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    Who Are the Top 10 Red Sox Prospects?

    Any player still with rookie status going into 2009 would qualify. I'm not sure exactly where these players would rank, but I'd expect to see the following players either in the top 10 or close. This should be a fun one cause most of last year's best prospects are already in the bigs (Buccholz, Ellsbury, Lowrie, Masterson).

    Lars Anderson
    Michael Bowden
    Josh Reddick
    Daniel Bard
    Ryan Kalish
    Kris Johnson
    Casey Kelly
    Luis Exposito
    Yamaico Navarro
    Last edited by Adalbjorg; 10-06-2008 at 05:20 PM. Reason: To fix the title

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    Almanzar has to be on there somewhere

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    My personal top 10 as of today.

    1. Lars Anderson
    2. Michael Bowden
    3. Daniel Bard
    4. Che Hsuan Lin
    5. Ryan Kalish
    6. Josh Reddick
    7. Oscar Tejeda
    8. Will Middlebrooks
    9. Michael Almanzar
    10. Yamaico Navarro

    Im really liking those high potential guys at the end of the list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiksilver2491 View Post
    My personal top 10 as of today.

    1. Lars Anderson
    2. Michael Bowden
    3. Daniel Bard
    4. Che Hsuan Lin
    5. Ryan Kalish
    6. Josh Reddick
    7. Oscar Tejeda
    8. Will Middlebrooks
    9. Michael Almanzar
    10. Yamaico Navarro

    Im really liking those high potential guys at the end of the list.
    Both, Almanzar, and Navarro are superior specs to date that Middlebrooks and Tejeda. But that's my opinion.

    1. Lars Anderson, 1B
    2. Michael Bowden, RHP
    3. Daniel Bard, RHP
    4. Josh Reddick, OF
    5. Yamaico Navarro, SS
    6. Ryan Kalish, OF
    7. Michael Almanzar, 3B
    8. Che-Hsuan Lin, OF
    9. Casey Kelly, SS/RHP
    10: Luis Exposito, C (maybe Westmoreland)

    I cannot justify Westmoreland only because he hasn't played any extended time in Rookie league yet due to injuries. Hagadone coming back from injuries will creep back up into the bottom tier there I also think.

    11. Nick Hagadone, LHP
    12. Ryan Westmoreland, OF
    13. Oscar Tejeda, INF
    14. Will Middlebrooks, 3B
    15. Kyle Weiland, LHP (Best bullpen arm drafted this year)
    16. Bryan Price, RHP
    17. Argenis Diaz, SS (numbers may be very fluky)
    18. Stolmy Pimental, RHP
    19. Kris Johnson, LHP
    20. Derrik Gibson/Pete Hissey (INF/OF) (both limited play in rookie camp).

    Weiland, Price, Fife, all pitched well so far in the play that they've gotten up to. All drafted this year. Excited by Weiland out of Notre Dame the most.

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    My personal list

    1. Lars Anderson
    2. Michael Bowden
    3. Josh Reddick
    4. Daniel Bard
    5. Casey Kelly
    6. Yamaico Navarro
    7. Che-Hsuan Lin
    8. Ryan Kalish
    9. Michael Almanzar
    10. Ryan Westmoreland

    Next 10
    11. Argenis Diaz
    12. Luis Exposito
    13. Oscar Tejeda
    14. Bryan Price
    15. Will Middlebrooks
    16. Felix Doubront
    17. Kris Johnson
    18. Stolmy Pimentel
    19. Brock Huntzinger
    20. Kyle Weiland

    Hagadone goes at #4, Rizzo at #8 if they pick up where they left off.

    Hissey, Fife, Jones, Chiang and Dening are the next 5 on.

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    what do you all think about Derrik Gibson?

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    Quote Originally Posted by thegreatone08 View Post
    what do you all think about Derrik Gibson?
    Eh. Could be solid. Seems like a pretty soft hitter though.

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    I still dont see how the hell the Red Sox got a steal for Lars Anderson. He was a projected top 10 pick, but wanted a $1MIL signing bonus, and he fell to he 18th round.

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    i remember the redsox drafted a power hitter in the 1st round a few yrs back....jasonp lace i believe....does he still have good potential?

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    He's still got the potential and has improved with every season, but he was so raw when they drafted him they basically had to completely rebuild his swing. The tools are there and he's been young for every league he's played in (should be a 21 year old in AA), but the numbers just have not been there.

    But yeah I think Mitch Denning will climb up the prospect rankings this year. He's the kind of kid I'd love to see the Sox move to Catcher, see what happens.

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    I'm surprised Argenis Diaz isn't in the top 10 for a lot of you guys. He is most likely the Red Sox future SS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThreeIfBaerga View Post
    He's still got the potential and has improved with every season, but he was so raw when they drafted him they basically had to completely rebuild his swing. The tools are there and he's been young for every league he's played in (should be a 21 year old in AA), but the numbers just have not been there.

    But yeah I think Mitch Denning will climb up the prospect rankings this year. He's the kind of kid I'd love to see the Sox move to Catcher, see what happens.
    I've also heard that Place is a cancer in the clubhouse

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    Quote Originally Posted by yaowowrocket11 View Post
    I'm surprised Argenis Diaz isn't in the top 10 for a lot of you guys. He is most likely the Red Sox future SS.
    well I like Tejada a little more because I really don't have thaty much faith in Diaz. He is an excellent fielder, easily the best in the red sox farm system, but at the plate he is nothing special. On the other hand Tejada is doing pretty good in single-A and he still only 17 or 18. I think Tejada has a lot of potential and the sky's the limit for this kid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sportfan6197 View Post
    I've also heard that Place is a cancer in the clubhouse
    We need to stop labeling every player who isn't Kevin Millar a clubhouse cancer. Is A-Rod everyone's favorite friend? No. Is he a detriment to his team? No.

    According to SoxProspects.com:

    Place is a super-confident player, and that has reportedly rubbed teammates the wrong way in the past. However, his teamwork skills are said to be improving.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redsoxin2009 View Post
    i remember the redsox drafted a power hitter in the 1st round a few yrs back....jasonp lace i believe....does he still have good potential?
    Well coming out of college, the Red Sox knew he wasn't going to be a player they could rely on anytime soon, he was going to be a project. He had a lot of great tools but he was very raw at pretty much everything, his swing looked like that of a minor leaguer. The Red Sox basically rebuilt him from the floor up and now he is basically just starting to get a feel for the correct approach.

    I really like what they did with his mechanics, his swing is much improved now. He has great potential for power, although he doesn't really strike me as a guy that will ever hit for average. Strikes out a lot but if he is able to reach some of that fantastic potential, I see him similar to Pat Burell at the plate, although he is faster and has better arm in the outfield then Burell. If he could reach that potential he would be a great player IMO. Of course he still has a long way to go.

    Here is a video from last spring showing his improved swing motion, keep in mind that he has still improved over this during the course of last year.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UDmsKvDIME
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