13. Brandon Jacobs OF- Jacobs followed a strong 2011 at Greenville when he hit over .300 with 17 HRs and 80 RBIs with another solid season at high A Salem. His somewhat lesser numbers in 2012 were 13-60-.251. Jacobs, who figures to start 2013 in Portland, also stole 19 bags. Average at best in the outfield, the power prospect will move up the system as far as his bat will take him.
14. Anthony Ranaudo P- 2012 can only be called a completely lost season for the prospect who began our year as the #3 prospect. Nagging injuries and command issues held Ranaudo to only 37 2/3 innings for the Sea Dogs with an ERA of 6.69 and he walked as many batters as he struck out, 27. In 2013 he will be only three years removed from entering his junior year in college as the top draft pitching prospect in the country. But next year his plus fastball and curve needs to reappear to regain his top of the line status. Could be a trade chip this winter, but it would surely be a case of selling low.
15. Stolmy Pimental P- He completed his second Portland season with decent but not eye popping stats. He was 6-7 with an ERA of 4.59 and a WHIP of 1.36 in 22 starts. The 22 year old is all ready on the Sox 40 man roster, and likely is headed for the Paw Sox 2013 rotation.
16. Drake Britton P- Britton recovered nicely from a horrible 2011 in which he was 1-13 at Salem.
A lefty with a delivery similar to Jon Lester, Drake throws in the low to mid 90's. His combined record at Salem and Portland was 7-12 with an 4.45 ERA and 1.43. The stats were very similar at A and AA, with a better ERA ( 3.72) at Portland. Britton is also on the 40 man roster all ready and being a lefty may increase his trade value this winter as the Sox look to make multiple moves. His name has also been mentioned as possible compensation to the Jays if John Farrell comes to Boston.
17. Travis Shaw 1B- This 2011 9th round draftee from Kent State took a big step forward this season. After ripping up the Carolina League, Shaw was promoted to Portland. His combined numbers at the two stops were 19 HR- 85 RBI - .288 BA with a OBP of .399. The son of former big league reliever Jeff Shaw, now has a clearer path to the bigs with the August trade of Adrian Gonzalez.
18. Alex Wilson P- Early in 2012 the Sox converted Wilson to the bullpen, his expected MLB home. He pitched effectively but was not used much as the closer. His anticipated call to Boston did not come partially due to the fact he was not on the 40 man roster, but he will need to be added this winter. Like every other non 2012 draftee pitcher in this part of our rankings, Wilson could be added to a trade package this winter, if not he will compete for a Boston bullpen spot in spring training.
19. Brian Johnson P- One of two first round draft picks by Boston this year, Johnson could be someone who charges up these rankings and the Red Sox system next year. He is a left handed starter who hits 93 with his fastball and has a strong curveball as well. At 6'3" and 235# Johnson projects as a durable big league starter. His college pitching was done at Florida, and that high level of college competition also bodes well for a speedy trip up the ladder. He only pitched in 4 games totaling 5 innings at Lowell and in his last appearance at the Futures at Fenway game he was struck in the head by a line drive, but is expected to be completely ready to go for spring training.
20. Pat Light P- A tall, lanky ( 6'6") righty was a sandwich round draft pick this summer. He throws a fastball that sits at 95 while hitting 97 at times. He pitched his college ball in the Northeast at Monmouth which makes him more on the raw side than fellow draftee, Brian Johnson. Light projects as a closer in the bigs, but the Sox will keep as a starter for the foreseeable future to build up his innings. At Lowell in 30 innings Light had an ERA of 2.40, a WHIP of 1.07 and a K/BB of 30/5.
21. Ty Buttrey P- Another 2012 draft pick this time in the 4th round, although Ty was considered a first round pick, he fell due to a commitment to pitch college ball at Arkansas. The Charlotte native instead signed with Boston where he will showcase his 96 MPH fastball. Buttrey pitched only 5 innings for Lowell before heading the Red Sox instructional league.
22. Chris Hernandez P- This 2010 draftee from UMiami has risen all the way to Pawtucket by 2012. He is a soft tossing lefty whose fastball is in the mid 80's. But he gets outs by commanding his pitches. He also has much better stats versus left handed batters, leading to speculation his future may be a a lefty bullpen specialist. But to start 2013, Chris should hold down an opening day rotation spot in Rhode Island.
23. Christain Vazquez C- An exceptional defensive catcher with a plus arm. His question is can he hit enough? His combined numbers in 2012 at Salem and Portland were 7-46-.257, although he hit only .205 after his recall to Portland. After Ryan Lavarnway, Vazquez is the top of the heap for Sox catching prospects.
24. Jeremy Hazelbaker OF - A blazing fast base runner, Hazelbaker seemed like just another guy in the system. Then this year his offense clicked for the Sea Dogs, which earned him a late season promotion to AAA, where he got to play in the Governor's Cup playoffs, won by his Paw Sox team. His combined numbers were 19-67-.273, with an OBP of .335 and a SA of .472, with 36 steals. he will begin 2013 back at Pawtucket, and will have a pivotal season to see if Hazelbaker is really a legitimate prospect.
25. Sean Coyle 2B- Coyle's mediocre 2012 plunged him down this list after starting at #11. Only a second half recovery to his year at Salem pushed him into the top 25 at all. The first half of the year he had a BA/OBP/SA of .211/.285/.343, he followed the all star break with a line of .297/.355/.451 and finished the year with 9 homers. Coyle may very well begin 2013 at Salem again, although a strong spring camp along with the strong 2012 2nd half may get him to Hadlock Field in April
That is the Red Sox Maineiacs top 25 Red Sox prospects. We will rate another 25 Sox kids over the winter in a couple of more reports