Found February 14, 2012 on Ted's Army:

New-era-minor-league-pawtucket-red-sox-59-fifty-baseball-cap2We were disappointed to see just two Red Sox on ESPN's top 100 prospects list earlier this month, but Baseball Prospectus paints a rosier picture today. Four Red Sox are featured in Kevin Goldstein's top 101 in baseball:

32. SS Xander Bogaerts

46. OF Brandon Jacobs

55. 3B Will Middlebrooks

98. C Ryan Lavarnway

Keith Law had noted that Middlebrooks and Lavarnway just missed the cut, but made no mention of Jacobs. Meanwhile, he had Bogaerts at 62 and Middlebrooks near the bottom of the list. So all over, Goldstein likes the crop of talent better than Law.

As Bogaerts' stock rises, it will be interesting to see what the Sox do with light-hitting, slick-fielding Cuban prospect Jose Iglesias (AKA, the official Sox prospect of Ted's Army). Will they cave on trade interest for him and continue to piecemeal the position until Bogaerts is ready? Or will they finally see if they can brinig up a quality shortstop in their system?


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