Friday, December 20, 2013

1B David Chester Coming Through Sox System

There's been a lot of talk lately about the riches in the Red Sox organization—and justifiably so. This is particularly true on the left side of the infield (Xander Bogaerts, Garin Cecchini, Deven Marrero, Rafael Devers) and behind the plate (Ryan Lavarnway, Dan Butler, Blake Swihart, Christian Vazquez). But, the urgency to re-sign Mike Napoli was indicative of a concern about the future of first base. One solution might be the emergence of a young player who is still in A ball—David Chester. Drafted back in 2011, Chester will turn 25 in March—playing college ball at the University Pittsburgh before signing with Boston. Between Greenville and Salem last year, he clouted 19 HRs and knocked in 85 in 123 games. At 6'5" and 270 pounds, he has the classic frame of a slugger. The kid may be hitting his stride at the right time—last year making the South Atlantic League All-Star team. And perhaps in a couple of more years, Chester might be a potential solution at first base in Fenway.