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Wednesday, July 31, 2013
A look at who the Sox traded

By Mike Andrews, SoxProspects.com

Here's a look at the three prospects that the Red Sox traded to the White Sox in the three-team deal that also sent SS Jose Iglesias to Detroit, RF Avisail Garcia from Detroit to Chicago, and brought RHP Jake Peavy and RHP Brayan Villarreal to Boston.

RHP Francellis Montas, 20, was signed out of the Dominican Republic as an international free agent in December 2009. Ranked as the No. 36 prospect on SoxProspects.com, he was 2-9 with a 5.70 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, 96 strikeouts, and 32 walks in 85.1 innings with Low-A Greenville.

Scouting Report: Sturdy pitching frame with strong lower body. Throws from a 3/4 arm slot. Exceptional arm strength. Four-seam fastball operates at 96-100 mph. Fastball shows late tail in lower reaches of velocity and rides high in the zone at higher velocities. Can be straight at times. Below-average command and control. Tends to jerk his head off target and is a bit long in the back with arm action. Also throws mid-80s slider, but it presently lacks tilt and depth. Slider is flat on approach to the plate. He has the potential to refine the pitch into an average-to-better offering. In the development stages of learning a changeup, which presently sits at 87-88 mph with minimal deception. Slows arm down when throwing. Very rough and raw on the mound. Just learning how to pitch. Late-inning reliever with high-leverage potential, but also has the potential to never make it past Double-A. Lottery ticket type prospect.

RHP J.B. Wendelken, 20, was drafted out of Middle Georgia College in the 13th round in 2012, and signed for a $100,000 bonus. He was 2-0 with 10 saves, a 2.77 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 54 strikeouts and 20 walks in 65.0 innings for Greenville. He was not ranked in Boston’s top 60 prospects on SoxProspects.com.

Scouting Report: Right-hander with an average frame. Good athlete was also a solid hitter as a prep player. Attended the same high school and junior college as former Red Sox prospect Josh Reddick. Fastball sits at 90-93 mph, has touched 95 mph. Solid-average control. Also mixes in a high-70s breaking ball. Has only pitched out of bullpen as a pro. Dominated GCL competition in 2012, and continued success in A-Ball at the age of 20 in 2013. Profiles as a possible middle reliever, but will need to prove himself at each level.

IF Cleuluis Rondon, 19, was signed as an international free agent out of Venezuela in November 2010. Also not in the SoxProspects.com top 60, Rondon posted a line of .276/.326/.350 with 1 home run and 6 stolen bases for Short-A Lowell. He primarily played second base for the Spinners due to the presence of more highly-regarded shortstop prospect Tzu-Wei Lin.

Scouting Report: Excellent defensive shortstop with a projectable body. Also capable of playing second base more than adequately. Offense is far behind his defense. Decent bat speed. Has shown flashes of gap power in batting practice, but hasn't made consistent contact or shown much in game power at lower levels. Utility player ceiling.