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Boston Red Sox named MLN FAB50 Farm of the Year 2005
08/24/2005 3:04 PM ET
The Editors of Minor League News (MLN) have named the top fifty players mid-season in their annual FAB50 rankings of the fastest-moving prospects below major league baseball. New this year, the Boston Red Sox organization has been named the MLN FAB50Farm of the Year for 2005.

The FAB50 and Ones2Watch are selected by the editors of Minor League News after extensive interviews, polling, and monitoring of players throughout baseball below the major leagues. (For full information on how the players are chosen, see the article at:

Boston was named as the FAB50 Farm of the Year because it has five players that made the FAB50 list and one in the MLN Ones2Watch. That's the highest player count of any organization (See the full list at: in Major League Baseball.

The Red Sox edge out the Minnesota Twins, Houston Astros, and the Colorado Rockies.

A movement list, the FAB50 balances both the talent rankings of players and the realities of rising through the farm system in the annual honors.

Ones2Watch is our second list of the players who have the talent to make it to the big leagues, but, either due to depth chart or injury, lack the movement to make the list this season.

Players in the Boston Red Sox Organization named to the FAB50 are:

Jonathan Papelbon (11)
Hanley Ramirez (16)
Kelly Shoppach (20)
Anibal Sanchez (37)
Dustin Pedroia (45)

Players named to the Ones2Watch list:

Abe Alvarez

This is the second year of the MLN FAB50 Baseball rankings. Minor League News also puts out a FAB50 Hockey ranking each winter.

Every player has a full review, and photo(s). There are galleries showcasing thumbnails of the players by ranking, club, and position. For the full article, go to:

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The Open Source Sports Directory, launched in July of 2005, based on the technology of the world's largest encyclopedia, the Wikipedia, is the first player directory that is totally editable and amendable by experts, family, friends, and fans with something to contribute. Information is free to re-use with attribution from the OSSD. Preview it at:

Congratulations to the Red Sox organization for the fine work that their farm system is doing particularly to Ben Cherington, the Director of Player Development, and his staff: Peter Woodfork, Raquel Ferreria, and Victor Cruz, as well as to GM Theo Epstein and owner John Henry for putting together the best developmental system in baseball for 2005!

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