Baseball America recently revealed their top ten Red Sox prospect list and topping the list is Clay Buckholz. Little surprise because the kid already has a major league no-hitter under his belt. Buckholz is going to get a shot to pitch in the Red Sox crowded rotation in 2008 and hopefully he’ll play a vital cog in a repeat championship for the Red Sox.
Coming in at number two is Jacoby Ellsbury and again, this isn’t a huge surprise because Ellsbury has already shown his stuff in the big leagues. Assuming the Ellsbury isn’t dealt for Johan Santana, he should be the team’s starting centerfielder in 2008 and again, hopefully he can follow in Dustin Pedoria’s footsteps and put together a rookie of the year caliber season.
First baseman Lars Anderson comes in at number three and this is a guy you like to see make some noise. He was scooped up in the eighteenth round so he’s a definite sleeper but he put up some very nice numbers splitting time between High A and Low A. At 20, he could see some time in Double A next year but he’s still probably a couple of seasons away.
After that, things thin out with Justin Masterson coming in at number four. He had decent but not great numbers and as a starter, he won’t see much time in the big leagues unless the Red Sox have multiple injuries to their starters. Still, he’ll get to test his mettle against Triple A hitters and he’ll be ready if the Red Sox need him in 2008.
Jed Lowrie rounds out the top five and the infielder is blocked from pushing into the big leagues so some repeat time at Pawtucket will be neccesary. Lowrie is one of the guys who’s supposedly part of the package the Red Sox threw out to the Twins for Johan Santana so his time with the Sox may be numbered.
Nick Hagadone, the team’s first round pick in 2007, comes in at number eight. There’s some definite promise with him but according to his profile, the Red Sox aren’t sure whether he’ll end up being a starter or as a reliever.
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