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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
5 2923 .303 .370 .518 133 29.7
Birth Date10-7-1992
Height5' 9"
Weight180 lbs
Age26 years, 2 months, 9 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
1.62014
5.62015
8.22016
5.62017
8.72018
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
2014 BOS 21 52 213 55 12 1 5 21 31 2 7 3 .291 .368 .444 123 6.5 3.2 -0.6 1.6
2015 BOS 22 145 654 174 42 8 18 46 82 2 21 6 .291 .341 .479 122 19.7 2.3 11.2 5.6
2016 BOS 23 158 730 214 42 5 31 49 80 2 26 4 .318 .363 .534 134 33.4 8.7 24.8 8.2
2017 BOS 24 153 712 166 46 2 24 77 79 2 26 3 .264 .344 .459 111 12.9 6.2 23.9 5.6
2018 BOS 25 136 614 180 47 5 32 81 91 8 30 6 .346 .438 .640 174 57.4 3.8 11.2 8.7
Career6442923789189211102743631611022.303.370.518133129.824.170.629.7

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
2011 RSX Rk 1 4 .271 .321 .343 .500 99 0.5 0.1 0.1 113 3 -0.2 0.4 0.1 0.0
2012 LOW A- 71 292 .243 .310 .340 .298 89 10.1 8.0 0.3 107 1 3.8 2.2 3.0 1.8
2013 GRN A 76 340 .245 .313 .356 .322 101 24.8 9.6 -0.4 150 1 -6.4 4.7 21.2 3.0
2013 SLM A+ 51 211 .257 .335 .391 .346 108 16.5 6.2 -0.4 147 2 9.3 3.0 12.0 3.0
2014 BOS MLB 52 213 .245 .308 .376 .327 103 8.1 5.5 -0.1 123 23 -0.6 3.2 6.5 1.6
2014 PME AA 54 253 .257 .323 .383 .366 102 22.3 7.0 -0.3 145 1 0.7 6.2 14.0 2.9
2014 PAW AAA 45 211 .270 .338 .404 .380 100 13 6.3 0 131 2 -1.3 2.4 8.5 1.6
2015 BOS MLB 145 654 .253 .312 .406 .310 110 19.5 17.7 1 122 19 11.2 2.3 19.7 5.6
2015 PME AA 1 4 .250 .283 .365 .333 90 1.6 0.1 0 84 6 0.1 -0.1 -0.1 0.0
2016 BOS MLB 158 730 .256 .319 .423 .322 112 26.6 20.6 -7.6 134 10 24.8 8.7 33.4 8.2
2017 BOS MLB 153 712 .254 .321 .425 .268 105 12.1 20.8 -7.7 111 14 23.9 6.2 12.9 5.6
2018 BOS MLB 136 614 .252 .320 .421 .368 107 62 17.2 -5.6 174 10 11.2 3.8 57.4 8.7

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
2011 RSX Rk 4 4 0 2 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 1 0 .500 .500 .500 .000 0 0
2012 LOW A- 292 251 34 67 8 1 0 77 31 32 30 20 4 .267 .352 .307 .040 4 2
2013 SLM A+ 211 185 30 63 12 3 7 102 39 23 17 20 2 .341 .414 .551 .211 1 1
2013 GRN A 340 277 63 82 24 1 8 132 26 58 40 18 2 .296 .418 .477 .181 1 3
2014 PAW AAA 211 185 31 62 12 2 5 93 31 26 30 11 4 .335 .417 .503 .168 0
2014 PME AA 253 214 56 76 18 3 6 118 34 35 20 22 3 .355 .443 .551 .196 3
2014 BOS MLB 213 189 34 55 12 1 5 84 18 21 31 7 3 .291 .368 .444 .153 0
2015 BOS MLB 654 597 92 174 42 8 18 286 77 46 82 21 6 .291 .341 .479 .188 6 3
2015 PME AA 4 4 1 2 0 0 1 5 1 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 1.250 .750 0 0
2016 BOS MLB 730 672 122 214 42 5 31 359 113 49 80 26 4 .318 .363 .534 .216 7 0
2017 BOS MLB 712 628 101 166 46 2 24 288 102 77 79 26 3 .264 .344 .459 .194 5 0
2018 BOS MLB 614 520 129 180 47 5 32 333 80 81 91 30 6 .346 .438 .640 .294 5 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2014 927 0.5210 0.3581 0.8584 0.5114 0.1914 0.9028 0.7294 0.1416 -0.0033
2015 2618 0.5099 0.4018 0.8508 0.5281 0.2705 0.9135 0.7233 0.1492 0.0044
2016 2686 0.4952 0.4114 0.8579 0.5639 0.2618 0.9493 0.6648 0.1421 0.0000
2017 2820 0.4617 0.3539 0.8447 0.5161 0.2148 0.9167 0.6963 0.1553 0.0000
2018 2577 0.4606 0.3562 0.8431 0.5442 0.1957 0.9180 0.6654 0.1569 0.0000
Career116280.48480.37880.84990.53570.23210.92270.69090.15010.0007

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2018 BOS $10,500,000
2017 BOS $950,000
2016 BOS $566,000
2015 BOS $514,500
2014 BOS $
YearsDescriptionSalary
3 yrPrevious$2,030,500
2018Current$10,500,000
4 yrPvs + Cur$12,530,500
4 yrTotal$12,530,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
3 y 70 dLegacy Agency1 year/$10.5M (2018)

Details
  • 1 year/$10.5M (2018). Won arbitration with Boston 1/31/18 ($10.5M-$7.5M).
  • 1 year/$0.95M (2017). Renewed by Boston 3/2/17.
  • 1 year/$0.566M (2016). Re-signed by Boston 3/2/16.
  • 1 year/$0.5145M (2015). Re-signed by Boston 3/8/15.
  • 1 year (2014). Contract selected by Boston 6/28/14.
  • Drafted by Boston 2011 (5-172) (Overton HS, Brentwood, Tenn.). $0.75M signing bonus.

2018 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 685 108 198 44 5 23 86 65 78 28 5 .323 .388 .524 .315 57.7 RF 17, CF 0 7.5
80o 671 103 189 42 5 22 82 62 78 26 5 .314 .378 .510 .305 50.2 RF 17, CF 0 6.7
70o 660 100 181 40 5 21 79 60 78 25 5 .305 .368 .495 .299 45.0 RF 16, CF 0 6.2
60o 651 97 176 39 5 20 77 58 78 24 4 .300 .363 .486 .293 40.6 RF 16, CF 0 5.7
50o 643 95 170 38 4 20 74 56 78 24 4 .293 .355 .476 .288 36.6 RF 16, CF 0 5.3
40o 635 92 164 36 4 19 72 54 78 23 4 .286 .347 .462 .282 32.7 RF 16, CF 0 4.9
30o 626 89 159 35 4 19 70 52 77 22 4 .280 .341 .457 .276 28.6 RF 16, CF 0 4.4
20o 615 86 153 34 4 18 67 50 77 21 4 .274 .334 .445 .270 24.0 RF 15, CF 0 3.9
10o 601 82 145 32 4 17 63 47 77 20 4 .265 .324 .431 .260 17.8 RF 15, CF 0 3.3
Weighted Mean6449517138420755678244.294.356.477.28837.1RF 16, CF 05.3

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2018 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
201926580811573632282557421.301.368.506.2925.635.64.4-3.815.619.415.6
202027578811543432282587121.301.372.507.2945.736.54.3-3.915.520.615.5
202128543741423331974527018.293.362.491.2864.829.63.8-3.914.615.114.6
202229573791513432179557517.293.362.492.2865.030.73.8-4.215.415.815.4
202330551751463332076527115.293.360.490.2854.728.43.4-4.214.814.414.8
202431545751433231975527213.294.363.491.2874.728.73.1-4.314.615.414.7
202532550751453332076547112.294.363.491.2874.728.52.9-4.514.815.414.8
202633525721373121972517010.292.362.489.2864.426.72.6-4.514.114.514.1
20273450870132302187049678.293.363.491.2874.325.72.3-4.513.614.313.7

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 74)

Rank Score Name Year COMP_DRC_PLUS Trend
1 82 Tony Gwynn 1985 ?
2 81 Nick Markakis 2009 ?
3 79 Jason Heyward 2015 ?
4 79 Andrew McCutchen 2012 ?
5 79 Jose Tabata 2014 ?
6 78 Gregory Polanco 2017 ?
7 78 Logan Morrison 2013 ?
8 78 Terry Puhl 1982 ?
9 78 Dustin Pedroia 2009 ?
10 78 Anthony Rendon 2015 ?
11 78 Billy Butler 2011 ?
12 77 Christian Yelich 2017 ?
13 76 George Brett 1978 ?
14 76 Gary Sheffield 1994 ?
15 76 Roy White 1969 ?
16 76 Wally Joyner 1987 ?
17 76 Curt Blefary 1969 ?
18 76 Tim Raines 1985 ?
19 75 Brett Lawrie 2015 ?
20 75 Joe Mauer 2008 ?
21 75 Russell Martin 2008 ?
22 75 Melky Cabrera 2010 ?
23 75 Brian McCann 2009 ?
24 75 Al Kaline 1960 ?
25 75 Matt Lawton 1997 ?
26 75 Bill Sample 1980 ?
27 74 Gregg Jefferies 1993 ?
28 74 Todd Helton 1999 ?
29 74 Eric Hosmer 2015 ?
30 74 Don Mattingly 1986 ?
31 74 Mike Hargrove 1975 ?
32 74 Martin Prado 2009 ?
33 74 Len Dykstra 1988 ?
34 74 Rafael Palmeiro 1990 ?
35 74 Ron Blomberg 1974 ?
36 74 Troy Tulowitzki 2010 ?
37 74 Rusty Staub 1969 ?
38 74 Ray Webster 1968 ?
39 74 Wade Boggs 1983 ?
40 74 Gerardo Parra 2012 ?
41 74 Don Baylor 1974 ?
42 73 Lee Mazzilli 1980 ?
43 73 Ryan Sweeney 2010 ?
44 73 Greg Gross 1978 ?
45 73 Oscar Gamble 1975 ?
46 73 Mike Greenwell 1989 ?
47 73 Ed Kirkpatrick 1970 ?
48 73 Bill Madlock 1976 ?
49 73 Robin Ventura 1993 ?
50 73 Grady Sizemore 2008 ?
51 73 Gary Matthews 1976 ?
52 73 Bruce Bochte 1976 ?
53 73 Al Oliver 1972 ?
54 73 Dave Magadan 1988 ?
55 73 Jose Altuve 2015 ?
56 72 Matty Alou 1964 ?
57 72 Pablo Sandoval 2012 ?
58 72 Jeremy Hermida 2009 ?
59 72 Paul Molitor 1982 ?
60 72 Travis Buck 2009 ?
61 72 Bernard Gilkey 1992 ?
62 72 Daric Barton 2011 ?
63 72 Dion James 1988 ?
64 72 Tony Tarasco 1996 ?
65 72 Roy Foster 1971 ?
66 72 Tom Poquette 1977 ?
67 72 Hank Aaron 1959 ?
68 72 Vic Wertz 1950 ?
69 72 Alex Ochoa 1997 ?
70 72 Rich Rollins 1963 ?
71 72 Carlos May 1973 ?
72 72 Johnny Groth 1952 ?
73 72 Edwin Encarnacion 2008 ?
74 72 Lou Skizas 1957 ?
75 72 Casey Kotchman 2008 ?
76 72 Darin Erstad 1999 ?
77 72 Vladimir Guerrero 2000 ?
78 72 Sean Casey 2000 ?
79 72 Tom Tresh 1964 ?
80 72 Ryan Zimmerman 2010 ?
81 72 Andrelton Simmons 2015 ?
82 72 Ted Simmons 1975 ?
83 72 Mark Grace 1989 ?
84 72 Kurt Suzuki 2009 ?
85 72 Shannon Stewart 1999 ?
86 72 Gordon Beckham 2012 ?
87 72 Elijah Dukes 2009 ?
88 72 Asdrubal Cabrera 2011 ?
89 71 Hosken Powell 1980 ?
90 71 Billy Williams 1963 ?
91 71 James Loney 2009 ?
92 71 Buster Posey 2012 ?
93 71 Jose Reyes 2008 ?
94 71 Andy Van Slyke 1986 ?
95 71 Ken Oberkfell 1981 ?
96 71 Ron Fairly 1964 ?
97 71 Alex Cintron 2004 ?
98 71 Rickey Henderson 1984 ?
99 71 Keith Mitchell 1995 ? DNP
100 71 Alvin Davis 1986 ?

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG DRC+
10 vs L (Multi) .283 .324 .500 ?
11 vs R (Multi) .316 .366 .518 ?
18 Split (Multi) .033 .042 .018 ?
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.010 -.021 -.029 ?
30 vs L (2016) .264 .302 .512 ?
31 vs R (2016) .331 .377 .540 ?
38 Split (2016) .068 .075 .028 ?
39 LgAvg (2016) -.008 -.018 -.027 ?

Definition of multi-year splits

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2018 The only way Betts could’ve improved upon his 2016 season was by winning the AL MVP award. By that insane standard his 2017 season was a letdown, but by any conventional metric it was excellent. Once again, Betts excelled on the bases and in the field. FRAA pegs him as one of the very best defenders in the game, and given how effortlessly he plays Fenway’s notorious right field, it’s tough to disagree. Where Betts took a small step back was at the plate. His lower average seems to largely be a function of BABIP—he actually hit the ball harder than in 2016—but the power drop-off is harder to explain away. Still, Betts finished in the top 15 in baseball in BWARP, and he didn’t turn 25 until October. He is still very clearly the best player on the Red Sox and one of the best players in baseball, and the Win Dance Repeat movement he helped start is one of the game’s elite celebrations. Someone just needs to tell him that Salt Bae is a terrible meme.
2017 Ask someone what makes Betts special on a Monday and you may hear about his hit tool after he goes 3-for-4 with a walk. On Wednesday, they’ll marvel at his power and how he generates it with lightning-quick wrists. On Friday, you’ll hear about Betts’ glove, which truly shines in Fenway’s spacious right field. On Sunday, it will all be about his speed and efficiency on the bases. Ask Frank Thomas about Betts’ best tools, and he’ll smile, look you straight in the eyes and say “hardware.” It’s tough to blame him; Betts’ abilities defy explanation. He would’ve won the AL MVP if players named for fish were outlawed. He only just turned 24. We’re just getting started.
2016 Baseball isn't supposed to be this easy. Betts has gone from a breakout prospect in Greenville to a first-division starter in two years, and he appears to be on the cusp of something altogether more. The then-22-year-old almost joined the 20/20 club in his first full campaign, showing off more power than most thought he possessed. He displayed the skills needed to be a plus-plus defender in center, despite very little outfield experience. He also got better in the second half, demonstrating that he knows how to adjust, and he did all this with the quiet confidence and selective aggressiveness that define many of the game's best players. Rather than go a few months without dominating a sphere-hurling sport, Betts spent his offseason participating in the PBA's World Series of Bowling, proving that he's always hunting quality strikes. Whether you prefer Betts or Xander Bogaerts is a question of taste, but there's no doubt that this is what a franchise cornerstone looks like in today's game.
2015 There must be something Betts can't do on a baseball diamond—pitch, catch, groundskeeping—but he hasn't revealed his limitations yet. Betts was unfathomably good in Portland and Pawtucket in 2014, forcing his way to the big leagues despite starting the year with no experience above High-A. He hit for more power than he had previously shown, successfully stole bases at a high clip at every level and maintained his patient approach in the majors. Betts even handled a move from second base to center field, spent some time in right field, then without skipping a beat moved back to second base when Dustin Pedroia was injured. He is a potential franchise cornerstone because he has no weaknesses, and he plays with an understated swagger that tells you he knows how good he is. This is going to be a really, really fun career to watch.
2014 Betts began 2013 in a more-passive-than-patient funk, but once things clicked and he started swinging at the right offerings, all he did was hit. Following a promotion to High-A, Betts batted .341 with power and patience while striking outwait for it17 times in 211 plate appearances, or just 8 percent of the time. Did we mention he's just 20, and did this after a promotion? He was also successful on 90 percent of the 42 steals he attempted and played a quality keystone, all of which likely means he'll begin 2014 at Double-A in his age-21 season. The question is whether the 156-pound Betts continues to hit for power, but the bat speed is there thanks to his wrists, and his eye and approach are points in his favor.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2017-08-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Benintendi is having quite the rookie year and has lived up to the hype. He looks like a similar hitter this year stat wise to Mookie Betts. Who would you compare his ceiling to?
(statcat89 from Fort Worth)
Well, Joe Maddon comped him to Fred Lynn when the Cubs played Boston earlier this year. I think that's just because he's short and a Red Sox. I don't know, he's obviously a really well-rounded player, and interesting for the physical profile. I'd ratchet it down from a Lynn comp, not sure Benintendi's athleticism plays the same way. (Matthew Trueblood)
2017-03-29 14:00:00 (link to chat)Highest ceiling or anyone you can give helium to? SS Fernando Tatis OF Taylor Trammell OF Desmond Lindsay thanks...
(Accudart from VT)
Out of the group -- and I'm not really super informed on these guys because of their youth, so take the grain of salt for sure -- I'd go with Desmond Lindsay. I think Tatis and Trammell are just as likely to hit in the bigs, but betting on young shortstops is always dicey, and Trammell seems to fit a profile the Reds already have underperforming in AAA. Lindsay's patience and power profile looks a little like a poor man's minor league Mookie Betts, which would have to entice a deep dynasty player or a Mets fan. (Trevor Strunk)
2017-02-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Which prospects this year have an 80 grade tool?
(CKnecht88 from Ohio)
This is my favorite question so far. Look, I'm not a scout. I have a tremendous amount of respect for the men and women who can do it. I think as far as 80-grade goes, that's reserved for top of the scale #OffTheCharts tools like Billy Hamilton's speed, Joey Gallo's power, Miguel Cabrera's hit tool (and maybe Mookie Betts someday)...I think of the current crop of prospects, Alex Reyes & Michael Kopech have 80-grade fastballs. There are a few relievers with the velocity to put an 80 on their fastballs too. If you're looking for a fun one, I think Jharel Cotton's changeup is a potential one to get there. I have no idea how you grade a screwball but Brent Honeywell for me there. (George Bissell)
2017-02-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Player most likely to become the next Mookie Betts?
(Dan from Connecticut)
This makes me want to puke it's so irritating but: Andrew Benintendi. (Trevor Strunk)
2016-09-08 19:00:00 (link to chat)Just curious as of now who is your favorite player and why? Do you suggest always having him on your fantasy baseball team ?
(Wally from FL)
That's an extremely difficult question. It's a tie between Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez among hitters right now. Julio Urias or Marcus Stroman among pitchers. I'll go with someone a bit more obscure for the purposes of this question. The pitcher that I think about on a daily basis is Ben Rowen. He's a submarine pitcher that's now with the Brewers. He's fascinating to me. The other two obscure pitchers I'm obsessed with are Eddie Gamboa, a 31-year-old knuckleballer with the Rays and Robby Scott, a Red Sox lefty who throws from different arm slots to right and left handed batters. It's surreal. (George Bissell)
2016-09-23 12:30:00 (link to chat)Who is your pick for AL/NL MVP and Cy Young?
(BC from Urbandale)
Trout, Bryant, Kershaw and... I don't know. I honestly have no idea. I don't think an hour of research would even help me decide.

I'd be fine with a Mookie Betts or Jose Fernandez vote, too. (Sam Miller)
2016-08-15 22:00:00 (link to chat)Is this version of Mookie Betts for real?
(Donnie from Texas)
It is, and it is spectacular. (Wilson Karaman)
2016-07-13 15:00:00 (link to chat)Has Mookie Betts climbed the ladder to the tier that Trout/Harper are in?
(Donnie from Ohio)
No. (Brendan Gawlowski)
2016-05-31 19:00:00 (link to chat)Another two home runs, if Mookie Betts keeps this up does he belong in the Trout/Harper discussion? I understand they are the two best players in baseball but Mookie should be right there with them, at least from a fantasy stand point.
(Brian from NE)
Alright, back to the pros for a bit... I'm not a huge fantasy guy so take these words with a grain of salt but what Betts is doing is impressive. All he does is hit and the power is something I didn't think would be part of his game. I think he's a tier behind those two at this point but he sure is forcing his way into the conversation. (James Fisher)
2016-05-18 19:00:00 (link to chat)Frazier/Hamels for Betts a fair deal?
(RAP from NYC)
In a re-draft, I'd rather have Frazier and Hamels, but for a dynasty I'm investing in Mookie Betts (if you haven't already, you should). He's a franchise cornerstone you build around. (George Bissell)
2015-09-30 19:00:00 (link to chat)Lately during the final weeks of this year, Mookie Betts has been playing RF with Bradley in CF. Do you see that as the norm next year?
(Jake from Boston)
If you believe Jackie Bradley can hit enough to warrant serious playing time he should get the start over Mookie Betts in center and the Red Sox have one of the best defensive outfields in baseball. I need to see more from him before I get on the Jackie Bradley Jr. boat again. (Mauricio Rubio)
2015-09-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks Chris. Who has the higher ceiling, Mookie Betts or Nomar Mazara? I love Betts, but I was blown away by Mazara's plate discipline as a 20-year-old in AA/AAA.
(Keith from Manchester, CT)
Mazara, by a fairly substantial margin for me. And that's not to say Betts' ceiling isn't high, it's just Mazara has as high of ceiling as any player in the minor leagues right now. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-07-23 17:00:00 (link to chat)What's your projections on Mookie Betts going forward? Any reasonable comps? Any chance he ever goes back to 2b?
(Bookie Metts from Boston )
I see him as a solid 15 HR, 35 SB guy with a .270 BA. I doubt he goes back to 2B; he probably sticks in the OF. No immediate comps jump to mind; a lot of the speed guys in the majors right now don't have this kind of power. (Mike Gianella)
2015-07-16 20:00:00 (link to chat)George, love the piece today on trade targets. You were limited to selecting only 1 player though. I'm sure there were more you liked. Can you give us a few? Thanks
(DanDaMan from Sea Cliff)
Asking our fantasy staff to pick one player each is like herding cats. Impossible. I think Justin Upton is someone you can acquire on the cheap right now if his owner is panicking. He's hit .176/.281/.244 since June 1st...You have to remember he's just always been an incredibly streaky hitter. I know everyone is that way, but Upton gets blazing hot and ice cold more than anyone I can ever remember. He's playing for a new contract, he's going to hit. Invest. I also love some of the guys our staff picked like V-Mart, Carrasco, Hutchison (seriously look at his stats they're so odd) and Yelich...Totally on board with those. Also love me some Mookie Betts in the second half. (George Bissell)
2015-07-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Mookie Betts is walking at a 7% clip this season while walking in double digit rates in the minor leagues in prior years. How do walk rates typically translate from the minors to majors and do you see Betts walking closer to 9-10% in the future?
(Grizz from Chi)
This is where scouting statlines becomes problematic, because there's no hard or firm answer you'll be able to decipher without seeing the guy. Minor league walk rates are not all equal: sometimes they're the result of minor league pitchers having bad control and hitters taking advantage of that with a passive approach. Other times it's a legitimate skillset. With Betts all signs pointed to the latter scenario, and it's important to keep in mind that he's still just 22 and was in the Sally League this time two years ago. That kind of jump in BB rate wouldn't surprise me at all in the not-too-distant future. (Wilson Karaman)
2015-06-30 19:00:00 (link to chat)Mookie Betts vs Starlin Castro for fantasy purposes. Pick one for the next 5-10 years, is it close and why? Thanks.
(kylanje from Florida)
Betts. I think the power comes for Betts - or enough of it that he hits 15 home runs and there's some speed in his profile. I don't think it's close because Castro is near his peak and while I believe he's not as "bad" as some say he is, how much more ceiling is there. (Mike Gianella)
2015-06-16 20:00:00 (link to chat)If the Red Sox were characters on Game of Thrones, who would they be? thanks
(Bill from Los Angeles)
This is super played out ...

... and as such, right in my wheelhouse.

Xander Bogaerts: Jon Snow
Mookie Betts: Danaerys Targaryen

Ben Cherington: Ned (tried to do the right thing, will probably lose head)
Wade Miley: Catelyn (doesn't do much but yell)
Rick Porcello: Robb Stark (handsome, ineffective)
Clay Buchholz: Sansa (WHAT EVEN ARE YOU?)
Eduardo Rodriguez: Arya (so much potential)
Brock Holt: Bran (takes a lot of forms)
Joe Kelly: Rickon (why do you exist?)
Mike Napoli: Hodor (...yep)
Christian Vazquez: Benjen Stark (plz come back)

John Henry: Tywin (still calling the shots)
Dustin Pedroia: Tyrion (most watchable/resourceful)
Larry Lucchino: Cersei (...)
David Ortiz: Jaime (lost a step but still badass)
Blake Swihart: Tommen (keep trying, little guy)

John Farrell: Stannis (stern but no one seems to listen)
Melisandre: Pablo Sandoval (is your power real or what)
Our Hopes/Dreams: Shireen

Hanley Ramirez: The Hound (unlikeable but powerful)
Koji Uehara: Brienne (still rooting for ya)
Daniel Nava: Pod (you too!)

Junichi Tawawa: Bronn (just gets stuff done)
Allen Craig: Janos Slynt (just doesn't)
Shane Victorino: Jorah (always hurt)
Jackie Bradley: Theon (has he not suffered enough?)
Justin Masterson: Beric Dondarrion (should not have been revived)

Craig Breslow: Doran (smart, ineffective)
Alejandro De Aza: sandsnake 1
Alexi Ogando: sandsnake 2
Tommy Layne: sandsnake 3

The Yankees: Roose Bolton
The Rays: Ramsay Bolton
The Blue Jays: The Night's King
The Orioles: Mance Rayder

And two for the book readers ...
Yoan Moncada: Young Griff
Rusney Castillo: Patchface (Ben Carsley)
2015-04-16 17:00:00 (link to chat)Is there anyone that's getting drafted 5th or later ADP that you expect to jump into the first round next year (not rookies, we all know Ssauve is going to gouge his eyes out next year after Bryant turns fastballs into wine)
(EricJ from Unknown)
You mean 5th round? Jason Kipnis if he's healthy. Mookie Betts if he can hold some of that power. Probably not in either case, but so hard to predict. (Mike Gianella)
2015-04-16 17:00:00 (link to chat)It seems in dynasty leagues (and deep leagues in general) prospect hype and general knowledge keeps increasing as data and coverage increases. Top 100 overall and team top 10 names are much more generally known by casual baseball fans let alone fantasy players. Should those trying to be a step ahead, scour for younger projectible players? Or just learn which expert/analyst to trust more?
(Jacob Brumfield from Center )
You can try to analyze the analysts but even that's inexact. I think the knowledge is increasing but the accuracy not necessarily so. I analyzed this a couple of years ago for BP and there is still some scatter shot in terms of hitting the mark. The thing to do is try to figure out who will produce in Roto versus who the name is. Mookie Betts is a good example: he wasn't really viewed as a big time prospect as couple of years ago but he can play ball. Sometimes looking past the obvious offensive fantasy profile pays. (Mike Gianella)
2015-04-06 15:15:00 (link to chat)Has there been any advance in the petition by Ozzie Smith in making Opening Day a National Holiday?
(Edward from Framingham, MA)
I don't know, but gosh darnit there should be! Opening Day might just be my favorite day of the year. It's cold and cloudy here in Portland, Oregon but I've got my baseball stuff on and man I'm excited!

And since nobody asked, how about Mookie Betts? The guy just hits the ball hard like all the time! (Matthew Kory)
2015-04-06 15:15:00 (link to chat)Strategy here is to score like 13 runs off Hamels to drive the price for him down, right?
(William from New York)
It's funny how stuff like this works out. Like the Cubs who are trying to make a case for relevance opening the season in Chicago against the Cardinals in an unfinished Wrigley Field. Sometimes baseball is poetry.

I'm still not buying Hamels ever coming to Boston though. The Phillies aren't going to drop their price and the Red Sox aren't going to give up Mookie Betts or Blake Swihart, so I'm not sure where the middle ground is here. (Matthew Kory)
2015-04-07 14:00:00 (link to chat)What are the early reviews on Moncada? Is this guy the next Mookie Betts, or just your run-of-the-mill future hall of famer?
(John from Boston)
I know very little about Moncada, and I think that we have to be very careful about expectations with Cuban players until they've had some time to adjust to pro ball. The talent variation is huge, and yet the general range of opinions seems to be too tightly wound - let's see how he does against age-appropriate competition in a more familiar setting (to us), and I'll feel better about making an assessment. (Doug Thorburn)
2015-03-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)What role go you see Mookie Betts in this year? Now that Shane Victorino has been declared the starting RF it limits his starting options.
(caseyj15 from Medford, OR)
I think he will be a starter before long, if not opening day. A lot of spring training position battles fizzle out after one player gets hurt or proves ineffective, so even though it looks like a jam in Boston's outfield, I wouldn't be surprised if either Victorino or Hanley misses significant time. (Rob Arthur)
2015-02-25 14:00:00 (link to chat)How do you like Mookie Betts outlook from a Fantasy prospective this year?
(Scott from Baltimore )
I love the player, but there are too many options in the outfield right now. Would not be surprised to see Mookie start at AAA. Victorino trade would be ideal, because Mookie just might be Boston's highest WAR/best player in 2015 if he plays. Mookie and Francisco Lindor were the two highest grades I gave to position players in 2014. He'll hit for average with plenty of speed and power. (Al Skorupa)
2014-12-16 19:00:00 (link to chat)If one player would be Arnold's character (Dutch) from Predator, who would it be? Who would be Carl Weather's character (Dillion)? Who would be the lithe S. American woman/prisoner?
(richardkr34 from Minneapolis, MN)
I'll give Byron Buxton the nod as Dutch. He's that type of talent who can control the game and outsmart even the most lethal of hunters in the Universe. Mookie Betts is Dillon for me. Initially, I was just lukewarm on Betts, much like the viewer is with Dillon at the beginning of Predator, especially after he uses Dutch's team to "get the job done." I didn't really trust it with Betts at first, but like Dillon by the end you are fully on board. As for the S. American woman, I am thinking Albert Almora. The performance hasn't really matched the tools, kind of like how she pretended she didn't know English and was holding back, but made it to the chopper and ended up beating everyone's expectations by surviving. That's a compliment for Almora as I'm big on him being a good major-leaguer. (Top 10s Chat With Chris Mellen)
2015-02-13 19:00:00 (link to chat)Is it me or is Mookie Betts profile pretty unexciting in the OF? It seems like you could get a similar type in a guy like Brett Gardner later on.
(NightmareRec0n from Boston)
I still like Betts a good deal, but yeah his early ADP is too high. And I'd agree that someone like Gardner is more of a bargain. In a 15-team redraft I like Betts more as a late 9th/early 10th rounder, but there's just no way you're going to get him there. (Mike Gianella)
2015-02-16 11:00:00 (link to chat)bigger impact in 2015 -- Bruno Mars or Mookie Betts?
(Walkin from Egypt)
I like Mookie just fine, but Bruno has people wearing hair rollers out in public in the year 2015. (R.J. Anderson)
2015-01-28 19:00:00 (link to chat)What are realistic expectations for Mookie Betts this season in Boston's crowded outfield and how much do you think it will take to land him in a fantasy auction?
(Kyle from MA)
"Realistic": .280~ with below average power and 15-20 SBs. It'll probably take 12-14 dollars to land him in an auction. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-12-11 18:00:00 (link to chat)For 2014, who do you buy for a more productive year, Kolten Wong or Mookie Betts?
(allangustafson from Sun Diego )
I expect Wong to bounce back with a strong season in 2014, but Betts is the more talented player and I have faith in his approach at the plate. I think he's in for a very good campaign. Give me Mookie. (Mark Anderson)
2014-10-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Did you see this breakout coming from Mookie Betts? What is your outlook on his career?
(Rico from Idaho)
No one could have seen this coming. I mean, the guy batted .400 for about a two month stretch. You can't predict that. That said, the signs were there. He's always had a good hit tool and good production, and I've already made my feelings clear about K/BB rate being a good indicator of future success. His was fantastic. It's not shocking he's turned into a very good player. I think he'll be an everyday player somewhere for somebody. I don't know what the Red Sox plan is because he's not unseating Pedroia and they have like 72 outfielders, but he should be in someones lineup everyday this year. (Jeff Moore)
2014-09-15 19:30:00 (link to chat)Brock Holt versus Jackie Bradley Jr. versus XB versus Mookie Betts. I see three spots at best for them (although I suppose that Napoli, Victorino, Ortiz, Cespedes and Vazquez could round out a lineup, squeezing out Craig, Middlebrooks, etc.) Who do you see missing the cut?
(prophet from Undisclosed)
Bogaerts isn't sitting for anyone, and Bradley isn't starting over anyone. Betts is either going to start in RF next year, start in Pawtucket and wait for someone to get hurt or get shipped off for pitching this off-season. The guess here is Victorino or Craig gets moved, Betts starts in RF and Bogaerts at SS, with Holt on the bench and Bradley in Triple-A. (Ben Carsley)
2014-08-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Mookie Betts a fantasy star next year? He would have had 15 HR/45 SB if he wasn't called up.
(Will from Boston)
Probably not. I'm not sure the power or the speed completely translate. That being said, I could still see 8-10 home runs with 20 steal potential in the short term. That isn't a star for me. (Mike Gianella)
2014-09-03 14:00:00 (link to chat)Right at the end of the season Devon Travis saw some time in CF. Do you think he can handle that position going forward? And do you think his bat plays in the big leagues?
(Zack from Windsor)
I don't know of any 40 runners that play CF, so I'm skeptical at best. It's nice for his value, but I don't think it necessarily means anything long term. He's not the Tigers CF of the future or anything, and the arm is below average out there. This isn't a Mookie Betts situation, Mookie is a far superior athlete. Travis' bat plays, but he's got second division upside for me at best. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-08-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)How do you feel Cherington has handled Bogaerts and Mookie Betts this year?
(Steve from Baltimore)
I think he's done fine. It's been a rough year for the Sox, but I'm not sure what other choices he had for Betts. The guy was just demolishing the minors and they could use him at the major league level. I know he's not playing consistently right now, but there's a lot to learn by being in a major league clubhouse, so I don't think he's done wrong there.

As for Bogaerts, I know the shift to 3B upset people, but at that point they were trying to make a push and a small short-term sacrifice isn't that big a deal. He knew he could put Xander back at SS later on in the season if he needed to. Bogaerts is a high-makeup guy and my guess is they thought he could handle being moved around a bit. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-07-31 19:30:00 (link to chat)While the dust settles and you keep your eye on the horizon, where do you see Mookie Betts fitting-in positionally in 2014 and beyond?
(pat the bat from s&m)
He's clearly an OF with the Red Sox. I think they either use him as trade bait -- his best position is 2B, if he goes elsewhere -- or they keep him as a handicap for a Craig/JBJ/Cespedes OF with Victorino as the odd man out. (Ben Carsley)
2014-07-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think there's a good chance Mookie Betts gets moved back to the IF next year? Drew is a one year rental and obviously not doing so well.
(howling wolf from Bethesda MD)
It's possible that the Red Sox decide to make a move like that, but I'm not sure where he plays. I don't like the defensive profile for Betts at shortstop and I don't see Boston moving Pedroia to another position or out of town. That leaves third base and I'm not sure they'd be eager to make that move with other options there, including possibly Bogaerts if they go another direction at shortstop. Betts may be in the outfield for the forseeable future. (Mark Anderson)
2014-07-03 19:00:00 (link to chat)Just traded the hype machine Mookie Betts in my 24 team dynasty league for Jonathan Gray, you like?
(bigwhitesled from Seattle)
I like that. All respect to Mookie but I think Gray returns more value. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-06-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)So is Mookie Betts just a mediocre prospect on an early season hot streak?
(Chris from LA)
He's somewhere in between that and what most Red Sox fans and his fantasy owners will have you believe. Look, Mookie can hit. He controls the strike zone great and has a plus hit tool. That's a legit prospect and every player would like to start out with that skill set. He can also play a good second base, so he's going to be an everyday player in the big leagues, though it won't be at second base in Boston. He has some power, especially for the position, but it's not enough to make him a middle of the order hitter, so that limits his ceiling, but it's not a knock on him. That's just not his game. His game his hitting over .300, which he's going to do. (Jeff Moore)
2014-06-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)Fantasy-wise, who do you like more: Mookie Betts or Arismendy Alcantara?
(childgrambino from Richmond, VA)
I'll take Alcantara, but I don't feel great about it. I think both have 20-steal potential, but I think Alcantara will hit for more power and is a better bet to play middle infield, which ups his fantasy value to me. Mookie Betts is obviously no joke, though. Can flat-out hit the baseball and has a great idea of what he's doing at the plate. (J.P. Breen)
2014-06-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for chatting, Jordan! Before the year started, the BPro prospect list had Joey Gallo 95th and Mookie Betts unranked, but the Oliver Projection System had them both in the top 15. Similar story with Jesse Winker too. Should we just be scouting the stat lines, at least for position players?
(Harry from Decatur)
No. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-05-27 11:30:00 (link to chat)So with what you said about what you look for in hitters about speed and hit/power, what do you think of Mookie Betts, a guy who seems to at least have the hit part, and the speed part down, with hopefully power coming later.
(Frank from Boston)
I think you could be looking at a first division Mookie. Mookie has basically hit his way up the chain. Hitters hit. I don't know how it works out in Boston, as he's clearly blocked. But if he is moved, I think he's going to play every day at 2B. Right now, it's about improving on balls that are on the inner half for him. But, he barrels everything. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-05-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Does Mookie Betts ever play a game in Fenway Park in a Red Sox uniform?
(oldbopper from New Britain, CT)
Yes. And as a little guy named Mookie, I would think he'd get said uniform quite dirty. (Zachary Levine)
2014-05-13 11:00:00 (link to chat)Jeff Samardzija for Mookie Betts and Henry Owens. Who says no?
(JMR from Chicago)
The Cubs? (Jason Parks)
2014-05-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Mookie Betts now the best second base prospect? He is looking incredible out there. Thoughts?
(Mark from Boston)
He's certainly in the discussion. Mookie can flat out hit and second base isn't a deep prospect position right now. He didn't make the Top-101, and six second basemen did. I don't know if I can jump him that high, especially when Kolten Wong came in at number 33. If we had a re-do, however, you can be sure he'd be in there. (Jeff Moore)
2014-04-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)With Mookie Betts hitting so well in the minors, and Sizemore and Bradley Jr. not doing so well in the majors, is there a positional change to CF for him in the near future?
(Jason from MD)
That would surprise me. Bradley Jr. is a ferocious defender out there, and he's going to hit more than he has. Sizemore, hey, who knows, but Nava probably gets the first phone call if/when the Red Sox decide to move on.

Asking where Betts is going to play in a year or two is a fair question. I just don't think it's going to be center field. (R.J. Anderson)
2014-04-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)At what point does a player's on the field performance shatters the scouting projections for him? Specifically Mookie Betts just can't anything wrong.
(redsoxin2004 from Columbia)
The scouting projections on Betts are pretty good, no? Parks had him as an above-average regular before the season started, and wrote that some scouts see an impact player.

To answer the question: in the majors and sometimes in the high-minors. Minor-league stats just don't mean a whole lot, but there are cases where guys hit the whole way through and earn an opportunity because of it. (The inverse is true, too.) Once you reach the majors, the clock starts ticking on when that projection has to turn into production, or that production has to remain production in order to stick around.


To answer your question: the majors. There are some cases where a player who lacks the physical projection can earn a big-league look based on his stats in the upper minors. (In fact, we're seeing that with Solarte and Anna in New York right now.) For the most part, though, teams want reasons to believe the player can stick. Some of these guys with gaudy numbers in the minors have flaws that aren't visible through the numbers, but are obvious to those who watch them day in and day out. Be it a slow bat, a shaky approach, whatever.

That's not to say teams are infallible or anything, mind you. That's just how the system tends to work. (R.J. Anderson)
2014-05-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)I have the #1 waiver claim in my dynasty league. Waiting for a decent prospect to get the call. Of these 3 which would you use it on. Mookie Betts, Arismendy Alcantara or Garin Cecchini?
(Ned F. from Springfield)
Alcantara (Harry Pavlidis)
2014-04-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Mookie Betts. No position in the majors at this time, although seeming to show that last year might not have been as big of a fluke as a lot of people thought. Your thoughts of Betts and what could possibly come of him in the majors (positional especially)?
(Derek from Boston)
Give me the dude who just flat hits everyday of the week. Remember when Xander Bogaerts didn't have a position either? These things have a way of working themselves out. We know he's not playing 2B in Boston unless Pedroia gets hurt, but guys who hit find a way into the lineup. Just let him keep hitting. (Jeff Moore)
2014-04-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Mookie Betts getting even better or has his profile remained unchanged?
(chris from phoenix)
He's still the same player for me. The early season numbers haven't changed anything. (Mark Anderson)
2014-04-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Whats your take on Mookie Betts?
(steveg12 from CA)
I'm a little lower on Betts than some, which means I don't see a potential all-star in the profile. That said, I do like the player; a rangy 2B with plenty of run and line-drive pop in the stick. He brings a plan to the plan which will keep him in good counts and allow him to rip fastballs, something he does quite well. When I first saw him in High-A, I put a utility grade on him. He is better than that, and could end up a major league regular if everything clicks. Unless its utility, I doubt his future home is in Boston. (Jason Parks)
2014-02-26 19:00:00 (link to chat)Dynasty League looking for a second baseman for the future. Who do you like more, Mookie Betts or Rougned Odor? Or is there someone else you think could be more promising?
(Justin from STL)
I like Odor better, Arismendy Alcantara is right there with him too. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-02-26 19:00:00 (link to chat)In a 12 team dynasty 2 round prospect draft, I'm looking at taking a 2B. Which one will help more down the road: Eddie Rosario, Jonathan Schoop, or Mookie Betts?
(fsumagic from TX)
Rosario will likely be the best hitter of the bunch but I dunno if he sticks at 2B. I'll go with Schoop here. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-03-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Mookie Betts could play SS at the major-league level?
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
I think he could make it work, although it wouldn't be that smooth. (Jason Parks on the Completed Prospect Rankings)
2014-01-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Was Mookie Betts exclusion based on a lack of track record? If he puts up similar numbers again this year in AA, does that put in the Top 25-50 for you?
(Jason from Boston)
Top 25 seems highly unlikely. But if the bat continues to develop, yes, he will jump up the list. It's a right-side profile, so he's only going to rise so high before the reality of his profile limits him. (Jason Parks on the Top 101 Prospects)
2014-02-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)What is Mookie Betts ceiling?
(Henri from Dominos)
Above-average regular at second base. (Ronit Shah)
2014-01-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Mookie Betts or Alen Hanson?
(Ned Flanders from Springfield)
Mookie (Jeff Moore)
2014-01-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Deep dynasty draft, and I'm looking at taking either Taylor Linsey or Mookie Betts with an upcoming pick. Which of these 2B do you prefer and why? Thanks!
(Nate from Brownsburg)
Betts has more upside. Lindsey is more of a solid guy to have around. (Mark Anderson)
2013-10-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Mookie Betts ... what do you got?
(Peter from Boston)
People are getting a little out of hand with the Betts 'bation. He's an interesting player. Catalytic. I didn't see a first division talent, and I struggled to see anything more than a utility type at the end of the day. Love the range at 2B, good approach, quick hands, some pop. I don't see the big upside. (Jason Parks)
2013-09-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)What positions will Mookie Betts and Garen Cecchini end up playing for the Red Sox?
(dawson950 from cape cod)
I'm not convinced either will ever actually suit up for the Red Sox. Neither has a clear path and neither stands up as a top flight prospect if they're moved off their current position. (Mark Anderson)
2013-08-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)What is the ceiling of Mookie Betts, 2B for the Class A Advanced Red Sox?
(bkobs from Massachusetts)
yet another kid I don't know. (Harry Pavlidis)
2013-06-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)No hype for Mookie Betts? That walk to strikeout ratio is insane. A.J. Cole seems to be turning it back around. Any shot both players get in the top 100 by the end of the year?
(Giles from PA)
100% honesty: I know nothing of Betts. Very awesome K/BB ratio for a hitter (29 K, 46 BB). Cole, meanwhile, is one of my favorite prospects. I was thrilled when Washington reacquired him. I think he's still a ways out, but he looks sharp. (Paul Sporer)


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