The MLB.com website has been making its way around the diamond – looking at the top 10 baseball prospects at each position.
No surprise, Red Sox super-prospect Xander Bogaerts led the way at shortstop – a position which has a great group of elite prospects.
Among left-handed pitchers , the Red Sox landed two in the top 10 – Henry Owens (#2) and Trey Ball (#9). Fellow Sox prospect SS Deven Marrero says Owens is the next Clayton Kershaw, high praise indeed.
Boston was shutout at right-handed pitcher. But don’t fret. Allen Webster may not be on prospect radar but his former manager Gary DiSarcina says he has the most dominant potential among Red Sox AAA pitchers.
At catcher, Blake Swihart placed #5. The Red Sox like the athleticism Swihart brings to the position.
And, while he is not on the top 10 list, keep an eye on catcher prospect Christian Vazquez, who is an elite defender.
When the rest of the positions are released, they will be covered.
MiLB.com ran the Steamer Projections for the 2014 season for Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley Jr.
Both are projected to produce very respectable (and similar) rookie numbers.
Bogaerts – 16 HR; 9 SB; .261 AVG; .738 OPS; 3.2 WAR
Bradley – 16 HR; 16 SB; .256 AVG; .714 OPS; 2.4 WAR
Gary Hughes Profile
Nice article by the great baseball writer on Red Sox scout Gary Hughes.
Hughes discusses his long history in pursuing two-sport stars in his scouting.
He calls out three players that stand-out among his draftees — John Elway (Yankees), Delino DeShields (Expos) and John Lynch (Marlins).
Which Red Sox prospect are you expecting big things from in 2014?