Red Sox, Dodgers World Series Rosters Have Prospect Pedigree
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.
|Austin Barnes||Marlins, Dodgers||2013-14, 2015-17|
|David Freese||Padres, Cardinals||2007-08, 2009-10|
|Justin Turner||Reds, Orioles||2008-09|
|Pedro Baez||Dodgers||2008-11, 14-15|
|Kenta Maeda||Dodgers||2016 -- International|
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|Drew Pomeranz||Indians, Rockies||2011-12|
|Eduardo Rodriguez||Orioles, Red Sox||2012-15|
|Chris Sale||White Sox||2011|
|Brock Holt||Pirates||2010, 2013|
|Eduardo Nunez||Yankees||2006, 2010-11|
|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|