Breaking down the Red Sox Outfield

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DhkANOeni;NOvad…sorry, I needed a second to remember how to write one of these things.   It has been so long since I have posted an article.  The long layoff is broken, and it is because I want to talk about the Red Sox outfielders.  With Major League Baseball kicking off this week, the RSPTBNL boys and I are breaking down position groups.  Without further ado I bring you…The Boston Red Sox outfield.


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Andrew Benintendi

Coming off of a disappointing season where he only hit .266 and swatted a measly 13 home runs, Benny needs a solid 2020 season to give Red Sox Nation confidence that he can man left field for years to come.  That will be even more difficult given the obscurity of the season.  Andrew Benintendi has the skill set to be an above average producer at the big-league level.  Benny has shown that he can hit for a pretty good average (batting .290 is 2019) and he has stolen 20 bags twice so he can be a weapon for the BoSox.  He already brings a very good glove to the Sox, but they are going to need more from AB if he is going to be their no question, every day left fielder.   

Jackie Bradley Jr

Every member of Red Sox Nation already knows the story when it comes to JBJ.  Incredible defender, capable of flagging down fly balls as good as anyone else in the game, but his bat has never really been a major factor for Boston.  The Red Sox are going to have a very very good defensive outfield especially with the additions of Alex Verdugo and Kevin Pillar.  If Bradley Jr. wants to get the majority of playing time in centerfield than he is going to need to show more flashes like he did in the 2018 ALCS.  I am still waiting for his new swing to produce successful results *hand to the face emoji*.

Kevin Pillar

There are not many players in baseball that can play centerfield like Bradley Jr…Kevin Pillar may be one of those rare players.  He has been called Superman by fans due to his insane diving catches where he resembles the flying superhero.  Just last season, Pillar hit 21 home runs and drove in 88.  If he starts the season hitting well, Pillar could force his way into the starting lineup more often than not.


Alex Verdugo

Verdugo was added to the roster when they traded away Mookie Betts and David Price, so he is going to have to play with a little extra pressure.  I believe that he can be a dangerous weapon for Boston.  In his short MLB career Verdugo has shown quite the hitting tool and he plays very solid defense in the outfield.  Guy has an absolute cannon too, even threw someone out at home plate when he played against the Red Sox.  The delay to the season has allowed Verdugo to get healthy for Opening Day and he should be having a spot at the top of the lineup.  Will the lefty make Red Sox Nation feel okay about letting Mookie play for the Dodgers?  Maybe this is my optimism running wild, but I think he does! 


JD Martinez

Martinez will not be playing much outfield for Boston.  He will be the regular designated hitter in 2020, but he is listed as an outfielder, so he makes the list.  JD is a hitting machine.  He has become one of the most feared batters in the entire league.  Bashing more than 35 home runs in both of his seasons with Boston all while hitting over .300.  Having a bat like JD’s is the reason that the Red Sox lineup could be one of the most dangerous in this wild baseball sprint.   He has multiple dingers in the Summer Training or Spring Training 2.0…whatever you choose to call it, so it sounds like all systems go for the premier power bat in the Red Sox lineup. 

The Boston Red Sox have some question marks as they head into Opening Day, but their outfield is not really one of them.  Especially with Verdugo looking like he is healthy and ready to contribute from day one.  On paper I think that the Sox will have the best defensive outfield in the world and collectively they have the talent to have one of the most productive outfields too.  Only time will tell…I’m just ecstatic we will have Major League Baseball to watch this week.


Oh yeah one last thing…..GO HEROES GO!!!!



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