When reviewing the Sox top prospects, one name always filters to the top: Ryan Westmoreland. The 19-year old outfielder had an excellent 2009 campaign in Lowell hitting .296 with 7 HR’s, 35 RBI, and 19 stolen bases in only 60 games. The trouble for Westmoreland came when he fractured his collarbone after running into the wall tracking down a fly ball in late August. After having surgery to insert a plate in his chest, Westmoreland has been rehabbing to try and get ready for the 2010 season.
Westmoreland was selected by the Sox in the 5th round of the 2008 draft and has had two major injuries since he signed with the Sox. Less than a year after being selected in the draft, Westmoreland had a torn labrum in his right shoulder. Luckily for the Sox, it appears Westmoreland’s rehab has gone well and he should be 100% by Spring Training, with hopes of just getting through a full season healthy. The Sox still believe that Westmoreland will be the future in the OF, given his raw talent and ability.
Even more impressive stats from last season at Lowell are his .401 OBP (on base percentage), which is extremely high for a young player, and indicates Westmoreland’s intelligence at bat. Westmoreland is also an excellent defensive player who has the speed to be able to cover a lot of ground in a spacious outfield. According to Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe, the Sox plan to start Westmoreland at single-A Greenville to give him the ability to play daily and get healthy with no pressure.
No one knows if Westmoreland can stay healthy for a full season, but if he can, he will be the next great Red Sox outfielder. The Sox clearly see a ton of potential in Westmoreland and like his ability to overcome adversity and have a great career.