Rejoining the Red Sox last night was top-prospect Mookie Betts, another key cog in the future of the Boston Red Sox.
Betts got the promotion as center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. was sent down to Triple-A Pawtucket to work on is season-long struggles at home plate. In his first game back in the Majors, Betts went 1-for-3 with a run scored and looked comfortable at the plate, unlike his competition.
Boston finds itself in an odd predicament. Guys like Bradley, and Will Middlebrooks have been given a decent amount of time to succeed with the Sox over the past two to three seasons, but either they couldn’t stay healthy, or are not performing consistently at the plate. Betts, along with several other Red Sox prospects can only spend so much time in the minors while the guys ahead of them show marginal improvement.
The demotion of Bradley was a step in the direction of giving different guys an opportunity to succeed in the MLB, so that the organization can make more informed decisions about how the 2015 roster will shake out. Betts appears to be one of those players who will stick with the big-club heading into next year, and he should be part of an outfield that consists of himself, Brock Holt, and Yoenis Cespedes, barring any major offseason acquisitions.