Lars Anderson’s Power Stroke Has Him Moving Up Prospect Rankings

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The first member of our Top 10 to be moved, Lars Anderson, has hit .324 with four home runs in his last 10 games, bumping him into the top five.

1. Casey Kelly, RHP
Baby step No. 2 took place Sunday, when Kelly went three innings in his second start for Double-A Portland. He has indicated that the organization will keep him around 50 pitches for a bit as he progresses through his first full season in the system as a pitcher. Facing Trenton, Kelly yielded two hits in three scoreless innings and has yet to give up an earned run in five innings this year. He was scheduled to start Friday at Trenton.
Last week: No. 1

2. Josh Reddick, OF
Rushed into duty when both Jacoby Ellsbury and Mike Cameron were put on the disabled list Tuesday afternoon, Reddick had a two-run double to assist in the Red Sox' comeback win over Texas that night. He was at just .179 when he left Triple-A Pawtucket, where he will now return to following a trade for Jonathan Van Every, but had finished strong, going 3-for-10 with a home run, a double, a triple, four RBIs and four runs scored in his last two games.
Last week: No. 2

3. Ryan Kalish, OF
The 22-year-old Kalish was mired in a bit of a slump before breaking out recently. In a three-game series against Binghamton earlier this week he went 4-for-12 with a pair of home runs and five runs scored. He followed that up by drawing three walks and stealing a base at Trenton on Thursday.
Last week: No. 3

4. Jose Iglesias, SS
Everybody's shortstop of the future had a three-hit effort in Trenton on Thursday, including his first triple of the year. He enters Friday hitting .279. More importantly, Iglesias has made just one error at short.
Last week: No. 4

5. Lars Anderson, 1B
This is what the organization has been waiting to see. Anderson has had a power explosion the past week-plus. All four of his 2010 homers came in a span of 10 games, during which he has hit 11-for-34 (.324). Remember, Anderson had just nine home runs in 447 at bats last season at Portland, causing some to wonder when his stroke would translate into power. Maybe now's the time.
Last week: No. 6

6. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
There was no real reason to drop the 20-year-old Rizzo this week other than to make room for Anderson up the ladder. Rizzo has been just as good for Single-A Salem. He carried a seven-game hitting streak into Friday, during which he has hit .426 (12-for-28) with six RBIs. Rizzo rocked a three-run double in the seventh inning to snap a 2-2 tie Thursday against Lynchburg.
Last week: No. 5

7. Luis Exposito, C
The best backstop in the minor league system has been a model of consistency of late. Entering Friday, he had a hit in seven of his last nine games and at least one RBI in five of seven. He has driven in 10 runs overall, tied with Anderson for the Sea Dogs' lead.
Last week: No. 7

8. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP
He just continues to win, now 20-9 in the organization after five solid innings against Myrtle Beach on Sunday. Entering the weekend, Pimentel had allowed just six hits and two runs in 11 innings.
Last week: No. 8

9. Felix Doubront, LHP
Although he had a few issues Monday against Binghamton (five innings, six hits, three runs), Doubront was still able to pick up the win, moving him to 2-0 with a 3.21 ERA.
Last week: No. 10

10. Che-Hsuan Lin, OF
Lin has hit the skids of late, falling a spot in this week’s rankings. Entering Friday, the speedy outfielder was hitless in 16 at bats over the course of five games. He doesn't have an extra-base hit since the Portland opener.
Last week: No. 9

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