ESPN’s Keith Law released his minor league system rankings this week, and the Red Sox ranked fifth among Major League Baseball’s 30 teams — trailing only the Houston Astros, Minnesota Twins, Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs. According to Law, the Red Sox have an excellent top 10 prospects list and overall are very deep, particularly in the starting pitching department.
Law also released a top 100 prospects list this week, and the Red Sox were well-represented. Xander Bogaerts was ranked the No. 2 prospect in baseball behind Twins farmhand Byron Buxton, and Henry Owens (42), Jackie Bradley Jr. (51), Garin Cecchini (53), Blake Swihart (56), Mookie Betts (61) and Matt Barnes (89) also appeared on the list.
A lot of Red Sox fans probably are familiar with those names by now, but some other, lesser-known prospects certainly look primed for a big 2014 season. Perhaps those under-the-radar prospects someday will land on one of Law’s lists.
Check out the link below for 10 under-the-radar Red Sox prospects who could break out in 2014.