With the Red Sox dismal play this season, prospects Christian Vazquez and Mookie Betts could join the team. Right handed hitting Outfielder Mookie Betts would be a candidate to join the team as early as this weekend’s series against the Yankees in New York. The Sox were banking on Shane Victorino, but a bad back has ruled him out from rejoining the team.
The Red Sox selected Betts in the fifth round of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft with the 172nd overall pick. Betts started out at 2nd base, but the Sox already have that position tied up for awhile. The 21 year old Betts has been batting .324 as of late at AAA Pawtucket with an .888 OPS , despite being the youngest player on the PawSox and one of the youngest in the International League.
Manager John Farrell went on record saying the team would lean towards adding a right handed hitter to the roster that could help balance things out. Shane Victorino’s proven veteran track record would have been ideal, but with his injury and hot play of Betts, he could be the safe bet to be called up to the big leagues.
The other player who could get a look soon is 23-year-old right handed hitting Catcher Christian Vazquez. He was drafted in the 9th round in 2008 from the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy. He has gone on record as saying he is a big fan of the Puerto Rican famed catching Molina family. He spent time and picked the brain of the Tampa Rays veteran Jose Molina in the off season, but has patterned his style more after Yadier Molina. Like the St. Louis Cardinals All-Star, Vazquez has a strong arm and quick release.
Christian Vazquez wasn’t projected to be in the big leagues this year— if the Sox contended and if AJ Pierzynski was performing to his typical past performance. As of today, out of all catchers in baseball with at least 200 plate appearances, AJ is dead last in OPS at .637. The Sox continue to slide in the standings and are currently seven games back of the 2nd Wild Card spot. If that continues, it will be time to play the kids over some struggling or injured veterans.