It was an excellent season for the Boston Red Sox farm system. MLBPipeline.com’s 2014 All-Prospect Team further confirms such.
Mookie Betts and Blake Swihart earned spots on the squad, which was announced Friday. Betts was slotted in as a second baseman despite his experience in the outfield this season, while Swihart was considered Major League Baseball’s best catching prospect of 2014.
Betts, of course, has made the jump to the majors, meaning he’s on the cusp of graduating from prospect status. The 21-year-old has been impressive, too, establishing himself as a viable leadoff candidate for Boston in 2015.
Betts started the year with Double-A Portland. He was ranked the No. 62 prospect on MLB.com’s preseason Top 100 and has enjoyed a rapid rise ever since. Betts is hitting .287 with five homers, 16 RBIs, six stolen bases and a .365 on-base percentage in 50 big league games this season.
Swihart spent most of his season with Portland, hitting .300 with 12 homers, 55 RBIs and a .353 on-base percentage. The 22-year-old joined Triple-A Pawtucket toward the end of the season, hitting .261 with one homer, nine RBIs and a .282 on-base percentage in 12 games. Swihart has been a stud defensively.
The complete All-Prospects Team is below. The future definitely looks bright for Boston, though.
C: Blake Swihart, Boston Red Sox
1B: Matt Olson, Oakland Athletics
2B: Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox
3B: Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs
SS: Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers
OF: Joc Pederson, Los Angeles Dodgers
OF: Michael Taylor, Washington Nationals
OF: Steven Souza Jr. Washington Nationals
DH: Joey Gallo, Texas Rangers
RHP: Tyler Glasnow, Pittsburgh Pirates
LHP: Daniel Norris, Toronto Blue Jays
RP: R.J. Alvarez, San Diego Padres
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