Red Sox Player Profile: Mitch Moreland

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The Syndicate's Red Sox Writers and Red Sox Podcast to be Named Later Hosts will be profiling a different Sox player each day to get you ready for the 2020 season.  Today's featured player:

Mitch Moreland

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The veteran first baseman re-signed with the team as a free agent, deciding to return for his fourth season in a Red Sox uniform.

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·       Position(s): First Base
·       2020 opening day age: 34
·       Bats / Throws: Left / Left
·       Height / weight: 6’-2” / 230 pounds
·       Nickname: Mitchy Two Bags
·       How acquired: Free Agent Signed 2017
·       Contract status: Signed through 2020 – 1 year / $3 M
·       2019 Stats: .252 BA, 19 HR, 58 RBI, 75 hits, 48 runs, .328 | .507 | .835 WAR 1.3

Shop for officially licensed MLB Jerseys from Majestic at Shop.MLB.com2019 Season:  Moreland was one of the lone bright spots in what was an overall dismal start to the 2019 Red Sox season.  On May 25, Moreland was the team leader in home runs (13) and RBI (34).  Unfortunately, as had been the case in 2018, Moreland struggled with injuries (back and quad) and played in only one more game before the last week of July.  Upon returning to the lineup he batted a respectable .279 in the second half of the season, but the power numbers dropped with only six home runs.

2019 Key Stat:  91 – The number of games played by Moreland in 2019.  This follows a 2018 season in which he played in only 124 games.

BSS Red Sox Podcast TBNL 2020 OUTLOOK

It was a surprise when the Red Sox brought Moreland back on a one-year deal, but given the contract was only worth $3 M, it was a relatively low risk for a player of Moreland’s caliber.  When healthy, which hasn’t been often the past two seasons, Moreland is a potent lower middle of the order bat and a gold glove quality first baseman.  Expect Moreland to platoon with Michael Chavis, or perhaps Bobby Dalbec, to manage his workload.  Just don’t expect him to make it through the season without a stint or two on the Injured List.

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