Originally posted on RedSoxLife  |  Last updated 1/15/13
Much attention has been put on the Red Sox active off season thus far but little recognition, at least publicly, has gone to Boston's blossoming farm system. Ever since the Sox won the 2007 World Series, focus has increased with bringing players up through the minor leagues to complement existing veteran talent on the roster. Youngn's such as Dustin Pedroia, Kevin Youkilis, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Jonathan Papelbon earned starting roles after taking over for 2004 veteran heroes Mark Bellhorn, Bill Mueller, Johnny Damon, and Keith Foulke respectively. Each player had a substantial impact on the Sox capturing their magical second World Series Championship in three years. Former Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis was the only aforementioned prospect who played sparingly in the 2004 World Series and soon took over the job at the hot corner once Bill Mueller left for the Los Angeles Dodgers during the 2006 offseason. In 2006, Youkilis hit .279 in 147 games starting at third as a 27 year ...
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