As we lead up to both the start of the 2008 season and our “Diamond Cutter” top 100 prospects list, I will be taking a look at the top five prospects from every single Major League team. Each team will have its top five prospects along with a brief scouting report on each player that I have pulled from my scouting notes. Today we continue digging into the AL East with the prospect rich Boston Red Sox. As always, let me know how you feel about the rankings in the comments section below or via email.
1.) Clay Buchholz, RHP: Buchholz has already proven he has the tools and talent to be an ace in the big leagues. He has a mid-90’s fastball and an incredible set of pitches with a change up (one of the best in baseball) and knee-buckling curveball (both which can be unhittable) and puts it all together with great control. Very good at handling pressure and has the makeup to be a big game pitcher which is exactly what a team like Boston needs. Enough good stuff can’t be said about this youngster as he looks to have his eye on being one of the best young pitching prospects we’ve seen in a long time.
2.) Jacoby Ellsbury, CF: Ellsbury is an amazing athlete and will be a team leader for years to come. He has excellent speed and demonstrates that with his great base running ability as well as his superb glove in center field. Looks to be a great candidate to hit lead off for the Sox with very good gap power. Constantly compared to a young Johnny Damon only with a better swing. Has already proven himself at the Major League level to be a star in the making.
3.) Lars Anderson, 1B: This large left hander can generate incredible raw plus power with his slugger’s frame. Anderson also has an excellent eye at the plate, incredible plate discipline and pitch recognition and doesn’t chase pitches too often. Has a very smooth and even swing that helps him hit the ball well to all fields and projects to hit for both power and average with fantastic OBP’s. Anderson looks to be one of the best power hitting prospects in the game today.
4.) Jed Lowrie, SS: Lowrie looks to be a solid middle infielder at the Major League level with average range and a fairly good glove. Not sure if he will end up at shortstop or second base as he would be fine at both. Either way he seems to have good pop for a middle infielder and hits very well from both sides of the plate. Lowrie also has a great eye at the plate and does a great job at working pitchers and waiting for his pitch.
5.) Justin Masterson, RHP: Masterson was a very successful college closer and has been in the process of being converted to a starter. Masterson may be better suited for the bullpen and I believe will end up back there eventually. Two and four seam fastballs with good movement, solid slider (85-87 mph) and four-seam circle changeup (80-84 mph) with a very good drop.
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