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Red Sox place three in Fangraphs’ Top-30 prospects

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Fangraphs released their top 100 prospect on Monday, and Boston’s big three all appeared in the top-30

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On Monday, Eric Longenhagen of Fangraphs released his top-100 prospects in baseball. Longenhagen is one of my very favorite prospect evaluators on the interwebs, so it was nice to see he thought highly enough of Boston’s Big Three prospects to place each inside his top-30. Here’s how each of them did.

Andrew Benintendi: Number Two

Here’s another list, along with Baseball Prospectus, in which Benintendi did not place number one. That spot belonged to former Red Sox prospect Yoan Moncada. Benintendi received a 65 future-value grade from Longenhagen, which is on the 20-80 scale. Unsurprisingly, the hit tool got the highest grade, as it’s currently rated as a 60 with a future grade of 70. If he can fulfill the 70-grade potential, he’d be one of the elite pure hitters in the game. Overall, Benintendi graded at least averagely across the board, with his lowest grade being a 50 on his arm. Since he’ll be manning left field at Fenway, that’s not a major concern for now. Longenhagen (rightfully, in this writer’s opinion) suggests that Benintendi won’t have huge power, but will be a doubles machine. This is particularly true playing at Fenway Park.

Rafael Devers: Number Twenty Two

While this is still a fine ranking, it is the lowest we’ve seen from any evaluator on Devers this winter. The positive here is what Longenhagen thinks of the young third baseman’s power, which is given a current grade of 60 and a 70 for the future grade. For all of the young talent the Red Sox have developed in recent years, they may not have that huge slugger, although Mookie Betts certainly made his case last year. Regardless, that’s a bat that would look great in the middle of the lineup. On the other side of the coin, Longenhagen isn’t as high on Devers’ developing glove as others. He has him as a 40-grade defender now with a future grade of 50. That’s a below-average glove that may need to move across the diamond. The good news, as Longenhagen points out, is that if he does move to first base (which, for what it’s worth, Longenhagen doesn’t present as a given), the bat will still play just fine.

Jason Groome: Number Twenty Nine

As I’ve said throughout these ranking posts, Groome is understandably the prospect with the most variance amongst evaluators in this trio. He’s so young and has such little experience that there are a wide range of possibilities. Longenhagen is on the higher end of the spectrum, as this ties for Groome’s second-highest ranking. The lefty has two pitches, the fastball and the curveball, that already have a 55 grade, which makes them above-average. The breaking ball is given a 70 future grade, which is what the Red Sox are hoping for from their young ace. Longenhagen gives current grades of 40 on his changeup and overall command, while the former has a future grade of 50 and the latter has a future grade of 55. The command is the key for Groome, as if he can get that to it’s full potential he’ll be a top-of-the-rotation arm in the future.

Here is an updated total showing the prospects’ rankings on a variety of list as well as their average slot.

Player ESPN MLB.com Baseball America Baseball Prospectus Minor League Ball Fangraphs Average
Player ESPN MLB.com Baseball America Baseball Prospectus Minor League Ball Fangraphs Average
Andrew Benintendi 1 1 1 3 1 2 1.5
Rafael Devers 11 17 18 13 9 22 15
Jason Groome 20 41 43 29 45 29 34.5