Thursday, February 12, 2015

Will Sox Go 'Worst To First' With Kids In 2015?

The dazzling 2013 Red Sox went from "worst-to-first" with an Idiot-like collection of wily veterans. Pulled off various scrap-heaps, they were a bearded band of under-valued pros—all of whom had near-career years. It was a joyous, totally unexpected miracle. If Boston is to pull off another "worst-to-first" in 2015, it will be through the maturation of a youthful core of players. At the head of this group is Xander Bogaerts. After a disappointing 2014, the 22-year old Bogaerts is poised to reclaim his mantle as a cool, efficient offensive force—while holding his own defensively at shortstop. Expected to contribute as well is Mookie Betts—also 22 and likely to start in right field and lead-off for the 2015 Carmine Hose. Christian Vazquez—a geezer at 24—will hold down the bulk of the catching duties and is already being called a mini-Yadier Molina behind the dish. Even Jackie "Beast Mode" Bradley, Jr. (also an advanced age 24) might re-engineer himself back to the top prospect we all thought he would be. Of course, young pitchers like Matt Barnes (24), Brian Johnson (24) and Henry Owens (22) might also end up contributing to another championship. Hey, why not?