Ranking the top-30 prospects in the Boston Red Sox farm system
Wow, did we have an eventful year or what?
At the major-league level, the Boston Red Sox were pretty disappointing if we’re being honest. They continuously gave us glimpses of how great they could be, only to tear it away from everyone and look like a broken-down little-league team at times.
However, something good came out of this lost season: the farm system hasn’t been this loaded in years. Everywhere you look, you see talent, and it could be massive for their future. Not only are soon-to-be homegrown stars on the horizon, but there are plenty of incredible trade chips to use if needed.
What did we see in 2022? Well, a couple of big names made their MLB debut. Some prospects came out of nowhere to make names for themselves. Meanwhile, others shot up the rankings to make me look smarter than I actually am *cough* thanks Ceddanne Rafaela *cough*.
As usual, the same rules still apply. If someone has spent any time in the Majors, they are disqualified from the prospect rankings. I do this for two reasons. First of all, everyone already knows about them at that point. Second, it gives me an excuse to free up some spots. And boy, do I desperately need spots this year.
That means Triston Casas and Brayan Bello (who everyone has near the top) won’t be here. So don’t freak out later when you don’t see them.
Prospects are also off the rankings if they haven’t reached Low-A yet. I don’t feel right about giving grades without actually seeing them play a full game. I’ll see highlights and check the stats and all that fun stuff, but I can’t get the full picture without seeing them in full games. How do they make the routine plays? What did their full at-bats look like? How did they respond after a bad play/swing/pitch?
That being said, there are exceptions to that rule. We had a big one last year and have another this time (it does hurt their ratings a bit though).
Even with all of that, there are going to be a lot of prospects that don’t make the cut, and it will hurt my soul. It’s important to remember that this isn’t a list of the only prospects that I think are good. It’s just the 30 best in my opinion.
Finally, I’m a positive person. I’ll point out the flaws in their games, but I’m always looking on the bright side. We’ll be grading using the same system as the MLB does for their prospect rankings. That means the tools are graded from 20-80. Overall might not always match the mean of their grades. That’s because a few other things are going into this. We have potential, obviously (this also makes age a slight factor). Meanwhile, some grades weigh heavier than others (especially for pitchers, I’m not going to grade an elite pitch that is thrown 60% of the time and count it the same as a secondary pitch that the pitcher barely even shows).
So with all the housekeeping out of the way, who sits atop the Red Sox prospects following the 2022 MLB season? Let’s dive into the top 30.