Re: Sox Prospects New Top Prospects List
posted at 9/23/2012 5:40 AM EDT
In response to moonslav59's comment:
This list came out on Sept 20th.
It does not include Rubby de la Rosa or Jerry Sands (PTBNL'ers in the AGon trade).
Middlebrooks, Tazawa, and Lavarnway are no longer considered prospects.
Here's the link:
Bogaerts, Barnes & Bradley are the top 3- no surprise.
Allen Webster is #4 just ahead of Brentz (the 4th "killer Bee").
Cecchini is up to #6 and Swihart to #7. Owens is at 8, while Iggy has slipped to #9.
Britton, Workman, and Johnson are 10,11 & 13 as Marrero slips in at #12.
Wilson & Ranaudo are 14-15, and Keury de la Cruz moved up to #16 bypassing Jacobs and Vinicio at 17-18. Pimental is at 19 and Pat Light rounds out the top 20.
Buttrey is at 21, Carpenter at 22, and 1Bmen Gomez and my dark horse choice, Travis Shaw are 23-24. OF'ers Hazelbaker and Linares are 25-26.
My guess is that de la Rosa might slide into the #8-10 slot, and Sands into the #16-18 slot. I'd put TW Lin in the top 30 with these 28 players and Frank Montas.
An interesting list.
Add to these nice prospects, we also have some young players with several years of team control that are not considered prospects:
Lava, Doubront, Kalish
Morales, Tazawa, Ciriaco
Buch, Salty, Sweeney, Bard, Mortensen, Melancon, A Miller, Gomez, Valencia
Ellsbury, Lester, Bailey
I think Rubby De La Rosa is going to be something special. Webster a D-Lowe type, and Barnes has TOP potential. Also, if Britton gets a little more consistant hes got incredible "stuff'. Almost unhittable when hes on. Kinda like Clay, but from the left side. Owens looks good, but still very young and at least 2-3 away. I always worry about a LHP thats 6'7(and just turned 20) repeating his delivery. Time will tell with Owens.
Bogaerts could stay at SS, see A-Rod, Ripken (both 6'4). Jeter had a ton of errors in his early years so I think as Bogaerts matures, we will see the errors minimize. His plus bat should make up for any defensive short comings.
As most know here, Im high on Brentz as a power bat in RF. He has 25+ HR potential with a good obp. He K's a few more times than most (like WMB), but I think he will improve on that. JBJ should be theSox leadoff hitter come 2014. Great baseball instincts. Great OBP for a leadoff guy and hes got some speed. Both are solid defenders too.
I think Cecchini is blocked at 3rd and could bring back another solid prospect or MLB player. He looks to me that hes going to be in MLB someday, but of course I'll wait to see how he does in AA before I start getting too excited about him.
Swihart is an interesting prospect. He has played the IF and C positions. Hes pretty small for a catcher, so Maybe he will fill out a bit the next couple years. Projects to be above average hitter. Like Cecchini, Swihart has all the tools to be a MLB player. Need to see how he does in Salem and Portland with advanced players.
Iggy should get better with the bat as he is only 22. He wont win any batting titles but I don think a .260 AVG witha .320 OBP is out of the question.
Well, thats what I see with the top 10...Some that I think should make it. Some who I think will do better than others. As we all know, they are all still prospects who havent played in MLB yet...With all that said, IMO, the future looks bright for the Sox. They got some good looking ballplayers.