Baseball America is spending the offseason ranking the top 10 prospects of each MLB organization and on Friday, they ranked the top 10 prospects of the Boston Red Sox for the 2012 season.
It's probably no surprise to anyone that Will Middlebrooks, who by the way recently became engaged to a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader, was named the top prospect in the Red Sox organization.
- Will Middlebrooks, 3b
- Xander Bogaerts, ss
- Blake Swihart, c
- Anthony Ranaudo, rhp
- Bryce Brentz, of
- Brandon Jacobs, of
- Garin Cecchini, 3b
- Matt Barnes, rhp
- Ryan Lavarnway, c
- Jackie Bradley, of
With Kevin Youkilis entrenched at third base right now, it might be a few years before Middlebrooks takes over the hot corner at Fenway Park. But a good year like the one Lavarnway had, could force the Red Sox to consider adding Middlebrooks.
Of the top ten prospects, only Lavarnway figures into the Red Sox plans for the 2012 season as of right now.
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Baseball America also ranked the Red Sox minor leaguers as far as the best tools.
|Best Hitter for Average||Garin Cecchini|
|Best Power Hitter||Bryce Brentz|
|Best Strike Zone Discipline||Alex Hassan|
|Fastest Baserunner||Felix Sanchez|
|Best Athlete||Derrik Gibson|
|Best Fastball||Alex Wilson|
|Best Curveball||Anthony Ranaudo|
|Best Slider||Alex Wilson|
|Best Changup||Noe Ramirez|
|Best Control||Keith Couch|
|Best Defensive Catcher||Christian Vazquez|
|Best Defensive Infielder||Jose Iglesias|
|Best Infield Arm||Will Middlebrooks|
|Best Defensive OF||Jackie Bradley|
|Best Outfield Arm||Che-Hsuan Lin|
I hope you're right about Youk - a lot of other people are ready to write him off as no longer durable enough to last, or, if he proves he can be, a trade chip. I'm all for Middlebrooks' success but all in time.
@__fc I honestly think both of their futures with Red Sox hinge on how long Big Papi is around. If this ends up being Papi's last year, Youk can move to the DH and Middlebrooks takes over at third.
However, if Big Papi stays for two years, if Youk is healthy like you said, he could be traded. It will be actually interesting to watch what Middlebrooks does with PawSox this season.