Boston Red Sox: 3 Heralded Prospects Who Will Live Up to the Hype

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Boston Red Sox: 3 Heralded Prospects Who Will Live Up to the Hype
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Xander Bogaerts

Despite the well-documented, season-long struggle of the Boston Red Sox that set the stage for their blockbuster deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers, it was actually a highly successful year for the team’s farm system.

Considered to possess an underwhelming crop of prospects headed into the 2012 season, breakout performances by Matt Barnes, Jackie Bradley, Garin Cecchini and Brandon Workman quickly altered the aforementioned outlook, and the continued success of 19-year-old Xander Bogaerts netted the team a legitimate top-25 prospect.

However, as is the case with most large-market clubs, a substantial gap exists between what prospects have accomplished in the minors and whether they are able to ultimately live up to such hype in the major leagues.

Of all the talented prospects within Boston's system, here are the three players whom I believe are most likely to reach their potential.

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