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2017 Red Sox Preview: Who will be Boston’s Unsung Hero?

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Which player will not get the credit he deserves?

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays
Daniel Nava is the ultimate unsung hero
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome back to the season preview superlative series. If this is your first time seeing this, we’ve done three installments before this and this particular entry represents the halfway point in the series. We’ve already covered the Team MVP, Biggest Disappointment and Best Pitcher. In this entry, we’ll be trying to figure out who the unsung hero will be for the Red Sox in 2017.

Now, this is inherently difficult to predict. I’ll acknowledge that. Still, we know which types of players are undervalued on this team. We’ve seen it in recent years with players who rely heavily on their defense, like Shane Victorino in 2013. We also saw it in that same year with platoon players like Daniel Nava. You can’t win without at least a couple of players performing like stars, but to take that next step you need some players closer to the periphery of the roster to step up as well. You can vote for who you think that will be by voting below. If someone you think should be included doesn’t get a mention here, let me know and I’ll add them as soon as possible.

Poll

Who will be the unsung hero on the 2017 Red Sox?

This poll is closed

  • 3%
    Matt Barnes
    (26 votes)
  • 1%
    Heath Hembree
    (9 votes)
  • 6%
    Marco Hernandez
    (46 votes)
  • 3%
    Brock Holt
    (26 votes)
  • 12%
    Joe Kelly
    (84 votes)
  • 0%
    Sandy Leon
    (6 votes)
  • 18%
    Mitch Moreland
    (126 votes)
  • 3%
    Drew Pomeranz
    (21 votes)
  • 0%
    Robbie Ross
    (6 votes)
  • 14%
    Pablo Sandoval
    (97 votes)
  • 2%
    Carson Smith
    (17 votes)
  • 3%
    Blake Swihart
    (27 votes)
  • 3%
    Sam Travis
    (27 votes)
  • 5%
    Christian Vazquez
    (37 votes)
  • 10%
    Steven Wright
    (71 votes)
  • 7%
    Chris Young
    (50 votes)
676 votes total Vote Now