Red Sox Pawtucket Prospect watch

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Mar 24, 2015; Jupiter, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Brian Johnson (78) throws against the Miami Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY SportsThe Red Sox have one of the most highly rated farm systems in baseball and several top prospects have now elevated their game to the Triple-A Red Sox affiliate in Pawtucket, Rhode Island – The PawSox.

Early season evaluations are difficult as the sample is short, the weather is lousy and the adjustment factor from often moving up from a lower classifications.

The players mention are on the cusp of returning or being on an MLB roster. You may see some or all surface in Boston in 2015 or 2016 based on needs, injuries or trades. The names could pop up elsewhere as Boston’s minor league talent is certainly coveted.

Over the years I have found Sox Prospects a wonderful tool and tutorial for watching players of interest. The site allows you to look for certain points of professional development and I also have occasional access to a former coach and scout who has forgotten more about baseball than I know.

Earlier I wrote an article about prospect Brian Johnson. Johnson impressed me with his pitching mentality since he is essentially not a thrower who relies on fastball first….second….and third as far too many power pitchers do.

So let’s take a look at some of the promising talent. (Games through Sunday 4/26)

*** Statistics from baseball-reference