2012 Boston Red Sox Top 15 Prospect Rankings

By: J.P. Schwartz
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2012 Boston Red Sox Top 15 Prospect Rankings

Every year at this time I like to rank each team’s top prospects. My criteria is based upon both past performance and future potential to his parent team. This is my ranking of the 2012 Boston Red Sox Top Prospects.

To qualify, a prospect must have fewer than 130 at-bats or 50 innings in MLB

#1 Will Middlebrooks 3B
Born: 9/9/1988
Highest Level Reached: Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox
2011 Combined Stats: .285, 26(2B), 1(3B), 23HR, 94RBI, 20SB

#2 Xander Bogaerts SS
Born: 10/1/1992
Highest Level Reached: Low-A Greenville Drive
2011 Combined Stats: .260, 14(2B), 2(3B), 16HR, 45RBI

#3 Matt Barnes RHP
Born: 6/17/1990
Highest Level Reached: 1st Round Pick In 2011 MLB Draft
2011 Combined Stats: Did Not Play In 2011

#4 Blake Swihart C
Born: 4/3/1992
Highest Level Reached: Rookie League Gulf Coast League Red Sox
2011 Combined Stats: .000 (0-6 in six at-bats)

#5 Ryan Lavarnway C
Born: 8/7/1987
Highest Level Reached: MLB Boston Red Sox
2011 Combined Stats: MINORS: .290, 23(2B), 32HR, 93RBI
MAJORS: .231, 2(2B), 2HR, 8RBI

#6 Jackie Bradley Jr OF
Born: 4/19/1990
Highest Level Reached: Low-A Greenville Drive
2011 Combined Stats: .250, 1(2B), 1HR, 3RBI

#7 Anthony Ranaudo RHP
Born: 9/9/1989
Highest Level Reached: High-A Salem Red Sox
2011 Combined Stats: 9-6, 3.97ERA, 127IP, 46BB, 117K, .244BAA

#8 Bryce Brentz OF
Born: 12/30/1988
Highest Level Reached: High-A Salem Red Sox
2011 Combined Stats: .306, 25(2B), 4(3B), 30HR, 94RBI

#9 Garin Cecchini 3B
Born: 4/20/1991
Highest Level Reached: Short-A Lowell Spinners
2011 Combined Stats: .298, 12(2B), 1(3B), 3HR, 23RBI, 12SB

#10 Brandon Jacobs OF
Born: 12/8/1990
Highest Level Reached: Low-A Greenville Drive
2011 Combined Stats: .303, 32(2B), 3(3B), 17HR, 80RBI, 30SB

#11 Henry Owens LHP
Born: 7/21/1992
Highest Level Reached: 1st Round Pick 2011 MLB Draft
2011 Combined Stats: Did Not Play In 2011

#12 Noe Ramirez RHP
Born: 12/22/1989
Highest Level Reached: 4th Round Pick 2011 MLB Draft
2011 Combined Stats: Did Not Play In 2011

#13 Jose Iglesias SS
Born: 1/5/1990
Highest Level Reached: MLB Boston Red Sox
2011 Combined Stats: MINORS: .235, 9(2B), 1HR, 31RBI, 12SB
MAJORS: .333, (2-6 in 6 At-Bats)

#14 Lars Anderson 1B
Born: 9/25/1987
Highest Level Reached: MLB Boston Red Sox
2011 Combined Stats: MINORS: .265, 31(2B), 2(3B), 14HR, 78RBI
MAJORS: .000 (0-5 in 5 At-Bats)

#15 Williams Jerez OF
Born: 5/16/1992
Highest Level Reached: Rookie League Gulf Coast League Red Sox
2011 Combined Stats: .248, 2(2B), 3(3B), 12RBI

Disclaimer – I did not attend any minor league games this year, nor do I claim to have any scouting experience. These lists are the product of my own research of statistics and online scouting reports.

Red Sox Prospect Bryce Brentz Focusing On Improving His Defense After Monster Offensive Year

Boston Red Sox prospect Bryce Brentz had a breakout season at the plate batting .306 with 25 Doubles, 4 Triples, 30 Home Runs and 94 RBI’s between the Low-A Greenville Drive and the High-A Salem Red Sox. While his offensive production was as good as anyone in all of Minor League Baseball in 2011, Brentz struggled defensively making 17 errors in the outfield. In the story link below, Brentz talks about focusing on improving his defense during the offseason, his approach at the plate, and adjusting to contact lenses that helped improve his vision.

Power-hitting prospect Brentz goes on defensive — Projo.com

2011 Minor League Baseball 30 Home Run Club

The following batters all hit 30 Home Runs or more during the 2011 Minor League Baseball Season.

Bryan LaHair Chicago Cubs – 38 Home Runs

Ian Gac Chicago White Sox – 33 Home Runs

Tim Wheeler Colorado Rockies – 33 Home Runs

Matt Adams St Louis Cardinals – 32 Home Runs

Corey Dickerson Colorado Rockies – 32 Home Runs

Jorge Vazquez New York Yankees – 32 Home Runs

Jai Miller Oakland Athletics – 32 Home Runs

Ryan Lavarnway Boston Red Sox – 32 Home Runs

Tyler Moore Washington Nationals – 31 Home Runs

Yazy Arbelo Arizona Diamondbacks – 31 Home Runs

Michael Choice Oakland Athletics – 30 Home Runs

Alex Liddi Seattle Mariners – 30 Home Runs

Bryce Brentz Boston Red Sox – 30 Home Runs

Paul Goldschmidt Arizona Diamondbacks – 30 Home Runs

Neftali Soto Cincinnati Reds – 30 Home Runs

Michael Bianucci Texas Rangers – 30 Home Runs

Salem Red Sox Fan Gets Fired Up After Manager Bruce Crabbe & Prospect Bryce Brentz Get Ejected Tuesday

Boston Red Sox prospect Bryce Brentz and Salem Red Sox manager Bruce Crabbe each got ejected during this past Tuesday’s game against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. Crabbe believed Brentz had been hit by a pitch and is subsequently ejected after arguing his point. Brentz is then run a pitch later for saying something to the home plate umpire. The entertaining part of the video is the Salem fan who is clearly upset about the umpire’s judgement and expresses his displeasure as the argument on the field takes place.

Saturday’s Notable Minor League Home Runs

AAA:
Brian McCann Atlanta Braves – Home Run #1

Valentino Pascucci New York Mets – Home Run #18

Jeff Clement Pittsburgh Pirates – Home Run #1

Nick Stavinoha St Louis Cardinals – Home Run #23

Shane Robinson St Louis Cardinals – Home Run #4

Ryan Flaherty Chicago Cubs – Home Run #3

Bryan LaHair Chicago Cubs – Home Run #31

Jai Miller Oakland Athletics – Home Run #28

AA:
Brandon Waring Baltimore Orioles – Home Run #18

Quincy Latimore Pittsburgh Pirates – Home Run #12 & #13

Matt Den Dekker New York Mets – Home Run #7

Anthony Gose Toronto Blue Jays – Home Run #13

Melky Mesa New York Yankees – Home Run #7

Neftali Soto Cincinnati Reds – Home Run #26

Johermyn Chavez Seattle Mariners – Home Run #13

Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels – Home Run #10

Matthew Adams St Louis Cardinals – Home Run #27

Ben Paulsen Colorado Rockies – Home Run #14

High-A:
Matt Davidson Arizona Diamondbacks – Home Run #15

Gary Brown San Francisco Giants – Home Run #10

Bryce Brentz Boston Red Sox – Home Run #16

Scooter Gennett Milwaukee Brewers – Home Run #8

Hunter Morris Milwaukee Brewers – Home Run #16

Daniel Fields Detroit Tigers – Home Run #8

Tommy Medica San Diego Padres – Home Run #4

Tommy Joseph San Francisco Giants – Home Run #16 & #17

Nathan Freiman San Diego Padres – Home Run #19

Low-A:
Jonathan Rodriguez St Louis Cardinals – Home Run #15

Trayce Thompson Chicago White Sox – Home Run #20

Isaac Galloway Florida Marlins – Home Run #13

Wednesday’s Notable Minor League Home Runs

AAA:
Devin Mesoraco Cincinnati Reds – Home Run #12

Justin Morneau Minnesota Twins – Home Run #1

Russ Canzler Tampa Bay Rays – Home Run #16

Lorenzo Cain Kansas City Royals – Home Run #15

Jeremy Moore Los Angeles Angels – Home Run #11 & #12

Jerry Sands Los Angeles Dodgers – Home Run #22

Matt Dominguez Florida Marlins – Home Run #11

AA:
Anthony Gose Toronto Blue Jays – Home Run #12

Roger Kieschnick San Francisco Giants – Home Run #15

Kyle Russell Los Angeles Dodgers – Home Run #19

Kyle Skipworth Florida Marlins – Home Run #8

Grant Green Oakland Athletics – Home Run #7

Michael Bianucci Texas Rangers – Home Run #27

High-A:
Bryce Brentz Boston Red Sox – Home Run #15

Kyle Jensen Florida Marlins – Home Run #22

Stefan Welch New York Mets – Home Run #14

Low-A:
Jurickson Profar Texas Rangers – Home Run #11

Gary Sanchez New York Yankees – Home Run #16 & #17

Jacob Realmuto Florida Marlins – Home Run #6

Ryan Fisher Florida Marlins – Home Run #16

Philip Wunderlich Tampa Bay Rays – Home Run #15

Tuesday’s Notable Minor League Home Runs

AAA:
Chris Marrero Washington Nationals – Home Run #11

Lars Anderson Boston Red Sox – Home Run #11

Jared Head Cleveland Indians – Home Run #19

Jesus Montero New York Yankees – Home Run #11

Brandon Laird New York Yankees – Home Run #11

Russ Canzler Tampa Bay Rays – Home Run #14

Jerry Sands Los Angeles Dodgers – Home Run #18

Brett Jackson Chicago Cubs – Home Run #4

Anthony Rizzo San Diego Padres – Home Run #22

Mat Gamel Milwaukee Brewers – Home Run #22 & #23

Chris Carter Oakland Athletics – Home Run #10

Hank Conger Los Angeles Angels – Home Run #4

AA:
Tyler Moore Washington Nationals – Home Run #25

Travis d’Arnaud Toronto Blue Jays – Home Run #15

Charlie Culberson San Francisco Giants – Home Run #8

Roger Kieschnick San Francisco Giants – Home Run #14

L.J. Hoes Baltimore Orioles – Home Run #5 & #6

Andrew Lambo Pittsburgh Pirates – Home Run #4

Brandon Short Chicago White Sox – Home Run #13

Wil Myers Kansas City Royals – Home Run #4

High-A:
Nolan Arenado Colorado Rockies – Home Run #13 & #14

Bryce Brentz Boston Red Sox – Home Run #12 & #13

Darin Ruf Philadelphia Phillies – Home Run #13

Kent Matthes Colorado Rockies – Home Run #23

Low-A:
Yazy Arbelo Arizona Diamondbacks – Home Run #24

Gary Sanchez New York Yankees – Home Run #12

Corey Dickerson Colorado Rockies – Home Run #23

Dan Black Chicago White Sox – Home Run #14 & #15

Tuesday’s Notable Minor League Home Runs

AAA:
Jesus Montero New York Yankees – Home Run #10

Jorge Vazquez New York Yankees – Home Run #23

Brandon Inge Detroit Tigers – Home Run #3

Russ Canzler Tampa Bay Rays – Home Run #13

Nick Stavinoha St Louis Cardinals – Home Run #20

Koby Clemens Houston Astros – Home Run #14

Michael Taylor Oakland Athletics – Home Run #12

Jeremy Moore Los Angeles Angels – Home Run #9

Anthony Rizzo San Diego Padres – Home Run #18

AA:
Paul Goldschmidt Arizona Diamondbacks – Home Run #30

Matthew Adams St Louis Cardinals – Home Run #24

Tommy Mendonca Texas Rangers – Home Run #21

Salvador Perez Kansas City Royals – Home Run #9

Kody Hinze Houston Astros – Home Run #5

Josh Vitters Chicago Cubs – Home Run #10

Derek Norris Washington Nationals – Home Run #13

L.J. Hoes Baltimore Orioles – Home Run #1 & #2

Tim Federowicz Boston Red Sox – Home Run #7

J.D. Martinez Houston Astros – Home Run #12

High-A:
Andy Wilkins Chicago White Sox – Home Run #15 & #16

Jonathan Schoop Baltimore Orioles – Home Run #1

Bryce Brentz Boston Red Sox – Home Run #11

Justin Bour Chicago Cubs – Home Run #21

Michael Burgess Chicago Cubs – Home Run #14

Jonathan Singleton Philadelphia Phillies – Home Run #9

Xavier Scruggs St Louis Cardinals – Home Run #10

Low-A:
Gary Sanchez New York Yankees – Home Run #10

Kyle Parker Colorado Rockies – Home Run #17

Christian Villanueva Texas Rangers – Home Run #13

Thursday’s Notable Minor League Home Runs

AAA
Ryan Lavarnway Boston Red Sox – Home Run #12

Russ Canzler Tampa Bay Rays – Home Run #12

Mauro Gomez Atlanta Braves – Home Run #18

Adrian Cardenas Oakland Athletics – Home Run #4

Jerry Sands Los Angeles Dodgers – Home Run #15

Taylor Green Milwaukee Brewers – Home Run #14

Chris Nelson Colorado Rockies – Home Run #8 & #9

AA
Tyler Moore Washington Nationals – Home Run #22

Beau Mills Cleveland Indians – Home Run #11

Jordany Valdespin New York Mets – Home Run #12 & #13

Allan Dykstra New York Mets – Home Run #13

Matt Den Dekker New York Mets – Home Run #5

Chih-Hsien Chiang Boston Red Sox – Home Run #17

Josh Vitters Chicago Cubs – Home Run #9

Ryan Wheeler Arizona Diamondbacks – Home Run #13

Tim Beckham Tampa Bay Rays – Home Run #6

Michael Bianucci Texas Rangers – Home Run #22

Luis Jimenez Los Angeles Angels – Home Run #14

Jon Gaston Houston Astros – Home Run #4 & #5

High-A
Reymond Fuentes San Diego Padres – Home Run #2

Bryce Brentz Boston Red Sox – Home Run #10

Jonathan Singleton Philadelphia Phillies – Home Run #8

Cesar Puello New York Mets – Home Run #7

Nathan Freiman San Diego Padres – Home Run #15 & #16

Low-A
Carlos Moncrief Cleveland Indians – Home Run #13 & #14

Jesus Aguilar Cleveland Indiands – Home Run #20

Derrick Dietrich Tampa Bay Rays – Home Run #13

Donald Lutz Cincinnati Reds – Home Run #14 (Hit for Cycle)

Marcell Ozuna Florida Marlins – Home Run #14

Andrew Clark Texas Rangers – Home Runs #9 & #10

Jim Murphy Philadelphia Phillies – Home Run #20