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Top 10 Red Sox prospects revealed

Posted on: November 3, 2010 1:34 pm
Edited on: November 3, 2010 1:49 pm
Ranaudo Mere years after ranking as the No. 17 prospect overall, first baseman Lars Anderson has fallen clear off Baseball America 's top 10 Red Sox prospects list.

Topping the list is Casey Kelly, who just completed his first full season as a pitcher and spent the year in Double-A. While his 5.31 ERA isn't pretty, his peripherals were strong and the innate talent in the 20-year-old shows that Kelly still has it. In fact, Boston has taken the tack of creating aggressive promotions so their prospects are not complacent. As a result, they had some of the youngest players in certain leagues, which helped contribute to overall statistics not being as strong as they could have been.

Ryan Westmoreland, like Anderson, is no longer on the top 10 list although Westmoreland's is for a different reason entirely: he had brain surgery to remove a cavernous malformation in spring training and has been working his way back. There's no way of telling if Westmoreland will be back to the top prospect of old or if something will have been lost in the transformation.

While Boston drafted Kolbrin Vitek with their first pick in the 2010 draft, it's two later names that also show up on the top 10 list in Anthony Ranaudo (pictured) and Garin Cecchini. Ranaudo dropped due to injury concerns, but had a sublime summer season at Cape Cod and if the draft was re-done, would probably be in the top 5. Cecchini, meanwhile, was plied away from a college scholarship.

Here's the top 10:
1. Casey Kelly, rhp
2. Jose Iglesias, ss
3. Anthony Rizzo, 1b
4. Anthony Ranaudo, rhp
5. Drake Britton, lhp
6. Reymond Fuentes, of
7. Josh Reddick, of
8. Felix Doubront, lhp
9. Stolmy Pimentel, rhp
10. Garin Cecchini, 3b

-- Evan Brunell

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Since: Apr 29, 2009
Posted on: November 8, 2010 2:21 pm

Top 10 Red Sox prospects revealed

I find it hard putting Kelly at the very top considering he got hit around quite badly at such a low level in the minors. I would prefer Rizzo at the top since he hit great this past season.

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