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Red Sox personnel and fans eagerly await Rubby De La Rosa's team debut.
In order to rest the healing stars, the Red Sox need to dish out playing time to its prospects.
Playing the prospects will also give the managers and fans an idea of who could be seeing playing time later on in 2013 or in future seasons.
Xander Bogaerts was ranked the No. 5 prospect in Keith Law’s list of Top 100 Prospects for 2013 on ESPN.com.
The 20-year-old is a "pretty special commodity", according to Law, for his impressive hitting. Bogaerts could even unseat Jose Iglesias as Boston’s starting shortstop in 2014 and beyond.
Jackie Bradley Jr. is another highly touted prospect who could be a full-time starter as soon as 2014. If Jacoby Ellsbury is traded or signs elsewhere during or after the 2013 season, Bradley Jr. will likely take his spot in center field.
The 23-year-old ranked No. 40 and is listed and is "a potential Gold Glove defender in center" by Law.
Two starting pitchers should be on display during spring training, as well.
Rubby De La Rosa is boldly regarded as the "next Pedro Martinez." It would certainly be special for the 22-year-old Dominican to be a three-time Cy Young winner and post an incredible .687 W-L% (219-100 record) with a career 2.93 ERA.
However, De La Rosa still has much to prove in this spring training alone, and many would love to see his Red Sox debut.
Lastly, Allen Webster is regarded as the team's most MLB-ready prospect, according to Law.
The No. 63 prospect on his list boasts a fastball that reaches 97 mph and has three "plus pitches." Along with De La Rosa, Webster is another pitcher who could fill in for one of the current Red Sox, starting pitchers barring an injury or disastrous season.
Bogaerts, Bradley Jr., De La Rosa and Webster are four of many young players Farrell should plan to display during the spring training games.