Baseball America’s 2012 Top 10 Red Sox Prospects

Baseball America is spending the offseason ranking the top 10 prospects of each MLB organization and on Friday, they ranked the top 10 prospects of the Boston Red Sox for the 2012 season.

Boston Red SoxIt’s probably no surprise to anyone that Will Middlebrooks, who by the way recently became engaged to a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader, was named the top prospect in the Red Sox organization.

  1. Will Middlebrooks, 3b
  2. Xander Bogaerts, ss
  3. Blake Swihart, c
  4. Anthony Ranaudo, rhp
  5. Bryce Brentz, of
  6. Brandon Jacobs, of
  7. Garin Cecchini, 3b
  8. Matt Barnes, rhp
  9. Ryan Lavarnway, c
  10. Jackie Bradley, of

With Kevin Youkilis entrenched at third base right now, it might be a few years before Middlebrooks takes over the hot corner at Fenway Park. But a good year like the one Lavarnway had, could force the Red Sox to consider adding Middlebrooks.

Of the top ten prospects, only Lavarnway figures into the Red Sox plans for the 2012 season as of right now.

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Baseball America also ranked the Red Sox minor leaguers as far as the best tools.

Best Hitter for Average Garin Cecchini
Best Power Hitter Bryce Brentz
Best Strike Zone Discipline Alex Hassan
Fastest Baserunner Felix Sanchez
Best Athlete Derrik Gibson
Best Fastball Alex Wilson
Best Curveball Anthony Ranaudo
Best Slider Alex Wilson
Best Changup Noe Ramirez
Best Control Keith Couch
Best Defensive Catcher Christian Vazquez
Best Defensive Infielder Jose Iglesias
Best Infield Arm Will Middlebrooks
Best Defensive OF Jackie Bradley
Best Outfield Arm Che-Hsuan Lin

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