The future of the Red Sox lies with players who weren’t born when the Berlin Wall fell, heavy metal drove Manuel Noriega from his Panamanian sanctum or Burma became Myanmar.

These children of the 1990s represent the hope for tomorrow, and the Red Sox believe the organization’s current fallow period will feel like a distant memory once the next generation arrives.

That’s assuming, of course, that it ever gets here. History is littered with clubs that bet the farm, only to end up in foreclosure. The Royals and Pirates, for two, have been trying to build from within since the Sox’ prospects were in diapers, with results to match the contents of said undergarments.

There is real reason for optimism now, however. For the first time since Dustin Pedroia, Jacoby Ellsbury, Clay Buchholz, Hanley Ramirez and Jon Lester called the organization’s minor league system home, the Sox boast legitimate top-tier prospects.

Whether this group will match the one that came before it and helped deliver a 2007 World Series crown remains to be seen, but after years of selling off the future to retain a tenuous hold on the present, the pieces appear to be in place.