Headed into the 2012 season, I was highly skeptical of the Red Sox’s farm system given their lack of projectable impact prospects beyond Will Middlebrooks and Xander Bogaerts.
Therefore, it came as a huge surprise, at least to me, that nearly all of the team’s top prospects exceeded expectations throughout the season, and, in turn, propelled their farm system towards a top-15 overall ranking.
At the same time, it's important to remember that most of their position prospects are still at least a year away from reaching the major leagues, though some may crack the lineup by the end of the 2013 season. Their pitching prospects are even farther away, though, and shouldn’t be expected to contribute until the 2014 season at the earliest.
Here’s a look at the Boston Red Sox’s top 10 prospects.