Boston Red Sox 2021 Player Preview: Alex Verdugo


The Syndicate's Red Sox Writers and Red Sox Podcast to be Named Later hosts will be profiling a different Red Sox player each day to get you ready for the 2021 season.

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Today's featured player: Alex Verdugo

Dealing with a ton of pressure.  Alex Verdugo handled it well.  Coming to Boston as one of the centerpieces in a Mookie Betts trade, it must have been difficult.  Verdugo held his own with the Boston media and performed between the white lines.

Back of the baseball card:

Position(s): Outfield  
Age: 24
Bats: Left / Throws: Left
Height: 6-0 / Weight: 192 lbs.
Nickname: Dugie (pernouned Doogie)
How acquired: Traded to Boston in 2019
Contract status: Under team control through 2025

2020 Highlights:

*Batted .308 in his debut season for the Red Sox, which was 5th in the American League

*Finished 12th in the MVP voting

*Played very well in the outfield.  Led the AL in outfield assists with 7

*A top 10 AL player in WAR 2.2.  Comparable to players like George Springer and Lance Lynn

Red Sox Podcast to be Named Player Outlook:

Verdugo will most likely bat at the top of the Red Sox lineup.  He will be counted on to be a catalyst to start off games.  If his 2020 on base percentage (.367) bleeds into 2021, Verdugo will be a great fit for the leadoff spot in Boston.

As the team stands now, it appears Alex Verdugo will be their everyday centerfielder.  It will obviously be a downgrade because JBJ was an elite of the elite defender, but Dugie is more than capable of holding it down. 

Red Sox Nation should be excited for Year 2 of Alex Verdugo.  His 2020 performance was solid, but his energy was undeniable.  The outfielder is the exact type of player that fans fall in love with. 


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Boston Sports Syndicate: Boston Red Sox 2021 Player Preview: Alex Verdugo
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