With Mookie Betts, Christian Vazquez and Rubby De La Rosa all on Boston’s 25-man roster and Brandon Workman likely to pitch mostly for Boston during the second half, there are some new additions to Eagle-Tribune baseball reporter Christopher Smith’s list of the Top 10 Red Sox prospects.
The Red Sox farm system is heavy on pitching and lacking in power bats as you’ll see from this list.
1. Henry Owens, LHP
Skinny: The 21-year-old started for the USA team in the All-Star Futures Game and has dominated Double-A (12-3 record, 2.21 ERA, three complete games, two shutouts for Portland entering last night). Big league ace potential. Baseball America ranked him the 15th best prospect on its 2014 Midseason Top 50 list.
2. Blake Swihart, C
Skinny: The 22-year-old entered the weekend batting .296 with a .351 on-base percentage, .485 slugging percentage, 10 homers and 48 RBIs for Double-A Portland. Baseball America ranked him the 14th best prospect on its 2014 Midseason Top 50 list. Also, he has thrown out 54 percent of base stealers.
3. Allen Webster, RHP
Skinny: Some Red Sox fans seem down on this 24-year-old because he didn’t pitch well while with Boston last year, but he has oodles of talent and a 3.05 ERA in 20 games, 19 starts, for Triple-A Pawucket.
4. Deven Marrero, SS
Skinny: A first-round pick in 2012, this 23-year-old is an above average defender (sort of like Stephen Drew) and beginning to hit the ball with some authority to all fields. Had a four-hit, six-RBI game for Triple-A Pawtucket recently.
5. Anthony Ranaudo, RHP
Skinny: This 24-year-old recently made a change in his mechanics and has pitched very well all year. He has a 2.62 ERA in 19 starts for Triple-A Pawtucket.
6. Rafael Devers, 3B
Skinny: A 17-year-old Dominican Republic native who the Red Sox signed as an international free agent last year. His SoxProspects.com scouting report states: “Reminiscent of Adrian Beltre. On offense, Devers has outstanding bat speed and an advanced approach for his age. Solid swing mechanics. He currently has above-average power, with plus-to-better power potential.”
7. Brian Johnson, LHP
Skinny: All the talk coming out of Portland has been about the other left-handed starter (Henry Owens). But the 23-year-old Johnson, a first-round pick in 2012, is 8-2 with a 2.51 ERA with two complete games in 13 starts since being promoted to Double-A Portland from Single-A Salem earlier this year.
8. Manuel Margot, CF
Skinny: The 19-year-old Dominican Republic native entered the weekend batting .265 with 26 extra-base hits (eight homers, three triples and 15 doubles) in 80 games for Single-A Greenville this year.
9. Sean Coyle, 3B/2B
Skinny: This 22-year-old entered the weekend batting .336/.412/.585/.997 with 11 homers and 47 RBIs in 64 games for Double-A Portland. He played for the USA team in the All-Star Futures Game. After some struggles in previous minor league seasons, he’s soaring up the prospect rankings this year.
10. Matt Barnes, RHP
Skinny: The 24-year-old Barnes, a first round pick in 2011, has a 5.06 ERA in 15 appearances, 14 starts, for Triple-A Pawtucket, but he still has a ton of potential.
Honorable Mention: Garin Cecchini 3B, Pawtucket; Sam Travis 1B, Lowell; Travis Shaw 1B, Pawtucket; Luis Diaz RHP, Portland; Michael Chavis SS, Gulf Coast Red Sox; Trey Ball LHP, Greenville
Compiled by Eagle-Tribune baseball reporter Christopher Smith. Follow him on Twitter @SmittyOnMLB.