Sunday, June 2, 2013

RSM Red Sox Top 12 Prospects- June

The calendar has turned to June and it is time for the Maineiacs to reassess the Red Sox stars of the future.  The top three are locked in place, with two big movers up the Top Ten pushing some other down a couple of notches ( or more in one case).  The number behind the players name is May's ranking and the slash line for the batters are HR/RBI/BA/OBP and for the hurlers  W-L/ERA/K-BB/WHIP.  The stats are as of June 1.

1. Xander Bogaerts, SS - Portland {1}  Bogaerts has hit his stride in May getting hotter and hotter at the dish.  His best game was on May 29 driving in 5 with two home runs and a double. Xander is hitting 5/30/.298/.391.  With the idea of leaving Jose Iglesias in Boston as a spare infielder, can Bogaerts promotion be far behind?

2. Jackie Bradley, Jr., OF- Pawtucket {2} Jackie had a bit of a slow start at AAA, after his early season Boston stint.  But after a brief DL stint Bradley, Jr. caught fire.  He recently had a nine game stretch of multiple times reaching base.  His stats upon a recent recall to Boston were 2/9/.354/.457, putting up other worldly OBP as he did at Salem the first half of last year.  On June 1st at Yankee Stadium, Bradley, Jr. had his best offensive game in the big leagues with 2 doubles and a single.

3. Allen Webster, P- Pawtucket {3} Despite a disappointing second big league start in May, Webster is still dealing at AAA at a tune of 5-0/2.57/48-20/1.05.  He is ready if and when the Red Sox need another start, in the meantime he will continue to cement his standing as top Sox pitching prospect.

4. Bryce Brentz, OF- Pawtucket {5} The stats Brentz has posted so far in his first full AAA season are a perfect illustration of what you should expect from a Brentz big league career.  Lots of power and a .275 BA ( 10/39/.275/.324).  Bryce has K'd 54 times, but this goes with his power game.

5. Garin Cecchini, 3B- Salem {8} Garin has put together the most outstanding season of any batter in the system to date.  5/28/.360/.463.  If Cecchini reaches the end of June with similar stats, he could force his way into the Sea Dogs lineup. If Will Middlebrooks continues his struggles, Cecchini will be right in the middle, if not the forefront, of the Red Sox future third base picture.

6. Anthony Ranaudo, P- Portland {10} Just as Cecchini has been the dominant offensive player, Ranudo has been the elite pitcher so far. Therefore they both shoot up the top ten.  After a horrible injury riddled 2012 at Portland, Anthony has returned to lights out pitching: 6-1/1.48/58-15/0.84.
In his last May start he pitched seven innings of one-hit shutout ball with 8 K's at New Hampshire. At this point in time Ranaudo is the main challenger to Webster for top Sox pitching prospect. Any time Ranaudo goes to the hill for the Sea Dogs could be the last before he is promoted to Pawtucket.

7. Henry Owens, P - Salem {6}  May presented a few bumps in the road for Owens, as he pitched well, just not matching the outstanding April.  By June 1st, Owens' line was at 3-2/3.53/62-19/1.10.  The 62 strikeouts have come in 51 innings pitched.

8. Matt Barnes, P- Portland {4} The fairly substantial drop in the rankings really are more of a commentary of the guys who have passed him more than Barnes.  But out of the four young gun hurlers at Hadlock, Barnes is the most likely to need the entire season at AA. Barnes' season has been up and down as the 4.50 ERA as of June 1st shows. ( and his June 2nd start at home vs. Altoona did not help his numbers as Matt failed to pitch out of the second inning allowing three homers in the second.)  There is still plenty to like about Barnes as a potential big league starter, but he has some more work to do.

9. Rubby De La Rosa, P- Pawtucket {7}  This is one of the more misleading rankings as Rubby slips down a couple spots again.  But as De La Rosa gets further into his recovery from Tommy John surgery he still has an excellent opportunity to help Boston, perhaps in the bullpen this season.  If not for the outstanding seasons by the players ahead of Rubby, he would likely still be a top five prospect.

10. Blake Swihart, C- Salem {9} Along with Cecchini, Swihart is compiling a strong year at High A.  The top young catching prospect for Boston is hitting 0/18/.287/.372.  The outstanding OBP highlighting his year so far.

11. Brandon Workman, P- Portland {11} Workman has nearly matched Ranaudo in  outstanding pitching so far.  5-1/3.43/74-17/1.04.  Also like Ranudo, Brandon is a candidate for a recall to AAA.

12. Jose Iglesias, SS- Pawtucket/Boston {14}  Everyone knows and is baffled by his story. Cannot hit at AAA, and cannot be retired in the bigs.  The Sox are hinting they may keep Jose as their utility infielder after Middlebroks is healthy.

The remaining candidates for the Top 12.

13. Deven Marrero, SS
14. Christian Vazquez, C
15. Ryan Lavarnway. C  seems to me to be on the outs in Boston??
16. Alex Wilson, RP  only the roster numbers crunch kept him from staying in Boston
17. Brian Johnson, P
18. Sean Coyle, 2B
19. Michael Almanzar, 1B-3B
20. Mookie Betts, 2B
20A David Chester, 1B  9 Homers with 42 RBI while hitting .260/.344


  1. MLB draft starts tonight! With the first two rounds on the MLB network at 7pm! Who will the Red Sox take at #7 or will they trade down to acquire more draft picks?? Hold on a tick...Bill Belichick isn't running this draft board??

    Seriously though who will they take? The hope of the Maineiacs is that Kohl Stewart gets by the Twins and drops to the Red Sox. Here's to hope.

  2. If you really want to hope shoot for a miracle and Kris Bryant falls to seven. A possible newcomer to the top ten, California HS first baseman, Dominic Smith is a new rumor to go to the Rockues at 3, I bet they still take Bryant, but if Stewart, Frazier, Meadows fgo 4, 5, 6 Smith could be a sleeper pick for the Sox.

  3. Appel, Bryant, Gray, and Kohl Stewart off the board. Only Cleveland and Miami left to pick before Boston