Sunday, March 29, 2015

Mookie Betts Scouting Report (CF, Boston Red Sox)

Mookie Betts


Positions: Second Base, Center Field and Shortstop
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 9", Weight: 155 lb
Born: 10/7/1992
Drafted: 5th Round, in 2011 by the Red Sox, out of John Overton HS (Brentwood, TN)

Scouting Report

Mookie Betts has solidified the center field job for the Red Sox with an incredible Spring so far, in which he is hitting .487 in 41 PA, with 7 doubles, 2 triples, 2 HR, and 1 SB.  He has reached base 21 times out of the 41 times he stood in the box.  Betts is also making sparkling plays in center with his speed, despite his usual position being second base.

Betts is a small guy, barely topping 150 pounds, who has an amazing feel for the strike zone and put up one of the best BB:K ratios you will see in the minors (174 BB : 137 K).  Despite the small stature, he has surprising pop with 26 HR in 1,116 minor league AB.  He has also hit the most extra base hits in a Red Sox Spring Training (11) since Josh Reddick in 2010.  His latest Spring Training HR came off of Atlanta's ace, Julio Teheran.

Betts is the quintessential leadoff hitter, posting a .408 OBP in his 4 minor league seasons, and stealing 92 bases while getting caught only 15 times.  The main concern was his shift from second base (Dustin Pedroia occupies second) to the outfield and so far, the transition is relatively easy for this athletic kid.

I suspect Betts will be in the starting Boston lineup for years to come and will quickly become a fan favorite, if he hasn't already.

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