Three Sox make Law's Top 100 prospects

January, 27, 2011
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ESPN.com’s Keith Law came out with his annual ranking of the Top 100 prospects in baseball (Insider) today, and the Red Sox checked in with just three players on his list and just one in the Top 50 (Jose Iglesias at No 45).

Former Sox property Casey Kelly (No. 19) and Anthony Rizzo (No. 38), both checked in before any current Boston farmhands. Here are the Sox players that made Law’s list, along with a brief analysis from Law.

Iglesias* No. 45: Shortstop Jose Iglesias: Law calls the 21-year-old Iglesias the best defensive shortstop prospect he has ever seen. “He's not the fastest or most athletic,” writes Law, “but he's the one most able to make plays and to take difficult plays and make them look routine.” More from Law, on Iglesas’ offensive potential: “Iglesias' swing is direct with good bat speed, and he has a little pop when he gets his arms extended, although in Fenway that probably will mean lots of doubles off the Monster but few home runs. He needs to avoid barring his lead arm, and so far he hasn't shown much patience although he has shown he can make a lot of contact. If he can draw 50 walks a year or hit .300 regularly, he's an All-Star, and if not, he's still an above-average regular because of the potential value of his defense.”

Ranaudo* No. 54: Righthanded pitcher Anthony Ranaudo: The 22-year old Ranaudo “is a horse,” writes Law, “built for 220-240 innings a year, and has the aggressive approach to pitching you want to see in a potential front-line guy. He'll pitch with a solid-average fastball at 90-93, reaching back for 94-95 when he needs it, but hitters do not pick up the ball out of his hand and he gets swings and misses up in the zone with the pitch as if it was 97 with life. His curveball is solid-average now, projecting as above-average to plus, 79-82 with varying shape, and he's got a show-me changeup that will probably be a developmental priority for him in 2011.”

* No. 90: Lefthanded pitcher Drake Britton: Law thinks the 21-year-old Britton, who mossed almost all of 2009 after Tommy John Surgery, has the potential to be “Jon Lester Lite”. More from Law: Britton “came back strongly in 2010 and saw his velocity move upward as well. Britton worked in the low 90s all year but would touch 95-97 within outings at the end of the summer. His curveball and changeup both improved as well, although he still needs to refine his curve. He's also worked on his tendency to rush through the end of his delivery, which the Red Sox hope will lead to improved command. He's aggressive and will throw strikes, if not always the quality strikes he needs, and his arm works well. He threw only about 90 to 95 innings in 2010, including work in spring training, so he'll remain on a fairly low innings cap in 2011 and is probably a good three years out.”

And here is Law's list of his top 10 Red Sox prospects:

1. Jose Iglesias, SS (45)
2. Anthony Ranaudo, RHP (54)
3. Drake Britton, LHP (90)
4. Lars Anderson, 1B
5. Wil Middlebrooks, 3B
6. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP
7. Felix Doubront, LHP
8. Oscar Tejeda, 2B
9. Kolbrin Vitek, 3B
10. Xander Bogaerts, SS

What's your take on his rankings?

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