USA TODAY Sports
Will Betts' transition to center field keep him in Boston?
Boston drafted Mookie Betts in the fifth round in 2011. Following a slow start to his professional career in 2012, Betts won the Red Sox Minor League Offensive Player of the Year award last season after batting .318 with a .417 on-base percentage, 38 steals, 15 home runs and 65 RBI in 462 at-bats between single-A and high-A-level ball.
This year Betts is tearing it up in Double-A with a .355 average and a .443 OBP through 54 contests. At one point spanning 2013-14, Betts reached base in 66 consecutive games, just five short of the all-time minor league record.
SoxProspects.com rates Betts the No. 1 player in the entire Red Sox farm system.
A natural second baseman, Boston has decided to try Betts out in center field given Dustin Pedroia's eight-year, $110 million contract. But before recently becoming a big league regular, center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. was considered one of the Red Sox's top prospects as well.
With Pedroia locked in at second base and Bradley Jr. looking to develop into Boston's everyday starter in center field, the Red Sox might at least explore what other teams are willing to give up for a potential All-Star in Betts.