Red Sox Batting Lineup Heading into Spring Training...Possibly

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Spring Training is so close I can taste it.  Well, maybe I cannot literally taste it, but it is so close to kicking off.  Obviously, there is so much to play out.  Even though I see this team having a lethal offense that is no foregone conclusion.  Alex Cora and company will have to watch and determine what their batting lineup will look like.  This is just my opinion on what the best Boston Red Sox lineup will look like.

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1. Alex Verdugo CF

Number 99 has been a blast of energy ever since he came to Boston.  He skillset and past performance fit so well in the lead off spot for this team.  Coming off a season where he batted .308 with 16 doubles.  Most important he had an on base percentage of .367.  I think Alex Verdugo is the perfect catalyst for the top of the lineup. 

2. Rafael Devers 3B

A very popular trend in baseball is hitting your best hitter in the 2 hole.  I think Devers is the most talented bat on the roster.  He is just coming into his prime and is poised to have a monster 2021.  The kid is dynamite, and he hits the ball as hard as anyone in the game.  Rafael Devers’ ceiling is so high.  I expect him to continue his evolution as a ballplayer, especially with Alex Cora back as manager.  Having Devers hold down the 2 hole puts together one heck of a 1-2 punch.  
3. Xander Bogaerts SS

Over the past two seasons, I think Xander Bogaerts has inserted himself as one of the best shortstops in baseball.  He has batted over .300 each of the past two years and has mashed over 40 home runs in that span.  What makes him so dangerous in this spot is his plate discipline.  Bogaerts has become such a strong all-around hitter and is the right piece to bat third. 

4. J.D. Martinez DH

Martinez is a hitting machine.  His all around hit tool makes him so dangerous while in the batter’s box.  It is not a coincidence that the lineup has benefitted from his presence.  Last year was a down year, but everyone knows it was not a normal year.  It has already been stated that players will be allowed to use video again this year, something that Martinez has used to his advantage throughout his career.  I think JD gets back on track and will anchor a potentially high-powered offense.

5. Kike Hernandez 2B

The newly acquired rover will see consistent at bats for this Sox team.  Hernandez has enough power to protect Martinez and I believe he is capable of being a big time RBI threat.  Kike has been good hitting with runners in scoring position.  All the batter friendly ball parks, including his home ballpark, could provide a boost to Hernandez power potential.  His position flexibility also secures that he will be able to play almost every day.
 
6. Christian Vazquez C

The Red Sox backstop has been breaking out over the past two seasons.  I wouldn’t mind it one bit if he bats fifth.  In my opinion, I see Hernandez than Vazquez 5-6.  In 2019, Christian Vazquez swatted 23 home runs and slugged .477.  That would give the ball club a very tough out as they approach the bottom third of the lineup. 

7. Bobby Dalbec 1B

Bobby Dalbec’s power potential could easily elevate him up this batting order.  Unfortunately, his strikeout rate is just too high to bat any higher than 7.  As long as he delivers some pop for the Sox, he will be an issue for pitchers.   Having someone with Dalbec’s power ceiling can lead to pitchers coming out of games earlier.  Bobby Dalbec is a key to this offense being great and not just solid.
8. & 9. Marwin Gonzalez LF / Franchy Cordero / Hunter Renfroe RF

Okay, okay, this is kind of a cop out.  But what do you want from me?  Spring Training hasn’t even kicked off yet.  How these three players perform will solidify their spots in this lineup.  All three bring a particular set of abilities and could be used in a number of ways.  A platoon could prove to be the most effective way to go about it.  Gonzalez is the most versatile defensively and is a switch hitter, so I think he is deployed most frequently of the three.  Having three guys compete for the last two spots in the starting lineup could prove to be a good problem to have.
 
I cannot wait for games to start.  Even if they don’t really matter.  We should get a lot of answers and see what the Opening Day batting order could look like.  If you want more player evaluations, make sure you keep coming back to the Boston Sports Syndicate.  We will be dropping player profiles throughout the preseason that will be loaded with stats and other interesting things to know about this Red Sox team.  We will cover all batters AND pitchers.  Stay tuned for that you will not want to miss them. 
 

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