Boston Red Sox: Does Top Prospect Mookie Betts Deserve Promotion?
In a move that’s been a long time coming, top prospect Mookie Betts will finally get his chance with the Boston Red Sox.
Drafted in 2011, Betts has quickly moved up in the minor leagues for the Red Sox. During his split in both Double-A and Triple-A this year, Betts is hitting a very impressive .345 in 359 at-bats. This move has been warranted by Red Sox fans the entire season, as the Red Sox have struggled to field any production from the outfield positions.
The writing has been on the wall recently for Betts’ call-up. When it was reported that Shane Victorino was going to be shut down indefinitely, fans really started to clamor for Betts. The former second baseman, Betts has transitioned to the outfield and showing great success. Naturally, playing at second base, Betts wasn’t going to have an easy road to the majors. Dustin Pedroia is going with to with the Red Sox until at least 2021 — not exactly a promising future if Betts were to wait that long.
Betts should make a quick impact in the majors. With his combination of speed and power, his bat and speed will be welcomed to the struggling Red Sox lineup. A corresponding roster move has not be announced, but the true excitement is that the kid will finally get his shot in the majors.
At just 21 years old, Betts joins another 21 year old in Xander Bogaerts. The youth movement might be beginning and these kids are more than capable of producing for the Red Sox. In a time when they desperately need a boost, Betts might be exactly what the need. I am so excited to see what he can do in the majors.
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