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    Top 20 lists aside, I find interesting a quiet under the radar signing this past September by the RSOX.

    A former Top 100 ranked Baseball America high school star.
    A former ABCA Top 3 HS outfielder(1st team) 2007
    http://www.baseballcoaches.org/2007allamericanteams.pdf

    A former 2008 D1 Freshman AA by BA, CBN, Rivals
    http://www.baseballamerica.com/today...08/266412.html

    http://www.baseballnews.com/allameri...ricans2008.htm

    A former teammate in college of prospect Travis Shaw

    http://www.thebaseballcube.com/playe...en-Klafczynski

    Reports from the web:

    (2010)Keene Swamp Bats center-fielder Ben Klafczynski is probably the only person in New Hampshire who can say they've won a home run derby at Progressive Field, home of the Cleveland Indians.
    (2007)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TM7BSX3zaGE

    The left-handed swinging Klafczynski, an Ohio native and then-recent Medina Highland High graduate, beat a field of 10 players to win a derby for area high school All-Stars in 2007. He is hoping for a repeat performance today in the NECBL Home Run Derby at Cardines Field in Newport, R.I.

    The 6-foot-3 Kent State junior jumped at the chance to compete when he heard Bats Coach Marty Testo was looking for a left-hander to represent the team - despite the fact that he hasn't hit a home run this season.

    Testo said. "I know he has power because he has so much bat speed. We're just hoping he can get some up and hit them out. I think he'll hold his own."

    If he's a dark horse to win the Derby, he's the a shoe in to win the throwing competition, Testo said. Along with his speed in the outfield and ability to generate bat speed, Klafczynski also has a big-time throwing arm.

    Though Klafczynski plays primarily right field at Kent State, he's been playing center field for the Bats. His ability to jump over and fill the gaps has provided stability in the outfield, Testo said.

    "He just brings it to the park every day," Testo said. "He's one of those kids whose name a coach likes writing down in the lineup every day. He's been everything we expected and more." Last summer Klafczynski played for the Bourne Braves of the Cape Cod League. Since arriving with the Bats in mid-June, he's hitting .279 with five doubles and 12 RBIs and proven to be worthy of his selection to the NECBL Western Division team.

    Note: Klafczynski's power was on the display during the NECBL's Home Run Derby, as he went on to win the competition.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etPt8vv7tJ8

    From PerfectGame 2011........scouts say he is a different player this season because he finally learned to apply his vast assortment of tools in a positive way. Klafczynski has a big right-field arm, and impressive speed and power.

    ----------------After a slow start with the Cubs(metal to wood bat I suppose), he hit over .320 the final 5 weeks of 2011 with Peoria(A ball).

    The Cubs hired Theo Epstein and in ST 2012, decided to cut the player?

    http://www.baseballamerica.com/today...2/2613957.html

    Here is what the player did..... http://medinagazette.northcoastnow.c...-with-red-sox/


    He will be an interesting follow. An area RS scout mentioned that the 93-96mph fastball is "breezing", or easy(not max effort) as the arm is electric and the ball has movement, and there is possible triple digit there as he develops.

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    Hey guys new to the site, but got to show some love for Steven Wright. Knuckleballer for AAA traded for Lars Anderson at the ASB and made the minor league all star team, hes 28 but knuckleballers take longer and age better if u dont know him already heres a link
    http://www.soxprospects.com/players/wright-steven.htm he looks like he can contribute pretty soon!

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    Sleeper from the man, John Sickels.

    And this is why I am including Augliera. Because I had SCOUTING INFORMATION

    Mike Augleira was a fifth round pick last June, though this was a budget-oriented selection; his bonus was just $25,000, compared to slot value of $218,100. Draft financial manipulations aside, Augleira is rather interesting. He never walks anybody and had the best K/BB ratio in the NCAA last year. He maintained it in pro ball, which is a good thing obviously. Most public scouting reports say his fastball is just in the 86-88 range, so his status gets downplayed, but some scouts saw him as high as 93-94 last spring. He has a very good slider and a fair changeup. Depending on where his velocity settles in, he could be a back-end starter or a nice middle reliever. Grade C.

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    I am particularly looking forward to seeing what Alixon Suarez can do outside of the DSL. He could push his way into the top 15 on soxprospects

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    Also hoping Juan Carlos Lineares can prove many people wrong thinking that he is too old. He could very well be our emergency 5/6th outfielder...

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    I see Suarez as a Grandal Lite, minus the PED's. He walks all the time and has some pop. Like him a lot.

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    #20 on the list is Anthony Ranaudo

    He still has a good ceiling. He made only 6 starts last year, and he hurt his groin again in the PR Winter League. The only positive news from last season is that he has not had elbow or shoulder issues.

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    I'm going to do 2 a day.

    #19 on the list is Ty Buttrey

    Our 4th round bonus baby last year. He currently features a 90-93 fastball that's been clocked up to 96, a knucklecurve, and a changeup. He got his feet wet in GCL and did very well in his handful of innings. If he does well next year in Greenville he will make a big jump in the rankings.

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    Sickels' Top 20

    http://www.minorleagueball.com/2013/...pects-for-2013

    1) Xander Bogaerts, SS, Grade A: Given his age, overall track record, and the small sample size, I am not worried about the lack of walks in Double-A. He's going to be an excellent hitter and there is at least a moderate chance he can stick at shortstop, at least for awhile. One of the top elite prospects in the game.

    2) Jackie Bradley, OF, Grade B+: Terrific defense, on-base ability, moderate power, excellent makeup. Sounds like a winner to me and worthy successor to Jacoby Ellsbury.

    3) Matt Barnes, RHP, Grade B+: I'm a little worried about his wilt in the second half, otherwise I might have ranked him ahead of Bradley, but overall he performed up to expectations, looking like a future number two or three starter to me, assuming any durability issues clear up.

    4) Garin Cecchini, 3B, Grade B+: Borderline B. I assume this grade may surprise people, but I'm thinking he will start to show more power to go with his OBP skills, speed, and greatly improved defense. I don't always play it safe with the grades.

    5) Allen Webster, RHP, Grade B: Borderline B+. Love the grounders, but needs to sharpen his command further and refine breaking ball. Another guy who can be a mid-rotation arm, eat tons of innings.

    6) Henry Owens, LHP, Grade B: He's got some issues, needs to get the walks down for example, but the 4.87 ERA overstates his troubles. I like his physicality, size, delivery, and I think the command will improve.

    7) Bryce Brentz, OF, Grade B-: Borderline B: I think he can develop into something like Ryan Ludwick but he may need a couple of years to do it. Will he get that kind of slack?

    8) Blake Swihart, C, Grade B-: So far, he scouts better than he performs. Defense seems to be coming along, but hitting was disappointing in the Sally League given all the pre-draft hype his bat received, and at age 20 he was old for a 2011 high school draft. He's a solid prospect certainly but I am going to wait and see beyond that. Catchers have weird development curves, though, and New Mexico background also factors in.

    9) Brandon Workman, RHP, Grade B-: Not spectacular, but seems like he'll become a workhorse arm. If he switches to relief he would be more dominant, but even the Red Sox need inning eaters.

    10) Deven Marrero, SS, Grade B-: Very good defense and patient at the plate, could develop some doubles power. I don't see him as a star but he has a chance to be a solid regular or a really good utility

    11) Pat Light, RHP, Grade B-: One of my favorite pitchers from the 2012 draft, I suspect I like him better than many people do but I think he can improve his changeup enough to start. If not, another guy who could dominate in relief.

    12) Jose Iglesias, SS, Grade C+: His glove is excellent but his bat is so bad that it may be tough to keep him in the lineup anyway. If they are lucky he can be the Cuban Adam Everett and hold a job with positive WAR even with poor hitting. If they aren't lucky, keep in mind that Rey Ordonez had a great glove but couldn't hold the job anyway.

    13) Brandon Jacobs, OF, Grade C+: At this point, the C+ guys could be listed in just about any order depending on taste. I'll go with Jacobs here, the tools hound who had a disappointing season in High-A but is young enough at age 22 to rebound effectively. Everybody seems to have forgotten about him.

    14) Drake Britton, LHP, Grade C+: Very erratic, command issues remain, but has one of the better left-handed arms in the minors. Should be a useful power bullpen arm if his control doesn't come around enough for him to start.

    15) Brian Johnson, LHP, Grade C+: Very polished University of Florida lefty is classic "low upside, high floor" pitcher who should move through system quickly as an inning-soaking strike-thrower.

    16) Keury De La Cruz, OF, Grade C+: Great slash line in Low-A (.308/.352/.536) at age 20 is nice, but poor strike zone discipline and hesitant scouting reports from non-Red Sox sources give one pause. Obviously a prospect but I want to see more before buying in completely.

    17) Ty Buttrey, RHP, Grade C+: Big horse from 2012 draft was fourth round pick but took first round money to sign. Has a first round arm to go with it, but it remains to be seen how his command and changeup will work out. Fastball/knucklecurve combo would make him a good reliever if necessary.

    18) Jose Vinicio, SS, Grade C+: Another tools guy, gets strong reviews on defense. Fast, has a chance to hit for average, but don't expect power.

    19) Brock Holt, 2B, Grade C+: Acquired in Joel Hanrahan trade with Pirates. Opposite of Vinicio: lacks tools, but knows how to play and persistently exceeds expectations of scouts. Solid glove at second, good-enough at shortstop for utility work, should hit for average.

    20) Cody Kukuk, LHP, Grade C+: My pick for a surprise breakthrough in 2013. Big lefty with above average fastball and slider, lost most of the season on restricted list due to DUI charges that were eventually dismissed. Looked outstanding in August, mechanics and command were more consistent than they were in high school. If he keeps that up, he will vault up this list next year. Assuming no more off-field glitches, he *could* turn into Jon Lester.

    OTHER GRADE C+: Sean Coyle, 2B; Austin Maddox, RHP; Travis Shaw, 1B.

    OTHERS: Mike Augliera, RHP; Jamie Callahan, RHP; Chris Carpenter, RHP; Sergio Gomez, RHP; Alex Hassan, OF; Chris Hernandez, LHP; Aaron Kurcz, RHP; Juan Carlos Ramirez, OF; Tzu-Wei Lin, SS; Manuel Margot, OF; Simon Mercedes, RHP; Francellis Montas, RHP; Miguel Pena, LHP; Noe Ramirez, RHP; Anthony Ranaudo, RHP; Christian Vazquez, C; Alex Wilson, RHP; Steven Wright, RHP.


    2012 may have been a disaster at the major league level, but the Red Sox farm system is in solid shape. It will take a year or two before the best guys are ready to contribute, but there is much to look forward to.

    On the positional side, the class of the group is obviously Xander Bogaerts, who has the ability to be the next great Red Sox star. He destroyed High-A and dominated Double-A in August at the age of 19. Yes, he has a few issues to work through, but given the skill growth that he's already shown, I am confident in his ability to adapt as necessary. Jackie Bradley will be ready to hold down a center field job in 2014. Bryce Brentz may have some hiccups due to contact issues, but if they stick with him he should be a productive slugger. Bradley and Brentz alongside each other in the outfield in 2014? I think Holt can be a nice complementary role player.

    If Jose Iglesias' bat proves too weak to hold his job, Deven Marrero and Jose Vinicio provide other defense-oriented options. Tools guys at the lower levels like De La Rosa and the expensive international signees provide another wave behind the top group, though we'll have to see how they pan out of course. I'm taking a risk by saying that Cecchini can develop more home run power and grading him accordingly, but that's what sleep deprivation does to my brain I guess.

    The pitching side doesn't have a sure-fire ace, but Barnes, Webster, and Owens all have mid-rotation starter potential, perhaps more. Workman, too. Light and Johnson provide college arms from the 2012 draft who should follow the pipeline up. There are numerous bullpen candidates, and high-upside lottery tickets like Kukuk, Montas and Mercedes should be fun to watch in Low-A and the New York-Penn League.

    Knuckleballer Steven Wright is an interesting case. Impossible to predict how that will go, but definitely worth watching.

    Rebuiding isn't always fun and Red Sox fans want more tastes of post-season success as soon as possible. Stay patient as best you can; help is on the way.

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    He's really high on lLight

    Jim Callis @jimcallisBA
    I have them No. 5. @bgon781: @ChrisMellen in his chat said the #redsox had top farm system do you agree with him

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    Damn, I love the killer Bs. Draft more Bsssssssss

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    Quote Originally Posted by -Lavigne43- View Post
    He's really high on lLight

    Jim Callis @jimcallisBA
    I have them No. 5. @bgon781: @ChrisMellen in his chat said the #redsox had top farm system do you agree with him
    Top 5 farm is more than fine with me.

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    Wow that's pretty awesome. No. 5!

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    #18 on the list is Keury De La Cruz

    21 year old LH outfielder. He broke out last year, putting up big offensive numbers in Greenville.

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    Help is on the way with Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley, Matt Barnes and Allen Webster.

    http://www.baseballamerica.com/today...2/2614530.html

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