Another day, another mid season prospect list has been released. After Baseball Prospectus had two Red Sox minor leaguers on their midseason top-50 and Baseball America had three Sox on their top-100, Keith Law has released his newest top-50 and it features the two Red Sox prospects you’d expect. That, of course, is Rafael Devers and Jason Groome. It’s not at all surprising to see both of them here — although Groome was outside BA’s top-50, for what it’s worth — and with these rankings it’s the number that’s more interesting than their mere presence.
As it turns out, Law is fairly high on both of these Red Sox prospects. He has Devers as high as we’ve ever seen him at the number three spot on his list between Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres and Nationals outfielder Victor Robles. There isn’t much of a description for each prospect on this list, but Law does mention Devers’ solid glove, which hints that he may not see a move across the diamond. That seems to be the majority opinion at this point, but it’s far from unanimous. ESPN’s prospect evaluator also believes Devers should already be at Pawtucket. I don’t disagree with that assessment, but the good news is he will be there soon.
Groome, meanwhile, takes the number twenty spot on the list between Padres RHP Cal Quantrill and Reds RHP Hunter Greene. Last year’s first-round pick, as Law acknowledges, hasn’t had the start to his pro career that many had hoped for thanks to some health concerns. It’s worth noting that the Red Sox were seemingly extra cautious with the young southpaw, which helps explain his lack of game action. When he has pitched, though, the stuff has still been there and scouts still see the same high-level ceiling from the 18-year-old.