2012 Boston Red Sox Top 15 Prospect Rankings

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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.

Sunday’s Notable Minor League Home Runs

AAA:
Chris Carter Oakland Athletics – Home Run #18

Johan Limonta Seattle Mariners – Home Run #14

Brad Nelson Texas Rangers – Home Run #24

AA:
Tyler Moore Washington Nationals – Home Run #31

Mike McDade Toronto Blue Jays – Home Run #16

Corban Joseph New York Yankees – Home Run #5

Ronnie Welty Baltimore Orioles – Home Run #13

Allan Dykstra New York Mets – Home Run #18

Josh Vitters Chicago Cubs – Home Run #14

Brian Cavazos-Galvez Los Angeles Dodgers – Home Run #13 & #14

Cody Puckett Cincinnati Reds – Home Run #15

Luke Montz Florida Marlins – Home Run #22

Sawyer Carroll San Diego Padres – Home Run #18

High-A:
Gary Brown San Francisco Giants – Home Run #14

Jeudy Valdez San Diego Padres – Home Run #14

Xavier Scruggs St Louis Cardinals – Home Run #21

Brad Glenn Toronto Blue Jays – Home Run #26

Adam Abraham Cleveland Indians – Home Run #17

Andy Wilkins Chicago White Sox – Home Run #23

Joe Terdoslavich Atlanta Braves – Home Run #20

Michael Choice Oakland Athletics – Home Run #30

Matt Davidson Arizona Diamondbacks – Home Run #20

Low-A:
Jackie Bradley Jr Boston Red Sox – Home Run #1

Jake Skole Texas Rangers – Home Run #8 & #9

Isaac Galloway Florida Marlins – Home Run #18

Mark Canha Florida Marlins – Home Run #25

Kevin Keyes Washington Nationals – Home Run #17

Jason Martinson Washington Nationals – Home Run #19

Nick Castellanos Detroit Tigers – Home Run #7

David Vidal Cincinnati Reds – Home Run #20

Jackie Bradley Jr Discusses Signing With The Red Sox Rather Than Chase A Third College World Series Championship

One of the many 2011 draft signing deadline deals that came down to the wire on Monday night was that of Jackie Bradley Jr. The centerfielder was the 40th overall pick of the Red Sox out of the University of South Carolina. Bradley had to chose between the $1.1 Million signing bonus the Red Sox had on the table or a return to the Gamecocks where he and his teammates would be chasing their third consecutive College World Series championship in 2012. In the end Bradley chose baseball and signed within the final 15 minutes before the deadline. In the story Bradley talks about his decision making prospect, tipping the scale with a visit to Boston, winning a second consecutive national championship, missing college life, and looking forward to what the future holds.

New Red Sox Jackie Bradley ‘ready for the adventure’ of pro ball — WEEI.com