Boston Red Sox 2016 minor league All-Star predictions
The Red Sox have a very special dilemma with Blake Swihart and Christian Vazquez in that both are two potentially elite catchers. The catching talent is certainly in Boston, but the rest of the system is rather sparse. Catchers with some MLB experience are now in Pawtucket for support in case of trade or injuries.
Ben Moore, Jordan Weems, Danny Bethea, Jordan Procyshen and a host of others scattered throughout the system and the DSL all have one common trait – they can’t hit! The bats are duds and the defense comes in varying level of ability, but to choose one that will rise above the rest, it will be Tim Roberson
Roberson spent 2015 at Portland where the 26-year-old hit .300 in 57 games. The right-hand hitter has moved up incrementally in the system since signing in 2011 as an undrafted player. Roberson, however, has actually played very little at catcher appearing in only 22 games in 2015 as a backstop. Expect Roberson to split catching chores with Jake Romanski at Portland. Too bad Jon Denney blew up his career.