Boston Red Sox's Most Overhyped Prospects Heading into Spring Training
The Boston Red Sox have some talent in their pitching and outfield depth coming up through the farm system. From starters such as Allen Webster and Rubby De La Rosa to the likes of Bryce Brentz, the Red Sox farm system is ready to start coming up behind the veterans, such as Jonny Gomes and John Lackey.
However, there are a few of the top prospects that have said to have the right stuff, but have failed to really show potential with injuries and just lack of a bat or pitching arm. These players are overhyped and fans and reporters need to realize that these players are not right for the Sox going forward.
Jose Iglesias, SS
A great glove and great speed, but this young shortstop barely has the ability to hit .250 over a full 162-game schedule.
In 25 games and 68 at-bats with the big league club, Iglesias hit .118 with one home run and one stolen base. His OBP was .200 with the big league club and only .318 in 88 games with Pawtucket.
The 23-year-old can play the field like a magician, but can't even lay down a perfect bunt. If he can work on his bunting, then he can raise his average some and his OBP to a more respectable level.
The Red Sox turned to Stephen Drew for the 2013 season, so there is not much time left for Iglesias to prove that he belongs in Boston.
Ryan Kalish, OF
Another player that has been waiting in the wings awhile, Kalish had the potential to be the everyday right fielder before multiple injuries derailed his career.
The 24-year-old has played sparingly with the Red Sox since 2010 and has shown some flashes of brillance. A couple shoulder injuries and a concussion later has really taken him a few steps back from what he was supposed to be.
With the latest shoulder surgery keeping him out for six months, the fans need to realize that Kalish is not the future of the outfield. He now has to reprove his worth by staying healthy for a full season in Triple-A before making the jump to the big leagues again.
It may be tough for fans to swallow that this great athlete is way too injury-prone to make a difference with the Red Sox, but Kalish is not going to be ready for a full-time spot on this roster anytime soon.
Anthony Ranaudo, SP
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Another top prospect in the Red Sox farm system who has really been a letdown is Anthony Ranaudo. This right-handed starter was supposed to be one of the best pitching prospects the Red Sox had, but he has really failed to be that difference maker in his minor-league appearances.
His fastball tops at 95 mph, but that dropped to 89-91 mph in 2012, according to soxprospects.com. His command has suffered with 27 walks in 37.2 innings in 2012 with Portland. His ERA has been 3.33 or over since joining the farm system and his ERA was north of 6.70 with the Sea Dogs and in the Winter Ball League.
With the Red Sox rotation full for the next couple seasons, Ranaudo will likely just move up to Triple-A over the next two seasons and make some bullpen appearances for the Red Sox. The 23-year-old still needs to work on some mechanical issues before he even is though of to become a starter in the future.
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