On the bright side, Red Sox right fielders couldn't possibly hit as poorly as they did in 2011. Last year, Boston's .652 OPS out of the right field position ranked 29th among 30 teams. It's possible that the Red Sox acquire another right fielder to platoon with either Josh Reddick or Ryan Kalish. But as the team stands now, this it the kind of production that you can expect from the team's right fielders.
Josh Reddick is a great contact hitter, but he has very little plate discipline. The 24-year-old outfielder had an outstanding 23.3 percent line drive rate last year, and he did show some flashes of power, hitting seven home runs in 87 games. But he was anything but consistent.
Reddick hit .407 in June, .280 in July, .208 in August and .271 in September. He drew seven walks in July but drew only two walks in September. Which Reddick the Red Sox will see in 2012 is anybody's guess.
2012 Projection (Reddick) - 80 games played, .270/.320/.440, 5 HR, 25 RBI
Red Sox outfield prospect Ryan Kalish will also get a shot at the starting position. Kalish is a year younger than Reddick but is the more polished player. He struggled in 53 games with the Red Sox in 2010 and was hurt most of the year in 2011. But with a year more of experience under his belt he should look more like the .294/.356/.476 hitter that he was at the Triple-A level in 2010.
2012 Projection (Kalish) - 60 games played, .275/.350/.480, 4 HR, 22 RBI