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Mon, 12/16/2013 - 11:55am  

Bogaerts, Owens top Red Sox prospect list

Shortstop Xander Bogaerts was named the top prospect in the Red Sox farm system, while left-hander Henry Owens occupied the second slot, in Baseball America’s annual top 10 rankings of each team’s farm system.

That Bogaerts was named the Sox’ top prospect for the second straight year came as little surprise. The 21-year-old became the youngest Red Sox big league position player in nearly 40 years when he was called up in August, and distinguished himself as one of the top postseason performers ever at such a young age in a fashion that suggests the possibility of superstardom.

“They may end up making a statue of this guy,” one evaluator said.

Owens, meanwhile, proved unhittable in stretches for High-A Salem and Double-A Portland. He had a 2.67 ERA across the two levels, while holding opponents to a .177 average and more than 11 strikeouts per nine innings.

To read the Baseball America breakdown of the Sox’ top 10 prospects, click here.

Here is the rest of the Red Sox Top 10 (which was written by WEEI.com’s Alex Speier for Baseball America), with links to relevant audio and written content on WEEI.com:

1) Bogaerts, SS

Xander Bogaerts on learning in the big leagues and the quest for greatness (podcast)

The scout who discovered Xander Bogaerts (podcast)

‘There are no brakes’: Xander Bogaerts arrives on the big stage (column)

Coming of (young) age: Understanding Xander Bogaerts’ superstar potential (column)

The unveiling: A history of Xander Bogaerts’ first impressions (column)

2) Owens, LHP

The challenge of scouting and projecting Henry Owens (blog)

Henry Owens joins elite Red Sox pitching prospect pool (blog)

The asterisk on Henry Owens’ potential (blog)

Trade chips and untouchables with Keith Law, Henry Owens (podcast)

The next breakout Red Sox prospects? (podcast)

Jaw-dropping outing for Red Sox prospect Henry Owens (blog)

3) Jackie Bradley Jr., CF

Can Jackie Bradley Jr. replace Jacoby Ellsbury? (column)

The big leagues are different with Dustin Pedroia, Clay Buchholz, Jon Lester, Jackie Bradley Jr. (podcast)

Red Sox prospect Jackie Bradley Jr.’s unexpected path to the Red Sox (and not the Yankees) (column)

How Jackie Bradley Jr.’s baseball education put him on the fast track (column)

Red Sox prospect Jackie Bradley Jr. and the art of fielding (column)

4) Allen Webster, RHP

Flashback: Why Clay Buchholz offers a silver lining to Allen Webster (blog)

Allen Webster, Rubby De La Rosa and a different class of Red Sox prospect (podcast)

Why Allen Webster may be poised for a breakthrough (column)

The unexpected prospect: How Allen Webster became the next big thing (column)

5) Blake Swihart, C

Red Sox minor league year in review: Catchers (blog)

The state of Red Sox catching with Blake Swihart, Chad Epperson (podcast)

6) Garin Cecchini, 3B

Garin Cecchini’s remarkable consistency (blog)

With Xander Bogaerts, Garin Cecchini coming, Red Sox ready to enjoy infield dilemma (column)

Garin Cecchini being Kevin Youkilis and Jackie Bradley (blog)

Why Mother’s Day is a different kind of celebration for Garin and Raissa Cecchini (podcast)

The next breakout Red Sox prospects? (podcast)

7) Mookie Betts, 2B

Is Mookie Betts a better prospect than Garin Cecchini? (blog)

Midyear surprises with Mookie Betts, Chris Mellen (podcast)

8) Brandon Workman, RHP

Work-horse: Regardless of role, Red Sox know what they will get from Brandon Workman (column)

Ready for his closeup: Opportunity knocks for Brandon Workman (column)

9) Matt Barnes, RHP

Red Sox right-hander Matt Barnes moving up to Triple-A Pawtucket (blog)

Taking stock of Matt Barnes (blog)

For Allen Webster, Matt Barnes, distance between potential and performance (blog)

Matt Barnes striking out everyone (blog)

10) Trey Ball, LHP

2013 Red Sox draft recap – Scout Dave Finley compares scouting left-handers Jon Lester, Henry Owens, Trey Ball (podcast)

Swinging for the Fences with Trey Ball (column)




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