When Theo Epstein was hired as the general manager of the Red Sox in 2002, one of his major goals was to improve Boston’s scouting and player development. The focus paid off, as the Sox were able to draft and develop a number of quality players, including Jacoby Ellsbury, Jon Lester, Dustin Pedroia, Kevin Youkilis and Clay Buchholz.
While the Sox minor league system has been decent during the past couple of seasons, besides Will Middlebrooks, there haven’t been many prospects that have made a substantial impact on the big league club.
That could change over the next couple of years.
With solid drafts from 2010-2012, the addition of players acquired in the Dodgers trade, and the fact that the Sox haven’t dealt much young talent away, Boston’s minor league system has returned to being among the top 10 in baseball.
The following slides show the top-10 prospects in Boston’s organization. There are a number of players that have the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Pedroia, Ellsbury and company, and lead Boston to a championship in the coming years.