April 5, 2016 at 11:25 AM
The High-A Salem Red Sox announced their initial 2016 roster today, led by three of the top five prospects in the Red Sox' system. The prospect holding the top slot on SoxProspects.com, Yoan Moncada (pictured), will enter his second professional season after having a superb debut in 81 games last year for Greenville. One of the top prospects in all of baseball, Moncada will look to continue refining his craft in the Carolina League.
Besides Moncada, the Red Sox' lineup includes second-ranked prospect Rafael Devers and No. 4 prospect Andrew Benintendi. Devers, a third baseman, showed impressive pop in Greenville last season, with 11 home runs and 38 doubles in 115 games. Benintendi, an outfielder and the Red Sox' first-round selection in the 2015 draft, quickly impressed with both Lowell and Greenville. The three top prospects will look to lead a talented lineup that also includes 2015 South Atlantic League All-Star Mauricio Dubon, and Nick Longhi, who is coming off a solid season with Greenville.
Salem's rotation will be lead by a pair of 2015 draftees, Travis Lakins and Ben Taylor. Daniel McGrath will return to Salem after posting a solid a 3.84 ERA in 17 starts last season. The Red Sox bullpen features a number of intriguing arms looking to put together strong seasons, including Mario Alcantara, Jamie Callahan, Austin Maddox, and Taylor Grover.
The full Salem roster includes:
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Photo Credit: Yoan Moncada by Kelly O'Connor