Only 21-years-old, the top prospect in the Boston Red Sox system with ten games experience in the bigs, expectations could not be higher for Mookie Betts. He fared well in his tenure in Boston hitting a slash line of .235/.278/.382, but was optioned back down when Shane Victorino returned from the disabled-list a couple weeks back. After a while in Pawutcket, he is back up with the big league club.
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It is fair to say Betts does it all. He is a true five-tool player who has a bright future ahead of him in the game. Even he realizes that he is a great all around player. Right now, he is trying to become a better five-tool guy.
“No, not necessarily just one — I’m just continuing to work on everything,” he said when asked if he was working on anything in particular.
Of course being the number one prospect in the Boston Red Sox organization is a prestigious honor. To Mookie though, the whole notion of ranking prospects is just a number.
“I started off at number 40 somewhere-just continue to play whether I am number one or number 50. I got to play no matter what.” All along he has been playing in the Boston Red Sox organization, even back when nobody knew who he was. Now, the only difference is he gets the recognition he deserved all along.
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Not affected by rankings and other people’s opinions, or the demotion he recieved, Betts keeps his head high and keeps playing. Owning a slash line of .321/.408/.496 in 34 games for Pawtucket while clubbing five homers and swiping eight bags, Betts looks like the type of guy who should be in the big leagues right now. Not only on offense, but on defense as well. He plays all outfield positions well and has yet to boot a ball in 26 games for the Paw Sox. Next time, Betts feels as though he is more prepared for the call-up based of what he learned.
“Um yeah, I mean [I learned] how the game is, how to go about your business, that type of thing,” said Betts who stayed positive about the whole situation.
Boston has plenty of outfield depth especially with the acquisitions of Yoenis Cespades and Allen Craig. Still, Betts is the most talented prospect the Red Sox have in their possession and arguably one of the best in all of baseball.
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Called up a day after the trade deadline, it is clear he is a big part of the Red Sox future. Even if he is a nomad on defense with no definite home, it would benefit everyone if he saw consistent playing time at the big league level next year.