The young slugger might not be the top prospect, but he has worked his way into the conversation with his performance in 2014. He might never see time at second with Dustin Pedroia at the major league level, but any of the outfield spots are still up for grabs.
The 21-year-old took the Portland Sea Dogs by storm with a .355 average in 55 games while hitting 27 extra-base hits on the year. The power has improved with six home runs and 34 RBI on the season. He only trails Travis Shaw (11) for the team lead in homers.
The Red Sox prospect also has great discipline at the plate with just 20 strikeouts compared to 35 walks. He also has some speed with 22 stolen bases in 25 chances. The .443 OBP and .994 OPS rank among the top-3 of the Eastern League in 2014.
Betts might not be fully ready until the start of the 2015 season, but he could see some playing time as the season winds down in September. However, don’t be shocked if he is up sooner based on the performance of Jackie Bradly Jr. over the summer months, especially now that the 21-year-old now has some experience in center.