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2021 Red Sox Superlatives: Who will be the biggest surprise?

These are pleasant surprises.

Boston Red Sox Spring Training Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images

We are now just five days away from the start of the regular season, which seems both impossibly short and also a long time coming. With the start of the season, we now turn to one of our preseason staples here at OTM: The superlative prediction polls. Throughout the next few days, we’re going to have two polls a day to vote on the following categories: Team MVP, Team Cy Young, Defensive Wizard, Most Surprising Player (in a positive sense), Most Disappointing Player, and Unsung Hero.

For this poll, we’re looking at the biggest surprise, which as I indicate above we’re talking pleasant surprises. Tomorrow we’ll have a poll on the opposite end of the spectrum for most disappointing players. For this one, we’re looking at the players without much in the way of expectations, those who will have a role but they’ll be more of a supporting piece rather than a core one, but who may push themselves into that core.

As will be the case for all of these, just vote for your selection below. If your answer is not one of the options, drop a comment and I’ll add them into the poll. On Wednesday, we’ll wrap up by revealing the community selections along with the staff selections.


Who will be 2021’s biggest Red Sox surprise?

This poll is closed

  • 2%
    Matt Andriese
    (20 votes)
  • 3%
    Christian Arroyo
    (31 votes)
  • 5%
    Michael Chavis
    (45 votes)
  • 17%
    Franchy Cordero
    (153 votes)
  • 30%
    Bobby Dalbec
    (263 votes)
  • 2%
    Jeter Downs
    (18 votes)
  • 8%
    Jarren Duran
    (71 votes)
  • 0%
    Martín Pérez
    (3 votes)
  • 7%
    Nick Pivetta
    (62 votes)
  • 11%
    Hunter Renfroe
    (96 votes)
  • 7%
    Garrett Richards
    (61 votes)
  • 1%
    Connor Seabold
    (13 votes)
  • 3%
    Garrett Whitlock
    (28 votes)
864 votes total Vote Now