I go to a lot of Minor League games. I follow every Sea Dogs and PawSox game on GameDay every night. I anticipate the SoxProspects rankings like I do the BCS standings. I have an obsession with the Red Sox minor league system. And why? This is the best minor league system in all of baseball.
A lot of people could say the Texas Rangers. They have some big names; Tanner Scheppers, Martin Perez, Neftali Feliz... All good names. But their system is not as deep as Boston, not close. How about Tampa Bay. They have Tim Beckham, Jeremy Hellickson, and Desmond Jennings. Again, big names. But how much depth? What big time prospects do they have in A ball? Or rookie league? Probaly not as many as the Red Sox.
The Red Sox system was already very good. But they had the draft of the decade this season, a draft that might compare with 2005 where they drafted Luis Exposito, Jed Lowrie, and Clay Buchholz. In 2006 they drafted names that have reached the big leagues such as Daniel Bard, Aaron Bates and Dustin Richardson. 2004? Dustin Pedroia, 2003? Jonathan Papelbon.
This year? Maybe in five years, we will be saying Kolbrin Vitek, Anthony Raunado, Bryce Brentz, and Brandon Workman. This was a draft to remember.
Now let's look at the Top 50 Ranking: http://www.soxprospects.com/index.html
Mine obviously differs. http://www.minorleagueball.com/2010/8/14/1623080/top-50-red-sox-prospects
Any way you slice it, this current farm system will play a huge role into this team's future.
A 2015 Starting Lineup (Not assuming Free Agents)
2B Dustin Pedroia
3B Yamico Navarro
C Alberto Ibarra
DH Ryan Lavaranway
OF Ryan Kalish
OF Josh Reddick
Any other ideas? Remember, we are only assuming the prospects, not free agents.