Red Sox Roster Hopefuls Impress Early in Spring Training
By Sean Stackhouse 3/5/2018
KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Spring Training can often be a make or break opportunity for young talent. Roster spots are few and far between in Major League Baseball and prospects are constantly trying to impress their coaches in hopes of making the team. For the Boston Red Sox this spring, some younger players are already giving the coaches a lot to think about.
Stars like Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts and Hanley Ramirez have already solidified their spots in the lineup. For Sam Travis, Aneury Tavarez, Blake Swihart and Rusney Castillo it’s not as clear, but the quartet have done their best to impress coaches and scouts in their first few weeks in Florida.
Travis ranks second on the Red Sox roster in RBI’s so far with 7 in his 25 at bats. Travis is making the most of his time, putting up a .320 batting average with 2 home runs and has impressed with his opposite field power As for Aneury Tavarez, he has also shown promise, but lacks the power the Red Sox need in their lineup. The 25 year old outfielder has started his spring with a .316 average, but the production is lacking as he has only knocked in one run.
The guy who is perhaps having the best spring is Swihart. The 25-year-old switch-hitter is batting .429 with 5 doubles, a homer and 8 runs-batted-in. Swihart has big league experience with the Sox, but is a man without a position. A catcher by trade, the Red Sox are giving him a longer look in the outfield this spring.
Another player whose numbers are standing out is Castillo. The Red Sox made a huge investment in the outfielder, singing him to a $72 million dollar contract in 2014. The now 30-year-old has yet to produce, but has finally started to find his groove early this spring hitting .333 with a home run and four RBI’s 4 RBI’s in his 18 at bats.
All four of these players are opening eyes of the coaches in Boston and elsewhere. If they can’t crack the lineup with the Red Sox, the team might be able to use them as part of a trade to bolster other areas of need with the club.
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