2013 Red Sox Top Prospects Voting #9: The Approach Of Bryce Brentz

Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE

Bryce Brentz is not the most exciting Red Sox prospect in the world, but as close as he is to the majors, the right fielder could be the perfect complementary piece to the stars in Boston's youth movement.

While last week we talked about Henry Owens and his exciting ceiling, this week we've got Bryce Brentz and the appeal of the Triple-A player.

Bryce Brentz is what he is. There's definitely some high-low on him. He could be a solid defensive right fielder with a big arm and a powerful bat, or he could be a guy who is exploited by MLB pitchers and their advanced off-speed offerings. Still, the closer he gets to the majors the more likely it is he'll at least play there in some capacity, and the less likely it is that he really surprises us and dominates.

For the Red Sox right now, that's just fine. We love our high-ceiling prospects, but you're not going to have a perennial All-Star at every position, and the rest of those spots need to be filled by someone. And for every Bryce Brentz a team has doing a good job at a cheap price, that's just that much more money that can be spent to fill another role with a top free agent or to extend the homegrown stars.

Besides that, there's a lot to be said for having a guy like Bryce Brentz in the wings right now. For all that some are worrying about Boston's ability to cope with an injury to Shane Victorino or Jacoby Ellsbury, a good start from Bryce Brentz in Pawtucket (and, remember, he did pretty darn well there in the postseason) and suddenly a lot of those concerns go away. The likes of Will Middlebrooks, Xander Bogaerts, and Jackie Bradley may tend to overshadow guys like Brentz, but Brentz may well end up being the second man to the party in this youth revolution.

  1. Xander Bogaerts, SS
  2. Jackie Bradley, OF
  3. Matt Barnes, RHP
  4. Rubby De La Rosa, RHP
  5. Allen Webster, RHP
  6. Garin Cecchini, 3B
  7. Henry Owens, LHP
  8. Bryce Brentz, RF

We're almost through the top-10 now. Only two more to go. You know the drill, I hope, but if not...

I'll name candidates in the comments below, and you rec the comment of the player you want to vote for. For those unfamiliar with how to go about that, just click "actions" underneath the comment and then "rec." Nice and easy, though you do have to be a member to join in.

On the off chance I forget or otherwise leave someone out, you are free to start your own voting thread for that player. I'll even give it a rec of my own to make up for your vote.

Vote away!

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