Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Looking Ahead To The Future Red Sox Infield

Deven Marrero (FenwayNation Photo)
We all know that the 2014 Carmine Hose lack infield depth. However, projecting out two or three years, Boston could have an all-organization cadre at first, second, short and third. Here's how. It all starts with the 'can't miss' stud in the group—Xander Bogaerts. While the team will let him grow at shortstop, he'll probably eventually settle in at third base (of course, there's also top third base prospect Garin Cecchini). Bogaerts played the hot corner admirably in the 2013 post-season and the move could allow him to concentrate on his real strength—offense. Luckily, the Red Sox have another elite defensive shortstop in the pipeline—Deven Marrero. Many scouts see him as nearly as good with the glove as Jose Iglesias—and with more speed and offensive potential. After the Mike Napoli Era, Will Middlebrooks can be moved to first—where he can stop worrying about being Brooks Robinson and just hit. So, the all-organization infield—Middlebrooks, Dustin Pedroia, Marrero and Bogaerts.