Xander Bogaerts, who in 2012 became the first Red Sox teenager since Tony Conigliaro in 1964 to launch 20 or more homers in a season, earned top-prospect honors in the Red Sox system from Baseball America, which posted its list of the top 10 prospects in the team's farm system on Wednesday. As a 19-year-old in High-A Salem and Double-A Portland, Bogaerts hit .307 with a .373 OBP, .523 slugging mark, .896 OPS and 20 homers in 127 games while playing shortstop.
Here's how the Red Sox' top 10 stacked up, with 2012 "season age" (meaning a player's age on July 1) and level in parentheses:
1. Bogaerts, SS (19 years old; High-A/Double-A): .307/.373/.523/.896, 20 HR
2. Jackie Bradley Jr., CF (22, High-A/Double-A): .315/.430/.482/.911, 9 HR, 24 SB
3. Matt Barnes, RHP (22, Single-A/High-A): 7-5, 2.86 ERA, 133 Ks, 29 BBs, 119 2/3 IP
4. Allen Webster, RHP (22, Double-A): 6-9, 3.86 ERA, 129 Ks, 61 BBs, 130 2/3 IP
5. Henry Owens, LHP (20, Single-A): 12-5, 4.87 ERA, 130 Ks, 47 BBs, 101 2/3 IP
6. Blake Swihart, C (20, Single-A): .262/.307/.395/.702, 7 HR
7. Garin Cecchini, 3B (21, Single-A): .305/.394/.433/.827, 4 HR, 51 SB
8. Bryce Brentz, OF (23, Double-A/Triple-A): .290/.349/.465/.814, 17 HR
9. Jose Iglesias, SS (22, Triple-A/majors): Minors .269/.321/.310/.631, 1 HR; Majors .118/.200/.191/.391, 1 HR
10. Deven Marrero, SS (21, Short-Season Single-A): .268/.358/.374/.732, 2 HR, 24 SB
For a Minor Details podcast with Jim Callis of Baseball America discussing the top-10 rankings (and several other prospects), click here. For more on Bogaerts (whether his future is at shortstop, and when he might be a consideration in the big leagues), click here. For complete Red Sox coverage, visit weei.com/redsox.
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