Red Sox minor league affiliate roster analysis: Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox

April 01, 2014 - 9:58 am

The Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox roster: Pitchers Drake Britton Rubby De La Rosa Chris Hernandez Rich Hill Dalier Hinojosa Jeremy Kehrt Tommy Layne Anthony Ranaudo Chris Resop Brayan Villarreal Allen Webster Alex Wilson Catchers Dan Butler Ryan Lavarnway Christian Vazquez Infielders Garin Cecchini Justin Henry Brock Holt Mike McCoy Heiker Meneses Brandon Snyder Outfielders Bryce Brentz Corey Brown Alex Hassan Peter Hissey Disabled list John Ely Matt Barnes Pitcher analysis This is a strong, strong Triple-A group, even with Barnes expected to need a couple of weeks in extended spring training to open the year after he dealt with shoulder soreness in big league camp. Anthony Ranaudo, Allen Webster and Rubby De La Rosa all represent big league starting depth to open the year, and there's a chance that group may be joined at some point by Brandon Workman, who made the Red Sox' big league Opening Day roster as a result of Craig Breslow's placement on the DL. Drake Britton looks like a potential future late-innings left-hander. Alex Wilson, healthy now after rarely achieving that status in 2013, offers right-handed relief depth on the 40-man roster. Left-hander Rich Hill also threw well after his late start in camp, and he and fellow lefty Tommy Layne could help in the big leagues at some point this year. Position player analysis Cecchini is the top prospect, and his offensive approach is considered not far from major league ready should Will Middlebrooks get injured. The Sox would also have no hesitation to call up Christian Vazquez if they had a need for an everyday catcher. How playing time is negotiated between Vazquez, Dan Butler and Ryan Lavarnway -- all of whom are on the 40-man roster -- will be intriguing, though Lavarnway is likely to see some time at first base. McCoy and Holt offer the Sox utility depth; McCoy's versatility was on display throughout spring training, and given that he played for John Farrell with the Blue Jays in the big leagues at numerous positions, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him in the big leagues with the Sox at some point this year. Jackie Bradley Jr. will likely rejoin Pawtucket whenever Shane Victorino is healthy. For now, with Bradley up in the big leagues, Brown represents the next line of defense, both literally and metaphorically. Brown possesses intriguing power and showed enough athleticism to represent an important outfield depth option. Alex Hassan has the offensive approach to position him for a call-up if the Sox need a corner outfielder, and if Bryce Brentz can show a more selective approach than the one he exhibited last year in Pawtucket, he could vault back into the team's top 10 prospects given his rare right-handed power.