Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
The first two names here can be introduced with one word: Duh.
When he ranked Bogaerts as the No. 2 prospect in MLB in late January, ESPN's Keith Law (Insider article) wrote this:
Bogaerts has explosive potential as a hitter, as the ball comes off his bat exceptionally well, and the fact he sees the ball so well and makes good decisions as a hitter bodes well for his ability to adjust to major league pitching if he's handed an everyday job in 2014.
This should ring true for anyone who watched Bogaerts last October, as he looked poised beyond his 21 years and collected four extra-base hits between the ALCS and World Series.
And Bogaerts will indeed have an everyday job in 2014, taking over for Stephen Drew at shortstop. Given the lack of stability the Red Sox have had there since Nomar Garciaparra left town, it sure would be nice for the Sox if Bogaerts made good on his potential.
Jackie Bradley Jr.
The book on Bradley is that he's a plus defender in center field who projects as a top-of-the-lineup hitter. In other words: just the guy to replace Jacoby Ellsbury.
But the jury's still out on Bradley's bat. He only posted a 69 OPS+ across 107 major league plate appearances last year and has managed just a .502 OPS this spring. Not exactly what the Red Sox were hoping for, to be sure.
It's a fair bet that Bradley will be in center field on Opening Day, but Sizemore could quickly take his place if Bradley doesn't hit.
I'm going with "Others" here because the Red Sox frankly have too many outstanding prospects to list them all individually.
Joining Bogaerts and Bradley on Keith Law's top 100 were left-hander Henry Owens (42), right-hander Matt Barnes (89), third baseman Garin Cecchini (53), catcher Blake Swihart (56) and second baseman Mookie Betts (61). All of them are indeed worth watching.
Also worth monitoring are two pitchers who could be called on to help in 2014: right-handers Allen Webster and Anthony Ranaudo. Elsewhere, keep an eye on lefty hurler Trey Ball, whom the Red Sox picked No. 7 overall in the 2013 draft.
Long story short: Yeah, it's a deep farm system.