As the season winds down, the Boston Red Sox are poised as well as any team in the American League.
The top prospect from this list has even been helping this improbable 2013 Red Sox team.
Xander Bogaerts has hit .316 in Boston so far, albeit in a limited platoon role.
Let's get tabs on each of the top ten Red Sox prospects.
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.
The following players were the top 10 ranked prospects entering the season, according to Baseball America.
Please note: Players recently drafted by the Red Sox will not be included, as they do not have any statistics to draw from. If you would like more information about Boston’s most recent additions to the minor league system via the draft, have a look at their scouting profiles right here on B/R.
2013 Stats: .297/.362/.428, 29 2B, 7 3B, 2 HR, 42 RBI, 44 R, 7 SB
Last Week's Stats: 7-for-19, 3 2B, 0 HR, 5 R, 1 RBI
Blake Swihart swatted three doubles and four singles in what was a seven-hit week. Even more impressive, the catcher was able to find his way home five times.
Swihart has improved a lot this season. His numbers are rounding out nicely. The only thing he is really missing is home run power, and that can come with training and development. The future looks bright for this kid.
2013 Stats (High-A Salem): .256/.341/.334, 20 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 21 RBI, 50 R, 21 SB
2013 Stats (Double-A Portland): .236/.321/.236, 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 5 RBI, 7 R, 6 SB
Last Week's Stats: 6-for-23, 0 2B, 0 HR, 6 R, 0 RBI
Though Deven Marrero was promoted to Double-A Portland not too long ago, you would hardly guess it based on his play.
The shortstop has been terrible with the bat, clocking a .236 batting average to complement his zero extra-base hits.
At the end of a long season, it is easy to give Marrero a break on his struggles since being called up. Next season he'll have a fresh shot at things.
2013 Stats: .272/.321/.487, 15 2B, 1 3B, 16 HR, 53 RBI, 34 R, 1 SB
Last Week's Stats: Did not play
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.
2013 Stats (Double-A Portland): 19 GS, 8-4, 2.95 ERA, 40 BB, 106 K, 109.2 IP
2013 Stats (Triple-A Pawtucket): 5 GS, 3-1, 2.97 ERA, 7 BB, 21 K, 30.1 IP
Last Week's Stats: 0 GS, 4.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 W, 0 L
Anthony Ranaudo was serviced in an unwonted role this week. In an August 31 game in which he was scratched in order to give Clay Buchholz a rehab start, Ranaudo gave four strong innings out of the bullpen to earn the victory.
En route to the win the pitcher collected five punch-outs, while surrendering just one hit and zero walks.
Ranaudo has been impressive at both Double-A and Triple-A this season. It will be interesting to see how his stock in the organization changes during the offseason.
2013 Stats (High-A Salem): 20 GS, 8-5, 2.92 ERA, 53 BB, 123 K, 104.2 IP
2013 Stats (Double-A Portland): 6 GS, 3-1, 1.78 ERA, 15 BB, 46 K, 30.1 IP
Last Week's Stats: 2 GS, 12.1 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 14 K, 1 W, 1 L
Henry Owens may have pitched his first Double-A loss, but the week was nothing but a victory for the young lefty.
Owens has amazed scouts in his six starts with Portland, posting a 1.78 ERA and striking out 46 over 30.1 innings in those starts.
Owens certainly has a bright future in baseball. A guy with overpowering stuff like Owens has high value anywhere you go.
2013 Stats (with Double-A Portland): 24 GS, 5-10, 4.33 ERA, 46 BB, 135 K, 108.0 IP
Last Week's Stats: 1 GS, 5.1 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 1 W, 0 L
Matt Barnes was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket, but it is tough to say the raise was earned.
Barnes was just 5-10 with a 4.33 ERA with Double-A Portland, but with their season drawing to a close on Monday, the pitcher could be better utilized with the playoff-bound Pawtucket Red Sox.
Barnes did well in his first start with Pawtucket. He nabbed the win in a 5.1-inning effort in which he struck out seven and walked only two.
2013 Stats: 21 GS, 8-4, 3.60 ERA, 43 BB, 116 K, 105.0 IP
Last Week's Stats: 2 GS, 12.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 9 K, 0 W
Allen Webster has been inconsistent this season. The good news is this past week he was on the good side of inconsistent.
The right-hander had a two-start week, during which he compiled 12.2 innings, nine strikeouts and just four walks.
While Webster has been better of late, he still has some things to work on. He is another name that is interesting pertaining to the Red Sox pitching rotation heading into 2014.
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): .296/.420/.404, 14 2B, 3 3B, 2 HR, 28 RBI, 36 R, 8 SB
Last Week's Stats: 10-for-30, 4 2B, 0 HR, 7 R, 6 RBI, 7 BB
Garin Cecchini has really just emerged as a superstar in the Boston farm system.
The third baseman continues to impress with Double-A Portland. He batted 10 hits this week, while driving in six runs and scoring seven. He continued to show the extra-base power by hitting four doubles.
Cecchini is one of the most interesting players to watch with the team moving forward. If they feel comfortable with his development, it gives the team the option of moving Will Middlebrooks to first, or maybe even moving him from the organization.
2013 Stats: .273/.373/.470, 26 2B, 3 3B, 10 HR, 34 RBI, 56 R, 7 SB
Last Week's Stats: 6-for-18, 2 2B, 0 HR, 4 R, 1 RBI
Unfortunately for Jackie Bradley Jr., the stats he has compiled this season have been mostly in the minor leagues.
Fans had high hopes for Bradley heading into the season, but the center fielder failed to match them.
It is hard to fault the 23-year-old for his shortcomings. He is coming into his own as a baseball talent, and should be able to give the Red Sox plenty of excellent service for years down the road.
2013 Stats (Triple-A Pawtucket): .328/.369/.453, 11 2B, 0 3B, 9 HR, 35 RBI, 32 R, 2 SB
2013 Stats (Boston): .316/.350/.368, 1 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R, 0 SB
Last Week's Stats: 3-for-10, 0 2B, 0 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI
Xander Bogaerts has been pretty much as advertised in the big leagues. Just a very limited edition of it.
The shortstop has seen time at both his natural position and third base, as part of a complicated platoon with Will Middlebrooks and Stephen Drew.
Bogaerts has the capabilities to make his mark on this team as it makes its way to the playoffs. If the Red Sox are lucky, Bogaerts might give them some lightning-in-a-bottle over this last month and hopefully into October.