Mookie Betts Boston Red Sox | Second Base-Outfield

     
 












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Age: 22
Born: October 7, 1992
Brentwood, TN
Height: 5-9
Weight: 156
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 5th round, 2011
How Acquired: Draft
High School: Overton HS (TN)

Photo © Kelly O'Connor

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2012 Prospect Preview

2013 Prospect Preview
Betts raising bar with dynamic full-season debut (8.22.13)
2013 Top 40 Season in Review
ESPNBoston: Keep an eye on Betts (1.14.13)
Spring Training: Betts working to build on breakout (3.31.14)
ESPNBoston: Betts getting work in center field (5.26.14)
Betts taking promotion, position change in stride (6.9.14)
The Write-Up: Notes from McCoy (6.25.14)
2014 Graduates Season in Review
Betts prepared for whatever 2015 may bring (1.23.15)

Physical Description: Small, athletic frame. Very strong for his size. Some physical projection remaining, especially in his lower half, but will always be on the thin side. Doesnít have a frame that will add significant weight as he matures.    

Hit: Compact, level swing. Fluid load. Quick hands and strong wrists. Plus-plus bat speed. Solid overall approach for someone his age; works counts and isnít overly aggressive. Consistently makes solid contact to all fields. Plus strike zone judgment. Potential plus-to-better hit tool.  

Power: Average-to-better power potential. Potential to hit 15-20 home runs per season. Power comes from lightning-quick hands and bat speed. Surprising pop for someone his size. Can drive the ball to all fields.  

Arm: Solid-average arm. Could play at all outfield positions, but profiles best in center field

Field: Potential plus defender even though he didnít convert to outfield until May 2014. Gets solid reads and good jumps. Doesnít always take the best route, but able to recover due to his speed. Plus range; able to go get the ball in the gap. In the infield, showed fluid and smooth actions defensively. Soft hands. At times, tended to stay back on balls rather than charge. Excellent instincts and could profile as a plus defender at second base as well if given the chance to play there.

Run: Plus-to-better speed. Excellent instincts on the basepaths. Ability to impact a game with his legs.  

Career Notes: Committed to play at Tennessee prior to signing. Excelled in four sports in high school including basketball and bowling. Started his career in Lowell at shortstop before moving to second base, where he looked much more comfortable. Began to play in the outfield in May 2014 when it became clear he would be in Boston by the end of the season. Began 2014 season with a 66-game on-base streak (71 including prior season's playoffs). Selected for the 2014 Futures Game, but did not participate due to MLB call-up. Nephew of former MLB 2B Terry Shumpert.

Summation: Potential role 7 player; frequent all-star, impact player. Top-of-the-order profile with potential to hit .300 with 15+ home runs and 30+ steals in his peak with plus defense in either the outfield or at second base. One of the top young players in all of baseball. Elite makeup and work ethic. Gets the most of out of what he has and never takes a play off. Franchise cornerstone type of player.


 
   
  Hitting Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
  2011 Overton HS HS HS --- 18 --- --- 58 59 --- 8 --- --- --- --- --- 30 --- 0.509 --- --- ---
  2011 GCL Red Sox GCL Rk Bos 18 1 4 0 2 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 1 0 0.500 0.500 0.500 1.000
  2012 Lowell NYPL A Bos 19 71 251 34 67 8 1 0 31 77 32 30 20 4 0.267 0.352 0.307 0.658
  2013 Greenville SAL A Bos 20 76 277 63 82 24 1 8 26 132 58 40 18 2 0.296 0.418 0.477 0.895
  2013 Salem Car A Bos 20 51 185 30 63 12 3 7 39 102 23 17 20 2 0.341 0.414 0.551 0.966
  2013 Surprise AFL Fall Bos 20 16 59 11 16 3 0 1 5 22 9 10 8 2 0.271 0.368 0.373 0.741
  2014 Portland East AA Bos 21 54 214 56 76 18 3 6 34 118 35 20 22 3 0.355 0.443 0.551 0.994
  2014 Pawtucket IL AAA Bos 21 45 185 31 62 12 2 5 31 93 26 30 11 4 0.335 0.417 0.503 0.920
  2014 Boston AL MLB Bos 21 52 189 34 55 12 1 5 18 84 21 31 7 3 0.291 0.368 0.444 0.812
  2015 Boston AL MLB Bos 22     stats                            
   
  Additional Player Info  
  Pronunciation: ---
First Pro Contract:
August 15, 2011 by Danny Watkins
Signing Bonus: $750,000 (deferred over five years)
MiLB Debut: August 26, 2011 (GCL)
MLFA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: N/A
Added to 40-man: June 28, 2014
MLB Debut:
June 29, 2014 (BOS)
MLB Service Time (through 2014):
70 days
Options Remaining
: 2 (2014)
Contract (2015): $514,500
Trade Restrictions
: -
     
  Awards
Red Sox ML Base Stealer of the Month (Aug/Sept 2012)
South Atlantic League Player of the Week (May 6-12, 2013)
Red Sox ML Offensive Player of the Month (May 2013)
2013 South Atlantic League All-Star
Red Sox ML Base Stealer of the Month (July 2013)
Carolina League Player of the Week (August 5-11, 2013)
Carolina League Player of the Week (August 19-25, 2013)
Red Sox ML Offensive Player of the Month (August/September 2013)
Baseball America 2013 Second-Team Minor League All-Star - 2B
2013 Red Sox ML Offensive Player of the Year
2013 Arizona Fall League Rising Star
Eastner League Player of the Week (April 3-13, 2014)
Eastern League Player of the Month (April 2014)
2014 Futures Game All-Star
2014 Red Sox Minor League Offensive Player of the Year
SoxProspects.com Awards
SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (May 6-12, 2013)
SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (May 13-19, 2013)
SoxProspects.com Player of the Month (May 2013)
SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (August 5-11, 2013)
SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (August 19-25, 2013)
SoxProspects.com Player of the Month (August 2013)
2013 SoxProspects.com All-Star - 2B
2013 SoxProspects.com Offensive Player of the Year
2013 SoxProspects.com Breakout Player of the Year
2014 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star
SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (April 3-6, 2014)
SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (April 14-20, 2014)
SoxProspects.com Player of the Month (April 2014)
2014 SoxProspects.com Season-End All-Star
2014 SoxProspects.com Offensive Player of the Year
2014 SoxProspects.com Graduate of the Year

 

  

 
 

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