This is the first year that my 3-year-old son Sam has made out a Christmas list. His number one wish is for a 540-piece Metallic Earth Puzzleball meant for kids ages 10-and-older. We’ve tried to trick him into thinking that he doesn’t really want it, but Sam is sure that Santa will come through.
I can’t spoil his first Christmas list right? It looks like I’m going to be spending a bunch of time helping him put together that gigantic puzzle.
Red Sox fans who love to follow minor league prospects as they make their way through the system received a list of their own this holiday season as Baseball America released it’s annual list of Boston’s Top 10 minor league prospects on December 23rd.
Here’s this year’s Top 10:
1. Ryan Westmoreland, OF
2. Casey Kelly, RHP
3. Josh Reddick, OF
4. Lars Anderson, 1B
5. Ryan Kalish, OF
6. Junichi Tazawa, RHP
7. Reymond Fuentes, OF
8. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
9. Jose Iglesias, SS
10. Derrik Gibson, SS/2B
Several of those players figure to spend time at McCoy Stadium this season.
Josh Reddick and Junichi Tazawa made it to Pawtucket last year and are almost certain to begin 2010 with the PawSox.
22-year-old Lars Anderson – who was ranked number one on the list last year – was expected to make it to Triple-A in 2009, but had a disappointing season at Double-A Portland batting .233 with 9 HR and 51 RBI. Baseball America still lists Lars as the best power hitting prospect in the Red Sox system, and projects him to be Boston’s starting first baseman in 2012.
Ryan Kalish is only 21-years-old, but he played in 103 games in Double-A last year and did quite well posting a .781 OPS. If he doesn’t start the year with Pawtucket, he’ll be in prime position to earn a promotion if he puts up good numbers with the Portland Sea Dogs.
Here’s a link to the Baseball America list.