The Red Sox 1960 Gamble About Young Prospect Jim Fregosi

Assessing youthful baseball players is certainly not a careful science, it’s a bet. One group might see a player as a “can’t miss” prospect, while another sees significantly less in a similar player. This was apparent first and foremost playing profession of Jim Fregosi. The primary lasting Los Angeles Heavenly messengers Top pick player, later the principal supervisor to lead the group to a division title, and a director of three other Significant Association groups; Fregosi passed on this past February 4. He was 71 years of age.

In the 1960 American Association development draft to fill the list for its most memorable season, the Holy messengers picked long term olds from the Boston Red Sox ranch framework; Fred Newman and Jim Fregosi. Generally speaking the Heavenly messengers for the most part picked veterans toward the finish of their vocations (Eddie Yost, Ted Kluszewski, Sway Cerv, Ned Garver, and so on) and others with some playing experience, however who were considered disposable by other American Association groups (Albie Pearson, Ken McBride, Ken Chase, and so on.). Picking those two youthful players were the special case for the group’s draft technique.

Fregosi was left unprotected for the draft and Red Sox lost him to the Holy messengers. There was something the group neglect to that didn’t move beyond the Heavenly messengers as they involved him to fabricate a strong group starting point for what’s in store.

Endorsed out of secondary school in San Mateo, CA before the 1960 season, Fregosi played his most memorable year with a Class D small time level group; the High (Texas) Cowpokes of the Sophomore Association. Playing in 112 games, he hit.267 with six grand slams and 58 RBI.

After the season, the Red Sox needed to choose if they would shield him from the impending development group draft. Their primary shortstop beginning around 1958 was 26 year old Wear Buddin. A.246 hitter, Buddin drove the American Association in blunders committed by shortstops in both 1958 (31) and 1959 (35). He was second in 1960 committing 30. There were three different shortstops playing on more elevated level Red Sox lower levels groups than Fregosi. By not safeguarding him, the group made both of two bets. Possibly they trusted the Holy messengers would pick just players with Significant Association experience and skirt the 18 year old possibility or they accepted he canned possibly be worse than different shortstops in the Red Sox association. Whichever was their thinking, they were off-base.

The Heavenly messengers’ decision of the youthful player paid off. Fregosi turned into a six time Top pick. From 1964 – 1970 any discussion about the best shortstop in the American Association needed to incorporate him.

For the Red Sox, none of different shortstops in their small time framework with Fregosi came to the Significant Associations. They exchanged Buddin to the Houston 45’s after the 1961 season for 30 year old understudy shortstop Eddie Bressoud who had a couple of good hostile years (hit 20 homers in 1963 and hit .293 out of 1964), however was not a drawn out answer for the position.

By not safeguarding Fregosi in 1960, the Red Sox deferred having a Top pick shortstop for what’s to come. It wouldn’t be until 1965 when Rico Petrocelli, drafted out of secondary school in 1961, would start his long term Significant Association profession with the group; the initial six playing shortstop.

Kevin Mitchell is a baseball history fan who gathers baseball history books and rare baseball cards. He is a supporter of the Public

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