It's been a bit of a long wait for the supporters of Bryce Brentz. A vote-getter since his name appeared in the fourth round, Brentz has finally managed to come out on top, taking the final spot in the top 10.
After struggling terribly in his first exposure to professional baseball in Lowell back in 2010, Brentz is further evidence of why those sorts of performances shouldn't be given much credence. His line of .198/.259/.340 skyrocketed to .359/.414/.647 in a short stint at Greenville, and while he struggled early following his promotion to Salem, a strong finish suggests he's learned to handle himself there as well. He would finish the season with 30 homers between both levels.
If there are concerns for the Sox' second pick from 2010, they are his age and plate discipline. An aggressive hitter, Brentz will have to adjust his plate approach to avoid being taken advantage of by more advanced pitchers--the ones who he should be facing fairly soon as a 23-year-old if he wants to keep pace with other prospects of his age. Brentz will have the chance to really prove himself as a top outfield prospect for the Sox if the organization decides to push him to Double-A to start 2012.
1. Ryan Lavarnway, C/DH
2. Will Middlebrooks, 3B
3. Xander Bogaerts, SS
4. Ryan Kalish, OF
5. Anthony Ranaudo, SP
6. Jose Iglesias, SS
7. Matt Barnes, SP
8. Garin Cecchini, SS
9. Brandon Jacobs, OF
10. Bryce Brentz, OF
Alright then, time to start on the second half. Remember to rec the comment in question for your vote, or to start your own thread if the player in question doesn't have one.
And no, the PTBNL from Theo's compensation trade isn't eligible.