The human brain is the final frontier of medicine. From what I understand, most neurosurgery is done more for the benefit of future generations. In other words, it’s done with the hope that the next guy had a better chance than you did. Because in the end, the brain is still somewhat a mystery to doctors, so even the most routine operations have a certain element of danger that is absent even in procedures on the heart.
It was recently announced that 19-year-old Red Sox prospect Ryan Westmoreland had been diagnosed with a cavernous malformation on the brain-stem and would be needing surgery to remove it. The brain-stem, in particular is a very dangerous part of the brain to cut into, as it is the gateway to the spine and the rest of the nervous system. As such, I can only imagine the stress on Ryan and his family during this difficult time. Friday, it was reported that he had moved out of the intensive care and will undergo a physical and therapy. I am sure I speak for all of Red Sox Nation when I say congratulations on the successful surgery, Ryan and we are all hoping you make a quick recovery.
In case you haven’t been following the very exciting career of Ryan Westmoreland, let’s just say there is a lot to look forward to. The Red Sox drafted the native of Portsmouth, Rhode Island in the fifth round of 2008, amongst rumors that he would only pass up his full scholarship to Vanderbilt for his favorite team, the Sox.
According to Baseball America, Westmoreland is the top prospect in the Red Sox farm system, ranking 24th on their list of the 100 top prospects in baseball. Scouts have described him as a prototypical five tool player. His hitting and baserunning skills are already impressive. SoxProspects.com describes him as such:
“A true five tool talent with tremendous upside. Sturdy, athletic build with the ability to add strength… Smooth and quick swing. Patient and selective – waits for his pitch. Above average power potential with a terrific approach. Hits to all fields. Elite speed with excellent base-running skills. Strong arm with excellent outfield range. Very intelligent.”
Think Jacoby Ellsbury’s speed with the potential to hit 30 home runs a year. Yes, I know, I’m excited too. Talent is this kid’s middle name. 30/30 potential is written all over him. Many scouts and officials have remarked that he could be the future of the Red Sox outfield.
Once again, Ryan, from all of us here at 4SportBoston.com, good luck. We’re all rooting for you and we look forward to writing about you regularly when you make it to the Bigs. Get well soon.