The Boston Red Sox won their seventh game in a row on Sunday afternoon, and their burgeoning youth movement was a big part of the reason why.
Lauded for their minor league depth before the season began, the Red Sox have finally turned to many younger players in their quest to save their season—and so far, so good for a majority of Boston's prospects in the major leagues.
Xander Bogaerts is a Rookie of the Year candidate and looks as good as advertised at the plate. Jackie Bradley Jr. has cemented himself as the everyday center fielder, and he has shown signs of progression with the bat as of late. Brandon Workman and Rubby De La Rosa suddenly find themselves as members of the MLB rotation, and Alex Hassan has found himself at Fenway, too.
And let's not forget the incredible, out-of-nowhere contributions of Brock Holt, who has provided the Sox with a spark at a time when one was badly needed.
Luckily, the Red Sox have another talented wave of contributors sitting in the high minors, and they should further add to their system's talent when they select two of the first 33 players that are set to be taken in the MLB draft this Thursday.
All of this movement makes it an interesting time to rank the current top-10 Red Sox prospects, as it’s clear that many of these names will get a shot at MLB playing time this season.
Players who have exceeded 130 plate appearances or 50 innings pitched in the majors are not eligible for these rankings. All stats accurate as of May 31, 2014.