Spring Training Update
The Red Sox are now ten games into their spring training schedule. Let’s take a look at some of the more interesting developments thus far this spring.
- As I said above, the Red Sox have played ten games. David Ortiz has yet to make an appearance. I guess injuries can sometimes linger when the player is 36 years old and weighs almost three bills.
- Jackie Bradley JR is killing it in his first major league camp. Not only is the twenty-two year old eight for seventeen in seven games, but his defensive skills have received rave reviews. It’s still very, very early, but the Red Sox can’t be worrying much about Jacoby Ellsbury’s plans for next season as of right now.
- The one serious competition in camp is the one between Mike Carp, Lyle Overbay, Daniel Nava, and Ryan Sweeney for the last two spots on the major league roster. Carp is leading the way, having reached base safely four times in ten plate appearances. Nava and Overbay are both struggling. Nava is three for fifteen and Overbay is one for twelve.
- You can’t really evaluate pitchers much with spring training statistics. But strikeout to walk rates can give you a little insight into the kind of stuff the pitchers have. Andrew Bailey leads the staff with his 6:0 K to BB rate. Prospect Allen Webster has also fanned six in five innings. Daniel Bard has walked one and fanned one in an inning of work.
- Felix Doubront and Craig Breslow, who were both experience shoulder issues at the beginning of the spring, have not appeared in games yet.
My personal projections for the 2013 Red Sox will be out later this week! In the meantime, follow me on Twitter @BOSwds or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.