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1. Xander Bogaerts, ss/3b
2. Henry Owens, lhp
3. Jackie Bradley, of
4. Allen Webster, rhp
5. Blake Swihart, c
6. Garin Cecchini, 3b
7. Mookie Betts, 2b
8. Brandon Workman, rhp
9. Matt Barnes, rhp
10. Trey Ball, lhp
Best Hitter for Average Garin Cecchini
Best Power Hitter Xander Bogaerts
Best Strike-Zone Discipline Garin Cecchini
Fastest Baserunner Bryan Hudson
Best Athlete Mookie Betts
Best Fastball Matt Barnes
Best Curveball Brandon Workman
Best Slider Allen Webster
Best Changeup Henry Owens
Best Control Brandon Workman
Best Defensive Catcher Christian Vazquez
Best Defensive Infielder Deven Marrero
Best Infield Arm Deven Marrero
Best Defensive Outfielder Jackie Bradley
Best Outfield Arm Jackie Bradley
No Player, Pos (Age) Peak Level
1. Xander Bogaerts, ss/3b (21) Majors
2. Henry Owens, lhp (21) Double-A
3. Jackie Bradley, of (23) Majors
4. Allen Webster, rhp (24) Majors
5. Blake Swihart, c (21) High Class A
6. Will Middlebrooks, 3b (25) Majors
7. Garin Cecchini, 3b (22) Double-A
8. Mookie Betts, 2b (21) High Class A
9. Rubby de la Rosa, rhp (25) Majors
10. Brandon Workman, rhp (25) Majors
11. Matt Barnes, rhp (23) Double-A
12. Trey Ball, lhp (19) Rookie
13. Anthony Ranaudo, rhp (24) Triple-A
14. Christian Vazquez, c (23) Triple-A
15. Manuel Margot, of (19) Short-season
Year Player, Pos. 2013 Org.
2004 Hanley Ramirez, ss Dodgers
2005 Hanley Ramirez, ss Dodgers
2006 Andy Marte, 3b Angels
2007 Daisuke Matsuzaka, rhp Mets
2008 Clay Buchholz, rhp Red Sox
2009 Lars Anderson, 1b White Sox
2010 Ryan Westmoreland, of Out of baseball
2011 Jose Iglesias, ss Tigers
2012 Will Middlebrooks, 3b Red Sox
2013 Xander Bogaerts, ss Red Sox
Year Player, Pos. 2013 Org.
2004 Dustin Pedroia, ss (2nd round) Red Sox
2005 Jacoby Ellsbury, of Red Sox
2006 Jason Place, of Out of baseball
2007 Nick Hagadone, lhp (1st round supp.) Indians
2008 Casey Kelly, rhp Padres
2009 Reymond Fuentes, of Padres
2010 Kolbrin Vitek, 3b Red Sox
2011 Matt Barnes, rhp Red Sox
2012 Deven Marrero, ss Red Sox
2013 Trey Ball, lhp Red Sox
Jose Iglesias, 2009 $6,250,000
Casey Kelly, 2008 $3,000,000
Trey Ball, 2013 $2,750,000
Anthony Ranaudo, 2010 $2,550,000
Blake Swihart, 2011 $2,500,000
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As the Red Sox tried to emerge from the wreckage of a last-place finish in 2012, they did so with a mission of building a contender for 2013 in a fashion that did nothing to jeopardize what appeared to be a very promising future.

With a talented ensemble of minor leaguers reaching the upper levels, the team signed seven free agents—none of whom required the sacrifice of a draft pick—to compete at a time when those prospects were expected to be in the finishing stages of their development. The idea was to construct a competitive team for 2013 while buying time for the arrival of what general manager Ben Cherington described as “the next great Red Sox team."

Rather unexpectedly, the 2013 Red Sox ended up being a great team. The return to form of a core that included David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, Jon Lester, Jacoby Ellsbury and Clay Buchholz was buttressed by strong performances by virtually every player whom the Red Sox added.

The result was a team whose strong performances ran more than 25 deep, a versatile and deep roster that ultimately proved the best team in baseball, winning 97 games and marching through October for a World Series championship, the franchise's third in a decade.

Yet as captivating a run as the major league squad offered, the activity beneath that surface proved nearly as compelling. The Red Sox enjoyed a year of striking progress in their farm system, with top prospects taking steps forward in lockstep.

Both shortstop Xander Bogaerts and righthander Brandon Workman assumed significant postseason roles, but behind them, Boston's top prospects produced a wealth of all-star seasons across levels that suggested the possibility of homegrown depth in the coming years.

The emergence of Bogaerts (with 2012 first-rounder Deven Marrero not far behind) rendered Jose Iglesias expendable at the trade deadline. Third baseman Garin Cecchini led the minors with a .443 on-base percentage, giving the Red Sox a depth of talent on the left side of the infield that few can rival.

Center fielder Jackie Bradley joins Bogaerts as a player who could be ready to assume an everyday big league role as soon as Opening Day. Behind Workman, the organization featured three potential big league starters (righthanders Allen Webster, Matt Barnes and Anthony Ranaudo) in the Triple-A Pawtucket rotation by season's end.

The strength of the system runs far deeper than just Triple-A, however. High Class A Salem had a loaded roster all season. Top pitching prospect Henry Owens, a southpaw, thrived there before moving up to Double-A, while up-the-middle players such as catcher Blake Swihart and second baseman Mookie Betts helped Salem win the Carolina League title.

The organization also added high-ceiling amateurs in 2013, taking lefthander Trey Ball with the No. 7 overall pick in the draft and a potentially elite bat in Dominican third baseman Rafael Devers.

The Red Sox system is deep in many areas but does lack a prototype corner bat, but beyond that, athletic, well-rounded players abound. Led by Bogaerts, the next wave of Boston prospects is impressive enough to keep the club close to its 2013 perch for some time.