A look at Sox top pitching prospects

A look at Sox top pitching prospects
February 17, 2014, 8:00 pm
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There's been plenty of talk surrounding the Red Sox pitching staff heading into this season.

But the players who aren't getting much publicity are the ones who are expected to make a huge impact in the near future - and for a long time.

The Sox have a bunch of young prospect pitchers coming up, including Henry Owens, who cruised through single-A last year, Anthony Ranaudo, who could make his MLB debut this season at some point, and Matt Barnes, who performed well in Double-A and then Triple-A last season.

Prospects like Garin Cecchini and Blake Swihart have spent time on the same teams as these players, and know how good they can be.

"Special group, man," Cecchini said. "I mean I faced every one of them in live BP. And I've played defense behind them and gets boring on defense because they're just blowing stuff past guys and making it looks like a video game."

Swihart echoes what Cecchini said, noting how deep the organization is.

"The system is stacked from low-A all the way up," Swihart said. "I mean these guys have got some stuff. We're going to be good for a long time I think. These pitchers just go about it in the right way. Everyone that's in this system, they're here for a reason. They all have a job to do, they work hard. They work for it."