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June 30, 2014

The Call-Up

Mookie Betts

by Mark Anderson and Ben Carsley


Note: This Article was originally published on Saturday, June 28.

The Situation: With the Red Sox wallowing in fourth place in the American League East, and their outfield combining for a putrid .232/.306/.334 line through 80 games, the club had to do something to try and spark its moribund offense. On Saturday, we discovered what that something would be: a call-up for up stud prospect Mookie Betts in the midst of a breakout .345/.437/.520 season that includes 21 doubles, eight home runs, and 29 stolen bases.

Background: Boston’s fifth-round pick in 2011, Betts has breezed through the minor leagues in just three years. He was solid with short-season Lowell in 2012 as a 19-year-old, then tore the cover off the ball across both A-ball levels in 2013: After hitting .292 with 33 extra-base hits in 76 games at Low-A, Betts improved to hit .341 with 22 extra base hits in just 51 games at High-A Salem. He continued his torrid hitting pace at Double-A this season with a .355 average in 54 games before his recent promotion to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Scouting Report: At just 5-foot-9 and 160 pounds, Betts doesn’t look the part of an impact hitter, but he surprises onlookers with an ability to drive the ball to all fields with emphatic pop. Betts is a born hitter with the bat-to-ball skills necessary to hit .300 in the major leagues. He has a good approach at the plate and puts himself into counts where his uncanny strength allows him to drive doubles with consistency. He’ll also shoot some balls out of the yard on occasion.

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