Feb 25, 2014; Surprise, AZ, USA; Texas Rangers pitcherDaniel Bard
poses for a portrait during photo day at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
The Red Sox are proud holders of one of the highest ranked farm systems in baseball, but the evaluation of players is constantly changing. The fact is that many “can’t miss” do exactly that. Just some recent names show either a career gone or one that is on baseball life support.
Daniel Bard was supposed to be the closer of the future and his future is certainly in doubt. Ryan Lavarnway was the big right hand bat with 30+ home run potential and a catcher – a great combination. Ryan Kalish was devastated by injuries. Lars Anderson never did much and just think of the promise and sudden fade of Will Middlebrooks.
The Red Sox now have another batch of prospects who are slipping in the rankings or have stalled in the development process. Here are a few.