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Breaking down the Red Sox's 2016 Top 30 Prospects

Blue-chip quartet gives Boston 6th-ranked farm system

Breaking down the Red Sox's 2016 Top 30 Prospects

No team has a better foursome of prospects than the Red Sox do in second baseman Yoan Moncada, third baseman Rafael Devers, outfielder Andrew Benintendi and right-hander Anderson Espinoza. They teamed up last year at low Class A Greenville, a loaded club that also included 2014 first-round picks Michael Kopech and Michael Chavis -- and are the primary reasons that Boston came in at No. 6 in MLBPipeline.com's farm-system rankings.

Though Boston has followed a World Series championship in 2013 with consecutive last-place finishes in the American League East, the last two years haven't been a complete loss. Mookie Betts and Xander Bogaerts became stars at age 22, and Jackie Bradley Jr., Henry Owens, Eduardo Rodriguez and Blake Swihart also have graduated to Fenway Park. Between the Majors and Minors, the Red Sox have as much young blue-chip talent as any organization.

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With the possible exception of left-hander Brian Johnson, rookies don't figure to play a prominent role in Boston in 2016. But that Greenville contingent could race to the big leagues, with Moncada and Benintendi pushing for a chance in early 2017 and teenagers Devers, Espinoza and Kopech not far behind.

Red Sox's 2016 Top 30 Prospects list

Biggest jump/fall
Here are the players whose ranks changed the most from the 2015 preseason list to the 2016 preseason list.

Jump: Luis Alexander Basabe, OF (2015: NR | 2016: 8)
Fall: Sean Coyle, 2B/3B (2015: 14 | 2016: NR)

Top 30 Prospects lists
Division Teams/Release date
NL East ATL, MIA, NYM, PHI, WAS
AL East BAL, BOS, NYY, TB, TOR
NL Central CHC, CINMIL, PIT, STL
AL Central CLE, CWS, DET, KC, MIN
NL West ARI, COL, LAD, SD, SF
AL West HOU, LAA, OAK, SEA, TEX

Best tools
Players are graded on a 20-80 scouting scale for future tools -- 20-30 is well below average, 40 is below average, 50 is average, 60 is above average and 70-80 is well above average.

Hit: Andrew Benintendi (60)
Power: Rafael Devers (60)
Run: Yoan Moncada (65)
Arm: Yoan Aybar (70)
Defense: Deven Marrero (65)
Fastball: Michael Kopech (70)
Curveball: Brian Johnson (55)
Slider: Michael Kopech (55)
Changeup: Marc Brakeman (60)
Control: Brian Johnson (55)

How they were built
Draft: 21
International: 7
Trade: 2

Breakdown by ETA
2016: 6
2017: 7
2018: 15
2019: 2

Breakdown by position
C: 1
1B: 3
2B: 2
3B: 2
SS: 3
OF: 5
RHP: 10
LHP: 4

Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.