Hometown: Omaha, Neb.
Advancing methodically through the Red Sox farm system, Zach Daeges has demonstrated improvement from level to level.
The 2006 sixth-round pick hit for power during a full 2007 season with the Lancaster JetHawks (A+) where he launched 21 homers and posted a .579 slugging percentage.
However, the 26-year-old projects more of a line-drive hitter in virtually any other park, except maybe the new Yankee stadium.
In 2008, Daeges continued his success with the Portland Sea Dogs (AA). That year, the Creighton graduate batted .307 with an .866 OPS.
In 2009, Daeges advanced to Pawtucket (AAA), but he was sidelined for most of the year with a merciless ankle injury.
While Daeges can clearly hit and has all the tools to succeed at the Major League plate, he remains unconvincing with his glove. The Sox have shuffled Daeges between the corners—both infield and outfield—and played him most often as a designated hitter.
For the time being, Daeges wields a glove primarily in right field, but that’s only due to his tepid speed and unfortunately uninspired fielding ability.