Spring training is finally here, we are weeks away from being able to pay for an overpriced beer and enjoy the Red Sox at Fenway. The part of that you should focus on is “Enjoy.” The Red Sox are heading in the right direction.
Bobby Dalbec is primed to step into the spotlight in 2021. The Infielder has leaned out and cut ten pounds. The best part? He didn’t lose any of the power that secured himself as a top prospect for the Sox. In 8 at bats, he is hitting .500 with four runs and three home runs. With Mitch Moreland’s departure this off-season, there is a big gap at first and it looks like Bobby Dalbec has locked himself as our first baseman.
Jeter Downs was an underrated addition in the Mookie Betts trade (I know the wound is still fresh, stay with me). He is another player primed to fill an empty gap at second base. He has all the athletic ability in the world. In Sunday’s game against the Twins, he was able to get a two-run Homerun and an RBI single. He has refined his hitting in the minors, but he still needs some work so he doesn’t make “rookie mistakes.” He won’t start opening day, but he will make his debut
The Red Sox biggest issue has been their pitching at all levels. Chaim Bloom found an ace hiding in Philly. Nick Pivetta got his spring training debut for the Sox Wednesday as they faced the Twins. His velocity was on full display as his fastball topped out at 96. Pivetta was only given a small window to display his ability and the stats might scare some people, but he got one strike out, one hit which translated to one earned run. He will most likely bolster the purifying rotation, but with Sale’s velocity as the biggest question mark for the Sox, Pivetta could step in and be the cannon to attack batters early.
No fan likes a re-build. These years (yes, plural) are going to be tough and we are going to lose to the Yankees, A lot. As fans, we need to keep the faith, in the re-build, in Chaim, and in the team. The Sox have a wealth of talented prospects that can translate to big time major leaguers in the next couple years.