November 24, 2012

On Baseball: Bogaerts proves that he's the top Red Sox prospect

By Kevin Thomas
Staff Writer

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15. Josh Fields (16), 27, pitcher: Fields kept improving in the Portland bullpen, and then put up a 0.00 ERA in 10 Pawtucket appearances. But Boston did not put Fields on the 40-man roster and could lose him.

16. Anthony Ranaudo (7), 23, pitcher: After a strong 2011 in Class A, Ranaudo looked like a prime prospect (see Matt Barnes), but injuries slowed him considerably. Looking for a bounce-back 2013.

17. Henry Owens (NR), 20, pitcher: Pitched fine in Greenville after being drafted out of high school. Too early to tell if he will match his potential.

18. Travis Shaw (NR): 22, first base: Spotlight shined on Shaw after Adrian Gonzalez was traded. Showed signs of promise in 31 games in Portland. Will be back at Hadlock.

19. Blake Swihart (20), 20, catcher: Promising player who improved throughout the season in Greenville.

20. Alex Wilson (6), 26, pitcher: After a full season in the Pawtucket bullpen (3.26 ERA), this could be Wilson's season to get a call to Fenway.

21. Brandon Workman (19), 24, pitcher: Starter who throws strikes and has always had an ERA under 4.00. A full season in Portland will be a good test.

22. Garin Cecchini (22), 21, third base: Batted .305 in Greenville in his first full pro season.

23. Jose Vinicio (23), 19, shortstop: Good fielder who hit .277 in Greenville.

24. Christian Vazquez (NR), 22, catcher: Fine defensive catcher who will get a chance to demonstrate his bat at the Double-A level this season.

25. Deven Marrero (NR), 22, shortstop: Shows good tools, and batted .268 in Lowell last year.

26. Brock Huntzinger (17), 24, pitcher: Slow, steady improvement, especially since going to the bullpen early in 2012. Left off the 40-man roster.

27. Brandon Jacobs (11), 21, outfielder: Gifted player who hit .303 in Greenville in 2011, but .252 in Salem this year. Hit a combined 30 home runs over the past two seasons.

28. Jeremy Hazelbaker (29), 25, outfielder: Began to pound the ball in Portland. The test will be how quickly he adjusts to Triple-A in 2013.

29. Alex Hassan (8), 24, outfielder: Struggled in Triple-A this year. Injuries did not help. Still worked counts well and could be in line for an excellent 2013.

30. Keury De La Cruz (NR), 21, outfielder: Had breakout year in Greenville, hitting .308 with 19 home runs.

FROM LAST YEAR'S LIST, three graduated to the majors: Will Middlebrooks (2), Felix Doubront (3), Junichi Tazawa (12).

One was traded: Lars Anderson (26).

Staff Writer Kevin Thomas can be reached at 791-6411 or:

Twitter: ClearTheBases


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