The Boston Red Sox reported to spring training this year with one mission in mind: to defend their World Series title.
As they proved in 2013, it takes all 25 guys on a roster—usually more when dealing with injuries—to win a championship.
A prime example is Xander Bogaerts. No one expected the young infielder (he turned 21 on Oct. 1) to compile 34 postseason at-bats last season, especially after starting the year in Double-A. His .296/.412/.481 line was a significant contribution, as Boston won its third title since 2004.
Spring training is a great opportunity for young players to show the progress they’ve made since the prior season finished. A breakout performance in camp can bring attention to a player the organization didn’t have its eye on previously.
Prospects can even be so impressive that they force their way onto the Opening Day roster.
The following four players are a mix of prospects and a big leaguer whom the Red Sox have in their future plans. What they all have in common is that their respective performances over the first two weeks of spring training are separating them from the rest of the pack.
All player statistics sourced from MLB.com.