Last season was one to forget if you were a Red Sox fan, but every season has its bright spots and one of them was Mookie Betts. The converted outfielder was called up in early August and never looked back, he hit .291 with 5 homers and 18 RBI's. However, many people questioned him throughout the offseason, stating that he came up in pressure free environment since the Sox were out of contention, but Betts continued to prove his critics wrong all spring.
So far this spring Betts has hit .438 (17 for 47) with five doubles and two triples, showing no speculation as to why he shouldn't play on an every day basis in the outfield. What makes Betts so dominant is his speed, he has the ability to turn singles into doubles, and doubles into triples. He has incredible power into both gaps making it almost certain that he should be Boston's leadoff hitter this season. With guys like Pedroia, Ortiz, Sandoval, Hanley and Napoli behind him, he has the chance to score 100 runs this season if he can get on base consistently.
However, questions are starting to emerge as to what the Red Sox outfield should be. Given Hanley and Betts start in left and center, who should start in right, Victorino or Castillo (who would likely play center, while Betts would play right field). Victorino played just sixteen games last season due to back surgery and Rusneyt Castillo is showing signs to be a very good player in this league for a long time.Victorino has just ruled out switch hitting this year due to soreness in his back, so it's already known that Victorino is still banged up. However, Rusney Castillo played in his first Spring game yesterday (1 for 1, three run homer) after battling an oblique injury early into camp, but it's been reported that Castillo is pretty much at 100%.
In my opinion, the Red Sox outfield should consist of Ramirez in left, Castillo in center and Betts in right. Castillo showed at the end of last season that he can play at this level, plus I don't want a guy who we signed to a huge deal spending most of his time in Triple A or on the bench. Yes, Victorino is a great clubhouse guy and will give you his all no matter what, but I think it's time for the Red Sox to eat his $13 million and let him go. He's way too injury prone and is preventing a future star to play every day. However, I can see why the Red Sox are hesitant with Castillo, he is young, we signed him to a huge deal and are unsure whether or not he can handle Major League Baseball on an every day basis right away in his young career.
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