Friday, March 7, 2014
The rankings of the Red Sox prospects have been in the news since Baseball America released its annual Top 10 list for Boston (the publication will eventually ranked the 30 best in each organization).
Thought it would be interesting to compare BA's list to that of soxprospects.com and my own, published on Sept. 19.
Baseball America: 1. Casey Kelly, P; 2. Jose Iglesias, SS; 3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B; 4. Anthony Ranaudo, P; 5. Drake Britton, P; 6. Reymond Fuentes, OF; 7. Josh Reddick, OF; 8. Felix Doubront, P; 9. Stolmy Pimentel, P; 10. Garin Cecchini, 3B.
Soxprospects.com: 1. Casey Kelly, P; 2. Ryan Kalish, OF; 3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B; 4. Lars Anderson, 1B; 5. Felix Doubront, P; 6. Jose Iglesias; 7. Anthony Ranaudo, P; 8. Stolmy Pimentel, 9. Drake Britton, P; 10. Yamaico Navarro, SS.
Press Herald: 1. Ryan Kalish, OF; 2. Anthony Rizzo, 1B; 3. Felix Doubront, P; 4. Jose Iglesias; 5. Casey Kelly. P; 6.Josh Reddick; 7. Ryan Lavarnway, C; 8. Michael Bowden; 9. Daniel Nava, OF; 10. Dustin Richardson, P.
Baseball America's list obviously looks a lot at potential, with two 2010 draft picks (Ranaudo and Cecchini) and three Class A players (Britton, Fuentes and Pimentel).
I looked at more major league-ready players, thus my inclusion of Bowden, Nava and Richardson. My list, which numbered 31, had Fuentes, Pimental, Ranaudo and Britton ranked Nos. 18-21.
Of course, Richardson can be scratched after his trade to the Marlins for Andrew Miller.
Some interesting comparisons of the lists.
Casey Kelly is No. 1 in two of them. While I think his potential is still there, I thought he should get moved down until his performance is more consistent.
Baseball America did not have Ryan Kalish in the top 10, when the talk seems to be whether he will begin next year in the majors or Triple-A.
Catcher Ryan Lavarnway is not flashy behind the plate, but is solid. He hits well and has dynamic power potential.
Kevin Thomas covers baseball and basketball for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. He wisely moved to Maine in 1994 after working for the St. Petersburg Times. He is married to Nancy and they have nine children.
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