Wednesday, March 12, 2008
The Sox minor league system has gotten a lot of accolades of late. They were ranked second best by Baseball America and fourth by Baseball Prospectus. Clay Buchholz and Jacoby Ellsbury top the list of Sox and MLB prospects. Many are familiar with these future regulars.
The next pair is Justin Masterson and Jed Lowrie who are rated by the BA, Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus and Keith Law of ESPN and Scouts, Inc. in their top 75 prospects. Many see Masterson as a future reliever, unless he develops another plus pitch with his low-90’s sinker. After a breakout season at the plate, Lowrie’s bat will play anywhere in the infield and the scouting reports have softened on his ability to stay at shortstop. Most now believe Lowrie can adequately handle the position when many called for him to switch to the second. Masterson and Lowrie could be ready for the Show by this time next season.
Three out of the four prospects were acquired in the first-round of 2005 draft, when the Sox had five picks in the top 50 selections - only Masterson was drafted in 2006 as a second-rounder. The 2005 draft also includes Craig Hansen and one from the next set of prospects. It could go down as one of the most productive in years for the Sox.
I would like to give a shout out and thanks to mlbtraderumors.com for the link yesterday.