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2013 Red Sox Top Prospect Voting #11: Brandon Workman Rounds Out The Top-10

Close to the majors and likely to make the jump, Brandon Workman takes the last spot left in the top-10.

W. G. Phillips

Squeaking into the last spot left in the top-10 is Brandon Workman, as we continue to alternate between the high-ceiling and high-floor prospects.

Despite being 24 years of age with only 25 innings above High-A ball to his name, it's highly likely that Brandon Workman will have a major league career. The question is just how good will he be when he gets there? Few expect him to be more than a back-end starter, or perhaps a late-innings reliever.

At the moment, the latter seems more likely too given that he lacks impressive off-speed offerings and some difficulty with consistency. Still, until he proves he can't do it--and he certainly hasn't yet, plugging away as he has in his two years in the system with strong results--the team will keep him in the rotation, hoping to get six years of solid starting, or at least the trade value that brings. And, if not, Workman has a hard fastball and excellent cutter that can easily burn through an important inning when the situation calls for it.

2013 is probably a bit of an optimistic projection for Workman, since there are so many people between him and playing time, and the Sox will want to keep him off the roster for as long as possible. But 2014 is just around the corner, and with so many of Boston's bullpen arms likely to only be here in the short term, the time will come before too long when Workman gets his shot.

Alright, folks, we're halfway there.

  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
  9. Blake Swihart, C
  10. Brandon Workman, RHP

Here's how it all works, for the eleventh time:

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!