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Ranking the Boston Red Sox’s Top 5 Pitching Prospects

Ranking the Boston Red Sox's Top 5 Pitching Prospects

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Saying the Boston Red Sox have a promising, bright future would be a vast understatement. Boston has a great number of young guns in their farm system with plenty of potential. Here are the top five pitching prospects for the Red Sox.

5. Anthony Ranaudo

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5. Anthony Ranaudo

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Anthony Ranaudo has struggled a bit in the early season, but was brilliant last year. He finished the season 11-5 with a 2.96 ERA. This season, he should be able to get back on track. Ranaudo projects to be a third starter, and may be suited for the bullpen.

4. Brandon Workman

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4. Brandon Workman

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Brandon Workman played a huge role in the bullpen for the Red Sox during their playoff run last season. He flourished in a similar role this season, but was sent to the minors to get some starts under his belt. He has struggled mightily in AAA, but he is perfect for a spot-starter/long-reliever role in the MLB.

3. Matt Barnes

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3. Matt Barnes

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The former first-round pick has had a steady minor league career, but Matt Barnes hasn't exactly dazzled anyone yet. The hard-thrower had a downright awful first half of the season last year, however, he finished strong with a 6-10 record and a 4.13 ERA. Barnes did well in his only start this season, and projects to be a third starer in the MLB.

2. Allen Webster

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2. Allen Webster

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After a rather disappointing 2013, Allen Webster is back on track and maintaining his status as a top pitching prospect. In five starts, Webster has posted a respectable 3.08 ERA, and hitters are batting .227 against him. Hopefully Webster can continue his steady play and earn a spot in the Red Sox's rotation.

1. Henry Owens

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1. Henry Owens

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Henry Owens has certainly lived up to the hype in AA this year by going 3-0 with a 2.28 ERA through four games. He has a .190 BAA and has struck out 25 batters in 23.2 total innings. Owens could be the real deal and a first or second starter in the majors.