Tuesday, January 01, 2008

The Best of the Best

A site called TopProspectAlert.com recently released their list of the top 10 Red Sox prospects for 2008, compiled by writer J.P. Schwartz. The top two entries (Buchholz and Ellsbury) shouldn't come as a surprise, but Jed Lowrie, who's entry number three, has put up some interesting numbers and - barring any problems during his second stint in AAA, where he's already played 40 games - figures to be a September call up in 2008, especially if Lugo continues his light-hitting ways. Lowrie's biggest concern: his walk to strikeout ratio, which had favored walks in AA, flipped at the AAA level and lowered his OBP in the process. However, AA was the first time Lowrie had walked more than he struck out, so it's also possible that level of success was accidental. In any case, Lowrie is definitely a guy to keep an eye on.