Boston Red Sox ranked #1 farm system

The Red Sox are one win away from another World Series win, AND have the best farm system in baseball

10/29/13 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Oct 28, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; Boston Red Sox third baseman Xander Bogaerts (72) reacts as he runs home on a catcher David Ross (3) ground rule double against the St. Louis Cardinals during the seventh inning of game five of the MLB baseball World Series at Busch Stadium Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY SportsThe Red Sox are heading back to Fenway with a 3-2 lead in the World Series, hoping to win one of the next two. That would give them their third championship in 10 seasons.

To add insult to injury for the rest of the league, the Red Sox were just ranked as the #1 farm system in all of baseball by Baseball America.

That's partially due to guys like Xander Bogaerts and Brandon Workman, both of whom are actually key players on the Sox' postseason roster.

Bogaerts, who has a 1.032 OPS in the postseason, is listed as the top overall prospect in baseball. If you've seen a few of his at-bats in the postseason, that's no surprise. He has incredible poise and patience at the plate, and plays quality defense at both 3B and SS.

The Red Sox have already made an incredible turnaround over the past year, but with the best farm system in baseball, it looks like they might be able to improve even more.

Kudos to GM Ben Cherington, who has quietly done a fantastic job of salvaging a team that was in a bit of trouble, both financially and in terms of the farm system, when Theo Epstein left for the Cubs.
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11/1/13   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Eric_ wrote:
I'm a little surprised to see Boston rank #1, but if they have the top line talent ready for the bigs (and in Bogaerts and Bradley, they do), then I can see it.

One thing I quibble about, and you'd know more than me, but was the farm system really that weak at the end of Epstein's tenure. I'm sure it wasn't as strong as this, but how much of that was due to graduations, trades, and Ryan Westmoreland getting sick? I haven't gone back and checked, but Boston's usually had a strong farm system most recent years.

Note the Cardinals are in 8th, and that's after most of that insane 2009 draft graduated out.

Right before Epstein left, he traded away Casey Kelly and Anthony Rizzo, who were considered the top two prospects in the Sox system. In exchange, he received Adrian Gonzalez, who was a year away from being a free agent in the same year as Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols. The Sox probably could have gotten him without giving up any prospects at all, and wouldn't have done much worse than they already did in 2011. A lot of people took issue with that trade, not because they didn't like Gonzalez, but because it seemed like a high price to pay for a guy we had a great chance to get in the next offseason anyway. And if we didn't get him, Fielder and Pujols were going to be available as well. In hindsight, I'm glad we didn't get one of those guys, and I'm also glad we made the ensuing deal that sent Gonzalez/Beckett/Crawford/Punto to the Dodgers, but the Gonzalez acquisition could have been done differently (AKA better).

10/30/13   |   kphoeing   |   17 respect

Really? Take a look at how many current cardinals have come up through Farm system. Plus, we have more pitchers and position players on the wait list

10/30/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

I'm a little surprised to see Boston rank #1, but if they have the top line talent ready for the bigs (and in Bogaerts and Bradley, they do), then I can see it.

One thing I quibble about, and you'd know more than me, but was the farm system really that weak at the end of Epstein's tenure. I'm sure it wasn't as strong as this, but how much of that was due to graduations, trades, and Ryan Westmoreland getting sick? I haven't gone back and checked, but Boston's usually had a strong farm system most recent years.

Note the Cardinals are in 8th, and that's after most of that insane 2009 draft graduated out.