Will Middlebrooks Boston Red Sox  |  Third Base

     
 

Photo © Dave Letizi

Age: 26
Born: September 9, 1988
Texarkana, TX
Height: 6-4
Weight: 200
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 5th round, 2007
How Acquired: Draft
High School: Liberty-Eylau HS (TX)
ETA: Mid-2012


Links
Q&A with Will Middlebrooks

2009 Prospect Preview
Fire Brand Q&A (August 2009)
2010 Prospect Preview

The Ladder (5.5.10)
ESPNBoston: Middlebrooks makes strides
2011 Prospect Preview

The Book: Will Middlebrooks (5.9.11)
The Ladder - 7.6.11

2012 Prospect Preview
The Book: Will Middlebrooks (4.30.12)

Scouting Report: Solid all-around athlete with ideal third-baseman frame that has filled out since signing. Despite added weight has maintained athleticism. Plus bat speed with improving upward plane through the hitting zone. Hits the ball hard with backspin when he squares it up. Projects for plus power to all fields at the major-league level. 25 home-run potential. Improving bat control and pitch recognition. Aggressive hitter. Needs to learn to be a bit more selective as he progresses through the upper minors. Can over-extend arms during swing, which causes him to be susceptible on the inner third. Must work to improve with hitting inside the baseball in this area to produce average-to-better contact and increase hitting zones. Will strikeout, but improvement in closing hole on inner third will help mitigate. Offensive inconsistencies stem from tendency to over-pull during stretches and wrapping the head of the bat around the ball. At best when looking up the middle and using the whole field. Plus-to-better arm. Light on feet defensively with strong anticipation, reactions, and first step. Solid footwork and stays square to the ball. Can stand to improve range to his left by stabbing less at the ball and taking another step or continuing to become comfortable throwing on the move. Rounding towards a plus defender. Hard worker that makes adjustments. Just beginning to learn what he can do as a baseball player. Projects as an everyday third baseman at the big-league level with above-average offensive potential during peak seasons.

 
   
    Career Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
  2007 Liberty-Eylau HS HS - 18 38 110 52 61 22 2 5 48 102 36 12 22 3 0.555 0.664 0.927 1.592
2008 Lowell NYPL A Bos 19 59 209 21 53 17 2 1 21 77 12 73 10 0 0.254 0.298 0.368 0.666
2009 Greenville SAL A Bos 20 103 374 53 99 25 3 7 57 151 48 123 7 4 0.265 0.349 0.404 0.753
2010 Salem Car A Bos 21 114 435 69 120 31 2 12 70 191 35 121 5 3 0.276 0.331 0.439 0.770
2011 Lowell NYPL A Bos 22 4 12 4 4 1 0 3 6 14 2 1 1 0 0.333 0.400 1.167 1.567
2011 Portland East AA Bos 22 96 371 54 112 25 1 18 80 193 21 95 6 0 0.302 0.345 0.520 0.865
  2011 Pawtucket IL AAA Bos 22 16 56 4 9 0 0 2 8 15 3 18 3 1 0.161 0.200 0.268 0.468
  2011 Scottsdale AFL Fall Bos 22 13 56 9 14 3 0 4 11 29 4 19 1 0 0.250 0.300 0.518 0.818
  2012 Pawtucket IL AAA Bos 23 24 93 18 31 3 1 9 27 63 7 18 3 1 0.333 0.380 0.677 1.057
  2012 Boston AL MLB Bos 23 75 267 34 77 14 0 15 54 136 13 70 4 1 0.288 0.325 0.509 0.835
  2013 Pawtucket IL AAA Bos 24 45 179 25 48 5 0 10 35 83 16 38 1 0 0.268 0.327 0.464 0.790
  2013 Boston AL MLB Bos 24 94 348 41 79 18 0 17 49 148 20 98 3 1 0.227 0.271 0.425 0.696
  2014 Pawtucket IL AAA Bos 25 29 104 13 24 1 1 4 8 39 6 30 0 0 0.231 0.277 0.375 0.652
  2014 Boston AL MLB Bos 25     stats                            
   
  Additional Player Info  
  Pronunciation: ---
First Pro Contract:
August 15, 2007 by Jim Robinson
Signing Bonus: $925,000
MiLB Debut: June 17, 2008 (Lowell)
MLFA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: N/A
Added to 40-man: November 18, 2011
MLB Debut:
May 2, 2012
MLB Service Time (through 2013):
1 year, 121 days
Options Remaining
: 1 (2012, 2013)
Contract (2014): $540,500
Trade Restrictions
: None
     
 

Awards
2007 High School All-America Second Team (BA)
Red Sox ML Player of the Month (July 2009)
Carolina League All-Star (2010)
Red Sox ML Offensive Player of the Month (July 2010)
2010 Carolina League Post-Season All-Star
2011 Futures Game All-Star
2011 Eastern League All-Star
2011 Eastern League Year-End All-Star
2011 Arizona Fall League Rising Star
Red Sox ML Offensive Player of the Month (April 2012)
American League Player of the Week (June 18-24, 2012)

SoxProspects.com Awards
SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (September 1-7, 2008)
SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (
July 27 - August 2, 2009)
2010 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star - 3B
SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (July 12-18, 2010)
2010 SoxProspects.com All-Star - 3B
SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (July 4-10, 2011)
SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (April 9-15, 2012)
SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (April 16-22, 2012)
SoxProspects.com Player of the Month (April 2012)
2012 SoxProspects.com Graduated Prospect of the Year

 


 
  

 
 

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