The Boston Red Sox have totally restocked their farm system, which had been depleted towards the end of the Theo Epstein era due to trades and failed prospects. A combination of key trades, shrewd drafting and excellent player development has elevated the caliber of the Sox’s pitching prospects as a whole, and indeed the MLB team has already benefited this season from this strong organizational depth.
Things have taken such a positive turn that SoxProspects.com now ranks six pitchers in the top 10 overall players in the Sox’s farm system, a huge shift from recent years. Other than Felix Doubront, the Sox haven’t introduced a full-time starter into the rotation for quite some time, but given the strong list of upcoming players, it seems that ignominious streak is nearing its end.
Let’s take a look at the strengths and the weaknesses of each of the Sox’s five best pitching prospects.