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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.

Dodgers

Acquired
NameTeamYears Ranked
Scott Alexander--Never
Dylan FloroRays2014
Rich HillCubs2004-2006
Ryan MadsonPhillies1999-2004
Alex WoodBraves2014
Austin BarnesMarlins, Dodgers2013-14, 2015-17
Brian DozierTwins2011-12
David FreesePadres, Cardinals2007-08, 2009-10
Yasmani GrandalReds2011-12
Kikè Hernandez--Never
Manny MachadoOrioles2011-12
Max MuncyA's2013-16
Chris TaylorMariners2013-14
Justin TurnerReds, Orioles2008-09
Homegrown
Pedro BaezDodgers2008-11, 14-15
Walker BuehlerDodgers2016-18
Kenley JansenDodgers2010-11
Clayton KershawDodgers2007-08
Kenta MaedaDodgers2016 -- International
Hyun-Jin RyuDodgers2013
Julio UriasDodgers2014-16
Matt Kemp*Dodgers2005-06
Joc PedersonDodgers2011-15
Yasiel PuigDodgers2013
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Red Sox

Acquired
NameTeamYears Ranked
Ryan BrasierAngels2012-14
Nathan EovaldiDodgers2009-12
Heath HembreeGiants2011-14
Joe KellyCardinals2010-12
Craig KimbrelBraves2009-11
Drew PomeranzIndians, Rockies2011-12
Rick PorcelloTigers2008-09
David PriceRays2008-09
Eduardo RodriguezOrioles, Red Sox2012-15
Chris SaleWhite Sox2011
Sandy LeonNationals2012-13
Brock HoltPirates2010, 2013
Ian KinslerRangers2005-06
Mitch MorelandRangers2010
Eduardo NunezYankees2006, 2010-11
Steve PearcePirates2006-08
J.D MartinezAstros2011
Homegrown
Matt BarnesRed Sox2012-15
Blake SwihartRed Sox2012-15
Christian VazquezRed Sox2012-14
Xander BogaertsRed Sox2011-14
Rafael DeversRed Sox2014-17
Andrew BenintendiRed Sox2016-17
Mookie BettsRed Sox2013-14
Jackie Bradley Jr.Red Sox2012-14
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