Boston’s dismal 2012 season at the major league level overshadowed the organization’s enormous progress made on the farm.
This year, many of the prospects that took a step forward last season have played a role in the team’s overwhelming success, as they enter Tuesday’s game with an MLB-best 92-59 record and are on the verge of clinching a postseason berth.
The Red Sox have received contributions from several top-10 prospects including infielder Xander Bogaerts, outfielder Jackie Bradley, right-handers Allen Webster and Brandon Workman, and even left-hander Drake Britton. While I omitted Workman from this article due to the chance of him eclipsing 50 innings in the major leagues this season, the rest of the aforementioned players should retain rookie eligibility for 2014.
What I like about Boston’s system is their combination of hit tools and projectable arms. All of their top position prospects possess a unique feel for hitting and advanced approach, and should continue to move up the ladder quickly as a result. Meanwhile, the organization as a whole boasts numerous future big-league starters, most of whom are already at the Double-A level or above.
Here’s a detailed look at the Red Sox’s top 10 prospects after the 2013 minor league season.