Red Sox Prospects: Brett Netzer

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“Less Noise = More Clarity”

The Red Sox were playing the Pirates during the spring of 2018.  Prospect Brett Netzer’s dad was in the stands to watch his son get into his first Spring Training game.  The former UNC-Charlotte athlete got the call that he was going to be listed as a backup for the game.  Netzer told his family that there was a chance he would play, but ultimately there was no guarantee. 

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Netzer’s father Drew was battling colon cancer and wanted to see his son play a professional baseball game.  The Red Sox prospect credits his father for getting him involved in baseball.  Like most parents with a talented athlete, they sacrifice to allow their children to play the sports they love.  Netzer’s dad just wanted the ability to see his son play for the Red Sox. 

It was the bottom of the seventh and the Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts was scheduled to bat.  Netzer would be coming to the plate to face Pirates right-hander Kyle Crick.  The Red Sox were down 3-2 and Netzer had two men on base. 

Crick delivered a 1-0 pitch to Netzer, who crushed the ball into the outfield for a two-run double giving the Red Sox the lead.  The best part of that hit, his father was on hand to see his son get the big hit. 

Shop for officially licensed MLB Jerseys from Majestic at Shop.MLB.com“Having my dad see that, with my name on the back of an actual Boston Red Sox jersey, that’s something he had always talked about.  Sharing that moment with him, that’s hands down been the coolest moment of my baseball career’ said Netzer to WEEI. 

The former UNC-Charlotte product is from Tega Cay, South Carolina, and he played his high school baseball at Fort Mill High School.  In four years he hit .371 in 78 games, which led him to UNC-Charlotte.  Netzer would go on to become a 49er to play baseball and pursue his college academics.  Before his junior season, Netzer tweeted “Less noise = More clarity”.  That was a message he used to embrace his junior year with the 49ers. 

Netzer then went on to play in the Cape Cod Baseball League. 

The Cape Cod Baseball League was founded back in 1885.  The Cape League is widely recognized as one of the best amateur leagues for collegiate athletes in the United States.  Many of Major League Baseball’s stars have played in the CCBL, from Chris Sale to Kris Bryant, the Cape has seen some premier talented baseball players. 

In 2016, the Red Sox prospect played on the Cape. Netzer played for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks that season and hit .283 with 2 home runs and 13 RBI in 99 at-bats. 

The Red Sox selected Netzer with 101st pick of the third round of the 2017 MLB Draft.  He would hit .300 over the course of his time in college.  With the selection of Netzer, he became only the second 49ers position player to be selected in the first five rounds of the draft. 

Netzer experienced one of the greatest moments of his young career when his father was able to see him play for the Red Sox. 

The Red Sox would go on to win that game 4-3 over the Pirates in Grapefruit League.  Netzer’s father has since passed, but the Red Sox prospect will forever cherish that moment his dad was able to see him deliver that huge spring training hit.  “My dad was an avid fan, so as soon as I could walk and talk I had a baseball in my hand and would be throwing it around” said Netzer to WEEI. 

Netzer now will come into camp with the Red Sox facing stiff competition.  He will likely begin the year in Portland for the Sea Dogs.  While not a top prospect in the Red Sox system, he can provide versatility in the system.  He should be used for multiple positions in the system, playing primality second base.  The Red Sox will look to continue to play him in left and right field. 

Last season, in 105 games he hit five home runs, hit .248 with 34 RBI.  While he is not an exciting player, he has potential to provide depth in the system and in the infield, similar to Marco Hernandez.

Netzer’s story is hard not to root for.  The “less noise = more clarity” thought process can be a mantra we should all embrace. 

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