BOSTON 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.
CHRIS SALE: A
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.
RICK PORCELLO: C-
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.
DAVID PRICE: C+
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.
DREW POMERANZ: B
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.
MATT BARNES: C
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.
BLAINE BOYER: B-
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.
HEATH HEMBREE: C-
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.
ROBBY SCOTT: D-
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.
JOE KELLY: A
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.
SANDY LEON: C
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.
CHRISTIAN VAZQUEZ: C
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.
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.
MITCH MORELAND: C+
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.
DUSTIN PEDROIA: A-
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.
SAM TRAVIS: IC
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.
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.
MOOKIE BETTS: B
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.
JACKIE BRADLEY JR.: B+
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.
CHRIS YOUNG: C+
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.
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.
NEXT BOSTON RED SOX GRADES WILL COME OUT IN Late July
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