Ranking the Boston Red Sox’ Top 10 Prospects Heading into 2014

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Ranking the Boston Red Sox’ Top 10 Prospects Heading into 2014

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The Boston Red Sox are on top of the world of Major League Baseball. They are there not because they have a dynasty but because they understand how to build a team that has a chance to win. They seem to get the fact that the names on the back of the jersey matter less than the name across the front, and know how to sign players who also understand that. In addition to signing such players they are in the process of bringing young prospects along that they hope see things the same way.

It might be a little bit unique to some that the top prospect on this list is a guy that most everyone watching the World Series this past season already knows. He, like a few others in the top prospects for the Red Sox, still only has a few games of regular season experience however which means he is still a prospect.

More on him when you click through to the number one slide. He isn’t the only promising player they have on the way. Another member of the top ten is a very high draft pick for a team that just won the World Series. It’s easy to forget that the Red Sox had just as disappointing of a 2012 as they had an impressive 2013. Those two and the rest are waiting as you click through. Feel free to leave a comment below.

David Miller is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @davidmillerrant, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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10 – Blake Swihart

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Swihart might be 10th ranked for the Red Sox but he is the sixth ranked catching prospect in the game. A lot of times catchers have either superb offense or defense but Swihart being that high on the catching prospects list tells us that he has the tools both on offense and defense.

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9 – Bryce Brentz

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Brentz is an outfielder that could potentially see time in the majors in 2014. His time has shown him to be a solid defender without great speed. What he lacks in natural high average hitting, he makes up for in high end power.

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8 – Trey Ball

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Ball was the Red Sox pick in the 2013 MLB draft in the seventh spot. His debut numbers were only okay but his fastball and curveball already are looking very good. Most of his up-side is in the realm of potential right now but he is a very promising prospect.

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7 – Garin Cecchini

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Cecchini is the eighth ranked third base prospect in all of baseball. As you might expect from one of the top few third base prospects in the game, he is a good all around defender. In addition to that he provides a plus bat as well.

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6 – Anthony Ranaudo

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Ranaudo made a huge leap from the 17 spot all the way to 6 in 2013. Much of that was the right hander’s superb seasonal numbers of 2.96 ERA and 1.14 WHIP. If things go well again for him he could get a look from the MLB club.

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5 – Matt Barnes

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Barnes saw his ranking fall two spots possibly because of a slightly elevated ERA. Still the righty has plenty of plus offerings and is still one of the top men in their organization headed towards the majors.

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4 – Henry Owens

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Owens is a lefty that has been said to have about a third spot in the rotation for a ceiling but his 2013 season might suggest higher future goals. He had 11 wins, a 2.67 ERA and 1.13 WHIP. I think that ceiling might need to be raised.

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3 – Allen Webster

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Webster is a righty who has very good stuff. His worst case scenario is a solid bullpen role at the next level but his four solid pitches suggest that he will be given a chance to start.

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2 – Jackie Bradley

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Bradley had 37 games in the majors in 2013 but is still the 9th ranked outfielder in the minors going into 2014. His up-side is very high and he could be a ROTY candidate if he received fairly regular play in 2014 at Fenway.

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1 – Xander Bogaerts

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It might seem silly for Bogaerts to be called a prospect but he only has 18 games as a major leaguer. He’s more of a prospect than Bradley is even though he had a prominent role in the World Series. Clearly he will get everyday looks in 2014 and clearly is a ROTY candidate as well.

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