Although the MLB season's just a week old for most teams, it's easy to get sucked into making rash decisions based on early looks at players. When a player like Mark Trumbo goes out and dominates in the season's early days, it's fun to imagine what might happen if his pace never significantly slows. When someone like A.J. Pierzynski looks like a complete disaster, it's human nature to become concerned.
Those same temptations exist with prospects, from MLB rookies all the way down to teenagers in extended spring training. We want immediate results to validate our hopes and dreams for these players, and we consider every bump in the road a major red flag.
With that knowledge in mind, the goal of these Boston Red Sox prospects' stock reports will be to provide some perspective to minor league performances and to take a player's full scouting profile and history into perspective.
Yes, truly great or truly horrible performances can lead to a player being listed as "stock up" or "stock down," but for the most part, change will be steady, with infrequent changes in ranking and an attempt at a measured approach to prospect valuation.
Now that that disclaimer is out of the way, let's extract what value we can out of this season's small sample sizes and examine how Sox prospects have faired to this point.