Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington, in an interview on “Down on the Farm,” suggested that his team’s farm system features as many talented prospects as at any time since he has been dealing with it. Cherington said that, since he started working as first the assistant director of player development in 2002 before taking over that department following that season, the team has more volume than ever. Still, he noted that it’s difficult to predict whether the current group of prospects has as much of an impact as the team produced from 2005-07, when a wave of six future All-Stars (Jonathan Papelbon, Hanley Ramirez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jon Lester, Dustin Pedroia and Clay Buchholz) graduated from the team’s farm system.

“I think the system is as deep as it’s been since I’ve been involved, going back to 2002, 2003 when I first got started in player development,” said Cherington. “Whether the top end of that turns into the quality of big leaguers of Jon Lester, Dustin Pedroia, Jonathan Papelbon, Jacoby Ellsbury, etc., Clay Buchholz, turned into, remains to be seen. We did have a really talented group.

“For the most part, those guys I mention — we talk about attrition, but there’s a group of guys who came through during those years that, a lot of them hit. A lot of them made the adjustment to the big leagues and were really good players. What remains to be seen is whether this current group makes the same adjustment that that previous group did and hits the same upside as that previous group. But I think in terms of total talent in the system, we’re as strong as we’ve been since I’ve been involved.”