Boston Red Sox Getting a Glimpse at the Future

Boston Red Sox Getting a Glimpse at the Future

Boston Red Sox Getting a Glimpse at the Future

Though missing the playoffs for a third straight season is a tough pill to swallow for the Boston Red Sox, times like this can be useful to the organization. Players who are only known by name that have spent a lot of time in the minor leagues, finally get a chance to show their stuff at the major league level.

Ryan Lavarnway, Mauro Gomez, and Jose Iglesias were all in the Red Sox lineup last night in the team’s 10-3 loss to the Los Angeles Angels. These three are players that could have a major impact for the Red Sox in the future, so this time at the end of the season is very valuable.

Iglesias, 22, has been the shortstop of the future for the Red Sox since his signing in 2009. Defensively, he is ready for the show, but questions still remain about his bat. Many people within the Red Sox organization have said that he makes a highlight play in the field almost each night in the minors, but he has not produced at the plate. This season in triple-A Pawtucket, Iglesias is hitting .266 with 23 RBIs and 12 stolen bases. So far with the Red Sox this year, he is 0 for 9 at the plate. The remainder of this season could be a deciding factor in the team’s decision to stick with Iglesias for the future.

Lavarnway, 24, has been a major name in the Red Sox farm system for the past couple years and is getting extended time on he field this season. Since making his season-debut on August 2 against the Minnesota Twins, Lavarnway has played in 17 games. After the team traded Kelly Shoppach, Ryan Lavarnway became the full-time backup to Jared Saltalamacchia. Though he has been consistently in the lineup, Lavarnway has not been hitting very well. He is hitting .196 with two RBIs (not exactly making an impact).


Gomez, 27, has been having a monster year in the minors this season, while also producing for the Red Sox in his stints with the team. In Pawtucket this season, Gomez was hitting .310 with 24 home runs, 34 doubles, and 74 RBIs. Prior to recently being called up to rejoin the Red Sox, Gomez had stints with the team in May and July. With the Red Sox this season, he has appeared in 15 games and has a .327 average with four RBIs. On August 25, he hit his first career home run against the Kansas City Royals. After shipping away Adrian Gonzalez, the Red Sox are in need of a first basemen for next year and Gomez has a chance to make his case.

As the Red Sox fade deeper in the standings, it is likely more players from the minors will be called up to get a chance to showcase their talents. A player that has gotten time with the team through the years who we should keep an eye on is Ryan Kalish. He has been expected to be the right fielder of the future, but the team wants to keep Cody Ross, so Kalish must take advantage of his time with the team.

Though it is painful not to watch the Red Sox compete for a birth in the postseason, getting a glimpse at the future is a positive to take away from times like these.

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By Sports Media 101
Friday, 31 Aug 2012

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