Named Herrera. Everyone else among the 12 position players is expected to hit. Even Ross and Pierzynski are expected to hit within the parameters of decent hitting catchers. But neither is expected to be an ace defensively or, god forbid, throw out baserunners going to second.
I completely agree with starting Sizemore in CF because he is good field as well as good hit, but we also have to recognize he is likely to have durability issues. Bradley on the other hand is an ace fielder in CF, a position that cries out for a great fielder, and he is as far as we know very durable. But he is going to play for Pawtucket, not Boston, because his hitting is suspect. Simple as that. As good as Victorino is playing RF--maybe one of the two or three best the Sox have had out there--the Sox signed him with expectations he would hit, and he has. Nava, Gomes, and Carp are the other three outfielders--the Sox are carrying five outfielders because two, Carp and Nava, can also play 1B--and none is a good fielder. Heck, none is a good baserunner. Was it last year when Nava was on 2B and failed to advance to 3B on a ball hit all the way to the wall in deep right field, a sure double and possible triple? But that's OK because job one for Nava, which he does well, is to get on base, period.
Infield, same deal. Napoli, Pedroia, Bogaerts, and Middlebrooks are all expected to hit first, field second even though none is a lousy fielder (I'm giving MBR the benefit of the doubt here).
And it's not just this year. The Sox have always favored good hitters over good fielders, largely because they play at Fenway and know they must score to win. The 2004 WS champs had I think a guy named Mueller who was hitting .287 and batted 8th. That, sports fans, is a lineup.
Last year the Sox had a brilliant SS, Iglesias, and let him go to Detroit--who were thrilled to get him--to get a so-so starter, Peavy. Fortunately, by then Drew was a very solid defensive SS--not brilliant, but very dependable--and a better hitter. But Iglesias was the SS of the future, assuming he could hit. The problem was the Sox didn't think he would hit (and maybe they were nervous about the pains in his legs). This year the Sox did not bring back that very reliable fielding SS Drew because they had/have a better hitting and younger model named Bogaerts.
We all know that Pedroia is one ferociously good fielder at 2B and has one more than one gold glove. But forget that long-term contract if he weren't also a terrific hitter, good enough one year to win the AL MVP.
The single greatest player in Sox history was the embodiment of great hit, so-so field (by his own admission), Mr. Ted Williams, the splendid splinter (occasionally spitter).
So when Mr. Herrera meets new people and they ask him what he does for a living, he can brag he is the rarest of rarities, a Boston Red Sox designated non-hitter. He made the squad because of his glove--to which a knowledgeable fan should say, "Wow. I didn't think that was possible."