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.

2011 Boston Red Sox Top 15 Prospects Post Season Report Card

With the 2011 minor league season complete we check in on the progress of each of the Boston Red Sox preseason Top 15 prospects as ranked by our prospect ranker J.P. Schwartz The post season grading report was done by the publisher of Top Prospect Alert, not Mr. Schwartz, and reflects only the 2011 season and not future upside or downside of the individual prospect. Our 2012 preseason rankings will be published in the coming months.

#1 Jose Iglesias GRADE C-
Iglesias hit .235 with 9 Doubles, 1 Home Run, and 31 RBI’s for the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox. He also had 12 stolen bases. Through September 6th Iglesias was 0-4 in the majors with Boston.

#2 Anthony Ranaudo GRADE B
Ranaudo went a combined 9-6 with a 3.97ERA between the High-A Salem Red Sox and the Low-A Greenville Drive. He walked 46 and struck out 117 batters in 127 innings of work. Opposing hitters batted .244 against Ranaudo on the year. Carolina League hitters batted 51 points higher against him than their South Atlantic League counterparts.

#3 Josh Reddick GRADE B+
Reddick has spent the majority of his season in the majors playing 72 games with the Red Sox batting .295 with 15 Doubles, 3 Triples, 7 Home Runs, and 27 RBI’s through September 6th. He’s struck out 40 times in 210 big league at-bats. In 52 games this season at Triple-A Pawtucket, Reddick hit .230, with 9 Doubles, 1 Triple, 14 Home Runs and 36 RBI’s.

#4 Brandon Workman GRADE B
Workman 6-7 with a 3.71ERA in 26 starts for Low-A Greenville. He walked 33 and struck out 115 in 131 innings of work. Opposing hitters batted .260 off of Workman on the season. His ERA was nearly half a run better in the second half of the season and opposing batters hit 60 points less off Workman compare to the first half of the season.

#5 Garin Cecchini GRADE B-
Before a season ending wrist injury, Cecchini was hitting .298 with 12 Doubles, 1 Triple, 3 Home Runs, and 23 RBI’s for the Short-A Lowell Spinners. He had also stolen 12 bases in his 32 games prior to the injury.

#6 Drake Britton GRADE D
Britton was 1-13 with a 6.91ERA for High-A Salem. He walked 55 and struck out 89 in 97.2 innings of work. Opposing batters hit .285 on the year against Britton.

#7 Lars Anderson GRADE C+
Anderson batted .265 with 31 Doubles, 2 Triples, 14 Home Runs and 78 RBI’s in his second season at Triple-A Pawtucket. He walked 80 times and struck out 120 times in 136 games.

#8 Ryan Westmoreland DID NOT PLAY
Westmoreland continues in his recovery from brain surgery. He stepped in against live pitching on August 17th for the first time since his 2010 surgery. He continues to make strides in his comeback attempt.

#9 Oscar Tejeda GRADE C
Tejeda batted .249 with 24 Doubles, 1 Triple, 5 Home Run and 41 RBI’s for the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs. He also stole 13 bases. His batting average and slugging percentage dropped significantly from his 2010 performance in High-A.

#10 Stolmy Pimentel GRADE D
Pimentel was awful in Double-A going 0-9 with a 9.12ERA in 15 starts before being demoted to High-A. He was a bit better after the demotion going 6-4 with a 4.53ERA in 51.2 innings. Combined Pimentel struck out 65 batters while walking 39 in 102 innings of work. Opposing hitters batted .308 against him including a .352 clip by Double-A hitters.

#11 Kolbrin Vitek GRADE B-
Vitek hit .281 with 22 Doubles, 6 Triples, 3 Home Runs and 43 RBI’s for High-A Salem. He also stole 12 bases on the season.

#12 Will Middlebrooks GRADE A-
Middlebrooks batted a combined .285 with 26 Doubles, 1 Triple, 23 Home Runs and 94 RBI’s between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket as well as a four game rehab stint at Short-A Lowell. He also stole 10 bases. Middlebrooks struck out 114 times in 116 games while drawing just 26 walks. He struggled a bit in his 16 games in Pawtucket in August hitting just .161.

#13 Ryan Lavarnway GRADE A+
Lavarnway batted a combined .290 with 23 Doubles, 32 Home Runs, and 93 RBI’s for Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket. Through September 6th, he batted .304 in 23 big league at-bats with Boston. Lavarnway had one of the best offensive seasons of anyone in Minor League Baseball.

#14 Felix Doubront GRADE C+
Doubront was 2-5 with a 4.22ERA in 70.1 innings for Triple-A Pawtucket. He has 26 walks and 74 strikeouts. Opposing batters hit .241 off him. Through September 6th Doubront was 0-0 with a 10.38ERA in 4.1 big league innings with Boston.

#15 Sean Coyle GRADE B
Coyle batted .247 with 27 Doubles, 7 Triples, 14 Home Runs, and 64 RBI’s in 106 games at Low-A Greenville. He also stole 20 bases. Coyle walked 60 times and struck out 110 times in 384 at-bats.

Red Sox Prospect Will Middlebrooks Driven To Be An Impact Player In The Big Leagues

One of the biggest breakout prospects in the Boston Red Sox organization in 2011 has been third base prospect Will Middlebrooks. The 22 year old was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday and for the year is hitting .300 with 26 Doubles, 21 Home Runs, and 86 RBI’s, most of which were put up in his 96 games for the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs. The 2007 5th round pick has seen his average and power numbers improve with each climb of the Red Sox organizational ladder. The next logical progression will be from Pawtucket to Boston. In the story Middlebrooks talks about his breakout season, looking up to Kevin Youkilis, and maintaining his approach as he progresses towards Fenway. It’s a very good read.

A giant step closer to Fenway — ESPN Boston

Thursday’s Notable Minor League Home Runs

AAA:
Tim Beckham Tampa Bay Rays – Home Run #2

Russ Canzler Tampa Bay Rays – Home Run #18

Beau Mills Cleveland Indians – Home Run #4

Daniel Nava Boston Red Sox – Home Run #8

Jack Cust Philadelphia Phillies – Home Run #1

Logan Schafer Milwaukee Brewers – Home Run #4

Matt Tuiasosopo Seattle Mariners – Home Run #14

Jerry Sands Los Angeles Dodgers – Home Run #24

AA:
Derek Norris Washington Nationals – Home Run #18

Allan Dykstra New York Mets – Home Run #18

Will Middlebrooks Boston Red Sox – Home Run #18

Alfredo Silverio Los Angeles Dodgers – Home Run #15

Kyle Jensen Florida Marlins – Home Run #2

Bill Rhinehart Cincinnati Reds – Home Run #5

Rebel Ridling Chicago Cubs – Home Run #17

Wilin Rosario Colorado Rockies – Home Run #18

Hector Gomez Colorado Rockies – Home Run #13

Wil Myers Kansas City Royals – Home Run #6

Jonathan Greene Texas Rangers – Home Run #17

Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels – Home Run #11

Ben Paulsen Colorado Rockies – Home Run #15

Matt Adams St Louis Cardinals – Home Run #29 & #30

Luis Jimenez Los Angeles Angels – Home Run #15

Jaff Decker San Diego Padres – Home Run #16

High-A:
Steven Bumbry Baltimore Orioles – Home Run #9

Jeremie Tice Cleveland Indians – Home Run #10

Robbie Grossman Pittsburgh Pirates – Home Run #11

Bobby Borchering Arizona Diamondbacks – Home Run #21

Jonathan Singleton Houston Astros – Home Run #3

Nolan Arenado Colorado Rockies – Home Run #17

Andrew Means Cincinnati Reds – Home Run #4 & #5

Low-A:
Yazy Arbelo Arizona Diamondbacks – Home Run #27

Cory Spangenberg San Diego Padres – Home Run #2

Cody Rogers Tampa Bay Rays – Home Run #12

Derrick Dietrich Tampa Bay Rays – Home Run #20

Blake Forsythe New York Mets – Home Run #7

Xander Bogaerts Boston Red Sox – Home Run #13

Brandon Jacobs Boston Red Sox – Home Run #15

Marcell Ozuna Florida Marlins – Home Run #20

Corey Dickerson Colorado Rockies – Home Run #24

Wednesday’s Notable Minor League Home Runs

AAA:
Juan Francisco Cincinnati Reds – Home Run #13

Travis Snider Toronto Blue Jays – Home Run #4

Justin Greene Chicago White Sox – Home Run #1 & #2

Logan Morrison Florida Marlins – Home Run #1

Bryan LaHair Chicago Cubs – Home Run #34

AA:
Tyler Moore Washington Nationals – Home Run #26

Derek Norris Washington Nationals – Home Run #17

Will Middlebrooks Boston Red Sox – Home Run #17

Joe Benson Minnesota Twins – Home Run #12 & #13

Travis d’Arnaud Toronto Blue Jays – Home Run #18

Charlie Culberson San Francisco Giants – Home Run #9

Carlos Rivero Philadelphia Phillies – Home Run #13

Hector Gomez Colorado Rockies – Home Run #12

High-A:
Bryce Brentz Boston Red Sox – Home Run #17

Kolbrin Vitek Boston Red Sox – Home Run #3

Sean Ochinko Toronto Blue Jays – Home Run #14

Tommy Joseph San Francisco Giants – Home Run #19

Kole Calhoun Los Angeles Angels – Home Run #20

Nolan Arenado Colorado Rockies – Home Run #16

Low-A:
Derrick Dietrich Tampa Bay Rays – Home Run #19

Sean Coyle Boston Red Sox – Home Run #12

Adam Duvall San Francisco Giants – Home Run #21

Kevin Keyes Washington Nationals – Home Run #13

Telvin Nash Houston Astros – Home Run #12

Blake Forsythe New York Mets – Home Run #6

Thursday’s Notable Minor League Home Runs

AAA:
Jared Goedert Cleveland Indians – Home Run #8

AA:
Will Middlebrooks Boston Red Sox – Home Run #16

Derek Norris Washington Nationals – Home Run #15

Rich Poythress Seattle Mariners – Home Run #10

Jaff Decker San Diego Padres – Home Run #15

High-A:
Tommy Joseph San Francisco Giants – Home Run #13

Daniel Carroll Seattle Mariners – Home Run #13

Brad Glenn Toronto Blue Jays – Home Run #23

Jefry Marte New York Mets – Home Run #6

Wilmer Flores New York Mets – Home Run #7

Stefan Welch New York Mets – Home Run #15

Chris Owings Arizona Diamondbacks – Home Run #9

Low-A:
David Vidal Cincinnati Reds – Home Run #17

Cory Spangenberg San Diego Padres – Home Run #1

Richard Jones Chicago Cubs – Home Run #21

Travis Witherspoon Los Angeles Angels – Home Run #11

Anthony Hewitt Philadelphia Phillies – Home Run #13

Wednesday’s Notable Minor League Home Runs

AAA:
Jordan Danks Chicago White Sox – Home Run #11

Lars Anderson Boston Red Sox – Home Run #10

Chris Carter Oakland Athletics – Home Run #8

Matt Dominguez Florida Marlins – Home Run #9

Adam Loewen Toronto Blue Jays – Home Run #15

Bryan LaHair Chicago Cubs – Home Run #29

Anthony Rizzo San Diego Padres – Home Run #19

Brett Lawrie Toronto Blue Jays – Home Run #17 & #18

Brett Pill San Francisco Giants – Home Run #20

Alexi Amarista Los Angeles Angels – Home Run #3

AA:
Bryce Harper Washington Nationals – Home Run #1

Travis D’Arnaud Toronto Blue Jays – Home Run #13

Will Middlebrooks Boston Red Sox – Home Run #14

Ben Paulsen Colorado Rockies – Home Run #13

Blake Tekotte San Diego Padres – Home Run #17

High-A:
Andy Wilkins Chicago White Sox – Home Run #17

Cesar Puello New York Mets – Home Run #9

Kyle Jensen Florida Marlins – Home Run #21

Low-A:
Luke Bailey Tampa Bay Rays – Home Run #7

Jairo Perez Minnesota Twins – Home Run #10 & #11

Josh Whitaker Kansas City Royals – Home Run #14

Wednesday’s Notable Minor League Home Runs

AAA
Yonder Alonso Cincinnati Reds – Home Run #12

Stefan Gartrell Atlanta Braves – Home Run #22

Mauro Gomez Atlanta Braves – Home Run #17

Russ Canzler Tampa Bay Rays – Home Run #11

Jason Kubel Minnesota Twins – Home Run #1

Chris Davis Texas Rangers – Home Run #23 & 24

Michael Taylor Oakland Athletics – Home Run #10

Collin Cowgill Arizona Diamondbacks – Home Run #13

AA
Matt Den Dekker New York Mets – Home Run #3 & #4

Will Middlebrooks Boston Red Sox – Home Run #12

Austin Romine New York Yankees – Home Run #5

Ryan Wheeler Arizona Diamondbacks – Home Run #12

Neftali Soto Cincinnati Reds – Home Run #17 & #18

Shane Robinson St. Louis Cardinals – Home Run #2 & #3

Zack Cox St. Louis Cardinals – Home Run #4

High-A
Denny Almonte Seattle Mariners – Home Run #17

Gary Brown San Francisco Giants – Home Run #8

Jeudy Valdez San Diego Padres – Home Run #8

Whit Merrifield Kansas City Royals – Home Run #4

Low-A
Michael Walker Milwaukee Brewers – Home Run #15

Derek Dietrich Tampa Bay Rays – Home Run #12

Ryan Fisher Florida Marlins – Home Run #14

Thursday’s Notable Minor League Home Runs

AAA:

Ryan Strieby Detroit Tigers – Home Run #13

Adam Loewen Toronto Blue Jays – Home Run #14

Matt Dominguez Florida Marlins – Home Run #7

Brandon Belt San Francisco Giants – Home Run #7

Cody Ransom Arizona Diamondbacks – Home Run #25

AA:

Allan Dykstra New York Mets – Home Run #11

Will Middlebrooks Boston Red Sox – Home Run #10

Charlie Culberson San Francisco Giants – Home Run #7

Andrew Lambo Pittsburgh Pirates – Home Run #2

Neftali Soto Cincinnati Reds – Home Run #16

Kyle Skipworth Florida Marlins – Home Run #6

Matthew Adams St Louis Cardinals – Home Run #20

High-A:

Tony Plagman New York Yankees – Home Run #13

Ian Gac Chicago White Sox – Home Run #23

Matt Long Los Angeles Angels – Home Run #13

Angelo Songco Los Angeles Dodgers – Home Run #15 & #16

David Flores Houston Astros – Home Run #4, #5, & #6

Low-A:

Josh Skole Texas Rangers – Home Run #4

Trayce Thompson Chicago White Sox – Home Run #15

Jake Marisnick Toronto Blue Jays – Home Run #8

Jesus Aguilar Cleveland Indians – Home Run #17 & #18

Yazy Arbello Arizona Diamondbacks – Home Run #22