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Baseball America has released their top 20 for the New York-Penn short-season league.
Curious how Boston's 2012 draft is stacking up to past ones? Baseball America can help answer that question for you, as they release specific prospect lists for each of the respective minor leagues. The Red Sox sent multiple selections from this past summer's draft to the New York-Penn League, to the Lowell Spinners, and a pair of those picks made Baseball America's top 20 for the level.
Their first overall selection, shortstop Deven Marrero, rates seventh overall in the New York-Penn. Marrero had been drafted by the Reds out of high school back in 2009, but the 17th-round pick declined to sign. Boston took him at 24th overall this June, signing him for over the slot recommendation. Marrero hit .268/.358/.374 as a 21-year-old making his pro debut, at a level where your average position player hit .231/.305/.320 at the same age. Throw in that he's expected to be a plus defender at short, and it's easy to see why he is ranked here.
Pat Light isn't top 10, but the third-overall pick of the Sox, coming at #37, ranks #17 on Baseball America's list. Light started for Lowell, but it's likely his future is as a reliever -- possibly a lights out, back-end one. He has a plus-plus fastball, but his secondary stuff needs work. The ceiling is high, but he's far from it, at this stage.
Had Brian Johnson, the player selected in between Marrero and Light, thrown enough innings to qualify before taking a line drive to the head, he would have made the top 20. That's not just conjecture, either -- Baseball America says as much. Where he ranks is more up in the air, but in 2013, we'll get a better look at the #31 pick in the draft.