Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Down on the farm

The Red Sox won another spring contest yesterday thanks in part to home runs from Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz. This week's hot topic, Hanley Ramirez chipped in with an RBI. Matt Clement pitched three solid innings giving up only one run on a leadoff homerun to Luis Rivas and Matt Mantei made his spring debut giving up two hits and no runs in an inning of work.

There have been a couple of articles lately about the Sox farm system. We've all heard about how much progress the Sox have made in that department in recent years. Our top levels aren't very impressive once you get past Hanley Ramirez, but our mid and low level farm system is quickly improving. John Sickles, former ESPN prospect analyst, listed and graded the top 20 Sox prospects in this article. It's no surprise that Ramirez is number one. Anibal Sanchez, the pitcher I mentioned the other day, is ranked as our fourth best prospect behind Jon Papelbon and Brandon Moss. Jon Lester rounds out the top five. Sickles also does an interview over at Red Sox Nation. I also have rotoworld.com's top ten Red Sox prospect list and Sports Weekly's Red Sox prospect list on my computer. They're too long to post and I can't find a link for them anywhere. But let me know if you're interested in me sending them to you.

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