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Kason Gabbard and the Sox New Farm

The Sox got their 3rd complete game of the season tonight from the least likely of sources. (Okay, I take that back. Julian Tavarez is still the least likely of sources. Can’t wait to see him back in the pen.) Kason Gabbard went the distance tonight, posting a filthy 9 IP 3 H 0 ER 1 BB 8K. Is Gabbard the future? Possible but WAY too early to tell, although his 3-0 record and 3.37 ERA should be good enough to keep him on the roster as the #5 guy after Schilling comes back. However Gabbard is just another example of how GM Theo Epstein has rebuilt the Sox minor league system. The “win now” motto of old GM Dan Duquette had the Sox farm in bad shape, but Epstein has created one of the strongest farm systems in the AL, with prospects like Jacoby Ellsbury, Dave Murphy, Clay Buchholz, Devern Hansack, Jon Lester etc. in Pawtucket. The once dead farm system seems ready to carry the Sox through the next decade.

Meanwhile, the Yankees continue to get old.


Yanks’ starter Mike Mussina tips his hat to the crowd after a solid 3.2 innings, fourth most by a Yankee starter this year. Mariano Rivera and Jorge Posada look on.


4 Responses to “Kason Gabbard and the Sox New Farm”

  1. I would like to add that the sox in making trades have spread some of their talent out. For example, NL batting champion Freddy Sanchez, NL should have been all star Hanley Ramirez, and no hitter pitcher Anibal Sanchez, all began in the sox system. I am sure there are more, and Al will probably fill us in.

  2. Oh, and who is in the picture. Is that Whitey Ford or Don Larson?

  3. Whitey Ford.

    Anyways, Ramirez and Anibal Sanchez were dealt for Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell, so I have no problem with that deal. I’m not sure how we got rid of Freddy. The point is, the farm system was pretty barren when Epstein took over for Dan “Clemens is in the Twilight of His Career” Duquette and now it’s one of the stronger systems in MLB.

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