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Jason Groome, Michael Chavis only Red Sox ranked in Baseball America's Top 100 prospects

Rob Bradford
January 22, 2018 - 2:07 pm

This was a reminder that the Red Sox have some catching up to do.

The annual Baseball America Top 100 Prospects list has been released, and it doesn't have a whole lot of familiar names on it. The only two members of the Red Sox organization to crack the list are pitcher Jason Groome (No. 83) and infielder Michael Chavis (No. 85). For a complete look at the list, click here.

Of the players Dave Dombrowski has traded away, only pitcher Michael Kopech was deemed eligible to be included, coming in at No. 11 as a member of the White Sox organization.

Groome, the Red Sox' first-round pick in the 2016 draft, has a rough first full professional year, finishing an injury-plagued campaign with a 3-9 mark and 5.39 ERA between Single-A Lowell and Greenville. He did, however, boast 11.7 strikeouts per nine innings. The 6-foot-6 righty has spent the majority of the offseason working out at JetBlue Park with Red Sox pitchers Chris Sale, David Price and Rick Porcello.

Chavis earned his first invitation to major league camp this coming spring training thanks to a breakout season in 2017. The corner infielder hit a combined 31 home runs between High-A Salem and Double-A Portland, managing a .910 OPS. He will split time between first and third base at the outset of camp this season.

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