2014 MLB Draft: The Boston Red Sox’ 5 Biggest Needs

The 5 Biggest Needs for the Boston Red Sox in the 2014 MLB Draft

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Despite their uphill battle this season, the Boston Red Sox are loaded with talented prospects in the farm system. The Red Sox should take a best-available approach in the 2014 MLB Draft, but there are still plenty of positions of need to fill. Here are the top five needs.

5. Starting Pitching

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5. Starting Pitching

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The Sox have a bundle of solid pitching prospects including Henry Owens, Anthony Ranuado, Matt Barnes, Allen Webster and Ruby De la Rosa. However, with Jon Lester's future status with the team up in the air coupled with the realistic chances of each of these pitchers panning out, the Red Sox should look for more starting pitching depth. Plus, you can never have enough pitchers.

4. Catcher

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4. Catcher

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Blake Swihart and Christian Vazquez look promising for the future at the catcher position, but the Sox could still use more options and competition.

3. Closer

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3. Closer

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Boston doesn't seem to have many prospects ready to step into the closer role after Koji Uehara. The Red Sox need to look to draft confident pitchers who have what it takes to fill such a difficult role.

2. 1B

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2. 1B

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The Red Sox don't really have any prospects waiting to come up and take over Mike Naploi's job at first base. Garin Cecchini could be an option to move over to first. Nonetheless, first base should be one of Boston's priorities going into the draft.

1. OF

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1. OF

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Jackie Bradley Jr. is the only top outfielding prospect in the Red Sox' farm system, and it is unclear how exactly he is going to do in the majors. Mookie Betts has recently made the transition to center field and looks to be a stud. However, the Sox need another long-term option to develop in the minors. A power-hitting lefty or a lead-off man would be ideal.

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