Special to the blog – Matt McLaughlin

He’s Been At Every Step 
Former Sea Dog Ryan Kalish makes it to the Bigs 
Player
development is fairly simple. Draft a player, help him hone his skills
through different levels (Single-A, Double-A, ect…) and have him help
your major league team in the long run. As we all know, it’s not that
easy. Players who are “can’t miss” prospects do miss. Guys you’ve never
heard of make impact plays for the major league club (Daniel Nava,
anyone?). 
Ryan
Kalish is the latest prospect to make it through the minor league
system and got to the promise land; the Boston Red Sox. Kalish wasn’t a
rock star prospect. Sure, people knew about him, but he was never the
number one guy in Baseball America. 
Hard
work has been the calling card for Kalish. He’s been at every stop
through the Boston organization: The Gulf Coast League Red Sox in 2006,
the Lowell Spinners in ’06 and ’07. Greenville and Lancaster followed in
2008, then spending time in Salem and Portland in 2009. Kalish then
made the jump from Portland to Pawtucket, then to Boston in all in a
season. Four years, 367 minor league games. Every level of the system.  
Through
78 games in the minors this year, (41 with Portland, 37 with
Pawtucket), Kalish hit .294 with 13 home runs and 47 RBI. Kalish’s speed
has also been on displayed, swiping 25 bases through that time. With
the rash of injured outfielders in Boston, it was only a matter of time
before the Red Sox called up their 9th round pick of the 2006 draft. 
This
isn’t the first time a player has climbed through the Red Sox
organizational latter, and it probably won’t be the last. We know the
stories of Jon Lester and Jon Papelbon and of Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin
Pedroia, among others. Will Kalish be as good as these players have
been? Only time will tell. But when you walk in to Hadlock Field and see
the jerseys of current Red Sox who’ve played with the Sea Dogs, know
that Kalish has earned the right to have his up there.

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