In response to garyhow's comment:
In response to moonslav59's comment:
I'm fine with dealing a few kids, especially blocked ones.
I agree with the ones you want to keep. My list of those I'd try hard to keep goes like this:
A+ Bogey & Owens
A Cecchini, Ranaudo & Swihart
A- JBJ, Betts, T Ball
B Vazquez, Barnes
B- Britton, Webster
I could see putting Cecchini at A+ and maybe JBJ & Betts at A. Workman could also be under-rated here.
IMO would rate Barnes as equal or possibly higher than Raunado. Barnes did struggle early last year [command of offspead], but not nearly as bad as Raunado did in 2012. Both reached AAA the same yr and Barnes is younger. Barnes did pitch 5.1 ip 3 hits 0 runs final start at AAA, to complete strong 2nd half. Good problem to have? probably splitting the hairs w/ 2 good young RHP starters w/ bright futures. But seem many have kind of forgotten about Barnes IMO, who was rated even higher than Owens or Raunado to start yr, but because of slow start seems not getting alot of attention. Be careful could be the 2014 surprise guy!
I actually think Barnes has a chance of being the best pitcher in our system now ten years down the road. I still have Owens ahead of him but not by much. People are too quick to get low (and high) on a prospect. No one cared about Raunados projection, stuff, tools etc ect when he had a bad season but now everyone is quick to speculate his future and slap a higher ceiling on him than most scouts. I love Raunado, he was my draft binky a few years back but I think Barnes has better stuff. Matt Barnes has the best fastball in our system and he can control it, so if nothing else were to develop for him (and there's almost no reason to assume his stuff won't develop to some degree at least) then he's easily a back end rotation, late inning reliever. And while guys like Ball and Owens may have higher ceilings, you just can't say the same thing about them right now. I actually think Barnes has the highest floor of our pitching prospects and a ceiling higher than most. I'm glad that others realize his season was not all too bad, and finished strong and maintain that strength against better competition in Pawtucket.
Im a homer and always hope for the best in our prospects, but I'd like to think I give myself doses of reality as well. I wouldn't be surprised or worried if Barnes goes through some adversity next year, but I'd be equally un surprised if he breaks into Boston by theey ears end.