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Monday, June 16, 2008

Red Sox 20 Top Prospects?

Red Sox Top 20 Prospects as rated by Josh Poore of Hardball Scouts
The Boston system is a strong one. Clay Buchholz and Jacoby Ellsbury are household names to anyone who follows prospects and both should be impact players for years to come. However, those two players are just a taste of the talent that the Red Sox have waiting in the wings.

Clay Buchholz, RHP Righty phenom with fine change and curve looks to be in the Boston rotation for years to come.
Jacoby Ellsbury, OF Speedster showed he is ready for the big stage and should be able to provide a steady presence at the top of the lineup this year.
Lars Anderson, 1B Power prospect should mash in Lancaster this season. A candidate to be at the top of this list a year from now.
Jed Lowrie, SS In a great bounce-back year, he continued to show great plate discipline while adding power.
Justin Masterson, RHP Big bodied groundball specialist moved from the 'pen to the rotation and showed no ill effects.
Michael Bowden, RHP Breezed through the Cal League, which is no small feat. Fly ball pitcher with great control.
Nick Hagadone, LHP Lefty had a great pro debut, with a 0.00 ERA over his last nine appearances at short-season Lowell.
Ryan Kalish, OF A broken hamate cut his season short, but at 19 years old in the NY-Penn League he put up a .368/.471/.540 line against older competition to go along with 18 steals in just 23 games.
Oscar Tejeda, SS Toolsy shortstop held his own at just 17 years of age, showing the ability to hit for average and steal bases. Huge upside.
Josh Reddick, OF Flashed power in his pro debut in the SAL while playing all three outfield spots. Will Middlebrooks, SS/ 3B Signed over slot and too late to see action. Has a good arm and was considered a much better talent than his 5th round draft status may indicate.
Brandon Moss, OF Profiles as a solid backup OF at the MLB level. Strikes out a lot, but has some pop. Could see time in Boston this year.
Devern Hansack, RHP Ranked this high because he is Major League ready. Highly doubtful he will ever be better than he is right now, but he has posted strong numbers in the high minors and could see time in Boston this year if injuries strike the BoSox staff.
Zach Daeges, OFDemolished the Cal League with a .330/.423/.579 line. Granted, it was in Lancaster, a hitting paradise, but he is still a player to watch.
Craig Hansen, RHP Needs to find a more consistent slider and build mental toughness. Still too young to give up on.
Dustin Richardson, LHP Overlooked prospect strikes out a hitter per inning while giving up very few gopher balls.
Aaron Bates, 1B A good mix of power and patience. Playing at Portland this year will tell us if he is for real.
Ryan Dent, SS Showed speed in his pro debut but needs to sharpen up his strike zone. Another exciting young middle infielder in this system.
Jason Place, OF Toolsy outfielder who needs to make more consistent contact. Looking like an overdraft at this point.
George Kottaras, C Once promising catching prospect has slipped badly. Bat has gotten worse as he has aged and now profiles as a backup at best

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