Though they snapped an eight-game losing streak on Monday, the Red Sox remain 14.5 games out of first place in the division despite having the highest payroll in the MLB. If the 2019 season has got you feeling down, at least you can look to the future. Right?
Well...the future in Boston doesn't look much more promising.
The Red Sox are one of three MLB teams with just one Top-100 prospect, according to MLB.com's recent rankings. 19-year-old corner infielder Triston Casas represents Boston's lone blue chipper, and even he is ranked 90th out of 100. MLB.com ranked Boston's farm system 30th in the majors based off its prospect points formula.
Boston's farm system is depleted after dealing prospects in the Chris Sale trade and other deals to make their 2018 World Series run. It also doesn't look as shiny with infielder Michael Chavis thriving in the big leagues.
Having statistically the weakest collection of prospects does not bode well for Boston's future, especially as divisional rivals like the Yankees and Rays have plethoras of solid, young talent. Tampa Bay has six top-100 prospects, including the first overall in shortstop Wander Franco. New York, on the other hand, has three top-100 talents as well as under-25 big league studs Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres.
Aside from Casas, Boston's promising prospects include first baseman Bobby Dalbec and lefthanded pitcher Darwinzon Hernandez. The top-10 Red Sox prospects, per MLB.com, are ranked below:
- Triston Casas, 1B/3B
- Bobby Dalbec, 1B
- Bryan Mata, RHP
- Jarren Duran, OF
- Tanner Houck, RHP
- Darwinzon Hernandez, LHP
- Jay Groome, LHP
- Gilberto Jimenez, OF
- Thad Ward, RHP
- C.J. Chatham, SS
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