Boston Red Sox Breakout Prospect: Sean Coyle

sean coyleIn the third round of the 2010 MLB draft the Boston Red Sox selected Sean Coyle, a shortstop out of Germantown Academy in Pennsylvania. The short, muscular second baseman has put on a show for the Portland Sea Dogs this year hitting .353 in 39 games while boasting a .408 OBP. His power has been turning heads— hitting six homers and 12 doubles as well as his speed swiping nine bags on nine attempts.
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Right now, Coyle still needs to find a spot on the field that suits him well for defense. Obviously, his bat is right where it needs to be to turn heads, but on defense the second baseman has experimented playing third base facing mixed results as of right now. As time goes on, Coyle will improve of defense, but unfortunately for Coyle, he is blocked in the Red Sox organization at second base by arguably one of the best second basemen in the league in Dustin Pedroia. There is some similarities between Pedroia and Coyle as players, especially comparing Dustin Pedroia’s season in 2005 to Sean Coyle this year. As long as he keeps knocking the cover off the ball, arrangements can be made for Coyle to try and find his best spot on defense.

Soon enough, it would make sense for Boston to send Coyle to the AAA Pawtucket Red Sox based off of how well he has played this year. Luckily for Coyle, he would not really be blocked in Pawtucket for playing time as the man who started the year as the Portland Sea Dogs second baseman, Mookie Betts, is now playing center field for the most part. Right now for the most part, non-prospects are taking the reins at second base for the Paw Sox such as Mike McCoy and Ryan Roberts. This is great news for Coyle since Boston should be more than happy to give a job to a prospect as opposed to a veteran player who likely will never play in another Major League game ever again.
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Overall, Sean Coyle had always been in the back of the front office’s mind, but now tearing it up in AA, Coyle has to be a top priority for the Boston Red Sox organization. Set to be available in the Rule 5 Draft this December, it would be smart for the Red Sox to add him to the 40-man roster at the conclusion of this season. This is because a weaker team would be crazy not to take a chance on him and give him a role on their team in the 2014 season. For all the fans out there, keep an eye out for Sean Coyle, add him to the watch list, because he is definitely for real.

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