Mookie Betts Newsbeat
Wednesday, September 03, 2014
And Jackie Bradley Jr. is "stubborn". Don’t they need to trade him before starting with that stuff?
At a time when the Red Sox are eagerly anticipating the opportunity to see Rusney Castillo in games to figure out what, exactly, they have in their newly wealthy outfielder, they are enjoying a dazzling display from Mookie Betts in the very position that Castillo is expected to occupy next year… In 15 games since taking over everyday center field duties from Jackie Bradley Jr., Betts is hitting .315 with a .413 OBP and .556 slugging mark. He’s slammed three homers and walked more times (9) than he’s struck out (8) while stealing three bases. His center field defense remains a work in progress, yet the progress is evident from his prior stints in the big leagues… Betts and Dodgers prospect Joc Pederson are the only two players in all of professional baseball to smack 15 or more homers and steal 30 or more bases in each of the last two years…
Until Memorial Day weekend, [Betts had] spent his entire career playing second base (a position that would appear to be occupied for the foreseeable future in Boston), and he’s also played a bit of right this year. It’s not hard to imagine that he could also learn to play left, and he’s taken ground balls on the left side of the infield as well. There are ways to permit Betts to fit into a roster, just as has been the case this year with Brock Holt.
That said, the Sox are mindful of wanting to avoid putting too much on the 21-year-old’s plate. He won’t be playing infield for the duration of this year, and as of now, the likelihood is that he’ll report to spring training next February being asked to build upon this year’s crash course in center field, with that as his primary position moving forward, at least while with the Sox… Longer term, the idea of pairing Castillo and Betts—assuming both emerge as dynamic players who can impact the game at the plate, in the field and on the bases—offers an echo of some of the most successful outfield pairings in the recent Red Sox past… General manager Ben Cherington noted at the time that Castillo was introduced that the team maintains its belief in the need to have two center fielders in the lineup: one in center and one in right.
Monday, August 18, 2014
The Red Sox announced that they have optioned Jackie Bradley Jr. to Triple-A Pawtucket and called up Mookie Betts from the PawSox. Bradley has struggled to get his head above water offensively this year, hitting .216 with a .288 OBP and .290 slugging mark in 112 games… In 45 games in Pawtucket, [Betts is] hitting .335/.417/.503…
In sending Bradley down now, it’s possible that the Sox could allow him to catch his breath in Triple-A before returning to the roster in September. If that happens, then by virtue of a minor league assignment of fewer than 20 days, the team would not have used one of his two remaining options through this late-season demotion.
Tuesday, May 06, 2014
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