The Boston Red Sox have made major changes over the last four seasons at the top of the organization. It seems the plan is clicking into place for the Bloom and the Red Sox as the farm system has taken big steps forward and will have at least five players in my top 100 prospects. In this article, we will break down the top 10 Boston Red Sox prospects and include rankings 1-30. This is a great opportunity to grab and stash some of these prospects in your deeper dynasty leagues to bolster your farm. Let’s dive in.
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Top 10 Red Sox Prospects
Marcelo Mayer, SS AA
(78 GP, .236/.306/.433, 13 HR, 54 RBI, 9 SB)
The fourth overall pick in the 2021 MLB draft was then-high school shortstop Marcelo Mayer. With a clean left-handed swing, it was easy to see a plus hitter who could develop into average to above-average power once he matures. This season Mayer has pushed two levels, starting the season in high-A Greenville where he slashed .290/.366/.524 with seven home runs, 34 RBI, and five stolen bases in 35 games played. Mayer sported a 10.4% walk rate while only striking out 22.6%.
The Sox then promoted Mayer to double-A Portland where he has struggled but has shown signs of working through the struggles.
— Richard Haake (@Mustbethehawk) April 19, 2023
The plate discipline has remained as Mayer is walking 7.9% of the time while only striking out at a 25.8% rate, so slight adjustments but not shocking. Mayer’s extremely low BABIP of .220 indicates he has gotten extremely unlucky and should not be written off or shoved down the rankings. If anything this is a prime buy-low opportunity as he has played more games in AA (43) this season than previously in high-A (35).
Ceddanne Rafaela, OF MLB
(108 GP, .302/.349/.520, 20 HR, 79 RBI, 36 SB)
One of the best stories this season in the Red Sox farm system has to be Ceddanne Rafaela. The 22-year-old outfielder has had a fantastic season that resulted in his call-up to the major leagues. Across double-A and triple-A this season Rafaela slashed .302/.349/.520 with 20 home runs, 79 RBIs, and swiped 36 bags in 49 attempts. In his 108 games played this season, Rafaela averaged a 21.3% strikeout rate and a 5.4% walk rate. Now up with the Red Sox, Rafaela is continuing to show his advanced bat as he is slashing .375/.375/.500 in a small five-game sample size.
— Richard Haake (@Mustbethehawk) June 5, 2022
There is no doubt the talent is there and for dynasty purposes, you can count on 20-20 to 20-30 seasons early on in his career at 22 years old Don’t be surprised if he puts on more muscle and gets to 25 or 30 home runs seasons down the line.
Roman Anthony, OF AA
(96 GP, .265/.396/.459, 13 HR, 56 RBI, 13 SB)
Not a bad taste of what Roman Anthony can do with a full season of professional competition. This season Anthony ascended two levels, starting the season back in Low-A Salem where the 19-year-old slashed .228/.376/.316 with an 18.8% walk rate and strikeout rate. This advanced plate approach was all the Red Sox needed to see and promoted Anthony to High-A Greenville. Once there Anthony went off slashing .294/.412/.569 with 12 home runs, 38 RBIs, and two stolen bases in 54 games played.
Anthony continued to display excellent plate discipline walking 16.3% while the strikeout rate jumped to a staggering 30.6% in 245 plate appearances. Standing 6’2” and 200 pounds it’s easy to dream of a 30-plus home run bat at the top of the future Red Sox order.
Kyle Teel, C AA
(17 GP, .383/.493/.500, 1 HR, 11 RBI, 1 SB)
At the University of Virginia, Kyle Teel was fantastic with the bat as well as behind the plate. In 65 games played Teel slashed .407/.474/.655 with 13 home runs, 69 RBIs, and five stolen bases with the Cavaliers. This type of production had to excite the Red Sox when he fell to them in the first round of the 2023 MLB draft. So far with his short sample size in the minor leagues, Teel has impressed slashing .377/.485/.453 in high-A Greenville with a 16.7% walk rate and strikeout rate.
The pop times behind the plate are impressive as well as his pitch framing which will help ensure he stays in the lineup once he gets to the major leagues. With a potential 20-25 home run bat and solid bat-to-ball skills, it would not surprise me if Teel is a top-five fantasy catcher to start the 2026 MLB season.
Nick Yorke, 2B AA
(102 GP, .276/.358/.455, 13 HR, 61 RBI, 12 SB)
The Red Sox second baseman of the future is putting the finishing touches on a fantastic season played entirely (to this point) in double-A Portland. Yorke was known coming out of the 2020 MLB draft as a high-contact bat coming out of high school. The now 21-year-old has hit his stride this season slashing .276/.358/.455 with 13 home runs, 61 RBIs, and 12 stolen bases across 102 games played. Plate discipline has continued to be a focus for Yorke as he has a 10.3% base on balls while striking out 24.2% of the time.
The numbers this season are steady improvements over his performance in high-A and appear to be sustainable. Nick Yorke projects as a high-contact top-of-the-order bat for the Red Sox long term, he should be an annual 15 home run 15 stolen base threat in the majors and a 2023 Bryson Stott comp doesn’t seem far-fetched.
Yoeilin Cespedes, SS DSL
(46 GP, .346/.392/.560, 6 HR, 38 RBI, 1 SB)
The major headline coming out of the DSL for the Red Sox this season was Yoeilin Cespedes. With a strong showing in the Dominican summer league, it’s easy to see why scouts and dynasty managers are getting excited. The 17-year-old Cespedes slashed .346/.392/.560 this summer, crushing six home runs and racking up 38 RBIs in 46 games played. What was equally exciting for Cespedes was the low strikeout rate of 11.5% in his 209 plate appearances. Standing at 5’9” and 181 pounds Cespedes looks every bit of the high-contact, hard-hitting shortstop he is. It’s easy to dream of a 20-plus home run bat out of Cespedes long term but for now, we wait till he gets his first crack stateside in 2024.
Miguel Bleis, OF -A
(31 GP, .230/.282/.325, 1 HR, 16 RBI, 11 SB)
The 2023 minor league season might not have gone the way Bleis or the Red Sox expected. The 19-year-old out of the Dominican Republic played his season exclusively in Low-A Salem this season. In his short debut in Low-A Bleis slashed .230/.282/.325 with one home run, 16 RBIs, and 11 SB across 31 games played in Salem. Unfortunately, Bleis sustained a left shoulder injury on a swing that required season-ending surgery. The off-season can be a long wait and we will have to sit back and wonder what to expect from Bleis in 2024.
Wikelman Gonzalez, RHP AA
(23 GS, 103.1 IP, 157 K, .187 AVG, 4.09 ERA)
One of the rising arms in the Red Sox organization that has stood out this season is Wikelman Gonzalez. Those who followed me with the Weekly Streamer and on the Prospect Pod remember me highlighting Gonzalez as an arm to target in 2021. This season Gonzalez ascended two levels starting the season in Low-A where he had a 15 K/9 in 63 innings pitched across 15 starts. The control has been an issue for Gonzalez this season as he had a 6 BB/9 in Greenville which might have contributed to the 5.14 ERA.
The Red Sox promoted Gonzalez to Double-A Portland where he really hit his stride striking out 52 batters in 40.1 innings pitched with a .146 average against and a 2.45 ERA across eight starts. Wikelman Gonzalez features three above-average to plus offerings in his fastball, slider, and, change-up where he will rest in future rotation plans depending on the command and control but if he can hone it in you are looking at a solid SP 2 long term.
Blaze Jordan, 1B/3B AA
(114 GP, .292/.348/.483, 18 HR, 82 RBI, 2 SB)
The future power of the Red Sox is coming, Blaze Jordan and Roman Anthony are some of the key contributors in power this season. During Jordan’s time in High-A Greenville this season, he slashed .324/.385/.533 with 12 home runs and, 55 RBIs in 73 games played. During that time Jordan had a 8.7% walk rate paired with a 14.6% strikeout rate. Once promoted to Double-A Portland Jordan started to struggle a bit with the bat as he adjusted to advanced pitching. In his 41 games played with the Sea Dogs Jordan is slashing .234/.278/.392 with six home runs, and 27 RBIs.
— Richard Haake (@Mustbethehawk) April 19, 2023
The struggles at Double-A are not concerning for me as the 20-year-old is facing advanced pitching in a difficult division in the northeast. I suspect we will see Blaze Jordan back in Portland to start the 2024 season and the results might be a bit different.
Brainer Bonaci, 2B/SS AA
(79 GP, .297/.354/.464, 11 HR, 45 RBI, 7 SB)
It seems something has clicked with Brainer Bonaci this season as the 20-year-old has ascended two levels and has crushed the ball in each. Bonaci started the season in High-A Greenville as he slashed .301/.353/.473 with nine home runs, 38 RBIs, and six stolen bases in 63 games played. With a solid approach at the plate, Bonaci had a 7.6% walk rate paired with a solid 22.7% strikeout rate. Now promoted to Double-A Portland Bonaci has picked up where he left off slashing .279/.361/.426 with two home runs, seven RBIs, and one stolen base.
The walk rate jumped to 12.5% while the strikeout rate was slightly elevated from High-A at 23.6%. If Brainer Bonaci can continue these gains displayed in 2023 next season then it’s a real possibility to see him in the major leagues by the season’s end.
Boston Red Sox Top 30 Fantasy Baseball Prospects
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|27||Luis De La Rosa||RHP||21||2026|
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