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Grading Red Sox Players by Season Performance (Only the Good)

Finally, The Boston Red Sox are now analytically eliminated from the postseason race. Boston didn't show much fight after a slow start to the second half of the 2022 season, but top-draft pick here we come! Now, let's put the negatives behind us and focus on some of the bright spots within the Red Sox organization. For example, Xander Bogaerts is competing for the BA Award! Now let's grade the Boston Red Sox players by season performance:   Xander Bogaerts (A)   There is no doubt that X-man is the heart and sole of the Boston Red Sox team. Bogaerts has been a staple within the Red Sox organization ever since his debut during the 2013 season.   Bogaerts has had a terrific yet interesting season to note. The Boston shortstop has put up the best on-base percentage and batting average to date in his career. Yet, Bogaerts' power numbers are significantly lower from previous seasons. Is this a bad thing? No.   Xander is hitting .314 with 14 home runs and 68 RBIs this

AL East Notes: Bogaerts Batting Average, Yankees Win Crucial Series, Bichette POTW, Yu Chang to Boston

The MLB regular season is coming to a close, we can now diffreniciat the teams capable making the playoffs, and teams that will most definitely not make a run for a pennant. Here are some of the biggest rumors and news from the day: Bogaerts Leading for AL Silver Bat Award Xander Bogaerts is in the running for the Silver Bat Award, an award given to the player that has the highest batting average in each division. Bogaerts has had a tremendous contract season. He constantly puts the ball in play and often finds himself on base.   The Red Sox have been struggling lately, but Bogaerts has been putting together a great second-half of his season. Although the shortstop is failing to hit for power, his offensive totals are still all-star caliber numbers.   Bogaerts is currently hitting .319 with 13 home runs and 66 runs-batted-in. The 29-year-old is currently hitting .003 points higher than Twins' second-baseman Luis Arraez. As Bogaerts is set to become a free agent by the end of th

Toronto's Ross Atkins Outplayed Boston's Chaim Bloom

Ross Atkins is the man behind the helm for the Toronto Blue Jays, practically leading his team ahead of their division rival, the Boston Red Sox. Just to give you some perspective, the Red Sox narrowly, I mean just narrowly, took a playoff spot away from the Blue Jays during the 2021 season. Both teams were rock solid playing against each other, making for an exciting rivalry. But since the 2021 season, the two teams are not even close in terms of playing standards. Atkins took a young core of Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette, plus many others and added key all-star and veteran pieces throughout free agency and the season. On the other hand, Chaim Bloom led the Red Sox from a postseason contender to a struggling team contending for a top draft pick.   Atkins made it his goal after the disappointing end to the 2021 MLB season for the Toronto Blue Jays, where the team failed to make the playoffs. The Blue Jays' GM made bold moves in the past offseason, acquiring Kevin Gausman a

BoSox Sweep Texas - Casas Debut a Sense of Relief for Red Sox Fans

It has been a rough and disappointing second-half of the season for the Boston Red Sox. But today the Sox completed a four game sweep, of the Texas Rangers. Connor Wong's First HR : Connor Wong hit his first-career home run in game two against the Texas Rangers, helping Boston defeat Texas, by a score of 9-1. Wong was acquire part of the Mookie Betts trade to the LA Dodgers, and his been called up-and-down throughout the first-half of the season. Wong blasted a two-run dinger during the seventh inning. The former University of Houston native, launched a 439-foot home run, over the Green Monster. Furthermore, Nick Pivetta started the game off strong pitching three innings, before being pulled due to an injury. Tyler Danish, Matt Strahm, Ryan Braiser, and Kaleb Ort each had strong relief outings leading Boston to another victory. Brayan Bello's First Win : Brayan Bello is notched as one of the top pitching prospects in the Boston organization. Bello started game three against the

What Happened to the Once Dynamic Boston Outfield?? - The Poor Trades, Moves and More

Andrew Benintendi, Mookie Betts, and Jackie Bradley Jr., were the three outfielders that were loved and praised for their defensive plays during the 2018 World Series run with the Boston Red Sox. Ever since winning the World Series during the 2018 season, the Boston Red Sox have yet to return to eliteness and have lost many key players from their winning 2018 team. Including, JBJ, Betts and Benintendi. So where are they now, the dynamic dancing outfielders the Red Sox once had? Mookie Betts : Playing right field for the Red Sox was all-star, Mookie Betts. Unfortunately, for Boston they were unable to sign their young star to an extension and opted moving him to LA Dodgers, along with starting pitcher David Price. In return, Boston received a package including Alex Verdugo, Connor Wong and Jeter Downs. Alex Verdugo is the only piece Boston got in return that has made an impact so-far at the Major League level. Boston traded a young super star in Betts, in return for Verdugo, a fringe-pl

The Andrew Benintendi Trade is Looking like a Disaster for Boston

Andrew Benintendi was once prized as a top prospect within the Boston Red Sox organization. Benintendi also known as "Benny Bombs", was Boston's seventh overall selection during the 2015 MLB Draft. The Arkansas product was even named the #1 prospect during the 2017 MLB season, by Baseball America and the MLB. Benintendi broke into the league during the 2016 season, he would get off to a hot start in his 34 game stint. The rookie concluded his short season with a .295 batting average, two home runs and 14 runs-batted-in. The following season Benintendi would take massive strides within his development. Playing in 151 games, the still-rookie hit 20 home runs and batted in 90 runs. But why did the Red Sox trade Benintendi if he was looking like a future all-star? The answer is simple, Benintendi slumped during the 2020 season. The now veteran outfielder battled injuries and poor play during the shortened season. Benintendi hit for a career low .103, in 14 games. The followin

The Red Sox Need to Address Their Bullpen to Contend Next Year

It is pretty much safe to say that the Boston Red Sox are having a poor 2022 season. J.D. Martinez has only hit nine home runs, and Bogaerts is struggling to hit for power. But what really needs to change in order to contend next season? One need that the Red Sox have had since the 2021 season is their bullpen and relief pitching. The only bullpen acquisition the Sox made during the past offseason was picking up Jake Diekman. And guess where Diekman is now? You guessed it, he was traded after a miserable stint in Boston. The lefty had a 4.23 ERA after he allowed 22 runs in 38.1 innings. In exchange for Reese McGuire, Diekman was shipped to the White Sox. You need your bullpen to be able to keep you in a game. The Red Sox relievers simply aren't doing that. They are allowing teams to expand their leads, preventing a chance at a comeback. For example, yesterday against the Tampa Bay Rays, the Red Sox bullpen gave up seven runs and nine hits in just four innings of work.   There ar

Bobby Dalbec: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Bobby Dalbec is a player that has shown inconsistency all throughout the season and his entire career with the Boston Red Sox. Dalbec is a player known for crushing balls for home runs or consistently striking out. He is referred to as a traditional power hitter. During the season, the once-top prospect in the Red Sox organization has demonstrated the good, bad, and ugly sides of his game. Let's start off with the ugly. Dalbec started the season off-rough! I mean really bad. The power hitter started off the season by batting 4 for 39, or a.102 average. He was not much of a power hitter either! He wasn't making hard contact either, as it took the righty 37 games to hit two home runs. Another part of Dalbec's game that has been proven inconsistent has been his fielding. Dalbec is often used as a utility player, although he mainly plays first base. AHe currently has a .997 fielding percentage, although he also has a defensive run saved metric of -10 at first base. Now that we&

What is WRONG with the STRUGGLING Boston Red Sox?

In the latter portion of the MLB season, the Boston Red Sox are currently experiencing a severe slump. The team has only been able to win one game since the all-star break. Since the all-star break, Boston has a 1-4 record and a -33 run differential. Boston even suffered a humiliating 28-5 loss to division enemy Toronto in the first game after the break. The Red Sox now fall to fifth (last) in the AL east with a record of 49-49. There are many factors that have been pulling the Red Sox down. Some of which are uncontrollable. This includes injuries. Boston ace In his first game back from the DL, Chris Sale was declared out for the remainder of the season. The pitcher fractured his finger after taking a comeback hit directly to his finger during his first inning of work. First inning! WOW, how unlucky! The number of players who have been placed on the disabled list is one of the Red Sox's other worries. All season long, the Sox have been missing important members of their starting li

Is Ceddanne Rafaela The NEXT Utility Star in the MLB?!?

Baseball prospect Ceddanne Rafaela hails from the island of Curacao and is a utility player. His primary positions are third base, shortstop, and center field. He is 5' 8" and weighs 152 pounds. Rafaela was acquired by the Boston Red Sox organization in 2017, when the club signed him as a free agent.  His contract included a $10,000 signing bonus. Rafaela is known as a defensively-oriented player, but after moving to the United States from Curacao, he has improved his hitting technique. He makes use of the entire field, has developed power, and is an agile player. During the 2018 season, the multi-position player made his minor league debut. The 17-year-old would participate in the Dominican Summer League for the Red Sox club. During his 54-game stay, he played well, batting .271, collecting 28 RBIs, and stealing 19 bases. Ceddanne would then compete for Boston's rookie Gulf-coast club in 2019. Rafaela would yet again demonstrate his defensive prowess by playing several po

Boston Calls up Top Prospect Jeter Downs

Boston Red Sox prospect Jeter Downs has been called to the major leagues today. Downs, a middle infielder, has been playing for AAA Worcester this season. The youngster was drafted 32nd overall by the Cincinnati Reds in 2017. He would then be shipped to the Los Angeles Dodgers and again to the Red Sox in the Mookie Betts trade. This season Jeter has been having a rough offensive season. In 53 games, the second basemen is batting .180, although he has 11 home runs. The Red Sox require second base reinforcements due to the injuries to Christian Arroyo and Kike Hernandez. Downs will likely be sent back down to AAA once Arroyo and Hernandez are healthy. Downs is currently ranked as the fifth-best prospect in Boston's farm pool. Achievement of his includes representing the American League during the 2021 MLB Futures Game. To correspond with this transaction, Boston designated James Norwood for assignment. Jeter is slated to get his first MLB action soon.

MLB Game Recap: Cardinals at Red Sox (6/19/22)

Nick Pivetta leads Boston to a series win against St. Louis. Batting : Trevor Story started the scoring during the second inning. He blasted his tenth home run of the season. Boston took an early lead. Harrison Bader responded, and he singled to left field. St.Louis' Tyler O'Neill scored on the play to tie the game. Jackie Bradley Jr. singled to shallow center field, driving in Alex Verdugo. Boston took a 2-1 lead after five. Rob Refsnyder added to the BoSox lead, driving in Christian Vazquez. While Vazquez would hit a three-run home run in the following inning. Boston took a 6-1 lead going into the top of the ninth. Juan Yepez wouldn't take no for an answer. The Cardinal hit a three-run home run, narrowing a deficit to two. Pitching : Nick Pivetta started for Boston. He completed seven innings of work. The Canadien racked up ten strikeouts while allowing one run off of four hits. He handed the baton to John Schreiber, who pitched a scoreless eighth. Tyler Danish started th

Who is Leading Boston's Winning Streak?

Boston is currently one of the hottest teams in baseball. Boston has won six straight games they clash against the LA Angels tonight. Including winning eight out of their last ten games. The BoSox is currently in the midst of a tough Western road trip. So far, they have come out with six wins in six games, including sweeping Oakland and beating The Angels three times. Boston started the road trip with a losing record, although now having a .526 winning percentage and is sitting in a wild-card position. Why is Boston winning? The Sox have had stellar pitching over the last stretch. They have only allowed ten runs since May 31, a span of eight games. Including three shutouts, two against Los Angeles and once against Oakland. Michael Wacha pitched a three-hit shutout on June 6th. Although Boston hasn't overused their bullpen over the past week, they have shown solid outings too. Sox's relievers have only allowed one run and two hits in the past three games. The bats have also come

MLB Game Recap: Red Sox at Athletics (6/5/22)

 The Boston Red Sox and Oakland Athletics cap off a three-game series today, Boston previously took the first two games outscoring Oakland 15-2. Batting : Boston's Jarren Duran and Kike Hernandez started the game by hitting singles to put runners on base. Rafael Devers would single to left field, driving in Duran and giving Boston a 1-0 lead. Not long after, Oakland would respond to tie the game. Chad Pinder doubled to left field, while Ramon Laureano doubled to right field, scoring Pinder. During the top of the sixth inning, Red Soxs' right-fielder Franchy Cordero hit a three-run home run, driving in Bogaerts and Devers. Boston took a 4-1 lead.  Rafael Devers would add an insurance run hitting a solo home run barely over the left field wall. Boston leads 5-1 after eight innings. The Athletics would try to spark a comeback during the ninth inning catcher Christian Bethancourt hit a double to deep right field. He would later be driven in by an RBI single from Tony Kemp. Unfortun

Reviewing Boston's Top Prospects - Marcelo Mayer and Triston Casas

Marcelo Mayer was drafted fourth-overall during the 2021 MLB Draft. The Red Sox quickly signed the shortstop to a $6.64 signing bonus, and Mayer would report to the Red Sox rookie camp team. Mayer, born in 2002, was drafted out of Eastlake High School in Chula Vista, California. He has smooth actions and quick hands and always impacts the game. In 2021 Mayer played for the Sox's Rookie Team, playing 26 games. During his time, he hit three home runs and had a .275 batting average. Mayer was playing against talent an average of two years older than him. This season Mayer is currently playing for Single-A Salem as just a 19-year-old! He has 14 runs-batted-in and is batting .333. Mayer is ranked as the #1 prospect in Boston's prospect pool, according to Triston Casas is the #2 prospect in the Boston Red Sox's prospect pool. The lengthy infielder was drafted in the first round of the 2018 MLB draft, 26th overall by the Sox. Casas is 6'4'', 252 pounds, and is