Boston Red Sox prospect Bryce Brentz had a breakout season at the plate batting .306 with 25 Doubles, 4 Triples, 30 Home Runs and 94 RBI’s between the Low-A Greenville Drive and the High-A Salem Red Sox. While his offensive production was as good as anyone in all of Minor League Baseball in 2011, Brentz struggled defensively making 17 errors in the outfield. In the story link below, Brentz talks about focusing on improving his defense during the offseason, his approach at the plate, and adjusting to contact lenses that helped improve his vision.
Power-hitting prospect Brentz goes on defensive — Projo.com
Perhaps the biggest breakout prospect of 2011 has been Red Sox catching prospect Ryan Lavarnway. Combined between the Double-A Portland Seadogs and Triple-A Pawtucket, Lavarnway is batting a combined .294, with 21 Doubles, 30 Home Runs, and 85 RBI’s. His previous career high in home runs had come in 2009 when he hit 21 long balls with the Low-A Greenville Drive. He was orginally a sixth round pick of the Red Sox in the 2008 draft out of Yale. In the story, Lavarnway talks about finally being noticed as a mainstream prospect, overcoming the stigma of the Ivy League baseball, and working hard every day to prove the doubters wrong.
Ryan Lavarnway is used to beating the doubters ProJo.com