2016 Boston Red Sox Outfield Outlook
The Boston Red Sox outfield will look significantly different in 2016. The question is, will it be as productive as it was in 2015?
The Red Sox outfield changed quite a bit throughout last season, but the team generally looked to the trio of Hanley Ramirez, Mookie Betts and Shane Victorino. With Victorino gone and Ramirez no longer in the outfield, Boston will turn to Rusney Castillo and Jackie Bradley Jr, with help from veteran Chris Young, to start 2016.
Although he has had his moments, Castillo has yet to live up to his contract. He hit .333 in 10 games in 2014 and .253 in 80 games in 2015, so 2016 will be a big year for him to prove he is worth $10.5 million. He batted over .300 in Cuba.
Mookie Betts, being a natural second baseman, was called up to play center. The new leadoff batter posted a .291 average in a short 2014 and a full 2015. He has emerged into a young star and is an example of Boston’s young talent.
Chris Young was brought in to be the veteran and bring experience to this outfield. He will be called upon to do damage to left handed pitching. His overall average is only .252, but he hits .327 against lefties. The Red Sox signed good value in Chris Young.
The biggest question for the Red Sox outfield is the performance of Jackie Bradley Jr. In his early time in the league he simply could not make contact. By the end of 2015 that seemed to change. In 74 games he hit a mediocre .249 average, but demonstrated some great power and speed hitting 10 home runs with four triples. He is a key piece to whether this outfield is productive or not.
Will the Red Sox outfield perform in 2016? There is only one way to find out.
by Dean Matheos