It's going to be a crucial season for the 25-year-old, who put on 12 pounds of muscle during the offseason. After a strong debut season, Middlebrooks suffered a sophomore slump in 2013. He hit just .227/.271/.425 in 348 at-bats. General manager Ben Cherington seemed happy about Middlebrooks' current status. "He had a good offseason," Cherington said. "He’s in good shape, he’s strong, he’s getting his work in now. The talent is going to allow Will to be a really good player."
Middlebrooks is the favorite to open the regular season as the team's starter at third base.
The lineup consisted of
Pitchers are catchers aren't set to report until February 15, but a few players showed up early. The most interesting names among the bunch are
Middlebrooks is attempting to recover from a down year in 2013, and it's a good sign that he's in camp early. He hit just .227 last season, but is slated to be the team's starting third baseman. The Red Sox continue to be rumored as a landing spot for Stephen Drew, but Middlebrooks' performance in camp could prevent them from making the move.
Bogaerts is in a similar position. The top prospect will be looking at a potential breakout season as the team's starting shortstop. Bogaerts' playing time was limited by Drew being in town last year, but the training wheels are coming off this year.
Bradley Jr. will be fighting for a spot on the team's 25-man roster after Grady Sizemore was brought in. Bradley Jr. was considered one of the team's best prospects entering last season, but was promoted too early and struggled. There's still plenty of potential there if he can beat out Sizemore.
If free agent infielder
The inclusion of Drew would likely push Bogaerts to third base, at least against right-handers, and relegate Middlebrooks into a part-time role or even send him back to Triple-A. Other reports, however, have claimed that Bogaerts would remain as the starter at shortstop and Drew would serve in a utility role.
If Drew signs elsewhere, Bogaerts willl probably start at shortstop and Middlebrooks at third. The pair have just 659 major league at-bats between them.
Bogaerts batted .250 in just 44 at-bats in 2013 while Middlebrooks, who shined in 2012, fell to .227 with 17 home runs and 49 RBI while striking out 98 times in just 348 at-bats.
|CBSSports.com Player Ranking|
|10/31/2013 vs St. Louis|
|vs Nova (Career)||2||2||1||2.500||1.000||1.000|
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|2010||AFA-Salem Red Sox||114||435||69||120||31||2||12||70||35||121||5||3||.331||.439||.276|
|2011||AA-Portland Sea Dogs||96||371||54||112||25||1||18||80||21||95||6||0||.345||.520||.302|
|2011||AAA-Pawtucket Red Sox||16||56||4||9||0||0||2||8||3||18||3||1||.200||.268||.161|
|2012||AAA-Pawtucket Red Sox||24||93||18||31||3||1||9||27||7||18||3||1||.380||.677||.333|