Boston Red Sox 2012 Mid-Season Top 5 Prospect Rankings

By: J.P. Schwartz
@Jaypers413

As we are now halfway into the season and the signing deadline for 2012 draft picks has passed, here is my revised list of top 5 prospects in the Boston Red Sox organization.

Remember, a prospect must have fewer than 130 ABs or 50 IP in the Major Leagues to qualify.
(Stats through 7/17/2012)

1) Xander Bogaerts
Highest Level: High-A Salem Red Sox
2012 Stats:
MILB: .286, 17(2B), 2(3B), 12HR, 48RBI

2) Matt Barnes
Highest Level: High-A Salem Red Sox
2012 Stats:
MILB: 7-3, 2.41ERA, 86IP, 19BB, 105K, .211BAA

3) Jackie Bradley
Highest Level: AA Portland Seadogs
2012 Stats:
MILB: .349, 35(2B), 4(3B), 3HR, 45RBI, 19SB

4) Deven Marrero
Highest Level: Short-A Lowell Spinners
2012 Stats:
MILB: .266, 6(2B), 1HR, 5RBI, 8SB

5) Blake Swihart
Highest Level: Low-A Greenville Drive
2012 Stats:
MILB: .265, 11(2B), 3(3B), 4HR, 35RBI

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Weekly Top 10 Highest Priced Modern Baseball Cards

Each week we will take a look at the Top 10 Highest priced active items on Ebay’s auction format from the modern baseball card era.

#1 Lou Gehrig 2011 Topps Triple Threads Bat Knob Cut Signature
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#2 Chipper Jones 1991 Topps Desert Shield Graded PSA 10
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#3 Xander Bogaerts 2012 Bowman Chrome Superfractor Autograph 1/1
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#4 Mike Trout 2009 Bowman Chrome Orange Refractor Autograph /25 Graded BGS 9.5/10
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#5 Alex Rodriguez/Joe Dimaggio/Mickey Mantle 2007 Topps Co Signers Triple Cut Autograph /3
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#6 Albert Pujols 2007 Topps Sterling Jumbo Cardinal Head Patch Autograph /10
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#7 Bryce Harper 2010 Bowman Aflac Autograph /230 Graded BGS 9/10
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#8 Yu Darvish 2012 Bowman Chrome Gold Refractor Autograph /50 Graded BGS 9.5/9
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#9 Babe Ruth 1999 Upper Deck Piece of History 500 Home Run Club Bat
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#10 Jesus Montero 2012 Bowman Chrome Superfractor Autograph 1/1
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Weekly Top 10 Highest Priced Modern Baseball Cards

Each week we will take a look at the Top 10 Highest priced active items on Ebay’s auction format from the modern baseball card era.

#1 Babe Ruth 2004 Donruss Timelines Call To The Hall Cut Autograph 1/1
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#2 Babe Ruth 2002 Upper Deck Diamond Collection Memorable Signatures /3
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#3 Trevor Bauer 2011 Bowman Chrome Red Refractor Autograph /5
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#4 Justin Verlander 2005 Bowman Chrome Blue Refractor Autograph /150 Graded BGS 9.5

#5 Bryce Harper 2011 Bowman Chrome Gold Refractor Autograph /50
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#6 Bryce Harper 2011 Bowman Sterling Cyan Press Plate Autograph 1/1
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#7 Bryce Harper 2010 Bowman Aflac Autograph /230
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#8 Xander Bogaerts 2012 Bowman Chrome Superfractor Autograph 1/1
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#9 Jackie Robinson/Pee Wee Reese/Eddie Stankey/Pete Reiser 2011 SP Legendary Cuts Autograph Booklet 1/1
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#10 Albert Pujols 2001 Topps Reserve Autograph Graded BGS 9.5/10
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2012 Boston Red Sox Top 15 Prospect Rankings

By: J.P. Schwartz
@Jaypers413 on Twitter
JP’s FreedomCardboard Blog

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.

Saturday’s Notable Minor League Home Runs

AAA:
Kyle Russell Los Angeles Dodgers – Home Run #1

Mauro Gomez Atlanta Braves – Home Run #20

Dallas McPherson Chicago White Sox – Home Run #18

Anthony Rizzo San Diego Padres – Home Run #25

Michael Taylor Oakland Athletics – Home Run #14 & #15

AA:
Matt Adams St Louis Cardinals – Home Run #31

Ryan Jackson St Louis Cardinals – Home Run #11

Wil Myers Kansas City Royals – Home Run #7

Cody Decker Kansas City Royals – Home Run #12

Austin Romine New York Yankees – Home Run #6

Joe Benson Minnesota Twins – Home Run #15

Alex Hassan Boston Red Sox – Home Run #12

Bryan Holaday Detroit Tigers- Home Run #6

Brahiam Maldonado New York Mets – Home Run #25

Quincy Latimore Pittsburgh Pirates – Home Run #14

Vincent Catricala Seattle Mariners – Home Run #7

Hector Gomez Colorado Rockies – Home Run #14

High-A:
Matt Davidson Arizona Diamondbacks – Home Run #17

Carlo Testa Kansas City Royals – Home Run #5

Michael Burgess Chicago Cubs – Home Run #19

Cyle Hankerd Philadelphia Phillies – Home Run #4 & #5

Jefry Marte New York Mets – Home Run #7

Xavier Scruggs St Louis Cardinals – Home Run #18

Daniel Carroll Seattle Mariners – Home Run #7

Bobby Borchering Arizona Diamondbacks – Home Run #23

Low-A:
Corey Dickerson Colorado Rockies – Home Run #28, #29, & #30

Dustin Garneau Colorado Rockies – Home Run #17

Brett Tanos Colorado Rockies – Home Run #9 & #10

Xander Bogaerts Boston Red Sox – Home Run #15

Isaac Galloway Florida Marlins – Home Run #15

Mark Canha Florida Marlins – Home Run #22

Telvin Nash Houston Astros – Home Run #14

Yazy Arbelo Arizona Diamondbacks – Home Run #30

Josh Whitaker Oakland Athletics – Home Run #17

Aderlin Rodriguez New York Mets – Home Run #17

Alonzo Harris New York Mets – Home Run #3 & #4

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

Saturday’s Notable Minor League Home Runs

AAA:
Brandon Inge Detroit Tigers – Home Run #4

Stefan Gartrell Atlanta Braves – Home Run #23

Jared Head Cleveland Indians – Home Run #16

Jerry Sands Los Angeles Dodgers – Home Run #17

Brett Jackson Chicago Cubs – Home Run #3

Marwin Gonzalez Chicago Cubs – Home Run #2

Jai Miller Oakland Athletics – Home Run #27

Wily Mo Pena Seattle Mariners – Home Run #22

Michael Saunders Seattle Mariners – Home Run #3 & #4

AA:
Travis d’Arnaud Toronto Blue Jays – Home Run #14

Roger Kieschnick San Francisco Giants – Home Run #13

Bill Rhinehart Cincinnati Reds – Home Run #1

Scott Van Slyke Los Angeles Dodgers – Home Run #13

Tim Beckham Tampa Bay Rays – Home Run #7

Jamie Romak Kansas City Royals – Home Run #17 & #18

High-A:
David Nick Arizona Diamondbacks – Home Run #11

Jeudy Velez San Diego Padres – Home Run #10

Stefan Welch New York Mets – Home Run #13

Brian Van Kirk Toronto Blue Jays – Home Run #8 & #9

Low-A:
Jonathan Garcia Los Angeles Dodgers – Home Run #17

Xander Bogaerts Boston Red Sox – Home Run #8 & #9

Edward Salcedo Atlanta Braves – Home Run #11