With the Boston Red Sox struggling on both sides of the ball, let's look some bright spots: the minor leagues. Almost every team is playing up to their potential, but the problem that presents itself is that their best players are getting called up to the next level.
Some are staying put though. Whether that's to give them more time in their development, or whether they are just simply not ready for the next level. More often than not, it's the former, as Red Sox Chief Baseball Officer, Chaim Bloom, has had a history of building - if not crowding - the farm.
Though some teams may not look like full-on contenders this season, there are definitely some players who have shined thus far, here's who would make up an All-Star starters roster if we made it just out of Red Sox minor leaguers.
Note: the active roster will not contain injured or released players, nor will it mention players who have played on the major league roster this year. These players will be mentioned in the "honorable mentions" category.
Early look at Red Sox prospect All-Stars: Pitcher
Shane Drohan (Worcester, AAA)
We'll start out with the most important position on the diamond: the pitcher. The undisputed answer this season has to be Shane Drohan, who has had one of the most memorable seasons of his career. After starting out the season in Double-A Portland, Drohan was quickly called up to Triple-A Worcester.
Throughout this season, to call Drohan a stud would be putting it mildly. In 10 starts for both the Sea Dogs, and the WooSox, he has gone 6-1 with a 3.08 ERA. He has also struck out 51 batters, and walked just 25 batters in 52.2 innings.
He has allowed 37 hits, and 19 runs (18 earned), and held opponents to a .196 batting average with a 1.18 WHIP. If you're asking me, those are some pretty solid numbers to look at.
Honorable Mentions: Sterling Sharp (AA), Brendan Nail (AAA), Grant Gambrell (AA), Robert Kwiatkowski (High-A), Bradley Blalock (Low-A), Joe Jones (AA).