Saturday, April 19, 2014
Baseball America just came out with its "Not-Quite-Top-10" list for the American League, naming 11 players who were considered for the publication's Top 10 list, but did not make it because their organizations were deep with prospects.
Three of the 11 were Red Sox players. They are, in order: Lars Anderson, Oscar Tejeda and Kolbrin Vitek.
With top prospect Casey Kelly, No. 3 Anthony Rizzo and No. 6 Reymond Fuentes now traded to the Padres, does that mean Anderson, Tejeda and Vitek can be promoted to Baseball America's Top 10?
Kelly was No. 1 on two prospect lists - Baseball America's and soxprospects.com. He was No. 5 on the Press Herald's list. For Casey, 2010 was a season of adjustment as a fulltime pitcher, and he had to do it in Double-A. I figured 2011 would be more of a benchmark season for Kelly.
Rizzo was No. 2 on our list, and Fuentes was listed down at 18th. (My No. 10, Dustin Richardson, was already traded).
Here is a look at the new Top 10 lists (Baseball America has not officially updated its lists, but we will throw in the three players mentioned as close to making it. Soxprospects.com regularly updates its list.
Baseball America: 1. Jose Iglesias, SS; 2. Anthony Ranauda, P; 3. Drake Britton, P; 4. Josh Reddick, OF; 5. Felix Doubront, P; 6. Stolmy Pimentel, P; 7. Garin Cecchini, 3B; 8. Lars Anderson, 1B; 9. Oscar Tejeda, 2B; 10. Kolbrin Vitek, 3B.
Soxprospects.com: 1. Ryan Kalish, OF; 2. Jose Iglesias, SS; 3. Anthony Ranaudo, P; 4. Lars Anderson, 1B; 5. Felix Doubront, P; 6. Stolmy, Pimentel, P; 7. Wade Britton,P; 8. Kolbrin Vitek, 3B; 9. Yamaico Navarro, SS; 10. Josh Reddick.
Press Herald: 1. Ryan Kalish, OF; 2. Felix Doubront, P; 3. Jose Iglesias, SS; 4. Josh Reddick, OF; 5. Ryan Lavarnway, C; 6. Michael Bowden; 7. Daniel Nava, OF; 8. Lars Anderson, 1B; 9. Junichi Tazawa, P; 10. Yamaico Navarro.
The Press Herald list focuses more on players in Double-A and Triple-A. Class A prospects have to earn their stripes. My guess is that as the 2011 season unfolds, Tejeda, Ranauda and Pimentel will be more household names among Red Sox followers.
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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