One Big Question
Or is he just a placeholder on the 40-man until a spot is needed?
And more specifically, the BABIP portion of that.
The lefty has incredible stuff, but last year was a worrisome outlier in one way.
In small samples the last few years, he’s struggled to miss bats.
It’s the simplest way to up his offensive profile.
His role is likely to change this year, so will that change the performance?
He’s increased the velocity, and has a solid floor, but the ceiling can be raised with more whiffs.
He was a completely different pitcher in his final eight starts of ‘21.
He’s not good enough in other areas to keep such low launch angles.
Christian Vázquez’s offensive struggles last year boiled down to too much weak contact. He’ll need to address that shortcoming to be the hitter he was in 2019 and 2020.
He should be a big part of this bullpen, but there are still issues to fix.
The splitter is sick. He needs something else.
Even when he’s not at the absolute top of his game, Chris Sale is still a good pitcher. But will we ever see vintage Sale ever again?
The strikeout jump in 2021 is concerning.
It’s looking dicey.
He’s already a solid backup catcher here, but it seems like there’s not too far for him to get to another level at the plate.
Nick Pivetta was a solid starting pitcher for the Red Sox last season and there’d be nothing wrong with him being one again. But does the right-hander have another gear left?
The first step in James Paxton’s comeback journey will be returning to the mound after Tommy John surgery. When can the Red Sox expect him to do that?
This year for Mata will likely be about 2023 and beyond.
The slugger’s future is unclear, but he can still make an impact wherever he ends up.
At least some of the time?
Entering his age-42 season, it’ll be an open question all year.
There’s a lot to like, but it’s not a finished picture.
The second base rumors will remain unless the position is filled when free agency resumes.
The stuff is there. The control? Not so much.
Whether it’s an old or a new breaking ball, he needs it to come around.
It’s not out of the question.
One Big Question: Will Jarren Duran get consistent enough at bats to figure out major-league pitching?
And should they be given?
He’s a post-hype prospect who could get back in the top prospect picture this summer.
He has a skillset that makes it possible, but he’ll have to work for it.
Bobby Dalbec can mash. He just has to do it more often. Simple, right?