And just one more thing: Red Sox
Man, I love writing about the Red Sox system. Tons of talent, a scouting department not afraid to take risks (having the financial resources to make those risky decisions certainly helps. For my "just one more thing" subject, I’m going way off the radar, albeit with a familiar name.
Josh Papelbon, RHP
: The younger brother (his twin is a reliever in the Cubs org
anization) of the Pap closing in the big leagues has also been a closer in his year-plus pro career. Maybe this will be a "favor" pick done good. Josh was selected with the 1,443rd overall pick in the 48th round of the 2006 draft. Since then, he closed out a game in Fenway Park in the first annual Futures at Fenway doubleheader when he was reliever for Lowell, made the South Atlantic League All-Star team in his first full season in 2007 and has saved a total of 31 games. He’s a submariner who won’t be a closer as he moves up, but the fact that he’s likely preparing for a move to Class A Advanced Lancaster means he’s already exceeded expectations in many ways.