The Boston Red Sox are rolling into the All-Star Break with the AL East lead. The primary catalyst for Boston's surprise run has been their depth, as the 2013 team's fortitude in withstanding injuries was not necessarily present in previous years.
Although rankings do inherently marginalize the importance of some players, the Red Sox have constructed arguably the most well-rounded team in the majors. Thus, even those at the bottom of this list are major contributors who will have a significant say in the pennant race. That the Sox only sent three players to the Midsummer Classic suggests that their record is an inclusive effort.
With that, here's the second-half significance of every man on the projected 25-man roster. "Projected" roster means that currently injured players such as Clay Buchholz and Stephen Drew will make the list over temporary stopgaps like Brandon Snyder and Pedro Beato. And again, this is not necessarily a projection of how well each player will play, but how important they will be to the Red Sox's overall success in the second half.
*All stats courtesy Fangraphs.com