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November 4, 2013

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Ranking the top 10 players in Red Sox farm system

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Skinny: This 23-year-old righthander has a ton of potential but was inconsistent throughout this summer. He throws a fastball, changeup and curveball and has worked a lot on developing the changeup since being drafted. He could make his big league debut at some point in 2014.

6. Anthony Ranaudo, RHP

Stats: 11-5 record, 2.96 ERA combined between 25 games (24 starts) between Double A Portland and Triple A Pawtucket.

Skinny: The 24-year-old had a huge bounce-back season after posting a 6.69 ERA in nine starts for Portland in 2012. Has a fastball in the high 90s. He also has a spike curveball with 12-to-6 action and a changeup. He could make his big league debut at some point in 2014.

7. Blake Swihart, C

Stats: Just 10 errors in 841 chances (.988 fielding percentage) in 101 games with High A Salem. .298 batting average, 366 on-base percentage, 29 doubles, seven triples, two homers in 103 games.

Skinny: The 21-year-old has all the potential in the world and he eats, sleeps and drinks baseball. But he still is a couple years away from Boston.

8. Allen Webster, RHP

Stats: 8-4 record, 3.60 ERA in 21 starts for Triple A Pawtucket.

Skinny: The 23-year-old has a nasty changeup, sinking action and a fastball that can reach the upper-90s. He struggled in his starts at Boston this year. He has frontline starter potential just needs to gain confidence.

9. Mookie Betts, 2B

Stats: .314 batting average, .417 on-base percentage, 36 doubles, four triples, 15 home runs in 127 games with Single A Greenville and High A Salem, including a .341 average in 51 games for the Salem Red Sox.

Skinny: Like Cecchini he is an exciting on-base machine. Look for the 21-year-old to start next year at Double A Portland after shooting up the prospect rankings this year.

10. Trey Ball, LHP

Stats: 0-1 record, 6.43 ERA in 7.0 innings for the Gulf Coast Red Sox.

Skinny: The seventh overall pick in this year's MLB draft, this 19-year-old has a fastball, changeup and curveball and his progress should be interesting to keep an eye on during the 2014 season.

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