Boston Red Sox 2016 minor league All-Star predictions
By Rick McNair
Just who will comprised the Boston Red Sox 2016 minor league All-Star’s? Here is one writer’s choice for the organizational team.
The Boston Red Sox have a loaded farm system and the value was clearly demonstrated when they emptied one whole shelf to get Craig Kimbrel. But in the world of prospects, fame or ranking is fleeting and Sean Coyle and Bryce Brentz can give testimony to that. The sands are constantly shifting based on evaluation and the all-important “numbers.”
Being on top of prospect mountain can be a wonderful position for a sky rocketing future or to become another page in the book of failures. What does Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, Blake Swihart, Will Middlebrooks and Lars Anderson all have in common? They were all once ranked number one among Red Sox prospects. Two on the list have long since disappeared from being considered star players or even having a complimentary MLB career.
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The 2016 season will start to bring the next potential wave of Red Sox prospects to the promised land of Fenway Park or the step back to the path to baseball oblivion. The Red Sox have an interesting batch and most of the talent appears to be two seasons away from contributing. The Pawtucket roster will be – unlike 2015 – a bit sparse of high-end prospect talent.
So just who will shine? I’ve got my prediction hat on my pointy head and will take all the numbers and swish them around with all the various reports and give my projection of the farm system end of 2016 All-Stars. If you said I’m just taking a damn guess – well, no argument here. The one criteria is that no prospect appeared or has appeared on the MLB level.