Everyone knows the Boston Red Sox have great players such as David Ortiz and Dustin Pedoria, among others. What you may not know is the Red Sox have a tremendous amount of talent in their farm system. Here are the top five prospects in the Red Sox farm system.
Xander Bogaerts, Shortstop/Third Base: Red Sox fans got a glimpse of what Bogaerts could do last post season. The 21-year-old hit .296 in 12 playoffs games last October. The right-handed hitter was even better in the minors in 2013 as he hit .297 with 15 home runs and 67 RBIs while playing in Double-A and Triple-A.
His strong offensive potential and solid defense makes him number one on the list. If Stephen Drew does not return to the Red Sox in 2014, expect Bogaerts to become the full-time starter at shortstop.
Jackie Bradley Jr., Outfielder: Bradley also debuted with the team in 2013. The 23-year-old left-handed struggled in his 37 games with the team as he hit .189 with three home runs.
When Bradley was sent back down to Triple-A, his played like the player Red Sox fans expected him to be in the majors. He hit .275 with 10 home runs, 35 RBIs and had an impressive .374 OBP. In 80 games with the Pawtucket Red Sox.
With the departure of Jacoby Ellsbury, expect Bradley to be counted on more in 2014.
Allen Webster, Pitcher: Despite the fact that Webster struggled in his eight games in 2013. The right-hander had an 8.60 ERA and hitters averaged .308 against him. Despite his struggles, Webster showed potential last season. In six innings against the San Diego’s on the Fourth of July, Webster only allowed two runs on five hits. His command is still a concern as he walks a lot of batters, but the 23-year-old still has time to improve on that in Pawtucket.
Henry Owens, Pitcher: Owens is arguably the best pitching prospect the Red Sox have in their farm system. The 20-year-old left hander consistently throws an 88-92 mile per hour fastball. Owens has already won Carolina League Pitcher of the week and was a 2013 Carolina League All-Star.
Owens is ended last season in Double-A Greenville, so don’t expect to see him in the majors in 2014. But when he is called up, he could be a solid starter in the Red Sox rotation.
Garin Cecchini, Third Base: A lot of scouts and baseball websites think Cecchini could be the best prospect in the Red Sox organization. In 129 games between Single-A and Double-A last season, the 22-year-old hit .323 with seven home runs and 61 RBIs. Scouts love Cecchini’s bat speed and his on-base skills, according to Baseball America. If Cecchini and Bogaerts are as good as projected, the Red Sox left side of the infield will be set for years to come.