This is not the same Boston Red Sox team that was absolutely awful in 2012. Boston is 4-2 and leading the American League East after an incredible game by their hot young third baseman, Will Middlebrooks. The sophomore sensation went yard thrice in a 13-0 domination of the Blue Jays on Sunday but that’s not even the best part: Kevin Youkilis‘ replacement knocked two bombs off 2012 NL Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey, who had a subpar game to put it nicely.
The Red Sox got an absolute steal with Middlebrooks in the fifth round of the 2007 MLB Draft. Middlebrooks bypassed his scholarship to play at Texas A&M and then set the woods on fire in the minors before making Boston forget about Youkilis as a rookie in May of 2012. He’s continued to improve since then and is now on his way to stardom.
So what’s next for Middlebrooks? Well, he was a Rookie of the Year candidate last season until he broke his wrist. He re-injured it again this year in spring training, but it hasn’t slowed him down so far in 2013. He’s batting .320 with four home runs and six RBI through six games. At this rate, he’ll break records on his way to MVP honors, but it’s still early. Regardless, you’d be wise to try and add him to your fantasy team before the secret gets out.