Red Sox, Dodgers World Series Rosters Have Prospect Pedigree

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The point of prospects is they become big leaguers. If all goes according to plan, they become big leaguers that help a team win a World Series.

As the 2018 World Series between the Dodgers and Red Sox opens tonight, both clubs possesses a distinct prospect pedigree.

In all 48 of the 50 players on the Dodgers and Red Sox’s World Series rosters appeared in a Baseball America Prospect Handbook as they ascended toward the majors. The oldest is reliever Ryan Madson, who appeared in the first-ever Prospect Handbook as a Phillies prospect in 2001. The most recent is Walker Buehler, who ranked as the Dodgers No. 1 prospect entering this season.

Even the players deemed “late-bloomers” or “finds”—J.D. Martinez, Max Muncy, Justin Turner, Chris Taylor and Steve Pearce— all appeared in a Prospect Handbook. Same goes for unheralded relievers like Dylan Floro and Ryan Brasier.

The only two players to never appear in a Prospect Handbook are Dodgers utilityman Kikè Hernandez and reliever Scott Alexander.

Here is a look at the 2018 World Series rosters, and when all the players ranked in the Prospect Handbook when they were prospects, as well as what organization they were with. 



Name Team Years Ranked
Scott Alexander Never
Dylan Floro Rays 2014
Rich Hill Cubs 2004-2006
Ryan Madson Phillies 1999-2004
Alex Wood Braves 2014
Austin Barnes Marlins, Dodgers 2013-14, 2015-17
Brian Dozier Twins 2011-12
David Freese Padres, Cardinals 2007-08, 2009-10
Yasmani Grandal Reds 2011-12
Kikè Hernandez Never
Manny Machado Orioles 2011-12
Max Muncy A’s 2013-16
Chris Taylor Mariners 2013-14
Justin Turner Reds, Orioles 2008-09
Pedro Baez Dodgers 2008-11, 14-15
Walker Buehler Dodgers 2016-18
Kenley Jansen Dodgers 2010-11
Clayton Kershaw Dodgers 2007-08
Kenta Maeda Dodgers 2016 — International
Hyun-Jin Ryu Dodgers 2013
Julio Urias Dodgers 2014-16
Matt Kemp* Dodgers 2005-06
Joc Pederson Dodgers 2011-15
Yasiel Puig Dodgers 2013

Red Sox


Name Team Years Ranked
Ryan Brasier Angels 2012-14
Nathan Eovaldi Dodgers 2009-12
Heath Hembree Giants 2011-14
Joe Kelly Cardinals 2010-12
Craig Kimbrel Braves 2009-11
Drew Pomeranz Indians, Rockies 2011-12
Rick Porcello Tigers 2008-09
David Price Rays 2008-09
Eduardo Rodriguez Orioles, Red Sox 2012-15
Chris Sale White Sox 2011
Sandy Leon Nationals 2012-13
Brock Holt Pirates 2010, 2013
Ian Kinsler Rangers 2005-06
Mitch Moreland Rangers 2010
Eduardo Nunez Yankees 2006, 2010-11
Steve Pearce Pirates 2006-08
J.D Martinez Astros 2011
Matt Barnes Red Sox 2012-15
Blake Swihart Red Sox 2012-15
Christian Vazquez Red Sox 2012-14
Xander Bogaerts Red Sox 2011-14
Rafael Devers Red Sox 2014-17
Andrew Benintendi Red Sox 2016-17
Mookie Betts Red Sox 2013-14
Jackie Bradley Jr. Red Sox 2012-14

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