Stock Up, Stock Down for Boston Red Sox's Top 10 Prospects for Week 17
The Boston Red Sox find themselves in a great situation as the trade deadline nears.
Boston is not only poised to make a run at the playoffs, but is also gifted with sheaves of talent lurking in its farm system.
Baseball America’s Jim Callis ranked Boston’s farm system as the fifth-best in the majors entering the 2013 season. The up-and-comers have done nothing to discredit his ranking, so let's take a look.
Note: The following players were the top-10 ranked prospects entering the season, according to Baseball America.
Players recently drafted by the Red Sox are not included on this list as they do not have any minor league statistics. If you would like more information about Boston’s most recent additions to the minor league system via the draft, look at their scouting profiles on B/R.
No. 10: C Blake Swihart, High-A Salem
2013 Stats: .273/.350/.410, 19 2B, 6 3B, 2 HR, 31 RBI, 27 R, 6 SB
Last Week's Stats: 5-for-13 2 2B, 0 HR, 1 R, 3 RBI
Overview: Blake Swihart put together a very solid, if not short, week of baseball.
The 21-year-old smacked five hits in his limited 13 at-bats, including a pair of doubles. That is the kind of hitting that Swihart is capable of and, hopefully, it will spark him out of his recent funk.
No. 9: SS Deven Marrero, High-A Salem
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2013 Stats: .261/.341/.339, 20 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 15 RBI, 46 R, 18 SB
Last Week's Stats: 6-for-23 2 2B, 0 HR, 2 R, 1 RBI
Overview: After having his recent hot streak at the plate a week in the shade, Deven Marrero has come back with his guns blazing and two doubles among the six hits that the shortstop collected.
Marrero is showing that he is serviceable with the bat, which is good news because he certainly has the speed and the defensive ability to cut it in the majors. His bat, however, still needs work.
No. 8: Of Bryce Brentz, Triple-A Pawtucket
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2013 Stats: .272/.321/.487, 15 2B, 1 3B, 16 HR, 53 RBI, 34 R, 1 SB
Last Week's Stats: Did not play
Overview: Bryce Brentz is done for the season, according to NESN.com, due to an ankle injury.
Prior to the injury, however, Brentz showed what kind of player he can be. With the power he boasts, he can help give a power surge to the Boston batting order in the future.
No. 7: RHP Anthony Ranaudo, Double-A Portland
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2013 Stats: 18 GS, 8-3, 2.80 ERA, 39 BB, 99 K, 103.0 IP
Last Week's Stats: 1 GS, 5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 1 K, 0 W
Overview: Though Anthony Ranaudo was unable to earn a win after his July 24 start, he was still fantastic.
The righty struggled with control at times, walking four batters. He also didn't have the strikeout dominance that fans have grown accustomed to expecting from him.
Despite all of that, he allowed just one run over 5.1 innings and has shown that he may be ready to make the next step sooner rather than later.
No. 6: LHP Henry Owens, High-A Salem
2013 Stats: 20 GS, 8-4, 2.78 ERA, 53 BB, 123 K, 104.2 IP
Last Week's Stats: 2 GS, 12.2 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 6 BB, 16 K, 1 W, 1 L
Overview: We got to see a double dose of Henry Owens this week and he did not disappoint.
In his two starts, he totaled 12.2 innings while striking out 16 and allowing just four hits. On the downside, he did walk six batters and went 1-1.
Owens is making great strides this season.
No. 5: RHP Matt Barnes, Double-A Portland
2013 Stats: 19 GS, 5-7, 4.57 ERA, 34 BB, 96 K, 82.2 IP
Last Week's Stats: 1 GS, 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 8 K, 0 W, 1 L
Overview: Matt Barnes might have been tagged with the loss in his July 25 start, but he was great nonetheless.
The right-hander lasted just five frames, but only surrendered two hits along the way while fanning eight.
Barnes continues to show the overpowering qualities he was known for before being selected by the Red Sox in the first round of the 2011 draft.
No. 4: RHP Allen Webster, Triple-A Pawtucket
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2013 Stats: 12 GS, 5-3, 4.27 ERA, 31 BB, 71 K, 65.1 IP
Last Week's Stats: 1 GS, 6.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 W
Overview: After a couple of recent outings that were head-scratchers, Allen Webster finally turned in a quality start, lasting a strong six innings while surrendering just two runs.
The fact that he didn't collect a win was hardly important when considering the recent struggles that Webster has faced.
He will look to keep that momentum going and keep his stock on the upswing.
No. 3: 3B Garin Cecchini, Double-A Portland
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2013 Stats (High-A Salem): .350/.469/.547, 19 2B, 4 3B, 5 HR, 33 RBI, 44 R, 15 SB
2013 Stats (Double-A Portland): .325/.426/.460, 9 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 14 RBI, 24 R, 5 SB
Last Week's Stats: 10-for-29 1 2B, 0 HR, 6 R, 4 RBI, 4 SB
Overview: Garin Cecchini just never seems to get into any kind of a slump.
After a less-than-stellar week the week before, Cecchini bounced back with a great stretch, scoring six runs, driving in four and stealing four bases to go with 10 hits.
Cecchini certainly is having no problem dealing with Double-A pitching. Though he is just 22 years old, the third baseman seems to have a future at Fenway Park not too terribly far away.
No. 2: CF Jackie Bradley Jr., Triple-A Pawtucket
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2013 Stats: .274/.375/.491, 20 2B, 3 3B, 8 HR, 26 RBI, 39 R, 6 SB
Last Week's Stats: 4-for-25 1 2B, 0 HR, 2 R, 1 RBI
Overview: For the second consecutive week, the batting average of prized prospect Jackie Bradley Jr. fell significantly.
The problem this time was that he didn't have any home runs to make up for it.
While Bradley has shown more pop at the plate in recent weeks, his on-base and batting average have taken a hit. Still, it's nice to know Bradley has the capabilities to both go deep and occupy the basepaths.
No. 1: SS Xander Bogaerts, Triple-A Pawtucket
2013 Stats (Double-A Portland): .311/.407/.502, 12 2B, 6 3B, 6 HR, 35 RBI, 40 R, 5 SB
2013 Stats (Triple-A Pawtucket): .273/.377/.454, 5 2B, 0 3B, 8 HR, 24 RBI, 20 R, 2 SB
Last Week's Stats: 9-for-24 2 2B, 1 HR, 3 R, 1 RBI
Overview: Xander Bogaerts put together a nice week to raise his numbers at Triple-A Pawtucket.
The Red Sox's top prospect belted a home run and a pair of doubles this past week, all part of a nine-hit effort.
With Bogaerts continuing to dazzle, most Red Sox fans hope he isn't part of any deadline deals because he is a superstar in the making.