Friday, April 18, 2014
Can you ever get enough top prospect lists? Baseball America, which compiles a top 30 list for every major league organization, just came out with its overall top 100 list.
Four Red Sox made the group: 21. outfielder Ryan Westmoreland; 24. pitcher Casey Kelly; 75. outfielder Josh Reddick; and 87. first baseman Lars Anderson.
Reddick was promoted from Portland last year. Anderson may be returning again this year. Kelly is trying to make the Sea Dogs roster out of spring training.
As for Westmoreland, he appears set for a full year in Class A. Westmoreland, who turns 20 on April 27, has only played 60 games of pro ball, all at short-season Lowell last year. Used mostly as a DH because of a previous shoulder surgery, Westmoreland batted .296 with seven home runs and 35 RBI.
When you ask Red Sox minor league instructors about Westmoreland, you hear words like "the real deal."
Kelly, 20, is the current poster boy for the Red Sox minor league system, and may find himself in Double-A after only 95 innings of pro pitching experience (7-5, 2.08 ERA).
Reddick will be in Pawtucket, an injury away from a call up.
Anderson, despite his struggles of late, could find himself in Pawtucket with a good spring training.
As for the rest of the prospect list, Braves outfielder Jason Heyward, 20, is No. 1. Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg is No. 2. You can see the list on www.baseballamerica.comTweet
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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