Headed into the 2012 season, I ranked the Boston Red Sox’s farm system as one of the worst in the game because, well, it was. However, over the course of the season, many of organization’s more highly regarded prospects came into their own and surpassed expectations.
Although the team’s future—at least from a prospect standpoint—is brighter than it was at this time last season, it’s somewhat doubtful that they’ll receive substantial contributions from top prospects like Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley or Matt Barnes. While any of the aforementioned players may conceivably reach the major leagues in late 2013, it’s doubtful that’ll make a significant impact until 2014.
But that’s not to say the Red Sox won’t receive contributions from their prospects. Even though they aren’t especially well known, these five players have the potential to make an impact for the team at the big league level in 2013.