Re: 6 Sox prospects among Top100 ...
posted at 2/5/2013 2:01 PM EST
I think some of our recent draftees will crack the top lists in the next year or two, while we may not see any player lose their prospect status this year..
Im more interested in seeing the guys already on the list progress than guys make the list.
Despite my earlier post (where I was ribbing Hugh a bit), I completely agree with his point.
Give me 3 elite prospects over 9 good prospects.
I loved the list. I think it listed our six best prospects. While I am admittedly less familiar w/ non-Red Sox prosepcts, I think teh face that this list nailed our top 6 lends credibility towards the list.
And it wasnt like the list was obvious either. Owens and Iggy are our 9th and 10th best prospects per soxprosepcts , but top 6 per this list. So , they (the list creators) stuck their neck out there a bit, and (IMO) gave a solid list.
Because I think that these guys are our true top 6 (De La Rosa lost prospect status), I am very eager to see these six take a step forward.
If Iggy can hit .280 in AAA (which I dont think is out of reach)...
If Owens can take a step forward and have his ERA reflect the fact that he has a 6'6 lefty frame and incredible "raw stuff" ...
If Barnes/Webster can have a sub 3 ERA in AAA...
If Boegarts/Bradley can hit like they have been hitting in higher minor league levels...
...Im very pumped.
Even if noone else cracks the list.
I agree that it is more important to have our top prospects do well this year than to have more join the list next year, but guys at the bottom of the top 100 list are still fine players, often with huge upside. There are 30 teams, so a top 100 player is essentially a top 3 prospect on the average team's farm.
Iggy and Owens passed Brentz, Swihart and Cecchini from soxprospects.com maybe because soxprospects might weigh upside more. They have Brentz at 4-8, Cecchini at 4-9 and Swihart at 3-9. Iggy is 5-8 and Owens is 3-8. (DLR is not a prospect, but soxprospects treats him as such)
I think it is entirely possible that Cecchini cracks the top 100 next year. So might Marrero, Vinicio, de la Cruz or one of our young pitchers drafted last June. Iggy may be the only guy with a chance to become a non-prospect this year.
On a side note, I wonder where Lava would be rated had he not "graduated".