On paper, Mookie Betts may be ranked as the No 5 prospect in the Boston Red Sox farm system, but he’s been playing like he’s No. 1.
For the first time in 66 games, Betts did not reach base, thus ending a tremendous streak. The 22-year-old second baseman, playing for the double-A Portland Sea Dogs, has been the topic of discussion amongst Red Sox fans. His breakout season came last year when Betts hit 15 home runs and stole 30 bases, two impressive numbers that will kick start anyone’s ascension to the major leagues.
Of course, the one issue with coming up to the majors is that the Red Sox have a solidified second basemen in Dustin Pedroia. In case you were wondering, Pedroia is going to be here for a long time. He just signed that seven-year extension with the Red Sox that will keep him in Boston until the age of 38.
So, it doesn’t exactly sound like an immediate call-up is in line for Betts. However, the Red Sox can’t deny the immense talent Betts possesses. Originally coming up as a shortstop, Betts moved over to second base because his arm range was much better suited for the position.
It will be very interesting to see what the Red Sox decide to do with the talented youngster. His combination of power and speed could be sought out by other teams via a trade come the deadline. Are the Red Sox committed to growing the farm system, or do they finally have enough talent that some of these top prospects have become expendable? If Betts comes up to the Red Sox in June, my guess would be that the Red Sox deem him as being available on the trade block and are showcasing him to other teams.
Regardless of what the Red Sox do, it’s so refreshing to see these young prospects accomplishing feats like this in 2014. Baseball has this dark cloud over its head with steroids and HGH scandals running amuck. It’s the young and hungry kids who will bring this game back to state where pure talent is simply pure talent. I hope Betts is among the leaders of that pack.