Minor League Opening Day Roster Analysis: Boston Red Sox

Org Rank Name DOB Position Assigned Team
1 Xander Bogaerts 10/1/1992 ss Portland Sea Dogs (AA)
2 Jackie Bradley 4/19/1990 of Boston Red Sox
3 Matt Barnes 6/17/1990 rhp Portland Sea Dogs (AA)
4 Allen Webster 2/10/1990 rhp Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA)
5 Henry Owens 7/21/1992 lhp Salem Red Sox (HiA)
6 Blake Swihart 4/3/1992 c Salem Red Sox (HiA)
7 Garin Cecchini 4/20/1991 3b Salem Red Sox (HiA)
8 Bryce Brentz 12/30/1988 of Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA)
9 Jose Iglesias 1/5/1990 ss Boston Red Sox
10 Deven Marrero 8/25/1990 ss Salem Red Sox (HiA)


redsox-900x635HE’S WHERE? The biggest surprise among Red Sox prospect assignments was OF Jackie Bradley making the big league club. Other than that, all of the system’s best prospects landed exactly where expected. SS Deven Marrero skipped a level and will begin his first full pro season in high Class A Salem, but that was according to plan so SS Jose Vinicio could play regularly at low Class A Greenville.

WHO’S MISSING? Boston’s prospects are remarkably healthy, with not a significant injury keeping anyone out of action. Even OF Bryce Brentz, who shot himself in the leg while cleaning a gun in January, is ready to play on opening day for Triple-A Pawtucket.

GO SEE: Double-A Portland features the system’s top prospect (SS Xander Bogaerts), arguably its best pitching prospect (RHP Matt Barnes), two arms the Red Sox have high hopes for (RHPs Anthony Ranaudo and Brandon Workman) and a pair of sleepers (C Christian Vazquez, 1B Travis Shaw).