Boston Red Sox Top 10
By Alex Speier
Just over a calendar year removed from winning the World Series, the Red Sox enter the offseason amid an organizational reset as they push into the 2020s.
They replaced Dave Dombrowski, BA's 2018 Executive of the Year, with former Rays senior vice president of baseball operations, Chaim Bloom, to oversee their baseball operation. Boston ownership said Bloom's two most attractive qualities -- sustainable team-building and pitching development -- jive with their desire to revive a thin Red Sox farm system.
"(Bloom) has demonstrated the ability to take a comprehensive approach to building a successful team at the major league level and he understands what Red Sox fans want . . . and that is a sustainable baseball operation throughout the entire organization," Red Sox CEO Sam Kennedy said.
Bloom inherits a system that entered 2019 ranked as baseball's worst before jumping to 23rd midway through the year.
While there's plenty of speculation the system could receive a sizable boost if the team opts to trade star outfielder Mookie Betts this winter, for now, the Red Sox are thin at the upper levels, although several 2018 draft picks have provided a jolt and look capable of moving relatively quickly.
Here's how we project their lineup in 2023, with their 2023 age in parentheses.
Catcher: Christian Vazquez (32)
First Base: Triston Casas (23)
Second Base: Michael Chavis (27)
Third Base: Rafael Devers (26)
Shortstop: Xander Bogaerts (30)
Left Field: Andrew Benintendi (28)
Center Field: Jarren Duran (26)
Right Field: Mookie Betts (30)
Designated Hitter: Bobby Dalbec (28)
No. 1 Starter: Chris Sale (34)
No. 2 Starter: Eduardo Rodriguez (30)
No. 3 Starter: Bryan Mata (24)
No. 4 Starter: Thad Ward (26)
No. 5 Starter: Jay Groome (24)
Closer: Darwinzon Hernandez (26)
Listed below are the prospects with the best tools within the organization. To go directly to Boston's Top 10, click here.
Best Hitter for Average: Jarren Duran
Best Power Hitter: Bobby Dalbec
Best Strike-Zone Discipline: Triston Casas
Fastest Baserunner: Gilberto Jimenez
Best Athlete: Gilberto Jimenez
Best Fastball: Darwinzon Hernandez
Best Curveball: Jay Groome
Best Slider: Thad Ward
Best Changeup: Brayan Bello
Best Control: Noah Song
Best Defensive Catcher: Alan Marrero
Best Defensive Infielder: Triston Casas
Best Infield Arm: Bobby Dalbec
Best Defensive Outfielder: Tate Matheny
Best Outfield Arm: Gilberto Jimenez