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July 4, 2013

Growing Pains

Barnes' stats are ordinary but his potential is extraordinary

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3. Jackie Bradley Jr., CF: Baseball America ranked this 23-year-old the 31st best prospect entering this season. He has had two stints with Boston this season. With Pawtucket, he’s batting .300 with a .387 OBP, six homers, 20 RBIs, 17 doubles and two triples.

4. Anthony Ranaudo, RHP: This 23-year-old has bounced back very nicely after a tough 2012 season. He is 8-2 with a 2.68 ERA and 91 strikeouts in 15 starts (84.0 IP) for Double-A Portland.

5. Garin Cecchini, 3B: This 22-year-old had a .350 average and .469 OBP in 63 games for Single-A Salem before being promoted to Double-A Portland. In 10 games there he is batting .324 with a .468 OBP.

6. Rubby De La Rosa, RHP: This 24-year-old fireballer is 2-1 with a 2.47 ERA and 61 strikeouts in 15 starts (58.1 IP) for Triple-A Pawtucket. It’s his first full season back from Tommy John surgery. He is a candidate to be a reliever for Boston later this season.

7. Henry Owens, LHP: Baseball America ranked this 20-year-old the 91st best prospect entering this season. He is 6-3 with a 2.91 ERA and 90 strikeouts in 15 starts (77.1 IP) for Single-A Salem.

8. Blake Swihart, C: Baseball America ranked this 21-year-old the 72nd best prospect entering this season. He has a .276 average, .358 OBP, 15 doubles, six triples and two homers for Single-A Salem.

9. Matt Barnes, RHP: Baseball America ranked this 23-year-old as the 40th best prospect entering this season. He has struggled though with a 5.19 ERA in 15 starts for Double-A Portland.

10. Trey Ball, LHP: This 19-year-old was selected seventh overall in his year’s draft. He will start his pro career with the Gulf Coast League Red Sox. Look for him to rise quickly in the organizational rankings.

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