Baseball America rankings show Red Sox farm system is trending upward
Red Sox prospects are moving up in Baseball America’s rankings
When new Chief Baseball Officer, Chiam Bloom, was hired by the Boston Red Sox in October of 2019, he brought with him a new organizational philosophy. Gone were the days of overspending for short-term success and operating above the luxury tax threshold year over year. Trading away premium prospects to acquire “win now” players with expiring contracts or contracts in need of large extensions to keep those players in Boston also became a thing of the past. A heavy emphasis on analytics, scouting and development, and the restoration of a top tier farm system became a major part of the organization’s rebuild under Bloom.
Through graduation to the Major Leagues, trades, and loss of draft picks as part of the penalty for exceeding the luxury tax threshold, the Red Sox farm system was depleted entering the 2020 season. The consensus rankings had the Red Sox somewhere in the mid-20’s in the organizational ranking for farm systems. For most franchises, climbing from a bottom-third system to a top-ten organization is a long, multi-year process. It involves a lot of losing to acquire high draft picks, a lot of trades that don’t sit well with the fan base to acquire prospects, and big money spent in the international market on the gamble of raw teenage prospects that can take nearly a half decade to develop. Bloom and company seem to have hit the fast forward button in rebuilding the farm system, and look to have one of the more enviable minor league organization’s in the sport heading into 2022.
Baseball America, one of the premier prospect analysis and rankings outlets in the game, has released their updated top-10 Boston Red Sox prospects entering the 2022 Season. The full top-30 will be released at the end of December after the Winter Meetings and Rule 5 draft have taken place, should any prospects be added or removed from the organization.
While the rankings of each individual system will also not be revealed until the end of December, the Red Sox are expected to leap into the top-10, quite possibly the top-5, on the strength of up to six organizational prospects being ranked in the top-100 overall prospects in the game.
The updated Baseball America list is interesting to evaluate because of the impact that Bloom has had directly on the current state of the farm system. With only two drafts under his belt, one being limited to just four rounds because of the pandemic, his fingerprints are all over the top-10, and Bloom and his scouting and development regime are responsible for one of the fastest rising farm systems in the sport.
Red Sox prospects are moving up in Baseball America’s rankingsWhen new Chief Baseball Officer, Chiam Bloom, was hired by the Boston Red Sox in October of 2019, he brought with him a new organizational philosophy. Gone were the days of overspending for short-term success and operating above the luxury tax threshold year over year. Trading…