Mookie Betts has received ample attention from the baseball blogosphere in recent years, as he’s the embodiment of many sabermetric fantasies. He displays patience at the plate. He doesn’t strike out much. He hits for average. He hits for power at a premium defensive position. He is above average defensively. He’s also dangerous on the basepaths. All of that resulted in a five-win season as a 22-year-old.
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There were high hopes for the Red Sox heading into 2015. While the team failed to live up to expectation, one of their young stars certainly didn't, as Mookie Betts delivered an impressive all-around game this summer. What went right (a lot)? What went wrong (not much)? And what can we expect for 2016? Over at BP Boston, Bryan Grosnick takes a look at the Red Sox dynamic center fielder.
Examining the results to date from three players for whom Nick had high expectations entering the season.
While it’s hard to take a lot of meaning from the super early season results, today I’ll look at a couple of players and a pitcher that I was higher on than most people were entering the season and gauge their season outlook. We begin with two players who were integral to my strategy in the My Model Portfolio series: J.D. Martinez and Mookie Betts.
The Red Sox bring a high-average hitter and multi-position player to the big leagues.
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.
Scouts' takes on Garrett Richards, Dellin Betances, Braden Shipley, and other interesting players.
Many of our authors make a habit of speaking to scouts and other talent evaluators in order to bring you the best baseball information available. Not all of the tidbits gleaned from those conversations make it into our articles, but we don't want them to go to waste. Instead, we'll be collecting them in a regular feature called "What Scouts Are Saying," which will be open to participation from the entire BP staff and include quotes about minor leaguers and major leaguers alike.
The minor-league season is upon us. After the pageantry of major-league Opening Day (and opening series, opening night, and more home openers to come), the minor-league season kicked off with a bang on Thursday night all across the country. With radar guns and rug rats in tow, scouts and parents alike descended on all levels of minor league parks to catch a glimpse of the stars of tomorrow.
Hitter of the Day Mookie Betts, 2B, Red Sox (Portland, AA): 4-4, 3 R, HR. The only tool in which Betts is not above average is power, so when that’s on display, it’s really fun to watch.
Mookie Betts, Travis d'Arnaud, and Jorge Soler are among those who came off the board between picks 29 and 56.
In the first episode of the BP Mock Expert Draft, we went over the backstory and parameters of this draft, so there’s no need to rehash that here. Plus I know you’re all just going to skip past the intro anyway to see who else got picked and when. Sometimes you just have to give the people what they want.
So, without any further ado, here are the next two rounds (three and four) of the Baseball Prospectus Expert Mock Prospect Draft with analysis from the participants themselves:
A look back at the teenage and college years of top prospects including Dylan Bundy, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Aaron Sanchez.
As part of Perfect Game's partnership with Baseball Prospectus, David Rawnsley, Todd Gold and Patrick Ebert will be conducting a “Before They Were Pros” series, providing scouting reports on some of the top prospects in baseball from when they were in high school attending PG events. This six-part series (one for each division in MLB) will appear once Baseball Prospectus has provided their own detailed scouting reports of the top prospects, team-by-team, as part of their “Prospects Will Break Your Heart” series.
Notes on 18 prospects, including Rockies righty Jonathan Gray and Red Sox second baseman Mookie Betts.
Pitching Prospect of the Day: Jonathan Gray, RHP, Rockies (High-A Modesto): 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 10 K. Some thought Gray deserved to be the top pick in the 2013 draft. He offers a fastball that can touch elite velocity, a potential plus-plus slider, and a developing changeup. Gray’s professional career has been a positive one so far.
Position Prospect of the Day: Mookie Betts, 2B, Red Sox (High-A Salem): 3-5, 3B, HR, R, 3 RBI. Betts has bat speed, plus running ability, and a lot of things that he has yet to figure out. Betts has an everyday-player ceiling, but he will have to work on his plate discipline and improve his hit tool if he is going to reach it. It is much more likely that he ends up a very good utility player.