Re: Red Sox Future Outfield?
posted at 8/2/2014 8:57 PM EDT
With Bogey, Middy and Cecchini possibly landing in the OF (LF) eventually, it's hard to project what our OF will look like next year or beyond.
Craig is probably better at 1B than LF, but with Napoli here next year, Craig is squeezed into the OF.
Cespedes can play CF, but is probably best in RF.
Victorino is always hurt, but I suppose he could find his health again in a contract year.
JBJ is a tremendous fielder that seems to be improving at the plate enough to be a solid overall plus in CF.
Nava is a very good platoon hitter, but is a minus on defense.
Holt is not a big plus on defense in the IF, but we may have opening at 3B and SS next season. He has looked okay to me in the OF considering he hasn't played much out there.
Betts, like Bogey, appears to be a man without a position, and with DH filled for 2015, the OF looks like the most logical landing spot for him.
I don't see Hassan, Ramos, Brentz of any other OF prospect winning significant time in our OF next year or beyond, but there is a chance for a surprise.
So, here's how I see each OF position, not taking into consideration health or other positions that players may play and be better at:
LF: Cespedes, Victorino, Craig, Nava, JBJ, Holt, Betts, Bogey, Middy, Cecchini (Hassan/Brentz)
CF: JBJ, Victorino, Cespedes, Betts, Holt (Ramos)
RF: Victorino, Cespedes, JBJ, Craig, Holt, Nava (Brentz/Ramos/Hassan)
I have to think someone in this group will be traded this winter, if not 2 or 3. I suppose we could trade Napoli and take Craig out of the OF equation and even use Nava and Holt at 1B a few times a year, but for now, it looks like we have 7 legitimate OF'ers (Vic, Cespedes, Craig, JBJ, Nava, Betts, & Holt) plus 3 guys that are probably so bad in the IF, that the OF may end up being where they end up down the road (Bogey, Middy & Cecchini). Ten OF'ers or future OF'ers are too much for any team. It's also a little heavy on quantity over quality, so something has to give, in my opinion.
The only prospects we have in the OF that may make an impact beyond 2015 are Ramos or Margot. Our OF future looks better than it did before the deadline, but I'm still hoping we acquire a mega bat for our OF.