Now that the 2012 season is in the rearview mirror, Boston Red Sox fans are looking ahead to 2013 with a guarded sense of optimism. While the team may not be a World Series contender, things certainly can’t get any worse.
After 2013, though, is when things get very interesting. The Sox have a number of fascinating hitting prospects in their system, and by 2014 some of them may be ready to break into the everyday MLB lineup.
A 2014 Sox lineup projects as a unique combination of veteran producers and young talent. It has power, speed and several excellent defensive players as well.
While we obviously can’t predict exactly how everything will happen, the lineup here could be that of a contender for a division title or, at the very least, a wild-card berth.
Here is the forecasted starting nine for the 2014 Boston Red Sox.