Lars Anderson one of 3 'Not Quite Top 10'

December, 7, 2010
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Baseball America, which lists the top 10 prospects in every big-league organization, just released its not-quite-top-10 all-stars, a list that in the past has included Josh Hamilton, John Jaso and Howie Kendrick, among other big leaguers.

This year's list includes three Sox prospects. Here are the players, and comments by BA's executive editor, Jim Callis:

Lars Anderson, 1b, Red Sox: Anderson ranked as Boston's No. 1 prospect after the 2008 season. Though his star has dimmed since because he has yet to add loft to his swing or solve lefthanders, he did post a .839 OPS in the second half in Triple-A and made his big league debut at age 22.

Oscar Tejeda, 2b, Red Sox: Tejeda made this team as a shortstop after 2008 but didn't break out until he stayed healthy and moved to second base in 2010. He's an offensive-minded player with bat speed and a knack for making hard contact, and he also offers quick hands and a strong arm in the field.

Kolbrin Vitek, of, Red Sox: After Boston drafted him 20th overall in June, Vitek made his pro debut at third base but profiles better as a right fielder. He has average or better tools across the board, highlighted by his pure hitting ability, and may have enough range to give center field a try.

Gordon Edes

ESPN Staff Writer



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