While it is still early, the idea of a “bridge year” in Boston has for now become a thing of the past, replaced instead with a cautious optimism that this team can contend all season.
That is not to say, however, that the long-term plans of the organization and GM Ben Cherington have changed. The Sox still look to nurture and bring along their numerous key prospects as they try to lay the foundation for the next dominant era of Red Sox baseball.
The Sox’s farm system is stocked with some excellent talent with several of these players having already gotten a taste of MLB action either in spring training or the regular season.
Many figure in Boston's long-term plans and are names Sox fans should familiarize themselves with now. Here are the Boston Red Sox prospects who have the highest ceiling: