Diehard Top 50: The Complete List

The third annual Diehard Magazine countdown of the top 50 prospects in the Red Sox chain concluded Feb. 29 with Clay Buchholz topping the rankings for the second straight year. Here's the complete list of the top 50, along with the player's prospect report. The team the player finished last season with is listed in parentheses.

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An explanation of our criteria in determining the Diehard Top 50 is provided following the list.


1. Clay Buchholz, P (Boston)
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2.
Jacoby Ellsbury, OF (Boston)
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3.
Justin Masterson, P (Portland)
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4.
Jed Lowrie, IF (Pawtucket)
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5.
Brandon Moss, OF (Boston)
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6.
Michael Bowden, P (Portland)
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7.
Lars Anderson, 1B (Lancaster)
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8.
Aaron Bates, 1B (Portland)
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9. Nick Hagadone, P (Lowell)
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10.
Ryan Kalish, OF (Lowell)
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11.
Dustin Richardson, P (Lancaster)
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12.
Josh Reddick, OF (Portland)
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13.
Mark Wagner, C (Lancaster)
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14.
Ryan Dent, SS (Lowell)
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15. Chris Carter, 1B/OF (Pawtucket)
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16.
Kris Johnson, P (Lancaster)
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17.
Reid Engel, OF (Greenville)
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18.
Oscar Tejeda, SS (Lowell)
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19.
Jon Still, 1B/C (Lancaster)
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20.
Zach Daeges, OF (Lancaster)
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21.
Hunter Jones, P (Portland)
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22.
Bubba Bell, OF (Portland)
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23.
Chris Province, P (Greenville)
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24.
Anthony Rizzo, 1B (GCL Red Sox)
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25.
David Mailman, OF (GCL Red Sox)
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26.
David Pauley, P (Pawtucket)
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27.
Adam Mills, P (Lowell)
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28.
Brock Huntzinger, P (GCL Red Sox)
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29.
Daniel Bard, P (Greenville)
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30.
Argenis Diaz, SS (Greenville)
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31.
Jeff Corsaletti, OF (Portland)
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32.
Jason Place, OF (Greenville)
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33.
Dusty Brown, C (Portland)
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34.
Andrew Pinckney, 3B (Portland)
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35.
Edgar Martinez, P (Pawtucket)
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36.
Che-Hsuan Lin, OF (Lowell)
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37. Daniel Haigwood, P (Portland)
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38.
Bryce Cox, P (Greenville)
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39.
George Kottaras, C (Pawtucket)
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40.
Jeff Natale, IF (Portland)
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41.
Jay Johnson, OF (Portland)
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42.
Mike James, P (Portland)
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43.
Chad Rhoades, P (Lancaster)
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44.
Yamaico Navarro, SS/3B (Lowell)
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45.
Chad Spann, 3B (Portland)
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46.
Tommy Hottovy, P (Portland)
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47.
Mike Jones, 1B (Greenville)
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48. Ty Weeden, C (Lowell)
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49.
Beau Vaughan, P (Portland)
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50.
Travis Beazley, P (Lancaster)
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A note about the criteria used in compiling this list: Only players 27 and younger who retain Major League Baseball rookie eligibility (130 or fewer at-bats for position players, 50 innings or fewer for pitchers or 45 or fewer days on the active 25-man roster) and have played at least one game for a Red Sox American-based minor league affiliate were considered.

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