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2014 Rest-of-Season Projections (seasonal age 26)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
1 .239 0 0 0 0 .246 0.0
Birth Date3-28-1988
Height6' 0"
Weight215 lbs
Age26 years, 6 months, 27 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
0.72010
2011
-0.52012
2013
-0.02014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2010 BOS 22 53 179 163 26 41 11 1 4 66 12 38 1 1 2 24 10 1 .252 .305 .405 .245 4.7 2.1 0.7
2012 BOS 24 36 103 96 12 22 3 0 0 25 6 26 0 1 0 5 3 2 .229 .272 .260 .199 -5.2 0.3 -0.5
2014 CHN 26 57 130 121 13 30 4 4 0 42 8 28 0 0 1 5 3 2 .248 .295 .347 .248 0.3 -0.7 -0.0
Career14641238051931854133269212334165.245.293.350.235-0.21.70.2

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2006 LOW A- 11 40 .209 .243 .332 .325 .268 .333 95 -2 1.1 -0.4 -1.6 0.6 -0.3 -0.2 -0.3 -0.2
2006 RSX Rk 6 21 .287 .267 .344 .383 .287 .294 98 0.9 0.9 -0.4 0.1 0.1 1.3 0.1 1.3 0.1
2007 LOW A- 23 104 .440 .255 .348 .370 .264 .403 95 20.6 3.1 0.3 0.1 3.3 27.2 2.7 27.2 2.7
2008 GRN A 96 420 .272 .252 .322 .365 .256 .349 105 5.2 12.0 -2.2 1.3 1.2 18.9 2.1 18.9 2.1
2008 LNC A+ 18 82 .251 .276 .346 .419 .276 .312 103 -0.8 2.6 -1 -0.8 0.0 0.2 -0.1 0.2 -0.1
2009 SLM A+ 32 143 .331 .252 .334 .369 .259 .333 99 10.7 4.1 -1.6 3.2 0.8 14.4 1.8 14.4 1.8
2009 PME AA 103 437 .281 .256 .331 .382 .266 .320 95 9.8 12.4 -1.3 9.2 4.4 25.3 3.6 25.3 3.6
2010 BOS MLB 53 179 .245 .257 .319 .405 .251 .303 114 -2.7 4.9 0 2.1 2.0 4.7 0.7 4.7 0.7
2010 PME AA 41 183 .318 .271 .347 .421 .269 .298 108 11.2 5.3 -1.6 0.3 0.9 14.4 1.5 14.4 1.5
2010 PAW AAA 37 160 .290 .265 .335 .416 .257 .349 96 5.4 4.9 -0.5 5.1 3.0 12.3 1.7 12.3 1.7
2011 LOW A- 2 7 .391 .195 .262 .305 .226 .600 99 1 0.2 0 0.0 0.2 1.4 0.1 1.4 0.1
2011 PAW AAA 22 96 .182 .258 .332 .388 .253 .265 93 -8.8 3.0 -0.2 4.1 -1.0 -7.8 -0.3 -7.8 -0.3
2012 BOS MLB 36 103 .199 .255 .313 .404 .260 .310 100 -6.2 2.8 -0.2 0.3 0.1 -5.2 -0.5 -5.2 -0.5
2012 SLM A+ 3 12 .314 .241 .303 .355 .240 .375 102 0.7 0.4 -0.1 0.1 0.6 1.6 0.2 1.6 0.2
2012 PME AA 3 13 .313 .269 .348 .391 .271 .250 104 0.7 0.4 0 -0.0 -0.0 0.7 0.1 0.7 0.1
2012 PAW AAA 27 126 .257 .256 .324 .382 .251 .321 98 -0.5 3.7 -0.4 -1.4 0.2 2.6 0.1 2.6 0.1
2014 CHN MLB 57 130 .248 .246 .311 .376 .260 .323 97 -1.4 3.4 -0.5 -0.7 0.4 0.3 -0.0 0.3 -0.0
2014 IOW AAA 87 319 .260 .266 .334 .415 .261 .312 95 0.2 9.6 -1.5 -6.0 -1.0 5.6 -0.0 5.6 -0.0

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2006 RSX Rk 21 6 6 2 0 1 2 1 2 0 0 .300 .333 .550 .250 .287 1.3 0.1 0.1
2006 LOW A- 40 8 7 0 1 0 4 2 14 2 0 .200 .282 .257 .057 .209 -0.3 -1.6 -0.2
2007 LOW A- 104 27 32 4 1 3 13 16 12 18 3 .368 .471 .540 .172 .440 27.2 0.1 2.7
2008 GRN A 420 51 101 16 1 3 32 53 76 18 4 .281 .379 .356 .075 .272 18.9 1.3 2.1
2008 LNC A+ 82 6 17 6 0 2 14 8 23 1 0 .233 .309 .397 .164 .251 0.2 -0.8 -0.1
2009 PME AA 437 63 106 19 4 13 56 42 87 14 3 .271 .343 .440 .169 .281 25.3 9.2 3.6
2009 SLM A+ 143 21 35 5 2 5 21 26 20 7 3 .304 .437 .513 .209 .331 14.4 3.2 1.8
2010 BOS MLB 179 26 41 11 1 4 24 12 38 10 1 .252 .305 .405 .153 .245 4.7 2.1 0.7
2010 PAW AAA 160 22 42 9 1 5 18 14 32 12 2 .294 .361 .476 .182 .290 12.3 5.1 1.7
2010 PME AA 183 35 44 9 1 8 29 28 21 13 1 .293 .411 .527 .233 .318 14.4 0.3 1.5
2011 PAW AAA 96 9 18 6 0 0 9 8 20 4 3 .209 .271 .279 .070 .182 -7.8 4.1 -0.3
2011 LOW A- 7 2 3 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 .500 .571 .500 .000 .391 1.4 0.0 0.1
2012 BOS MLB 103 12 22 3 0 0 5 6 26 3 2 .229 .272 .260 .031 .199 -5.2 0.3 -0.5
2012 SLM A+ 12 3 4 0 0 1 1 0 3 1 1 .333 .333 .583 .250 .314 1.6 0.1 0.2
2012 PAW AAA 126 18 29 5 0 4 14 13 30 7 2 .261 .336 .414 .153 .257 2.6 -1.4 0.1
2012 PME AA 13 0 2 1 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 .222 .462 .333 .111 .313 0.7 -0.0 0.1
2014 IOW AAA 319 34 72 14 3 8 37 28 74 12 4 .251 .322 .404 .153 .260 5.6 -6.0 -0.0
2014 CHN MLB 130 13 30 4 4 0 5 8 28 3 2 .248 .295 .347 .099 .248 0.3 -0.7 -0.0

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2010 741 0.5479 0.4257 0.8413 0.5911 0.2239 0.9167 0.6000 0.1587
2012 372 0.4892 0.4409 0.7500 0.5934 0.2947 0.8519 0.5536 0.2378
2014 490 0.5265 0.4857 0.7941 0.6550 0.2974 0.8757 0.5942 0.2017
Career16030.52770.44760.80570.61120.26280.88910.58750.1902

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2013-08-13 2013-08-13 On-Alr 0 0 - Neck Surgery Cervical Fusion 2013-08-13 -
2013-02-20 2013-10-31 60-DL 253 162 Right Shoulder Recovery From Surgery Labrum 2013-01-30 -
2013-01-30 2013-01-30 Off 0 0 Right Shoulder Surgery Labrum 2013-01-30 -
2012-09-17 2012-09-26 DTD 9 8 Right Shoulder Soreness -
2012-09-01 2012-09-03 DTD 2 2 Right Shoulder Soreness - -
2012-03-26 2012-06-09 60-DL 75 58 Left Shoulder Recovery From Surgery Labrum 2011-11-08 -
2011-11-08 2011-11-08 Off 0 0 Left Shoulder Surgery Labrum 2011-11-08 -
2011-09-25 2011-09-29 60-DL 4 5 - Neck Recovery From Surgery Bulging Disc 2011-09-14 -
2011-08-21 2011-09-11 Minors 21 15 - Neck Surgery Bulging Disc 2011-09-14 -
2011-04-22 2011-08-08 Minors 108 95 Left Shoulder Cartilage Injury Labrum -
2010-06-13 2010-06-26 Minors 13 0 Right Hip Strain Hip Flexor -
2007-07-16 2007-09-08 Minors 54 0 Right Wrist Surgery Hamate -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 CHN $
2013 BOS $498,000
2012 BOS $483,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
2 yrPrevious$981,000
2 yrTotal$981,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
2 y 33 dRelativity Baseball1 year (2014)

Details
  • 1 year (2014). Signed by Chicago Cubs as a free agent 12/18/13 (minor-league contract). Contract selected by Chicago Cubs 3/29/14. DFA by Chicago Cubs 8/8/14. Sent outright to Triple-A 8/10/14. Contract selected by Chicago Cubs 9/3/14.
  • 1 year/$0.498M (2013). Re-signed by Boston 3/2/13. Non-tendered by Boston 12/2/13.
  • 1 year/$0.483M (2012). Re-signed by Boston 3/9/12.
  • 1 year/$0.417M (2011). Re-signed by Boston 3/8/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Contract purchased by Boston 7/31/10.
  • Drafted 2006 (9-283) (Red Bank Catholic, N.J.). $0.6M signing bonus.

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 518 72 133 28 2 14 59 51 102 28 8 .291 .363 .455 .296 32.3 CF 6, RF 1 4.3
80o 494 66 121 25 2 13 54 46 101 25 7 .275 .345 .430 .282 23.8 CF 6, RF 1 3.4
70o 478 62 112 23 2 12 50 43 99 23 7 .264 .331 .412 .271 18.0 CF 5, RF 1 2.7
60o 463 58 106 22 2 11 47 40 98 22 6 .254 .320 .396 .262 13.4 CF 5, RF 1 2.2
50o 450 55 100 21 2 11 44 38 97 20 6 .245 .310 .382 .253 9.3 CF 5, RF 1 1.7
40o 437 52 92 19 1 10 42 35 95 19 6 .236 .299 .368 .245 5.4 CF 5, RF 1 1.3
30o 422 49 86 18 1 9 39 33 94 18 5 .226 .288 .353 .235 1.5 CF 5, RF 1 0.8
20o 406 45 80 17 1 9 36 30 92 16 5 .215 .275 .335 .225 -2.7 CF 5, RF 1 0.3
10o 382 41 70 15 1 7 32 27 89 14 4 .200 .257 .311 .210 -8.0 CF 4, RF 1 -0.3
Weighted Mean4575710321211463997216.249.315.389.25711.3CF 5, RF 12.0

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
8% 42% 12% 29% 75%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
2015272502850101626215711.222.292.356.2431.05.50.80.114.9-10.33.7
20162841850881821146419218.237.312.385.2572.214.41.2-0.014.9-1.76.1
2017295566511826115615112522.236.309.383.2552.312.51.0-0.214.9-3.28.2
2018306377313226215676014425.233.308.367.2512.110.30.8-0.414.9-5.19.4
2019316287412926118695914123.231.305.377.2522.110.00.4-0.614.9-4.89.2
2020326307212926117685714622.228.300.368.2481.87.00.1-0.714.9-7.39.3
2021336267212624117675814220.225.298.364.2461.65.3-0.3-0.914.9-8.59.2
2022346397312825116665914618.225.299.357.2441.43.2-1.0-1.114.9-9.79.4
2023356377412925116676214317.229.307.364.2491.65.7-1.7-1.314.9-6.39.4

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
14.1813.714.710.75.561.2

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 77)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 84 Xavier Paul 2011 .245
2 83 Clete Thomas 2010 .000 DNP
3 82 Brandon Jones 2010 .000 DNP
4 82 Alex Presley 2012 .246
5 82 Alejandro De Aza 2010 .239
6 81 Desmond Jennings 2013 .287
7 81 Felix Pie 2011 .204
8 81 Justin Huber 2009 .203
9 81 Chris Snelling 2008 .635
10 81 Seth Smith 2009 .291
11 80 Roger Bernadina 2010 .257
12 80 Chad Huffman 2011 .000 DNP
13 79 Brennan Boesch 2011 .278
14 79 Tim Smith 2012 .000 DNP
15 79 Bryan Petersen 2012 .203
16 79 Val Majewski 2007 .000 DNP
17 78 Chris Denorfia 2007 .000 DNP
18 78 Brian Bogusevic 2010 .177
19 78 Cody Ross 2007 .339
20 78 Eric Thames 2013 .000 DNP
21 78 Brett Gardner 2010 .268
22 78 Cole Gillespie 2010 .240
23 78 Kendrys Morales 2009 .303
24 78 Brandon Boggs 2009 .086
25 78 Michael Taylor 2012 .105
26 78 Michael Morse 2008 .259
27 78 Rene Tosoni 2013 .000 DNP
28 78 David Murphy 2008 .262
29 78 Luis Valbuena 2012 .237
30 78 Jon Jay 2011 .275
31 78 Jason Donald 2011 .284
32 78 Jason Kubel 2008 .284
33 78 Charlie Blackmon 2013 .273
34 77 Lastings Milledge 2011 .269
35 77 Chris Heisey 2011 .293
36 77 Fred Lewis 2007 .267
37 77 Andy Dirks 2012 .297
38 77 David Lough 2012 .210
39 77 Chris Coghlan 2011 .248
40 77 Marvin Lowrance 2011 .000 DNP
41 77 Jeffrey Corsaletti 2009 .000 DNP
42 77 J.R. Towles 2010 .194
43 77 Carlos Sosa 2008 .000 DNP
44 77 John Raynor 2010 .187
45 77 Lorenzo Cain 2012 .265
46 77 Danny Richar 2009 .215
47 77 Nate Schierholtz 2010 .255
48 77 Travis Buck 2010 .197
49 77 Wladimir Balentien 2011 .000 DNP
50 76 Ryan Goleski 2008 .000 DNP
51 76 Jordan Brown 2010 .203
52 76 Trevor Plouffe 2012 .261
53 76 Danny Putnam 2009 .000 DNP
54 76 Shane Costa 2008 .000 DNP
55 76 Brady Shoemaker 2013 .000 DNP
56 76 John Bowker 2010 .251
57 76 Aaron Cunningham 2012 .204
58 76 Michael Carlin 2008 .000 DNP
59 76 Chris Nelson 2012 .264
60 76 Deik Scram 2010 .000 DNP
61 76 Sean Henry 2012 .000 DNP
62 76 Jed Lowrie 2010 .303
63 76 Collin Cowgill 2012 .238
64 76 Cole Garner 2011 .184
65 76 Damon Sublett 2012 .000 DNP
66 76 Chris Carter 2009 .086
67 76 Delwyn Young 2008 .239
68 76 Dustin Martin 2010 .000 DNP
69 76 Martin Maldonado 2013 .197
70 75 Javier Brito 2009 .000 DNP
71 75 Matt Miller 2009 .000 DNP
72 75 Jason Repko 2007 .000 DNP
73 75 Jeff Fiorentino 2009 .253
74 75 Tyler Kuhn 2013 .000 DNP
75 75 Brendan Harris 2007 .260
76 75 Trevor Crowe 2010 .223
77 75 Tony Cruz 2013 .178
78 75 Dave Sappelt 2013 .199
79 75 Danny Valencia 2011 .243
80 75 Ruben Gotay 2009 .000 DNP
81 75 Cody Puckett 2013 .000 DNP
82 75 Logan Forsythe 2013 .234
83 75 Brian Van Kirk 2012 .000 DNP
84 75 Bronson Sardinha 2009 .000 DNP
85 75 Shane Victorino 2007 .267
86 75 Ryan Garko 2007 .294
87 75 Ryan Mount 2013 .000 DNP
88 75 Allen Craig 2011 .324
89 75 Travis Ishikawa 2010 .255
90 75 Adron Chambers 2013 .185
91 74 Carlo Testa 2013 .000 DNP
92 74 Adam Calderone 2010 .000 DNP
93 74 Lou Marson 2012 .238
94 74 Ollie Linton 2012 .000 DNP
95 74 Shin-Soo Choo 2009 .305
96 74 Drew Stubbs 2011 .252
97 74 Jonel Pacheco 2009 .000 DNP
98 74 Blake DeWitt 2012 .157
99 74 Jordan Parraz 2011 .000 DNP
100 74 Andy Marte 2010 .249

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BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 Kalish was the next big thing in Red Sox outfield prospects back in 2010 when he hit .294/.382/.502 across Double-A and Triple-A as a 22-year-old. But that was a billion injuries ago. Over the last two seasons Kalish partially tore his labrum (shoulder muscle), required surgery for a bulging disk in his neck, and then finished the job on his labrum and needed surgery for that as well. Culling anything from his stats over that time is pointless; he has about half a seasonís worth of plate appearances scattered over five levels. When on the field Kalish demonstrates excellent athleticism, good plate discipline, above-average power, and plus makeup. If he can find his health, he should reach his ceiling as a starter on a championship-level team. But Kalish hasnít demonstrated that health is a tool he possesses.
2012 Kalish came into 2011 as Boston's top outfield prospect, but a left-shoulder labrum tear in April set the tone for his year. When Kalish returned, the team discovered he was playing with a bulging disc in his neck that he had suffered while recovering from the labrum injury. He underwent neck surgery in September that isn't expected to impact his 2012, but while Kalish was healing, Josh Reddick burst upon the majors, leaving the matter open of just which above-average defender with questions about his bat is now at the top of the depth chart.
2011 Kalish's bat progressed enough at the upper levels of the minors to dispel the "tweener" tag that had dogged him heading into the year. Defensively, he has the range to play anywhere and an arm strong enough for center and left, skills he showed off when he was called to the majors during the big club's all-hands-on-deck injury emergency. The 23-year-old will start 2011 at Triple-A, since the Red Sox outfield should be whole and he needs to work on his strike-zone recognition and patience. When not chasing pitches, Kalish shows flashes of the offensive talent that could make him an all-star in center, and the Sox are hoping for more sustained barrages by the time they're ready to offer him a full-time gig.
2010 Kalish takes his walks and is a high-percentage basestealer (60 steals at 82 percent in 289 minor-league games), but his power disappeared in 2008 following surgery to remove the hamate bone in his right wrist in late 2007. Fortunately, he rebounded nicely in 2009, hitting .302/.384/.561 with ten home runs in the second half. If he can build on that this year, concerns over his ability to stick in center will be moot. If not, his position could be the difference between his being a star center fielder with 20/20 potential, or a left-handed Gabe Kapler.
2009 Though athletic and sporting some tools both offensively and defensively, Kalish is still quite raw, and the after-effects of a 2007 wrist injury seemed to drag down his most recent campaign. He struggled to hit for power at both Greenville and Lancaster, and whether he ends up in a corner or in center has a lot to do with how much he fills out and if his power potential is ever fulfilled. Kalish gets a free pass for now due to his youth and the wrist issues, but he will need to show something soon in a full-season league.
2008 The definition of athletic and toolsy, Ryan Kalish was considered by some to be the best position player in the New York-Penn League last year before a hand injury shortened his season. Teams are already asking about him in trades, and his ceiling is of the cathedral variety.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2014-03-19 20:00:00 (link to chat)Ryan Kalish --- leadoff hitter for the Cubs by May 15th?
(pobothecat from whatever)
Oh man I'd love to see that, but no. A Kalish revival would be a fantastic story though. (Bret Sayre)
2012-11-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Jason. Will the Red Sox give Ryan Kalish a full-time job or does the organization view him, like Josh Reddick before him, as a major league player but not good enough for Boston?
(michaelmcduffe from ottawa)
: I think Kalish will get the chance to earn at-bats this year, even if the Sox re-sign Cody Ross and add a third outfielder to put on the other side of Ellsbury. He has to stay healthy first, but he can be a starting-caliber corner bat in any town, and I suspect heíll get that shot in 2013, since it's asking a lot to expect Cherington to land two outfielders this winter. (Jason A. Churchill)
2012-04-12 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is Ryan Sweeney breaking out at age 27, or are we seeing an anomoly. Do you feel Valentine will continue to give him the same level of playing time he's been seeing?
(NJTomatoes from Bend Oregon)
Anomaly. Sweeney is solid, especially in AL-only, but we're dealing with a guy who's boasting a .533 BABIP. Everything else is pretty much what we've come to expect, so the BA will come down. He'll play for the time being, but Ross will cut in when Crawford comes back, and Ryan Kalish could well overtake both of them by mid-season once he gets healthy. (Derek Carty)
2011-03-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Brandon Allen is worth drafting as a reserve outfielder/First Baseman in NFBC format or is Ryan Kalish a better option?
(bfitzge3 from Upstate NY)
The 1B/LF mix in Arizona bears watching. Branyan is a known mix of strengths and weaknesses, Miranda looks like a platooner, Parra is a 4th OF, and Nady is already having mobility issues. Allen is the only guy in that entire mix capable of winning and keeping an everyday job at either position, so he's probably worthy of a late reserve pick in NFBC. I like to use my bench on extra SP's and priority backups (C, MI) though, so his true draft-day value will be determined during spring training. (Cory Schwartz)
2010-08-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)After an abysmal first half, Josh Reddick has been on fire since the break -- 368/396/647 -- is it time for Boston to give him another look?
(Nick from Allston, MA)
He'll get a call in September, and given Mike Cameron and Jacoby Ellsbury are both out of commission, he'll get some at-bats. Ryan Kalish passed him on the depth charts and prospect lists this year, but as Boston reminded us this year, there's no such thing as too much depth, and they are as curious as we are as to what they have in Reddick. (Marc Normandin)
2010-04-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)Does Ryan Kalish ever become a starter in the Boston organization?
(jaymoff from Salem, OR)
Tough one. I think he and Reddick are both big leaguers, but being good enough to play in Boston every day . . . that's a much higher bar to get over. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-08-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)Howdy JP, would like your opinion... The best PTBNL the Sox would send for Wagner is a better/worst prospect than Ryan Kalish... Thanks for your answer!
(mo from vegas)
Worse. (John Perrotto)
2009-08-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)Ryan Kalish's month compares well to Dominic Brown and he's actually a half year younger. Brown ranks significantly higher everywhere. Are they that far apart?
(Chris from Boston)
Brown has more in the tools department for sure, not that Kalish isn't toolsy. They're both fine prospects, but Brown is definitely better. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-04-08 15:00:00 (link to chat)Ryan Kalish: Are you still on the bandwagon? Does he show some power this year or was that a LoA mirage?
(Aaron from YYZ)
Bandwagon. Wrist injury sapped him this year, and I expect a bounceback season. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-11-12 14:00:00 (link to chat)Ryan Kalish was my darkhorse to be the Red Sox top prospect 300 or so days ago. While I may have missed on that, and clearly passed by Reddick, has he made any doubters this season, will he make your Sox top 10? If not is it a testament to the Sox depth?
(ken from mass)
For teams that are NOT done yet, I only have this kind of organic snapshot on a spreadsheet I keep that is filled with notes and stuff. They don't really solidify until the days/weeks leading up to the publication when I start all of my conversations with scouts and officials and stuff. So with that caveat, as of RIGHT NOW, he's still on my Top 10 list -- with some wiggle room. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-08-13 14:00:00 (link to chat)You were really high on Ryan Kalish coming into the year, but his numbers have been depressed coming off hamate bone surgery. Do you still see good tools there, once the lingering effects of the surgery wear off?
(astein from Boston)
Absolutely. (Kevin Goldstein)


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