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Pondering the Red Sox prospects

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  January 28, 2011 11:01 AM

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139.JPGAs I'm sure is the case for many of you, a trip to the mailbox is a challenge these days with all the snow on the ground.

But there was a prize waiting yesterday: The Baseball America Prospects Handbook.

Jim Callis, Will Lingo, John Manuel and their crew do great work on this invaluable guide every year and I urge you to go to BaseballAmerica.com and pick one up.

Here's how BA ranks the Red Sox prospects:

1. SS Jose Iglesias
2. RHP Anthony Ranaudo
3. LHP Drake Britton
4. OF Josh Reddick
5. LHP Felix Doubront
6. RHP Stolmy Pimentel
7. 3B Garin Cecchini
8. 1B Lars Anderson
9. 3B Kolbrin Vitek
10. 2B Oscar Tejada

Nos. 11-20: 3B Will Middlebrooks, INF Yamaico Navarro, 2B Sean Coyle, SS Xander Bogaerts, SS Derrik Gibson, C Ryan Lavarnway, OF Bryce Brentz, RHP Brandon Workman, RHP Alex Wilson, RHP Kyle Weiland

Nos. 21-30: C Tim Federowicz, OF Jeremy Hazelbaker, RHP Junichi Tazawa, RHP Madison Younginger, OF Che-Hsuan Lin, RHP Chris Balcom-Miller, OF Brandon Jacobs, OF Juan Carlos Linares, RHP Miguel Celestino, OF Ryan Westmoreland

These are obviously subjective lists and there is no right or wrong. Still, I was a little surprised not to see Luis Exposito in the top 30. In my mind, he's a better prospect than the light-hitting Federowicz. I'd also have RHP Stephen Fife in there.

Obviously Casey Kelly and Anthony Rizzo would have made this a deeper group. Of the 30 listed by BA, six were drafted last year.

The other prospect rankings I trust are from Keith Law of ESPN. He has Iglesias (45), Ranaudo (54) and Britton (90) in his top 100. He also has Kelly and Rizzo in his top 40.

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