Red Sox fans can rest assured that while last season was one of the more disappointing in recent memory, the future looks extremely bright for the Boston organization.
MLB.com on Tuesday unveiled its Top 100 Prospects list for 2013, and six Red Sox farmhands appear on the list, which is an increase from the four who represented Boston in 2012. The six prospects have the Sox tied with four other teams — Marlins, Twins, Cardinals and Rangers — for the most in baseball.
Shortstop Xander Bogaerts is the Red Sox’ top-ranked prospect. He checks in at No. 20 on the MLB.com list, and for good reason. The 20-year-old Aruba native has torn apart minor league pitching over the past three years, and he’s quickly gaining recognition as a future franchise cornerstone.
Bogaerts, who is expected to play for Team Netherlands in the upcoming World Baseball Classic, hit. 307 with 20 home runs and 81 RBIs in 127 games split between High-A Salem and Double-A Portland last season. There’s some ...