System In 20 Words Or Less: Trades, graduations, and a lot of players going backwards leaves the system deep but not as star-studded as in past years.
1. Xander Bogaerts, SS
2. Brandon Jacobs, OF
3. Will Middlebrooks, 3B
4. Ryan Lavarnway, C/DH
5. Blake Swihart, C
6. Bryce Brentz, OF
7. Matt Barnes, RHP
8. Garin Cecchini, 3B
9. Anthony Ranaudo, RHP
10. Jose Iglesias, SS
11. Sean Coyle, 2B
12. Jose Vinicio, SS: Dominican shortstop has plus glove and line-drive bat but little power and patience.
13. Jackie Bradley, OF: Coming off an ugly junior season; solid tools across the board but nothing star level.
14. Henry Owens, RHP: Supplemental first-round pick is loaded with projection but not a ton of right-now stuff.
15. Alex Wilson, RHP: Short, wide righty has back-end starter potential and could help this year.
16. Brandon Workman, RHP: Posted a solid full-season debut, but it was in Low-A and he's already 23.
17. Drake Britton, RHP: Anticipated breakout never happened; power arsenal from the left side might fit better in the ‘pen.
18. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP: The righty has stagnated at the upper-levels, turning 2012 into a potential make-or-break year.
19. Williams Jerez, OF: 2011 second-round pick is among the best athletes in the system but is very raw.
20. Cody Kukuk, LHP: 2011 seventh-rounder is long-levered with potential for plus fastball/slider combination.
1. Xander Bogaerts, SS
Drafted/Signed: Aruba, 2009
2011 Stats: .260/.324/.509 at A (72 G)
Tools Profile: Hardly one dimensional, but it's the power that stands out.
Year in Review: Last year's Dominican Summer League star forced his way to full-season ball at 18 and put on a show with his power.
The Good: Bogaerts has easy plus-plus raw power, but what makes him special is his ability to tap into it against live pitching at such a young age. He gets his entire body into his torque-loaded swing and does not need to fully square-up a ball to get it to leave the park. He's a good athlete for a slugger with borderline average speed and a very strong arm.
The Bad: Bogaerts lacks the instincts, skills, and speed to be a shortstop and is quickly growing out of the position. He has the tools to fit at third, but there are some concerns that he could grow his way into a corner outfield spot. His swing crosses the border from lofted to uppercut at times, and a high strikeout rate will likely always be a part of his game.
Ephemera: Gene Kingsale, who hit three home runs in 211 big league games spanning 1996-2003, is the only player born in Aruba to go deep in the big leagues.
Perfect World Projection: Cleanup hitter who can compete for home run titles, just not at shortstop.
Fantasy Impact: Will hit plenty of home runs but might not hit for a high average and won't steal bases.
Path to the Big Leagues: Bogaerts was one of the youngest players in the Sally League last year, and he'll be among the youngest again as a 19-year-old in the Carolina League.