Boston Red Sox: Anthony Ranaudo and the Top 10 Prospects in the Farm System

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Boston Red Sox: Anthony Ranaudo and the Top 10 Prospects in the Farm System
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Boston Red Sox farmhand Anthony Ranaudo delivers a pitch while with LSU

The Boston Red Sox owe much of their success to their ability to develop premier talent in their minor-league system.

Current big-league regulars Jacoby Ellsbury, Dustin Pedroia, Kevin Youkilis, Jed Lowrie, Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz, Daniel Bard and Jon Papelbon highlight their ability to identify talent and turn it into something that can help the big-league club.

When you consider that Josh Beckett and Adrian Gonzalez call Fenway Park home because the Sox were able to deal other premium talents to get them (Hanley Ramirez for Beckett, and Anthony Rizzo and Casey Kelly for Gonzalez), it's pretty evident that Theo and company rely heavily on what could be coming to keep this team near the top of the baseball world.

That said, the Red Sox top-prospects list looks significantly different than it has in recent years and part of that is their ability to replenish what seems like every year in the draft. Six of the top 10 were drafted in the last two years.

So who are the players making up Boston's next wave of talent?

Each player is listed with expected time of arrival (ETA) as well as with their ultimate ceilings.

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