The Boston Red Sox came into 2014 with a lack of outfield depth and now — with a couple trades and a signing — the team has a surplus of players to play in just three spots in the outfield. Guys like Rusney Castillo and Yoenis Cespedes deserve playing time every day which just leaves one spot for the likes of Daniel Nava, Allen Craig, Jackie Bradley Jr., Shane Victorino and Mookie Betts. Out of all those players, my bet is on Betts to receive the most playing time in 2015.
The 21-year-old has shown signs of his patience at the plate since his recall on August 18 with seven walks compared to just four walks. He has also hit .276 with a home run while stealing a base in three straight contests as of the start of August 26.
Betts also has a lot of versatility since he can play center and some infield to give guys such as Dustin Pedroia the night off every so often. Sure, he came up as a middle infielder with some pop and an athletic frame, but now he could be a part of the team’s future in the outfield.
There are rumors swirling around the rookie and he could be just another prospect the Red Sox could use to acquire a proven commodity. However, with his recent success and his ability to still hit major league pitching after just a couple weeks down in the minors, Betts looks like a player the team should hold on to.
He might not be a leadoff guy or a player who hits 30 or more homers, but he could be an outfielder who can make some fantastic, athletic plays in the outfield while also hitting double digit home runs for years to come in this Red Sox lineup.