The 2013 baseball season is officially under way Monday for the Boston Red Sox, as pitchers and catchers report to camp in Fort Myers, Florida. Other players will arrive shortly after that, along with a number of top prospects whom fans should look out for in spring training.
Although the Red Sox made a number of acquisitions this past offseason through free agency and trade, the lifeblood of the team’s future lies with their young players.
After last year’s disastrous 93-loss season, Boston general manager Ben Cherington was firm in his belief that the team needed to return to cultivating a strong farm system to have a sustainable major league roster. He admitted to how the team had strayed, in an interview with The Boston Globe’s Kevin Paul Dupont:
I hate to use this word, because it gets thrown around so cavalierly, but I don’t think we were disciplined enough. I don’t think we were disciplined enough getting past, or continuing what we had done to build those teams in 2007 and 2008. I think we got away from some of our core values — and there were reasons...
When we have been really good we have found the right veteran players. Guys who have fit Boston and fit what we are trying to do at the major league level, and we have been able to integrate the right young players in with them to create a team, and played together as a team.
While Boston will continue to be major players in free agency, it is already excited about its players of the future—some of whom will be featured prominently this spring.
Some prospects like pitcher Matt Barnes and outfielder Bryce Brentz didn’t get an invite to the major league spring training camp. While they are considered among the team’s top young players, this apparently won’t be the year they’ll get a chance to prove themselves this spring.
Click through to see the most exciting Boston prospects to watch out for this spring training.