Kevin Boles, the former manager of the Pawtucket Red Sox, has signed a contract to manage the Binghamton Rumble Ponies for the 2019 season. As the Mets look to focus on their minor league system, the addition of Boles has to be seen as a good hire.
During his tenure as a manager in the minor league system, Boles has managed the likes of Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, Josh Reddick, Anthony Rizzo, Miguel Cabrera, and Adrian Gonzalez. It’s safe to say that Boles has been involved in the development of some special baseball players.
The New York Mets are in a win-now mode and will rely on the minor league system to develop their next crop of stars. With the recent trade to acquire Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz from the Mariners, the Mets had to trade away two of their prized prospects. While it departures of starting pitcher Justin Dunn and outfielder Jarred Kelenic will hurt the minor league system, at least for the short-term, Boles is excited to develop players in the system.
“It is an honor to join the organization and I’m very excited to get started,” said Boles. “We will do our best to develop championship-quality players for the New York Mets.”
The Rumble Ponies were able to find a new manager after just three days. Luis Rojas, the previous manager for the Ponies, was promoted to the New York Mets coaching staff. Boles was ranked as being the best managerial prospect for a major league team last year.
Should Mickey Callaway struggle early on into the 2019 season, Boles could be seen as a potential replacement.
In the meantime, Boles will be focusing his efforts on the Double A Binghamton Rumble Ponies. As of December 13th, 2018, Mets top prospect shortstop Andres Gimenez is projected to begin the year with the team. As well as popular outfielder Tim Tebow.
Binghamton Rumble Ponies begin their season on April 4th at New Hampshire.