March 11, 2016


The Sporting News 2016 Baseball Yearbook

Ranking of Farm Systems:
Red Sox, 5th (behind Atlanta, Rockies, Dodgers, and Pirates):
Only organizations as focused on player development as the Red Sox can afford to give up the talent Boston did for closer Craig Kimbrel, but the remaining inventory is still very impressive. Take top prospects such as second baseman Yoan Moncada, third baseman Rafael Devers and outfielder Andrew Benintendi, then factor in all the young standouts already in Boston - the direction is obvious.
(The Yankees are 13th.)

Superstars For 2018 And Beyond

"10 players who will have a large presence on the big-league radar near the end of this decade":
1. Yoan Moncada, Red Sox: The switch-hitting Moncada is an electric talent with plus bat speed, emerging power, and the ability to steal 30-plus bases in the majors. He's still a few years away from the bigs but he profiles as an All-Star second baseman at the highest level.

5. Rafael Devers, 3B, Boston: Devers is only 19 and won't arrive in Boston for a few more seasons, but he's got all the tools to be an above-average offensive contributor. With plus bat speed, a short swing and emerging plate discipline, Devers projects to hot for power and average.
Lindy's Sports Baseball 2016 Preview

Top 50 Prospects
3. Yoan Moncada, 2B
7. Rafael Devers, 3B
Athlon Sports 2016 MLB Preview

Top 50 Prospects
2. Yoan Moncada, 2B
Moncada was considered the best young prospect to come out of Cuba in years. He is always a threat to steal, has promising power potential and the swing to be an above-average hitter. And he could play anywhere in the field other than shortstop and catcher.
11. Anderson Espinoza, RHP
12. Andrew Benintendi, OF
24. Rafael Devers, 3B
MLB Top 100 Propects
7. Yoan Moncada, 2B
17. Rafael Devers, 3B
25. Andrew Benintendi, OF
39. Anderson Espinoza, RHP
Baseball America - Red Sox Top 10 Prospects
1. Yoan Moncada, 2B
2. Rafael Devers, 3B
3. Andrew Benintendi, OF
4. Anderson Espinoza, RHP
5. Michael Kopech, RHP
6. Brian Johnson, LHP
7. Sam Travis, 1B
8. Deven Marrero, SS
9. Luis Alexander Basabe, OF
10. Michael Chavis, 3B

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