Monday, May 21, 2018

The Kids Are Not Alright: The Struggles of the Red Sox Minor League System

The Greenville Drive come to Columbia, SC this weekend to take on the Columbia Fireflies. If all things go as planned I will be there with media credential in hand on Friday night.

The Greenville Drive are the defending South Atlantic League Champions and last year's team was a lot of fun to watch. This year's team? Not so much. They are just 10-31 this season putting them 16.5 games out of first place in the first half standings of the Southern Division. It isn't just the Drive that are struggling. There is not a full season Red Sox minor league affiliate that is over .500 at this point in the season:

Pawtucket is 17-22 and sits in last place in their division

Portland is 15-26 and also sits in last place in their division

Salem is 20-20 and sits in third place.

Minor league records are not always an indication of minor league system health but the farm has definitely taken a hit since Dave Dombrowki has been in charge. Dombrowski has always been known as a guy who uses the minor league system to make the MLB team better. While the Red Sox are World Series contenders this year you can start to see potential problems in the near future.

The Red Sox are also dealing with the fact that their top prospect, Jay Groome is out for the season with injury and their #2 prospect Michael Chavis is serving a suspension for violating the PED policy. Not good at all.

Follow me on twitter @thepeskypole for updates, pictures and video from Friday's game as the Greenville Drive play the Columbia Fireflies.

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