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Topps Names Red Sox Organization of the Year

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The Red Sox' difficult season did have some bright spots at the farm level, including the emergence of Mookie Betts and the historic campaigns of the PawSox and Sea Dogs. Brian Gomsak for The Boston Globe

As difficult a year it was for the Red Sox – who finished in the basement of the AL East for the second time in three seasons – the depth in their farm system makes the future looks bright.

That belief got a boost on Tuesday, as the Red Sox were named the Topps Organization of the Year, an award given to a club that “has shown outstanding performance, depth and talent throughout their Major and Minor League teams.”

MLB teams are given points based upon the number of minor league players receiving Topps awards during the year. This is the first win for the Red Sox since the award’s inception in 1966.

Many individual Red Sox prospects took home awards in 2014, including Mookie Betts, who was the Eastern League Player of the Year and a 2014 Topps All-Star; Rafael Devers, the Gulf Coast League Player of the Year and a 2014 Topps All-Star; Blake Swihart and Henry Owens, who were 2014 Topps All-Stars; Keury De La Cruz, who was a Player of the Month in the Carolina League; Sean Coyle, who was an Eastern League Player of the Month; and Xander Bogaerts, who was named to the 2014 Topps Major League Rookie All-Star Team.

Other 2014 highlights for the Red Sox farm system include the Pawtucket Red Sox winning the Governors’ Cup as the International League champions – their second in three seasons – while the Portland Sea Dogs went 88-54 to set a franchise for wins and finish with the best record in the Eastern League.

The last AL East club to win the award was the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2007. The Brewers and Yankees have each won five times; the A’s, Orioles, Expos, and Mets have won three times; while the Angels, Royals, Padres, and Giants have won three.

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