It was an up-and-down week for the Boston Red Sox's best prospects. Some underperforming pitchers began turning their 2014 campaigns around. Hot-hitting batters in the minor leagues continued their torrid pace to begin the year. And some of Boston's young studs in the majors saw highs and lows as they continue to adjust to life in the big leagues.
Right now, the sample sizes are still too small for us to make any drastic changes when it comes to long-term projections for these prospects. That's especially true as rain wiped out several games for Red Sox affiliates in the Northeast this week, depriving us of innings and at-bats we could have used to reach new conclusions.
Still, tracking the trials and successes of these players on a weekly basis gives us a better understanding of where each prospect lies in his developmental journey. As long as you remember not to get to high or too low this early in the season, taking stock of Boston's prospects every week should prove to be a useful exercise.
Without further ado, let's break down some prospect performances from April 14 through April 21.