Not long ago, the Red Sox farm system was so deep, they wrote a book about it -- "Homegrown" by the Boston Globe's Alex Speier. (It's really good! You should read it!)
The pipeline churned out valuable reserves, everyday players, All-Stars, and even superstars. Any measure of Boston's brightest young lights would be sure to feature a number of Red Sox atop the leaderboard, from All-Star shortstop Xander Bogaerts to slugging third baseman Rafael Devers to MVP Mookie Betts. Add Andrew Benintendi and for an instant, Yoan Moncada, and you're talking recognizable talent ready to contribute at the big league level.
Times have changed. A series of promotions and go-for-broke trades decimated the upper reaches of the system, and many of the young players who contributed to World Series titles in 2013 and 2018 are either gone (Betts), partway out the door (Jackie Bradley Jr.), or established veterans (Bogaerts).
So who's left? Our John Tomase surveys the best talent under 25 in the Red Sox system -- from current stars on the major-league roster to prospects rising through the minor-league system -- to rank the top contenders on NBC Sports Boston's annual "20 Under 25" list.