Today’s featured guest on the New England Baseball Journal Podcast is Boston Red Sox Northeast Regional Scouting Supervisor Ray Fagnant.
The former Holyoke Catholic High (Mass.) baseball legend has helped the Red Sox front office staff build four World Series champion rosters. The first player he signed was Lou Merloni, who played nine seasons in the big leagues. He also signed pitchers Manny Delcarmen and Carl Pavano, the latter of whom was traded to Montreal in 1997 in a deal that brought future Hall of Fame ace Pedro Martinez to Boston.
Fagnant and his Red Sox scouting colleagues have helped bolster the Red Sox farm system under Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom.
“If you look at the publications evaluating it, they seem to indicate we’re certainly on the uptick,” Fagnant said. “But a lot of times, you’ll deem a farm system as not having a lot of prospects because those prospects make the big leagues really quickly. That’s part of it … Sometimes we’ll draft and develop a prospect, and we’ll trade him and get some more in return. Ultimately, you’re a long way away from the finished product.”