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Red Sox Player Grades: Midseason Edition




The Boston Red Sox roster has been a mixed bag so far this season with certain players grossly underperforming. This post is the second post in the series where I grade Red Sox active roster up until that point in the season.

Grades will be in A-F letter formats and the explanation for the grades will be underneath each player.

The roster of players is right from the MLB 25-man active roster at the time of writing. So that means any player on the DL will not be graded.

Check out the previous grades here.  

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18 GS, 11-4, 2.75 ERA, 127.2 IP, 178 SO, .90 WHIP

Sale continues to be the guy for the Boston Red Sox. Since the last player grade, his numbers have gotten even better as he continues to post numbers better than his career average.

Sale had a rough go of things in the month of May with a 4.24 ERA, but in the month of June he posted a 2.78 ERA and in two starts in July he is at a 2.57 and likely to start the all-star game.


19 GS, 4-11, 4.75 ERA, 119.1 IP, 109 SO, 1.43 WHIP

The reigning CY Young winner has been anything but that this season for the Red Sox. His sinker ball hasn’t been working for him causing the groundball pitcher to throw his fastball more trying to get strikeouts.

He has pitched better of late bumping up his player grade.


9 GS, 4-2, 3.91 ERA, 53 IP, 50 SO, 1.26 WHIP

9 starts into his season and Price has shown the ability to be a capable starter for the Boston Red Sox.

He should continue to get better as the season goes on.

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17 GS, 9-4, 3.60 ERA 90 IP, 98 SO, 1.36 WHIP

Pomeranz has exceeded all expectations and since his blow up with Farrell, he has been the best pitcher in the Red Sox rotation.

Doug Fister: IC

3 G, 0-2, 6.14 ERA, 14.2 IP, 14 SO, 1.70 WHIP

Not enough of a sample size and his place will likely be traken by Eduardo Rodriguez the next time around.


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41 G, 5-2, 3.57 ERA, 40.1 IP, 49 SO, 1.24 WHIP

The Danbury, CT native has been primarily used in the 8th inning by Farrell but his struggles on the road have pushed him into the 7th inning role as of late.

Barnes started the season with a 3.27 ERA in April, but since then he posted a 4.26 ERA in May and a 3.46 ERA in June finishing up that month nicely.


27 G, 2-0, 2.93 ERA, 27.2 IP, 18 SO, 1.12 WHIP

Abad has fallen off a bit since the last grading, but he has still performed better than expected.


17 G, 1-1, 3.13 ERA, 23 IP, 20 SO, 1.39 WHIP

Boyer is 35-years-old and has been a journeyman in MLB. He has only been pitching in Boston since May 28th, but in June he has posted a 2.16 ERA.

Boyer has been suitable for a non-pressure situation for Boston, but the feeling is he isn’t built for any late-inning work.


40 G, 1-2, 3.57 ERA, 40.1 IP, 44 SO, 1.39 WHIP

Hembree is one of the most used relievers in the Red Sox bullpen. He started off the year with a 1.42 ERA in April. But in May he had a 5.93 ERA. In June he has seemed to settle down a bit with a 3.38 ERA.

Hembree is a specialist pitcher by nature and should be used as such. His ERA against left-handed batters is 2.35.


36 G, 0-1, 4.09 ERA, 22 IP, 17 SO, 1.18 WHIP

Scott has been brutal as of late for Boston with his ERA skyrocketing.


34 G, 3-1, 1.49 ERA, 36.1 IP, 26 SO, 1.10 WHIP

The starter turned reliever has been electric out of Boston’s bullpen. Farrell used Kelly in the 6th and 7th inning primarily but he is now going to be shifted in the 8th inning role.

Kelly has the opportunity to be a big part of the Red Sox bullpen down the stretch. He has shown a little struggle as of late but that is normal for a new reliever.


36 G, 2-0, 1.19 ERA, 37.2 IP, 68 SO, .50 WHIP

The Boston Red Sox closer has been stellar this season for Farrell racking up 23 saves. Like Kelly, he has struggled a little bit as of late.

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160 AB, .244 AVG, 5 HR, 22 RBIs, .672 OPS

Leon has fallen back at bit, but still a serviceable option for the Boston Red Sox.


165 AB, .267 AVG, 1 HR, 17 RBIs, .660 OPS

Vasquez started the season off with a solid April and May, but in June the catcher is batting .184 in 38 plate appearances. His recent offensive woes is a big reason that Farrell has opted for Leon as of late.

Vasquez has seen his average drop 30 points since the last grading.

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320 AB, .303 AVG, 6 HR, 41 RBIs, 9 SB, .806 OPS

Bogaerts has been very effective for the Red Sox this season and his average is the highest on the team. He has been very consistent this year for Boston but hs has struggled a bit with the offense showing inconsistency.

It will be interesting to see if Xander’s power numbers tick up as the season goes on.


129 AB, .225, 3 HR, 20 RBIs, .615 OPS

Marrero is not an offensive minded player, instead, he is Boston’s best defensive third basemen in the entire organization.

His offense has come around a bit and has helped stabilize third base for the Boston Red Sox.


292 AB, .257 AVG, 12 HR, 41 RBIs, .793 OPS

Moreland has overachieved his contract already and is an important member of this year’s Red Sox team.


277 AB, .303 AVG, 4 HR, 41 RBIs, .779 OPS

Pedroia has dealt with a number of nagging injuries but has been the second basemen that Red Sox fans have come to know and love.

Despite being 33-years-old, Pedroia has been very effective for Boston.



40 AB, .275 AVG, 1 RBI, 1 SB, 7.16 OPS

Travis simply does not have enough playing time to make a call on his grade. He has shown some promise and has a chance to make the list with a grade next time if he gets some more playing time.

Tzu-Wein Lin: IC

39 AB, .333 AVG, 2 RBIs, 1 SB, .871 OPS

Anything he produces is a plus, he has exceeded all expectations by far.

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305 AB, .279 AVG, 12 HR, 51 RBIs, 9 SB, .903 OPS

Benintendi is a rookie, so his play and problems are something that can be too scrutinized at this time.

After a rough May where he posted a .204 AVG, Benny Baseball has bounced back. He has shown some issues in the field as of late but that comes with being a young player.

Benintendi is one player that is a must watch for Boston as the 22-year-old still has a lot more to show fans.


353 AB, .272 AVG, 16 HR, 53 RBIs, 15 SB, .841 OPS

Betts is an MVP type player, makes all the plays and helps his team win baseball games.

But he can be better, he has started to show it, but it just isn’t enough to warrant a higher grade.


257 AB, .280 AVG, 12 HR, 38 RBIs, .853 OPS

Bradley’s career average is .242, so batting 40 points higher than that is great for the Red Sox centerfield.

JBJ has done exactly what the Boston Red Sox needed him to do.


153 AB, .255 AVG, 4 HR, 17 RBIs, 3 SB, .725 OPS

Young is a utility type outfielder who plays in certain situations and gives the Three B’s a day off.

Young’s power numbers do need to be higher with that being a big part of his game.

But overall you cannot be mad with what he has done so far this season.

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272 AB, .261 AVG, 13 HR, 34 RBIs, .794 OPS

Ramirez started off very slow for the Boston Red Sox. But since the last time, we did this grading he has raised his average by almost 20 points.

But as highlighted in the Tampa Bay series, he is a liability for his team at times.

If he continues to hit he should be fine.


Give me your grades in the comment section below!

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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David Price Pitches In A Different Fenway Park



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David Ortiz steps to the plate, flies out to right field, and what happens? Vicious boos? Well in the world of David Price, yes.

Price had a tell-all with out of touch baseball writer Bob Nightengale in USA Today with the Red Sox pitcher continuing to show why he isn’t made to pitch in any type of baseball market, big or small.

“It is tough here,’’ Price tells USA TODAY. “There’s just so much more negativity. I’ve never been one for negative stuff. I like surrounding myself by positive people. Even if my wife starts talking negatively, I let her know. I just can’t stand it.

Price claims there is an incredible amount of negativity surrounding Boston. Well, maybe just negativity surrounding him. The 217 million dollar man has been the target of much criticism but all of it is justified and has absolutely nothing to do with his price tag. Fans could care less about how much money a player makes since it is not actually their money. Price getting bashed by fans and members of the media also has nothing to do with his performance on the field. It all stems from him being a big baby and blowing up on Dennis Eckersley on the team plane last year. If Price hadn’t done that no one would care, because lets’ face it, Boston is no longer a tough baseball town.

But hey maybe we are all experiencing a different Boston, a different Fenway Park. A Fenway park where David Ortiz gets booed.

“Oh, yeah, he’ll get booed,’’ Price laughs. “I told J.D. he will love the guys here in this clubhouse but also told him he’ll get booed. He’s a quiet, soft-spoken guy, but he’ll handle it. Besides, everyone gets booed. I heard Big Papi (David Ortiz) get booed many times in Fenway.”

Yes, that is a real quote. That statement alone deserves vicious boos from the Fenway Faithful. When was Ortiz ever booed “many times” at Fenway Park during Prices time in baseball? Even when Terry Francona almost benched the slugger fans were still chanting Papi, Papi.

No shot in hell.

Price making that comment to Nightengale is just a shameful attempt to garner national support for him as he attempts to pitch his way out of a contract he should have never signed. Price blames Boston and the fans instead of himself. He signed the contract, no one forced him to do so. Instead, he has taken shots at the city, the fan base, and the organization. Funny thing is if Price goes out and pitches halfway decent there is no shot he gets booed at Fenway Park this season.

Most of the fans that visit Fenway have no idea who half of the players are and will cheer for anything that walks up to the plate. Boston is no longer a tough baseball town, but don’t tell that to Nightengale.

Now it’s J.D. Martinez’s turn to experience baseball’s toughest environment, where perfection is demanded, nothing less than a World Series championship is good enough and, as Price can attest, where things can get awfully ugly in a hurry.

Welcome to Boston.

You’ve been warned. -Nightengale

Baseball’s toughest environment?

I think not.

The biggest newspaper in town, the Boston Globe, is in John Henry‘s garage. And then one of the biggest sports tv stations is also under team ownership.


I think not, more like soft as butter.

Now a direct message to J.D. Martinez: Just don’t be an a-hole like Price and you will be fine. Hit .240 or .320, it literally doesn’t matter in Boston.

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Boston Red Sox Spring Training TV And Radio Broadcast Information



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The Boston Red Sox announced on Tuesday their 2018 Spring Training broadcast schedule.

Of the Red Sox’ 35 exhibition games this spring, 14 will be televised by NESN in the Boston TV market on either the main channel or their NESNplus feed.

In addition to the 14 NESN games, a partnership between them and Boston 25 will bring an additional six games to be broadcasted on Boston 25 in the City of Boston and on NESN throughout the rest of New England.

In terms of radio, the Red Sox Radio network continues to be WEEI which will carry 31 spring training games. There will be three national games on the Spring Training schedule with MLB Network carrying the March 2nd game and ESPN carrying both the March 23rd game and the March 27th game.

Below is the full Boston Red Sox spring training broadcast schedule for 2018

(All Times Eastern and Subject to Change)

Thurs., February 22: Northeastern Univ. in JetBlue Park at 1:05 p.m. (NESN/WFXT*)
Thurs., February 22: Boston College in JetBlue Park (NESN/WFXT*)
Fri., February 23: Minnesota in JetBlue Park at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM)
Sat., February 24: Tampa Bay in JetBlue Park at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM / NESN)
Sun., February 25: Baltimore in JetBlue Park at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 93.7 FM / NESN)

Mon., February 26: Pittsburgh in Bradenton at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM)
Tues., February 27: St. Louis in JetBlue Park at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM)
Tues., February 27: Minnesota in Hammond Stadium at 6:05 p.m. (NESN+)
Wed., February 28: Pittsburgh in JetBlue Park at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM)
Thurs., March 1: Houston in West Palm Beach at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM / NESN/WFXT*)
Fri., March 2: St. Louis in Jupiter at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM at MLBN)
Sat., March 3: NY Yankees in JetBlue Park at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 93.7 FM at NESN)
Sun., March 4: Baltimore in Sarasota at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM / NESN)
Tues., March 6: Tampa Bay in Port Charlotte at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM)
Wed., March 7: Minnesota in JetBlue Park at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM)
Wed., March 7: Philadelphia in Clearwater at 1:05 p.m.
Thurs., March 8: at Tampa Bay in JetBlue Park at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM / NESN/WFXT*)
Fri., March 9: Miami in Jupiter at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM)
Sat., March 10: Minnesota in Hammond Stadium at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM / NESN+)
Sun., March 11: Baltimore (SS) in JetBlue Park at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 93.7 FM / NESN)
Mon., March 12: Toronto in Dunedin at 1:07 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM)
Wed., March 14: Minnesota in Hammond Stadium at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM)
Thurs., March 15: Toronto in JetBlue Park at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM / NESN/WFXT*)
Fri., March 16: Minnesota (SS) in JetBlue Park at 6:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM / NESN)
Sat., March 17: Tampa Bay in JetBlue Park at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM / NESN)

Sun., March 18: Pittsburgh (SS) in Bradenton at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM / NESN)
Mon., March 19: Philadelphia in JetBlue Park at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM)
Tues., March 20: Pittsburgh in JetBlue Park at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM)

Wed., March 21: Tampa Bay in Port Charlotte at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM)
Thurs., March 22: Baltimore in Sarasota at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM / NESN/WFXT*)
Fri., March 23: NY Yankees in Tampa at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM / ESPN)
Sat., March 24: Houston in JetBlue Park at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM / NESN)
Sun., March 25: Minnesota in Hammond Stadium at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM / NESN)
Mon., March 26: Chicago Cubs in JetBlue Park at 6:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM / NESN)
Tues., March 27: Chicago Cubs in JetBlue Park at 1:05 p.m. (WEEI 850 AM / NESN/ESPN)

(SS) – Split Squad
Home Games are played at JetBlue Park at Fenway South in Lee County, Florida
* Games broadcast on WFXT in Boston DMA and on NESN through the rest of New England

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Red Sox Trade Bryce Brentz To The Pittsburgh Pirates



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Red Sox Trade OF Bryce Brentz To The Pittsburgh Pirates

The Red Sox have announced that they have traded outfielder Bryce Brentz to the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash considerations. This creates a spot for newly signed JD Martinez on the 40 man roster, and ultimately the opening day 25 man roster.

Last season for the Pawtucket Red Sox, Bryce Brentz hit .271 with 31 home runs and 85 RBI’s. Those 31 home runs was the most out of any player in the Red Sox organization. However his fielding was okay at best.

This season, Bryce Brentz was on track to be the number 4 outfielder for the Boston Red Sox. But with the acquisition of JD Martinez, this would force Bryce Brentz off the opening day roster. Since Bryce Brentz no longer has anymore options, this trade makes sure that the Red Sox get something out of getting rid of him. Otherwise the Red Sox would have just designated him for assignment.

Bryce Brentz Highlights

Here are some of the highlights from last season for Bryce Brentz.

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