A few innings can't tell you much, but first impressions are still important. This is especially true for a ball club that is on the path to redemption after putting on its worst performance in decades last season.
The Red Sox wrapped up the first week of spring training games with some positive (16-6 win over Pittsburgh) and not-so-positive (15-4 loss vs. St. Louis) results. But much more important right now than the overall team performance are individual performances.
Dustin Pedroia came out booming with a homer, Jon Lester and John Lackey look poised to bounce back (thankfully), but which players seemingly sprouted from the dugout and really turned heads—especially manager John Farrell's?
Here's a list of the breakout stars from the Red Sox's first week of spring training action. If you weren't already watching them, you should be now.