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Eye to the future

I've always found myself a fan of plugging holes with minor leaguers instead of paying for free agents. However, I understand the need for what has transpired this fall/winter. NESN's ratings, the losses of two sluggers, payroll room, etc.

But, here's a question to debate: how comfortable would you be with the current minor leaguers if they had to step in mid-2011 or at the start of 2012?

Assuming each player learns and grows at their same rates, where do they stand to end up as a part of the Red Sox in the big leagues?

Here are the players projected this year or next year and my predictions:

Ryan Kalish: Starting right fielder for Boston in 2012, multiple stints in 2011

Josh Reddick: 4th OF for Boston in 2012, a stint or two in 2011

Daniel Nava: OF depth in Pawtucket in 2012

Felix Doubront: Lefty in bullpen in 2011 with spot starts, 5th Starter for Boston in 2012

Lars Anderson: Backup 1B for an NL team in 2012

Luis Exposito: Catcher for Pawtucket in 2012

Michael Bowden: One or two stints in Boston in 2011, bullpen for another team in 2012

Kyle Weiland: Late 2011 spot starter, 2012 Justin Masterson role

Jose Iglesias: Starting shortstop for Pawtucket in 2012 with a few call-ups to see him hit MLB pitching

 

Thoughts?

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