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MLB Preview – Boston Red Sox

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2014 Record: 71-91

Key Additions:

  • Rick Porcello: Starting Pitcher
  • Wade Miley: Starting Pitcher
  • Justin Masterson: Starting Pitcher
  • Hanley Ramirez: Outfield
  • Pablo Sandoval: Third Base
  • Rusney Castillo: Outfield

Key Losses:

  • Yoenis Cespedes: Outfield
  • Rubby De La Rosa: Starting Pitcher
  • Allen Webster: Starting Pitcher
  • David Ross: Catcher

Top Prospects:

  • Rusney Castillo: Outfield, age 27
  • Blake Swihart: Catcher, age 22
  • Henry Owens: Starting Pitcher, age 22

2015 Outlook: The Red Sox weren’t good last year. They couldn’t really hit. The pitching wasn’t good. After winning the World Series in 2013 they finished in last place in the AL East in 2014. That doesn’t really matter though as they made many changes this offseason. They acquired three new pitchers to lead their rotation; Rick Porcello, Wade Miley, and Justin Masterson. None of those guys are great but they shouldn’t be disasters either.

If the Red Sox are going to be good they are going to need to hit. They spent a lot of money to bring over Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez as well as Cuban CF Rusney Castillo. Since the Red Sox were so bad last year they gave a lot of playing time to young players like Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts. If the Red Sox hope to compete this year they better hope the experience pays off for their young hitters.

Player to Watch: Xander Bogaerts – Bogaerts didn’t hit at all as a rookie last year. He should be much better this year.

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2015 Projected Record: 86-76

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