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    Sox signed Cuban defector Loidel Chapelli Jr. (20 year old OF). I didn’t know if this warranted a thread or not, but I figured I would if there could be more guys signed fairly soon…Feel free to collapse into another thread.

    https://twitter.com/francysromeroFR/...75983717355523

  • #2
    Originally posted by DeployEloy View Post
    Sox signed Cuban defector Loidel Chapelli Jr. (20 year old OF). I didn’t know if this warranted a thread or not, but I figured I would if there could be more guys signed fairly soon…Feel free to collapse into another thread.

    https://twitter.com/francysromeroFR/...75983717355523
    The Sox are almost out of money for the current signing period.

    Of course, deals for next period will be agreed upon and reported long before the players actually sign.

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    • #3
      The video that accompanies the tweet shows that Chapelli hits left handed.

      The $500K signing bonus would indicate that he’s at least somewhat well regarded.

      The fact that the Sox are continuing to put additional emphasis on acquiring left handed hitters (following Montgomery, Kath, and Colas) is encouraging. It seems the Sox brain trust is coming to realize that they’ve had a problem with RHP shutting them down too often because for decades, really, they have been predominately a RH hitting team. Moreover, LH hitters hitting fly balls to RF can take advantage of winds out of the north and northwest that tend to predominate in the cold weather months at GRF.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Frater Perdurabo View Post
        The fact that the Sox are continuing to put additional emphasis on acquiring left handed hitters (following Montgomery, Kath, and Colas) is encouraging. It seems the Sox brain trust is coming to realize that they’ve had a problem with RHP shutting them down too often because for decades, really, they have been predominately a RH hitting team. Moreover, LH hitters hitting fly balls to RF can take advantage of winds out of the north and northwest that tend to predominate in the cold weather months at GRF.
        This isn't new for the organization though. If you look at the draft for the past few seasons there have been quite a few left handed hitters taken in the first couple of rounds. Sheets, Gonzalez, Walker to go along with the aforementioned three.

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        • #5
          Sounds like the Sox are in agreement with a young Cuban OF, Rafael Alvarez. Not official until the new signing period opens in January.

          https://twitter.com/francysromeroFR/...V8qzYPHQ5QG4ng

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          • #6
            Originally posted by ChiTownTrojan View Post
            Sounds like the Sox are in agreement with a young Cuban OF, Rafael Alvarez. Not official until the new signing period opens in January.

            https://twitter.com/francysromeroFR/...V8qzYPHQ5QG4ng
            His follow-up tweet:
            Rafael Alvarez slash line in National Cuban U15 (2020):

            .366/.505/.662, 6 2B, 3 3B, 3 HR, 24 RBI.

            He left Cuba in November 2021.

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