2013 Stats (Low-A/High-A): .286/.395/.470, 72 R, 39 XBH (10 HR), 24 SB, 44/61 K/BB (92 G)
With top prospects Xander Bogaerts and Garin Cecchini capturing headlines on a nightly basis, Mookie Betts hasn’t received the love he deserves in his full-season debut.
Assigned to Low-A Greenville to begin the 2013 season, Betts, 20, quickly emerged as one of the South Atlantic League’s top prospects, showcasing above-average speed, a knack for making hard contact, and underrated power potential. However, it’s the ridiculously advanced plate discipline and approach that separates Betts from most other prospects in the low minors and explains why he's already received a promotion to High-A Salem.
Although he’s undersized at 5’9”, 156 pounds, Betts has surprising strength for his size, with a feel for applying it in games. The right-handed hitter has a compact swing with excellent barrel control that allows him to drive the ball across the entire field. And while he offered gap power exclusively in 2012, Betts has shown more over-the-fence pop this year after adding strength during the offseason.
However, with Dustin Pedroia, Jose Iglesias and Xander Bogaerts set to occupy Boston’s infield for the foreseeable future, it’s hard to see where Betts fits in the organization’s long-term plans.