DieHardMagazine.com's Top-30 Prospects: 10-6
Dan Silver continues the countdown of the Top 30 prospects in the Red Sox system with the first half of the ten best. 10. Felix Doubrant: (LHP) Doubrant has one of the attributes I absolutely covet in a lefthanded pitcher, and that is a windup that troubles hitters. His fastball should not be dominant (as it is mainly a 90 MPH pitch), but due to his non-standard delivery, it is difficult to pick up and thus is somewhat of an "out" pitch. To this point in 2010, he is 2-0 in five starts with an ERA at a nice 3.33. he has struck out 19 against 10 walks. The key stat might well be his home runs given up, which is a big zero after five starts. The long ball has been a bit of an Achille's Heel for Doubrant, so his obvious improvement is a great sign. If he is able to develop his curveball over the next 18 months, he might get a solid look from the Sox' brass at the MLB level. 9. Luis Exposito: (C) It might seem absurd to have so many catchers on this list, but among them is a potential journeyman and a few who could be the future and/or trade bait. Catcher is a great position at which to have depth in an organization. To be frank, Exposito has not always conducted himself in a manner representative a person trying to climb the ladder in pro ball, but he has improved his behavior by all accounts, and as evidenced by the fact that he has not been suspended recently for misconduct. My belief is that he has but scratched the surface of his abilities, and what might have looked like loose fundamentals could have been lapses in concentration. He has the potential to be a 30-HR guy in the Majors and he is more than an adequate defensive catcher. 8. Yamaico Navarro: (3B) Navarro is is listed as a shortstop, but his future is at third base. The fact that he is even in the Top 30, never mind Top 8, of any list of Sox prospects at any point in time is rather shocking given how little fanfare he had upon signing as an International Free Agent. Navarro has the quick wrists necessary to be an excellent contact hitter and his defensive tools are above average for a middle infielder, but potentially top-flight at third base. I really like this kid. 7. Lars Anderson: (1B) Anderson is an elite prospect and obviously highly regarded by many, but I rate him slightly lower than some because I worry that he could strike out too much on the MLB level and that staying injury-free will be a problem. That, however, are the only serious concerns about Anderson offensively. He is a gifted hitter. He will hit for average and power, without sacrificing in one area for the other. Defensively, he has the tools to be a suitable first baseman. Some project him back to his high school position, the outfield, but I just don't see that happening. One trait that he does possess at 1st that is well above average is his ability to pick throws out of the dirt. Not only can he pick bad throws, but he can do so with great range while maintaining contact with the bag. Due to his struggles with the strikeout, I envision him being at least a few years away from arriving in the Majors, but when he does, he could be special. 6. Josh Reddick: (OF) Reddick has already enjoyed time with the Big League club, and he really does have a bright future. He is an excellent outfielder already, and has shown excellent HR potential throughout his minor league career. There is one part of his game, however, that keeps him just out of the Top 5 at this time. Reddick has yet to meet a pitch he doesn't want to pull. That is not a crime and plenty of successful hitters in the Majors are pure pull hitters. However, Reddick is so skilled that it would seem to me that a few years perfecting his craft out of the MLB spotlight might render him one of the best young players in the game down the road.