10. Nick Longhi- He is a 21-year-old first baseman/right fielder. He throws lefty, and bats righty. He spent last season in high-A Salem where he batted .282 in 471 at-bats. He only had 2 home runs last season. I like him, and think he has huge upside, but essentially his positions are blocked at the major league level. He needs to increase his R.B.I. production (77 last season). He also needs to work on his power. I know this has nothing to do with his talent, but I am particularly fond of him, because he tossed me a ball in the stands as he jogged into the dugout last year. So Nick I'm rooting for you, buddy.
9. Josh Ockimey- He is another 21-year-old first baseman/ DH. He throws right handed and bats lefty. He hit .226 with 62 runs batted in, and 18 home runs. He spent last season in Greenville playing for the Drive.
8. Travis Lakins- He is 22 years old. He is a right handed pitcher. He was drafted in the sixth round of the 2015 draft. His fastball is far from overpowering hitting 91-92 on average. He had a 6-3 record last season with a 5.93 E.R.A in 91 innings in high-A Salem. He is best suited for a spot coming out of the pen.
7. C.J. Chatham- He is 22 years old. He is a shortstop with a whole lot of potential, he was taken in the second round of the draft in 2016. He is an excellent athlete, and built to play shortstop. If Bogaerts is re-signed then Chatham would be an excellent piece for a trade or backup.
6. Roniel Raudes- This young man is just that, a young man; he is 19 years old. He is a right handed pitcher who has been in the organization since 2014 when he was signed as an international free agent. He is kinda skinny (around 161 pounds). His fastball velocity is lacking. He spent some time in full season A-ball Greenville, and high-A Salem. His E.R.A. last season was 3.65 in 187.0 innings of work. I do not expect this kid to develop into an ace. The Red Sox have a troubled past of developing pitching, but lets keep our fingers crossed.
5. Bobby Dalbec- He was taken in the fourth round of last year's draft. He is currently a third base prospect, but I believe he could convert to a corner outfielder or first baseman if need be. He hit .386 last season in a small sample size of only 132 at-bats. He hit 7 home runs with 33 runs batted in. He is a legitimate third baseman, he has a lot of power potential. I'm excited to see him develop further.
4. Sam Travis- A name familiar with all of Red Sox nation. He is a first baseman taken in the second round of the 2014 draft. He is currently trying to rebound from an A.C.L. injury that prematurely ended his 2016 campaign. His power isn't bad but isn't the best, either. He was a non-roster invite for Spring Training this season, and by all accounts will eventually get called up to the the M.L.B. He is considered the future first baseman of the Sox. He is limited to first base, I do not expect him to bounce around the diamond because of his athleticism.
3. Jason Groome- He was taken in the first round of the 2016 draft (12th overall). He had potential to be the first overall pick, but fell to 12th because of "maturity issues." Who isn't immature at 17? He is 6'5" with an overpowering fastball. He didn't get much service time in the minors last season, finishing his season in Lowell with the Spinners. This kid has the potential to be a high-end starter, and chew up 200 innings in the major leagues. I'm excited to see him develop and become what we all hope for.
2. Rafael Devers- He is a third base prospect that a lot of Sox fans think will eventually be the starting third baseman. He hit .282 in 503 at-bats last season in high-A Salem. He hit 11 long balls and drove in 77 runs. He is a left handed bat, with a lot of pop. I could easily see him accumulating 30+ home runs a season. I think a lot of Sox fans are wanting to see him this season, but I think a realistic time table for him is 2018. He was a non-roster invite to Spring Training. Next season he will definitely give Pablo Sandoval a run for his money at third base, and be a strong candidate to take over. I want him to have another season to develop, so he will be better equipped for next season.
1. Andrew Benintendi- Who doesn't know who this guy is? Not only is he the number one prospect in the Sox farm system, he is the number one prospect in all of baseball. I'll admit there is a level of hype around this young man that may be unattainable, for now at least. He went from high-A, to 2A, straight to the M.L.B. last season all in the blink of an eye. He is a Golden Spikes Award winner, which if your'e not familiar with, is an award given to the best player in college baseball. He was actually drafted by Cincinnati in the 31st round of the 2013 draft, right out of high school. He decided to go to college, spending his collegiate career playing for Arkansas. He eventually found his home in the first round of the 2015 draft (7th overall). Which leads me to a question. What were the previous six picks thinking? I believe Benny is the real deal, and will be an All-Star year in, and year out. There is a lot to be excited about with these guys, and Benintendi is leading the pack.