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Red Sox flood MLB.com's Top 100 prospects list with nine players

Posted by Craig Forde  January 24, 2014 07:54 AM

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On Thursday night MLB.com released their Top 100 Prospects list for the 2014 season which was loaded up with nine players from the Red Sox organization, the most of any team.

Bogey2.jpgShortstop Xander Bogaerts was slotted as the second best prospect in the game behind Minnesota Twins hot-shot outfielder Byron Buxton.

Henry Owens made the greatest leap of all players who returned to the list from a year ago. After showing up at number 94 last year, the big lefty jumped 64 spots, coming in at number 30.

Here are where all nine of the Red Sox propects came in on this year's list:

2. SS Xander Bogaerts
30. LHP Henry Owens
33. OF Jackie Bradley Jr.
46. RHP Allen Webster
57. 3B Garin Cecchini
61. C Blake Swihart
62. 2B Mookie Betts
86. RHP Matt Barnes
96. LHP Trey Ball

Five of the six Red Sox players - including Jackie Bradley Jr., Allen Webster and Matt Barnes - that were on MLB.com’s 2013 preseason list are returnees, with SS Jose Iglesias being the exception after using up his rookie eligibility in 2013 before being traded to the Detroit Tigers.

Besides Owens monster jump up the charts, Bogaerts made the leap up from number 20 a year ago to number 2, while Webster shot up 25 spots from number 71 last year to become the organization's top-ranked right handed pitcher.

Trey Ball, a seventh overall selection in last year's MLB draft, debuts as the youngest player on the Red Sox list at age 19.

Garin Cecchini (age 22), Blake Swihart (21) and Mookie Betts (21) also make their debut on the list for the Red Sox, a talented triumverate that could start the season with Double-A Portland.

After Buxton and Bogaerts the rest of the top 10 rounded out with, in order, OF Oscar Taveras (St. Louis), 3B Miguel Sano (Minnesota), RHP Archie Bradley (Arizona), RHP Taijuan Walker (Seattle), SS Javier Baez (Chicago Cubs), SS Carlos Correa (Houston), 3B Kris Bryant (Chicago Cubs) and SS Francisco Lindor (Cleveland).

Despite having the most players on the list, the Red Sox finished behind the Houston Astros as the organization with the most elite talent in their farm system, based on MLB.com's weighted scoring system.


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