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07:21 AM ET 10.28 | Who has the top crop of MLB-ready prospects? To preview coming attractions, we decided to compile a rough guide to the most bountiful farm systems -- or at least those most likely to pay dividends in the near future -- using the 2013 league prospect rankings as a guide. To arrive at a rough estimate of system strength, we assigned various weights to each organization's prospects who appear on a League Top 20 Prospects list. ... Boston has the top major-league ready talent in the game, by this accounting method, plus ample depth beyond [Xander Bogaerts] and Co. in the form of RHP Antony Ranaudo (16 EL), 3B Garin Cecchini (14 EL), RHP Brandon Workman (19 EL), 2B Mookie Betts (7 CAR) and SS Deven Marrero (13 CAR). That's how the system built an 11-point advantage on No. 2.

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October 28, 2013  07:29 AM ET

Because these prospect rankings have always been so accurate. I'd give them a 25% accuracy rate which is being generous. You never know how they will do until they hit the show.

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October 28, 2013  08:22 AM ET

Sox have the advantage in lucky gnomes as well

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October 28, 2013  08:49 AM ET
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+Juan

Mornin'

October 28, 2013  08:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Because these prospect rankings have always been so accurate. I'd give them a 25% accuracy rate which is being generous. You never know how they will do until they hit the show.

I agree you never know till they hit the bigs. But with their stock so high Boston could make a serious run at a player like Giancarlo Stanton this off season if they choose.

By the way they can thank Theo for their farm system being this strong, which should give Cubs fans a little hope.

October 28, 2013  08:53 AM ET
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I agree you never know till they hit the bigs. But with their stock so high Boston could make a serious run at a player like Giancarlo Stanton this off season if they choose.By the way they can thank Theo for their farm system being this strong, which should give Cubs fans a little hope.

Did any of those prospects come from LA?

October 28, 2013  08:55 AM ET

I'm hoping the Cardinals can turn some of their prospects to fill some holes this winter.

October 28, 2013  08:55 AM ET

Not the players mentioned, but they did get 2 decent pitchers in Alan Webster and Ruby De Larosa.

October 28, 2013  08:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I agree you never know till they hit the bigs. But with their stock so high Boston could make a serious run at a player like Giancarlo Stanton this off season if they choose.By the way they can thank Theo for their farm system being this strong, which should give Cubs fans a little hope.

I don't know if I'd get too excited about Stanton after the way he sleepwalked through last season. I can see him turning out to be a highly talented miscontent who thinks he's too cool for the game. I don't care if you're in a terrible org, you're effing 22 or whatever and just play hard and leave for big bucks and a better team after you've paid your dues.

October 28, 2013  08:57 AM ET

Xander isn't even a prospect anymore, I say he's the real deal. So long Drew, happy trails!
(Xander does need to work on his D)

October 28, 2013  08:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

I'm hoping the Cardinals can turn some of their prospects to fill some holes this winter.

I think that's the way to go, unless you think they're really going to be special.

October 28, 2013  08:58 AM ET
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I don't know if I'd get too excited about Stanton after the way he sleepwalked through last season. I can see him turning out to be a highly talented miscontent who thinks he's too cool for the game. I don't care if you're in a terrible org, you're effing 22 or whatever and just play hard and leave for big bucks and a better team after you've paid your dues.

Stanton would be a beast in Fenway.

October 28, 2013  08:59 AM ET
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Xander isn't even a prospect anymore, I say he's the real deal. So long Drew, happy trails!(Xander does need to work on his D)

I think he'll end up at third. It may be happy trails Middlebrooks.

October 28, 2013  09:00 AM ET
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Xander isn't even a prospect anymore, I say he's the real deal. So long Drew, happy trails!(Xander does need to work on his D)

I'll cut him a little slack. He just turned 21 the beginning of October, so his breaking in period happens to be in the playoffs.

October 28, 2013  09:02 AM ET
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I think he'll end up at third. It may be happy trails Middlebrooks.

He is a SS. Why do you think the Sox were willing to trade Iglesius?

October 28, 2013  09:02 AM ET
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I think he'll end up at third. It may be happy trails Middlebrooks.

Makes a lot more sense to me to not pay Drew a ton of money to suck and pay Will chump change to see if he can improve...unless you just think Xander can't handle SS, or there is another SS out there to grab who you think is better.

October 28, 2013  09:04 AM ET
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I'll cut him a little slack. He just turned 21 the beginning of October, so his breaking in period happens to be in the playoffs.

I think he can be a good defensive IFer, just needs to work on the details. They've known for a couple of years now that he should have a dynamite bat.

 
October 28, 2013  09:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Stanton would be a beast in Fenway.

If he actually tried...

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