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August 28, 2013 BY ALEX EISENBERG No Comments Yet

Now that we’ve profiled Cubs pitching prospect C.J. Edwards, it’s time to look at a couple of the Boston Red Sox hitting prospects he went up against it. The Red Sox Low-A affiliate Greenville often boasts line-ups that are pretty stacked with prospects. That is not the case this year.

The two best prospects in the line-up are Jose Vinicio, a highly touted signing out of the Dominican Republic from back in 2009 and Mookie Betts, an under-the-radar 5th round pick in 2011 that I suspect you’ll start hearing a lot more about heading into next year. Lets start with Betts…

Mookie Betts | 2b — 0:00, 2:05, 4:03

Betts struggled in his debut season, which helps explain why he’s not getting the recognition he should given the kind of season he’s having. In 2012, he made lots of contact and drew plenty of walks. However, he didn’t make hard contact; he wasn’t hitting for power. One off-season changed that. For whatever reason, whether it be added strength, or a couple of adjustments to his swing to help him generate more power — he’s hit the ball with authority this year, and he’s done it across two levels of competition.

Statistically, it’s hard to find something not to like. He’s walked more than he’s struck out. He’s hitting for…

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