Red Sox Expected to Sign International Free Agent

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When Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom took over to lead the baseball operations for the Boston Red Sox, the farm system wasn’t left in exactly the best of shape.  Since Bloom has taken over the Red Sox are ranked No. 20 according to Baseball America.  It is vital for Bloom to continue to replenish the farm system while the major league team remains competitive. 

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Bloom has added infielder Jeter Downs and catcher Connor Wong in the Mookie Betts trade with the Dodgers and infielder Jonathan Arauz via the Rule-5 draft from the Houston Astros.  Downs is currently listed as one the top prospects in the Red Sox system and he provides the Red Sox a starting point in rebuilding their depleted system. 

Gear up for the 2020 MLB Season with new gear from NikeWhile he has added a few players in trades and the Rule-5 draft, Bloom will begin to add to the Red Sox system through international signings.  The amateur international free agent period is slated to begin on July 2, but with the Major League season on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic it could be pushed back. 

The Red Sox are expected to land Dominican Republic native, outfielder Miguel Bleis once the period begins according to Baseball America.  The 6-foot-2, 170 pound is considered one of the top athletes in the 2020 international group.  Bleis, who trains with the Mejia Top 10 program is expected to earn a bonus close to $2 million. 

Baseball America’s scouting report on the 16-year-old Bleis; “Bleis is one of the top athletes in the 2020 international class.  He has a sleek, athletic frame with high physical upside.  He glides around center field with an easy gait and long strides, with average speed that might tick up as he gets stronger along with a strong arm.  He has a quick bat with gap power and a chance to turn more of his doubles into home runs once he gets stronger.”

The Red Sox are still thin within their system, but are starting to restock the cupboards, and it is expected with Bloom at the helm they’ll continue to add more talent.  The Red Sox had a great farm system during the years Theo Epstein and Ben Cherrington led the Red Sox front office. When Dave Dombrowski came to Boston he made two trades that immediately helped his new club in acquiring Chris Sale and Craig Kimbrel.  But the full blame can’t go solely on Dombrowski because the Red Sox have had players who have graduated from the minors to the Major League club.  Players like Michael Chavis, Andrew Benintendi, Rafael Devers and Darwinizon Hernandez have all been promoted to the Red Sox. 

Four of the last ten first round picks for the Red Sox have made the big league roster.  Only Benintendi and Matt Barnes have been regular stalemates on the Red Sox the last few years.  Chavis is a former first round pick back in 2014 who was promoted to the Red Sox last season.  In 95 games he hit .254 with 18 home runs and drove in 58 RBI.  If the season is played, Chavis is expected to compete to be the everyday second baseman.  The other player who was drafted in the first round but made no impact to the Red Sox was Deven Marrero. 

Bloom will need to hit on Bleis, and that is saying a lot considering the kid is only 16-years-old, but his talents are undeniable.  As the Red Sox continue to retool their big league roster, I have the patience and confidence that Bloom will shop for the right groceries and replenish the system. 

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