BA Top 100 released

Baseball America’s annual top 100 prospects list has been released. Seven Red Sox make the list:

#4 Clay Buchholz, SP
#13 Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
#40 Lars Anderson, 1B
#64 Justin Masterson, SP
#73 Jed Lowrie, SS
#94 Michael Bowden, SP
#96 Ryan Kalish, CF

That’s a very nice turnout and validation of our farm system. Most of these guys pop up on other lists as well, but it’s nice to see Kalish getting some love.

Jon Lester no longer qualifies as a rookie, so he’s graduated from this list; otherwise he’d definitely be in there.

Be sure to check out my On the Horizon series for a fuller treatment of these and other exciting Red Sox prospects.


2 Responses to BA Top 100 released

  1. Pat says:

    I’ve been surprised by Lars Anderson, and how he is getting recognized. had an article (which I can’t find anymore) about the top players for each age 18-24. They rated Lars in the top five for 20 year olds.

    Would it be possible to teach him left field?

  2. redsoxtalk says:

    Yeah, I read that series of articles; it was a really good read!

    I see where you’re going with this, Pat. The Sox don’t have much power hitting in the system, especially in the outfield, and Manny’s got just two years of team options after 2008.

    Lars has a very sweet left-handed swing, and is a very quick learner. He’s a big kid at 6-4, 210 lbs, and while he’s pretty athletic for 1B at age 20, that will probably change as he gets older and fills out. I think he projects to be an above-average fielder at first, but I guess it’s not out of the realm of possibility to shift him to left.

    What an amazing draft day steal for the 18th round! Theo and his scouting team rock! (Of course, the big bonus money didn’t hurt either)

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