2014 Statistics (Double-A Portland): 253 PA / .355 BA / .994 OPS / 6 HR / 34 RBI
2014 Statistics (Triple-A Pawtucket): 157 PA / .321 BA / .904 OPS / 5 HR / 24 RBI
2014 Statistics (Majors): 40 PA / .243 BA / .660 OPS / 1 HR / 2 RBI
Despite the Red Sox's No. 1 prospect not having the ideal transformation to life at the big league level, there is no doubting that Mookie Betts has a bright future ahead of him.
2014 has seen a number of quick promotions for the 21-year-old infielder turned outfielder. In short, he was tearing it up at the minor league level—first at Double-A Portland and then at Triple-A Pawtucket.
Granted, his tenure with Boston has not been as impressive. But in all fairness, the bulk of his playing time in the majors was when the Red Sox were enduring a number of difficult times and were preparing themselves for conceding the 2014 season.
Betts was not the end-all, be-all answer the Red Sox needed to turn their season around. That is far too much pressure to be put on almost any young phenom.
His first stint at the major league level was not long—lasting from June 28 through July 19.
But with a new cast of characters on the Red Sox's roster, Betts once again has a chance to showcase his talent, having been recalled from Triple-A on August 1 per Anna Fogel of NESN.com.
Betts has gone 1-for-3 since the call-up, which is a small sample size obviously, but a stat worth watching when considering his direct competition for playing time.
With deadline acquisitions Yoenis Cespedes and Allen Craig likely to get a lot of work in the outfield, Betts' best chance to earn a starting job will likely come from unseating rookie Jackie Bradley Jr. This may be the competition to watch in Boston's outfield for the duration of the season.
Depending on how this goes, we may see more of what Betts can do at the major league level as the 2014 season draws to a close.
There is no doubting that Betts belongs at the major league level. The only question is when he will stay there.
This will be revealed to us in greater detail in the coming weeks. We know Betts can handle life in Triple-A—he's proven that. The real challenge will be the rigors of a full year at the major league level.
At worst, Betts starts off 2015 at Triple-A, but it would not be a surprise to see him on the 25-man roster on Opening Day next season.
Stock: Neutral—Betts has proven himself well at the minor league level. The sample size following his recent call-up is too little to determine whether or not his stock is rising or falling.
Give us another week to make such a determination.
All statistics as of August 3, 2014. Statistics, records and accolades courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com unless otherwise indicated.
Peter Panacy is a featured columnist for Bleacher Report, covering the Boston Red Sox. Be sure to check out his entire archive on Red Sox news, insight and analysis.
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