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Xander Bogaerts named top Red Sox prospect

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  October 31, 2012 12:45 PM

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Here are the top 10 Red Sox prospects according to Baseball America:

1. SS Xander Bogaerts
2. OF Jackie Bradley
3. RHP Matt Barnes
4. RHP Allen Webster
5. LHP Henry Owens
6. C Blake Swihart
7. 3B Garin Cecchini
8. OF Bryce Brentz
9. SS Jose Iglesias
10. SS Deven Marrero

For those curious, RHP Rubby De La Rosa was not eligible under BA's rules because of his MLB experience. In term of 2013, Iglesias and maybe Brentz or Bradley could impact the Red Sox. Bogaerts turned 20 on Oct. 1 and has played only 23 games in Double A.

In other Red Sox news so far today:

-- Terry Francona has named former Red Sox coach Brad Mills as his third base coach in Cleveland. No surprise there given their long friendship. Francona also hired former Sox catcher Kevin Cash as the bullpen coach. Cash had been working as a scout for the Blue Jays. Cash has all the qualities that suggest he will be a manager someday.

-- The only known candidates to become pitching coach of the Red Sox are Rick Peterson and Juan Nieves. Peterson was Baltimore's minor league pitching coordinator. Nieves is the bullpen coach in Chicago and has worked under the well-regarded Don Cooper. Nieves, 47, graduated from Avon Old Farms in Connecticut before pitching parts of three seasons in the majors.

WEEI.com had the news about Nieves.

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