ESPN.com’s Keith Law unveiled his midseason top 50 prospects (insider access) list today and the Red Sox are well represented with four players appearing.
Leading the way is SS Xander Bogaerts (No. 3). Other Red Sox on Law’s list: 3B Garin Cecchini (No. 21), OF Jackie Bradley Jr. (No. 24) and LP Henry Owens (No. 31).
Click HERE to read Law’s full analysis on each of the Sox prospects and the rest of his Top 50.
Bogaerts is also the subject of a feature by Jerry Crasnick, who wonders if the 20-year old can help the Sox this season. Writes Crasnick:
Beyond his talent on the field, Boston Red Sox shortstop prospect Xander Bogaerts rates aTorii Hunter-like grade on the 20-80 player congeniality scale. He displayed his people skills during the All-Star Futures Game, when he stood near the third-base dugout at Citi Field in New York and gave one media interview after another on a day so hot it could melt a Cliff Lee death stare.
Bogaerts, 20, answered questions about his position preference (open-minded), his linguistic skills (he speaks fluent English, Spanish, Dutch and Papiamento) and his feelings about spending last August and this spring with Boston's Double-A affiliate in Portland, Maine.
"Cold," Bogaerts said, laughing. "Last year was such beautiful weather, and I came into Portland this year and it was a hard time -- especially being from Aruba. It was a good learning experience. It's definitely challenging. Hopefully next year, wherever I am, I'm accustomed to the cold."
Apparently Bogaerts' swing is weather-resistant. He hit .311 with a .909 OPS for the Seadogs to earn a promotion to Triple-A Pawtucket, where he has seven home runs in his first 29 games. For Red Sox fans and die-hard prospect watchers wondering when he might break through and earn a promotion to the big club in Boston, here's a hint: He's getting warmer.
Click HERE to read the rest of Crasnick's piece.