By Pat O'Rourke @patorourke_29 on July 8, 2014
The Boston Red Sox' minor league system is booming with young, promising prospects. With the team falling out of playoff contention, some of these players will be able to showcase their talents at the major league level in the second half of the season. Here's five kids that Sox fans can expect to see at Fenway in the latter half of the 2014 season.
Some may not consider him a prospect given his major league experience, but De La Rosa should be back up in the bigs before the All-Star break. With Boston expected to deal Jake Peavy before the trade deadline, De La Rosa will be a regular in the Red Sox' rotation in the second half of the season.
The great debate of the 2014-15 offseason will be 'Who is the catcher of the future, Christian Vazquez or Blake Swihart?' Vazquez will get the first chance to state his case at the major league level, as he should see some time in the majors. Veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski is likely to be moved at the deadline, which will clear the way for the 23-year-old backstop, who has been the primary catcher at Triple A Pawtucket in 2014.
Cecchini has made the most of the little opportunity he's had in the bigs in 2014, going 1-for-2 with an RBI double in the only game he's seen action in in Boston, a 4-0 win over Tampa Bay. He's hit just .256 in 76 games at Pawtucket, but he does have a .331 OBP to go along with the pedestrian average.
Webster looked lost in eight appearances (seven starts) on a major league mound in 2013, going 1-2 with an 8.60 ERA. He's spent the entire 2014 season to date in Pawtucket, and the time is paying off, as he looks more seasoned by logging Triple A innings. The 24-year-old Webster should get a chance to show how much he's progressed on the major league stage in the near future.
After a strong season in Portland in 2013, Ranaudo continues to climb through the ranks of the Red Sox' system. He's been the ace of the PawSox staff in 2014, going 9-4 with a 2.66 ERA in 18 starts, striking out 87 over 101.2 innings. Ranaudo is just waiting for clearance to rise another level.
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