Boston Red Sox Prospects: B/R's Top 15 Breakdown, Post 2013 Draft

Brian Roach@BrianRoachJrCorrespondent IJune 8, 2013

Boston Red Sox Prospects: B/R's Top 15 Breakdown, Post 2013 Draft

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    The Boston Red Sox have already selected nine players through the first two days of the 2013 MLB player draft. These range from catchers to several young pitchers, including the seventh overall pick, Trey Ball.

    Do any of these players have the skills to be in the top 15? Maybe one or two have the skill set to surpass some of the lower 15, but the top 10 are still intact.

    List is based on top prospects from

1. Xander Bogaerts

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    Bogaerts has tallied six home runs and 32 RBI through 50 games with the Portland Sea Dogs. He is batting .310 and has five stolen bases in six chances.

    Bogaerts has proven that his power is for real and he should be the real deal next season when he gets the call to the big league club.

2. Jackie Bradley, Jr.

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    After hitting his first major league homer on June 4, Jackie Bradley, Jr. has finally made his mark at the big league level. He is only hitting .154 on the season with the Red Sox and will likely be sent down with a lack of playing time with the return of Jacoby Ellsbury on Thursday.

    Bradley, Jr. is hitting .354 in 20 games with the Pawtucket Red Sox. He has shown great discipline and will be a great asset when he can show his speed and flashes of power on a more consistent basis.

3. Allen Webster

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    Allen Webster has made a couple spot starts for the Red Sox that involved mixed results. His most recent start with the Paw Sox ended with his first loss of the season as he stands 6-1 with a 3.38 ERA. In 45.1 innings, he has 50 strikeouts and 21 walks.

4. Matt Barnes

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    Another great pitching prospect has to be Portland stud Matt Barnes. 

    Barnes has struggled in 2013 with a 5.62 ERA in 49.2 innings pitched with a total of 56 strikeouts.

5. Rubby De La Rosa

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    Rubby De La Rosa is another part of the trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers and has shown some flashes of brilliance with the Paw Sox.

    De La Rosa has compiled a 3.51 ERA through 33.1 innings of work. He has struck out 37 batters while only walking 17. 

6. Garin Cecchini

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    Garin Cecchini has the talent defensively and offensively to make a difference with the Boston Red Sox, but he may still need a few years before getting the call.

    The third baseman is batting .346 with five home runs in 188 at-bats. He has some pop and has been consistent so far with the High-A Salem club.

7. Anthony Ranaudo

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    Anthony Ranaudo is probably going to zip through to the major league level by the end of the year with the way he is pitching in 2013.

    He was named Pitcher of the Month in May and has a 1.46 ERA through 54.2 innings of work. He has struck out 58 batters in that time span.

8. Henry Owens

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    Another pitcher that is rising up through the rankings is youngster Henry Owens.

    Owens may only be 20, but he has pitched to the tune of a 3.21 ERA through 56 innings of work. He has 68 strikeouts compared to 24 walks with High-A Salem.

9. Bryce Brentz

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    Bryce Brentz may be another outfielder who will get the call soon with the way his power has been soaring in 2013.

    With 10 home runs in 218 at-bats with the Paw Sox, Brentz has the most homers of any prospect on this list. He may only be hitting .266, but the Sox would love to have another slugger to add to this lineup in the near future.

10. Brandon Workman

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    With 65.2 innings of work under his belt, Brandon Workman has compiled a K/9 over 9.00 with 74 strikeouts compared to 17 walks.

    Workman has only a 3.43 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP over his innings of work with the Paw Sox and will definitely be up come September.

11. Blake Swihart

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    Blake Swihart may only have one homer in High-A Salem, but he is still hitting .289 as a young catcher. He has great defensive abilities and can throw out base stealers anytime he wants with a cannon of an arm.

12. Drake Britton

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    Drake Britton may be in trouble with the law after driving under the influence back in spring training, but he still is one of the best pitchers the Red Sox have in the minors.

    With as 3.60 ERA through 65 innings, Britton has the stuff to be a strong No. 4 starter or a middle reliever. He also has struck out 64 batters he has faced.

13. Trey Ball

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    Trey Ball was the seventh overall pick by the Red Sox in 2013 and the left-handed starter will likely be in the minor leagues as soon as he signs with the team.

    Ball was named Indiana Gatorade Player of the Year in 2013 when he compiled a 0.76 ERA in 46 innings with 93 strikeouts as a high school starter.

14. Alex Wilson

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    At the age of 26, Alex Wilson still is considered a prospect, but he has dominated at the big league level since April 11.

    Wilson has a 1-0 record with a 2.50 ERA in 16 games and 18 innings pitched. He has a 15 strikeout-to-nine walk ratio and has been a great addition to the Red Sox bullpen.

15. Sean Coyle

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    Sean Coyle may have trouble getting up with the Red Sox with Dustin Pedroia standing in his way, but he has plenty of pop as a youngster.

    At 21, he already has 10 homers through 145 at-bats. His average may be .248, but he has plenty of upside at the plate with what he has shown at High-A Salem.