2018 Boston Red Sox Top 10 Prospects

 

Red Sox Top 10 Prospects
1. Jay Groome, LHP
2. Michael Chavis, 3B
3. Tanner Houck, RHP
4. Bryan Mata, RHP
5. Cole Brannen, OF
6. Darwinzon Hernandez, LHP
7. Sam Travis, 1B
8. Mike Shawaryn, RHP
9. Alex Scherff, RHP
10. Marco Hernandez, SS/2B

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For each organization, we identify the 10 prospects with the highest ceilings, with consideration given to the likelihood of reaching those ceilings.

To qualify as a prospect, a position player cannot exceed 130 big league at-bats, while a pitcher cannot exceed 50 innings or 30 relief appearances. These thresholds mirror major league rookie qualifications, albeit without regard for major league service time.

Notable Graduations: OF Andrew Benintendi (1) and 3B Rafael Devers (2) produced like the blue-chippers they are.

Trending: 🔻 Trades and graduations hurt standing.

 

SYSTEM OVERVIEW

Strengths: In a system thinned by trades and graduations, the Red Sox still have an interesting mix of pitching prospects, led by No. 1 Jay Groome and 2017 first-rounder Tanner Houck, though most are either far away or could wind up in the bullpen. Corner infield bats such as Michael ChavisJosh OckimeySam Travis and Danny Diaz provide some power potential.

Weaknesses: The Red Sox lack for up-the-middle positions players. Boston might not have a future regular at catcher, second base, shortstop or center field in the system. Graduating Andrew Benintendi and Rafael Devers and trading premium prospects like Manuel MargotYoan MoncadaMichael Kopech and Anderson Espinoza--as well as trades of lesser prospects--has thinned what was one of the deepest system in baseball a few years ago. 

 

BEST TOOLS

🔸Best Hitter for Average: Sam Travis.
🔸Best Power Hitter: Michael Chavis.
🔸Best Strike-Zone Discipline: Josh Ockimey.
🔸Fastest Baserunner: Cole Brannen.
🔸Best Athlete: Kervin Suarez.
🔸Best Fastball: Darwinzon Hernandez.
🔸Best Curveball: Jay Groome.
🔸Best Slider: Tanner Houck.
🔸Best Changeup: Ty Buttrey.
🔸Best Control: Bryan Mata.
🔸Best Defensive Catcher: Austin Rei.
🔸Best Defensive INF: Antoni Flores.
🔸Best INF Arm: Bobby Dalbec.
🔸Best Defensive OF: Tate Matheny.
🔸Best OF Arm: Yoan Aybar.

 

PROJECTED 2021 LINEUP

(Listed with 2021 season age)

🔸C Christian Vazquez (30)
🔸1B Michael Chavis (25)
🔸2B Dustin Pedroia (37)
🔸3B Rafael Devers (24)
🔸SS Xander Bogaerts (28)
🔸LF Andrew Benintendi (26)
🔸CF Jackie Bradley (31)
🔸RF Mookie Betts (28)
🔸DH Sam Travis (25)
🔸SP Chris Sale (32)
🔸SP David Price (35)
🔸SP Jay Groome (23)
🔸SP Tanner Houck (25)
🔸SP Bryan Mata (23)
🔸CL Craig Kimbrel (33)

 

TOP PROSPECTS OF THE DECADE

(Listed with 2017 organization)

🔸2008: RHP Clay Buchholz (Phillies) | WAR: 15.5
🔸2009: 1B Lars Anderson (Japan) | WAR: N/A
🔸2010: OF Ryan Westmoreland (Did Not Play) | WAR: N/A
🔸2011: SS Jose Iglesias (Tigers) | WAR: 7.0
🔸2012: 3B Will Middlebrooks (Rangers) | WAR: 1.4
🔸2013: SS Xander Bogaerts (Red Sox) | WAR: 11.1
🔸2014: SS Xander Bogaerts (Red Sox) | WAR: **
🔸2015: C Blake Swihart (Red Sox) | WAR: 0.6
🔸2016: 3B Yoan Moncada (White Sox) | WAR: 1.5
🔸2017: OF Andrew Benintendi (Red Sox) | WAR: 3.1

 

TOP DRAFT PICKS OF THE DECADE

(Listed with 2017 organization)

🔸2008: RHP Casey Kelly (Giants) | WAR: 1.5
🔸2009: OF Reymond Fuentes (Diamondbacks) | WAR: 0.3
🔸2010: 2B Kolbrin Vitek (Did Not Play) | WAR: N/A
🔸2011: RHP Matt Barnes (Red Sox) | WAR: 0.8
🔸2012: SS Deven Marrero (Red Sox) | WAR: 0.1
🔸2013: LHP Trey Ball (Red Sox) | WAR: N/A
🔸2014: SS Michael Chavis (Red Sox) | Top 10
🔸2015: OF Andrew Benintendi (Red Sox) | WAR: 3.1
🔸2016: LHP Jay Groome (Red Sox) | Top 10
🔸2017: RHP Tanner Houck (Red Sox) | Top 10


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