-be-named later in the deal that brought in Dlugach to play in Pawtucket as major league depth. It doesn’t bode well for Perez that he moved down a level this year after spending the 2010 season with Low-A Greenville.

RHP Daniel Turpen (traded to Colorado for C Michael McKenry, March 2011)
2011 stats: 2-3, 7 saves, 3.12 ERA, 25/21 K/BB, 43.1 IP for Double-A Tulsa (COL)
Acquired by Boston for RHP Ramon Ramirez at the 2010 trade deadline, Turpen has put up mediocre numbers repeating Double-A in 2011. But if he can hone his control, he has the stuff to be a middle-inning reliever at the major league level.

RHP Robert Coello (traded to Chicago (NL) for 2B Tony Thomas, Feb. 2011)
2011 stats: 5-7, 5.30 ERA, 69/39 K/BB, 86.2 IP for Triple-A Iowa and Double-A Tennessee (CHC)
Coello pitched decently down the stretch for Boston in 2010, but the club was forced to trade him to clear space on the 40-man roster in February. He has not impressed in the Cubs’ system, putting up a 6.03 ERA in Triple-A.

Prospects Traded in 2010

1B Anthony Rizzo (traded to San Diego with RHP Casey Kelly, OF Reymond Fuentes, and UT Eric Patterson for Gonzalez, Dec. 2010)
2011 stats: .144/.284/.268 with 1 home run in 97 at-bats for San Diego. .365/.444/.715 with 16 home runs for Triple-A Tucson (SD)
Still just 21, Rizzo was one of the best hitters in the minors prior to his promotion to the big leagues on June 9. Despite dominating Triple-A, the first baseman has gotten off to a sluggish start to his major league career with San Diego. That being said, he remains one of the top prospects in the game, with the ceiling of becoming a perennial All-Star.

RHP Casey Kelly
2011 stats: 9-3, 4.18 ERA, 77/32 K/BB in 103.1 IP with Double-A San Antonio (SD)
Kelly’s stock has slipped a bit after he put up two consecutive mediocre statistical seasons in Double-A. Still, he has the stuff to develop into a frontline starter, and should eventually thrive in pitching-friendly Petco Park. Most pundits still consider Kelly a top-100 prospect.

OF Reymond Fuentes
2011 stats:.272/.345/.333 with 35 stolen bases for High-A Lake Elsinore (SD)
A speedy outfielder who projects to stick in center field, Fuentes has shown slightly-improved plate discipline in 2011, but has taken a step back in terms of power. At this point, he projects as a major league starter who likely would bat in the No. 8 hole for San Diego.

LHP Dustin Richardson (traded to Florida for LHP Andrew Miller, Nov. 2010)
2011 stats: 3-1, 3.64 ERA, 45/23 K/BB in 42.0 IP for Triple-A New Orleans (FLA) and Gwinnett (ATL)
Florida designated Richardson for assignment on June 17 due to roster space issues, and Atlanta claimed him off waivers on June 22. As has been the problem in the past, the tall lefty still issues too many walks to be considered a viable major league option at this point. If he can reign in his control, he could stick as a middle-inning reliever for a second-division team.

RHP Roman Mendez (traded to Texas with 1B Chris McGuiness and C Michael Thomas for Jarrod Saltalamacchia, July 2010)
2011 stats: 8-1. 3.83 ERA, 102/36 K/BB, 94.0 IP for Low-A Hickory (TEX)
Mendez possesses high-90s heat and has generally been able to blow fastballs by less-advanced hitters. His breaking ball has plus potential but remains a work-in-progress, and will need to be refined in order for the right-hander to succeed at higher levels. Still shy of his 20th birthday, he has plenty of time to develop his secondary stuff. He projects well as a closer at the major league level.

1B Chris McGuiness
2011 stats: .218/.330/.288 with 1 home run for High-A Myrtle Beach (TEX)
A statistical standout in the Red Sox system in 2010, McGuiness has missed a lot of the 2011 season with oblique and upper back injuries. He has not performed up to expectations this season, but much of that may be attributed to his lingering injuries.

C Michael Thomas
Out of affiliated baseball (released by Texas in June 2011)
The Rangers attempted to convert Thomas to pitching following the Saltalamacchia deal, but the transition apparently didn’t work out.

SS/2B Angel Sanchez (traded to Houston for C Kevin Cash, July 2010)
2011 stats: .251/.304/.308, 1 home run for Houston
Boston was forced to give up Sanchez for Cash given its dire catching situation after the injuries to Victor Martinez, Jason Varitek, Dusty Brown and Mark Wagner in mid-2010. Sanchez has become a regular in the Astros’ lineup and has played slightly-above replacement level, but he likely was not in Boston’s long-term plans.

LHP Fabian Williamson (traded to Oakland for UT Eric Patterson, June 2010)
2011 stats: 3-6, 7.69 ERA, 53/41 K/BB in 64.1 IP for High-A Stockton and Double-A Midland (OAK)
Williamson is a lefty starter who showed flashes of statistical brilliance at Low-A, but wasn’t projected to have much success above that level. Those projections has panned out since the trade.

OF Jonathan Van Every (traded to Pittsburgh for C Josue Peley, May 2010)
Out of affiliated baseball (last played in 2010)
Van Every was a prototypical replacement-level player at the major league level. He now plays for the St. Paul Saints of the independent American Association.

Prospects Traded in 2009

RHP Chris Province (traded to Minnesota for RHP Boof Bonser, Dec. 2009)
Out of affiliated baseball (retired in April 2011)
A big righty bullpen arm who showed a knack for forcing ground-ball outs but gave up too much contact, Province retired following 2011 spring training.

LHP Hunter Jones (traded to Florida with LHP Jose Alvarez for OF Jeremy Hermida, Nov. 2009)
Out of affiliated baseball (released by Florida in June 2010)
Jones was released in 2010 after sustaining an elbow injury. He may re-sign with the Marlins once he recovers from his injury.

LHP Jose Alvarez
2011 stats: 6-7, 3.34 ERA, 85/24 K/BB, 97.0 IP for High-A Jupiter and Double-A Jacksonville (FLA)
The smallish left-hander spent parts of four seasons in A-Ball before receiving a promotion to Double-A earlier this month. He’s put up mediocre numbers in three starts for Jacksonville since that time. Alvarez is a fringe major leaguer at this stage, but he is still just 22.

OF Chris Carter (traded to N.Y. Mets with 1B Eddie Lora for LHP Billy Wagner, Aug. 2009)
2011 stats: .286/.331/.488 with 14 home runs for Triple-A Durham (TB) and Gwinnett (ATL)
The Wagner deal also ultimately netted the Red Sox two draft picks, which Boston used to select Kolbrin Vitek and Anthony Ranaudo. Not a bad haul for a 28-year-old player who has barely been able to crack a major league roster and a second player who is now out of professional ball.

1B Eddie Lora
Out of affiliated baseball (released by NY Mets in June 2011)
Career .218 hitter never made it above the rookie-ball level.

2B Kris Negron (traded to Cincinnati for SS Alex Gonzalez, Aug. 2009)
2011 stats: .201/.258/.323 with 6 home runs for Triple-A Louisville (CIN)
Speedy infielder is a stolen-base threat and can play six positions, thus could prove to have marginal value as a major league utility player, particularly in the National League.

RHP Justin Masterson (traded to Cleveland with RHP Bryan Price and LHP Nick Hagadone for C/1B Victor Martinez, July 2009)
2011 stats: 8-6, 2.64 ERA, 101/40 K/BB in 136.1 IP for Cleveland
OK, Masterson was probably a “full-fledged” major leaguer by the time he was traded, but he was not that far removed from being one of the top prospects in the Red Sox system. He is presently sixth in the American League in ERA.

LHP Nick Hagadone
2011 stats: 5-2, 2.86 ERA, 52/15 K/BB in 50.1 IP for Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus (CLE)
Hagadone projects to become a valuable set-up man out of the Cleveland bullpen in the near future.

RHP Bryan Price
2011 stats: 2-4, 3.68 ERA, 27/14 K/BB in 36.2 IP for Double-A Akron (CLE)
Converted to the bullpen at the start of the 2010 season, Price will likely pair up with Hagadone in the Indians’ relief corps at some point in 2012.

SS Argenis Diaz (traded to Pittsburgh with RHP Hunter Strickland for 1B Adam LaRoche, July 2009)
2011 stats: .318/.394/.386 with 0 home runs for Triple-A Toledo (DET)
Diaz is a 24-year-old with plus defensive skills but prone to mental lapses in the field. He already has 22 games of major league experience and probably will end up a decent back-up infielder over the long haul, most likely in the National League where he could be utilized as a pinch runner and defensive replacement.

RHP Hunter Strickland
2011 stats: Disabled List (PIT)
Strickland was a popular teammate before he was traded to Pittsburgh in 2009. Has not pitched in a game since suffering an elbow injury in June 2010.

RHP David Pauley (traded to Baltimore for RHP Randor Bierd, Jan. 2009)
2011 stats: 5-3, 1.75 ERA, 32/14 K/BB in 51.1 IP for Seattle
Tabbed as a fringe major leaguer in the Boston system from 2005 to 2008, Pauley has been a solid pitcher for Seattle for the past two seasons, whether it be in a starting role, where he put up adequate numbers in 2010, or as a setup man, where he’s posted 7 holds and an 0.92 WHIP in 2011.

OF Mickey Hall (traded to Cleveland for RHP Paul Byrd, Jan. 2009)
Out of affiliated baseball (last played in 2009)
Former second-rounder hit .198 between Triple-A and Double-A for Cleveland in 2009. Could not catch on with another club in 2010.

Prospects Traded in 2008

RHP Beau Vaughan (traded to Texas for RHP Wes Littleton, Dec. 2008)
Out of affiliated baseball (last played in 2010)

OF Luis Sumoza (traded to Atlanta for 1B/OF Mark Kotsay, Aug. 2008)
Out of affiliated baseball (released by Atlanta in November 2010)

RHP Craig Hansen (traded to Pittsburgh with OF Brandon Moss in a three-way trade that sent OF Manny Ramirez to the L.A. Dodgers and netted OF Jason Bay, July 2008)
Out of affiliated baseball (released by Pittsburgh in April 2011)
Hansen saw limited time in 2009 and 2010 due to a nerve condition, which ultimately derailed his career.

OF Brandon Moss
2011 stats: .259/.358/.503 with 17 home runes for Triple-A Lehigh Valley (PHI)
Once a highly-regarded prospect in the Boston system, Moss has 244 major league games under his belt but hit just .238 in that span. He has not seen big-league time in 2011.

SS Christian Lara (traded to L.A. Dodgers for RHP Eric Hull, April 2008)
2011 stats: .261/.358/.362 with 2 home runs for Low-A Great Lakes (LAD)
Lara is spending his eighth year in A-Ball in 2011. At 26 in Low-A, he can be categorized as “roster filler.”

RHP Miguel Socolovich (traded to Chicago White Sox with RHP Willy Mota for RHP David Aardsma, Jan. 2008)
2011 stats: 3-2, 4.30 ERA, 59/24 K/BB in 44.0 IP for Triple-A Charlotte (CWS)
Socolovich, just about to turn 25, could have a career at the back end of a major league bullpen if he refines his control.

RHP Willy Mota
Out of affiliated baseball (last played in 2008)

Prospects Traded in 2007

OF David Murphy (traded to Texas with LHP Kason Gabbard and OF Engel Beltre for RHP Eric Gagne, July 2007)
2011 stats: .247/.316/.336, 4 home runs for Texas
Former first-rounder has been a cost-effective league-average offensive player and a reliable third/fourth outfielder since joining the Rangers in 2007.

LHP Kason Gabbard
Out of affiliated baseball (last played in 2010)
Boston reacquired Gabbard from Texas in April 2009. The Sox tried him out in the bullpen at the Triple-A level, but he struggled with control and was released by Pawtucket in July 2010.

OF Engel Beltre
2011 stats: .249/.286/.309, 0 home runs for Double-A Frisco (TEX)
Boston signed both Beltre and IF Oscar Tejeda as international free agents on July 2, 2006. Beltre surpassed Tejeda in prospect status in previous years, but is struggling in his second go-round in Double-A in 2011.

RHP Scott Shoemaker (traded to Texas for LHP Daniel Haigwood, April 2007)
Out of affiliated baseball (last played in 2008)

C Alberto Castillo (traded to Baltimore for OF Cory Keylor, March 2007)
Out of affiliated baseball (last played in 2007)

Prospects Traded in 2006

LHP Phil Seibel (traded to L.A. Angels for RHP Brendan Donnelly, Dec. 2006)
Out of affiliated baseball (retired in 2007)
Pitched eight innings with Triple-A Salt Lake in 2007, putting up an 11.25 ERA.

OF Adam Stern (traded to Baltimore for C Javy Lopez, October 2006)
Out of affiliated baseball (last played in 2010)
Now 31, this former Rule 5 pick failed to catch on with a major league organization in 2011, despite hitting .325 with Triple-A Nashville (MIL) in 2010.

RHP Tim Bausher (traded to Cincinnati for RHP Mike Burns, Aug. 2006)
Out of affiliated baseball (last played in 2007)

RHP Luis Mendoza (traded to Texas for RHP Bryan Corey, July 2006)
2011 stats: 7-3, 2.30 ERA, 48/37 K/BB in 98.0 IP for Triple-A Omaha (KC)
Has appeared in 36 major league games for Texas and Kansas City, putting up a career 8.43 ERA. Just tossed a controversial one-hitter for Omaha on July 18 (the one hit was initially ruled an error, changed to a hit by the official scorer, changed back to an error, then changed back to a hit by the league).

RHP Cla Meredith (traded to San Diego with C Josh Bard for C Doug Mirabelli, May 2006)
Out of affiliated baseball (released by Washington in March 2011)
Righty reliever has 286 major league appearances under his belt and a 3.62 career ERA to his credit, but has not caught on with another club since being released by the Nationals in spring training.

C Kelly Shoppach (traded to Cleveland with RHP Guillermo Mota, 3B Andy Marte and RHP Randy Newsom for OF Coco Crisp, RP David Riske and C Josh Bard, Jan. 2006)
2011 stats: .173/.279/.301, 5 home runs for Tampa Bay
Spent four seasons in Cleveland backing up Victor Martinez, now shares the catching duties with John Jaso in Tampa Bay. Career .228 hitter.

3B Andy Marte
2011 stats: .211/.289/.352 with 7 home runs for Triple-A Indianapolis (PIT)
Rated as the ninth-best prospect in all of baseball by Baseball America in 2005, he has had an underwhelming career in the Atlanta, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh organizations.

RHP Randy Newsom
Out of affiliated baseball (retired in June 2009)
The Tufts graduate had some promising years as a reliever in the Cleveland system but retired to pursue other opportunities on the business side of baseball.

Prospects Traded in 2005

SS Hanley Ramirez (traded to Florida with RHP Anibal Sanchez, RHP Jesus Delgado and RHP Harvey Garcia for RHP Josh Beckett, 3B Mike Lowell and Mota, Nov. 2005)
2011 stats: .253/.342/.399 with 10 home runs and 17 stolen bases for Florida
Ramirez is a perennial MVP candidate. He was having a down year in 2011, but has looked great since Jack McKeon was named Florida’s interim manager on June 20. You could say that he’s the one that got away, but without Beckett and Lowell the Sox don’t hang a championship banner in 2007. This was the ultimate win-win trade.

RHP Anibal Sanchez
2011 stats: 6-3, 3.52 ERA, 130/39 K/BB in 125.1 IP for Florida.
Still only 27, Sanchez has started 101 games for Florida over six seasons. He tossed a no-hitter in 2004. A serviceable middle-of-the-rotation major league starter, don’t be surprised if the Red Sox kick the tires on Sanchez at the trade deadline or this upcoming offseason.

RHP Jesus Delgado
Out of affiliated baseball (last played in 2010)
This righty reliever is currently pitching for Veracruz in the Mexican League, posting a 2.52 ERA in 52 appearances.

RHP Harvey Garcia
Out of affiliated baseball (last played in 2010)
He bounced from the Marlins to the Pirates to the Dodgers systems from 2006 through 2010.

RHP Yader Peralta (traded to Washington with RHP Rhys Taylor for LHP Mike Stanton, Sept. 2005)
Out of affiliated baseball (released prior to 2008 season)

RHP Rhys Taylor
Out of affiliated baseball (released following the 2007 season)
The Australian righty pitched in three games with the Gulf Coast League Nationals in 2007.

RHP Olivo Astacio
(traded to Chicago Cubs for LHP Mike Remlinger, Aug. 2005)
Out of affiliated baseball (released by Pittsburgh in May 2008)
This big Dominican reliever with a 96-mph fastball spent two mediocre seasons in the Pittsburgh organization.

IF Kenny Perez (traded to Arizona with RP Kyle Bono for OF Jose Cruz Jr., July 2005)
Out of affiliated baseball (released by Colorado in May 2010)
The utility infielder posted a career .273 batting average in four different organizations.

RHP Kyle Bono
Out of affiliated baseball (retired in May 2006)
A former eighth-rounder, Bono pitched in only seven games in the Arizona organization.



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