The Boston Red Sox drafted 5’8” Sean Coyle in 2009. Coyle has floated between the Gulf Coast League, single A Greenville and single A Salem during his professional career so far. Baseball American ranks him as the 30th best prospect in the Red Sox organization. Coyle suffered a knee injury and an elbow issue that prevented him from participating in the 2013 Arizona Fall League.
The Baseball America Prospect Handbook lists Coyle as a second baseman. Because of the depth at second base for the Red Sox, Coyle may not have moved up because the Sox could not decide what to do with an extra second baseman. Watching him playing at Jet Blue Park confirms Coyle has talent that can be developed into major league caliber skills. At the March 22, 2014 game, Coyle turned a hard hit double into a triple with his speed on the bases. In both the March 22 game and the March 25, 2014 AAA game, Coyle was playing third base. It appears that the Sox have decided what to do with this 22 year old.
Coyle has the speed to be a threat to steal once on base, and his bat showed the potential for power. The question remains whether Coyle’s development has reached the point that he will be filling the third base position at Hadlock this spring. From what I’ve seen at Ft. Myers, that is a distinct possibility.
The Sea Dogs will be at Hadlock on April 10, 2014. Remember to bring your glove and I’ll see you there.