Tuesday, November 5, 2019

FenwayNation Announces Its Red Sox Awards For The 2019 Season

As we do at the end of every Red Sox season, we are today announcing our choices for the following 2019 team awards: Player of The Year, Rookie Of The Year, Under-The-Radar Player and Most Disappointing Player. Here they are:

Player Of The Year: (tie) Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers. While 2019 was a brutally disappointing year, these two players were both consistently contributing to the still-powerful Red Sox offense. It was extremely difficult to select one of the two as the top player on the team, so we gave both of them the honor. Bogie hit .309 with 33 HRs and 117 RBIs; Raffy was almost identical at .311, 32 HRs and 115 RBIs. It was a pleasure to watch both of them play every day (Bogaerts 155 games, Devers 156)—and also watch them jointly contribute to the solid left-side of the infield defense. Congratulations Bogie and Raffy!

Rookie Of The Year: Michael Chavis. Chavis was a welcome addition to the 2019 offense—showing an exuberance and enthusiasm all-too-rare among today's players. In just 347 at-bats, he clouted 18 HRs and knocked in 58.

Under-The-Radar Player: Marcus Walden. Walden appeared in 70 games for the Red Sox in 2019—posting a 3.81 ERA. In 78 innings pitched, he yielded only 61 hits and held opposing batters to an astounding .213 average.

Most-Disappointing PlayerHector Velázquez. After a stellar 2018 campaign—in which he contributed mightily to the World Series championship squad—Velázquez suffered a serious drop-off in 2019. He appeared in just 34 games—posting a less-than-stellar 5.43 ERA. He also gave up more hits than innings pitched, and opposing batters hit .275 against him.