It’s fair to say he succeeded.
Middlebrooks reached base in three of his four at-bats, stole a base and made several fine defensive plays. All the while he looked every bit the part of an everyday Major Leaguer. Along with David Ortiz, he was the only member of the Sox to record multiple hits in the game.
Although it’s a very small sample, Middlebrooks looks ready for an everyday role with this Red Sox team. The injury to Kevin Youkilis will give the 23-year-old some time to show what he can do, although he may ultimately have to cede the job back to Youkilis when the veteran’s back sufficiently heals.
Middlebrooks represents the future at third base for the Red Sox and he should be playing regularly. Here are five indicators that this fine young player is ready to be a Major Leaguer right now.