I’ve been doing this entirely subjective ranking of the Red Sox players from 25 to 1 for five years now, and I can say this with certainty: Never has it been more challenging than it is this year.
Usually, the rankings – which generally are sorted out by the importance of a particular player compared to a teammate – reveal strengths and weaknesses on the roster. This year, all it does is reaffirm their depth. These Red Sox aren’t star-studded. But they are loaded with quality.
Among the 25, I couldn’t find room for utilityman Jonathan Herrera, or useful reliever Burke Badenhop, let alone many of their highly rated prospects. And should Stephen Drew return, that bumps another worthy player off the list. Maybe we should have increased it to 30 this year. Or even the full 40-man. As it is, here’s the top 25. Can you guess who is No. 1?