Red Sox Prospect Watch: Spring Training comes to an end
By Mike El-Far
With Spring Training coming to an end, Boston Red Sox prospects have had their chances to make an impact. Here’s the rundown on some of the biggest names.
Looking at the 2017 season, the Boston Red Sox roster is better than most. Due to this, the players who could break camp with the major league team for Opening Day are almost all penciled in. Even so, this last month could have proven to be invaluable experience for these young players.
The Red Sox will have the benefit of having the No. 1 prospect in all of baseball playing left field on April 3. Also, another top 10 prospect in Boston’s farm system should be on the Opening Day roster. If injury or poor play factor into a position, then there could be a third top 10 prospect in Boston for 2017.
Also, with some of the injury issues in the bullpen, a pitcher who was a part of the star-studded 2011 draft could factor into the roster. Not to mention the other young players that will be called up during the season.
Red Sox Nation is obsessed with prospects. During the Chris Sale trade, there were many people who couldn’t bear trading Yoan Moncada and Michael Kopech. Both of these players will not be ready until 2018 the earliest. And the jury is still out on Kopech. While some prospects pan out, some do not. For every Dustin Pedroia, there is a Henry Owens.
With that being said, the farm system is one of my favorite parts about baseball. And the Red Sox are usually at the cutting edge of player development and talent acquisition. So before you go to Pawtucket, Portland, or Lowell, here is what’s happening with the prospects.