122 hits in 450 at bats, a .271 avg / .334 obp / .529 slg / .863 ops / 21 doubles, a triple, 31 bombs, 85 RBIs, and 75 runs scored.
Those stats belong to one bearded young man named, Bryce Brentz.
After a long season of Chris Young struggling his way through as the backup, and at times, a John Farrell enforced platoon with Benintendi, it was time to look elsewhere. Signed to a 2 year deal, Chris Young did what he was signed to do in the first year – crush left handed pitching. He did that to the tune of a .329 avg with 10 doubles and 3 big flies.
In year 2, he just lost the ability to strike fear in a southpaw’s eyes. He held a .200 average in those ABs, with 3 doubles and 1 home run. These numbers are the epitome of average, yet again questioning Manager John’s Benintendi blunder.
Coincidentally, as the platoon ended, Benny took off for the last 2 months of the season. Those last 2 months sparked up the ROY debate as Judge went into his swoon after the All Star Game.
Now back to Brentz.
While it was apparent that Young wasn’t the answer anymore to be the 4th outfielder, it suddenly became aware that the Sox had no intentions of calling up Brentz to the majors. GM Dave Dombrowski made it clear when he stated that he would not be adding him to the 40 man roster.
Brentz counterpart, Chris Young, didn’t even make the ALDS roster initially. It took an injury to Eduardo Nunez to get the supposed lefty specialist on the roster.
As the playoffs carried on round by round, there came no word about the future of Bryce Brentz in the Red Sox organization. He was set to become a minor league free agent this offseason. Then on November 2 it was announced, “Bryce Brentz added to 40 man roster.”
The 40 man roster can be a tricky situation, but it was clear that Dave Dombrowski was ready to move on from Robbie Ross and Josh Rutledge – opening door for the AAA All Star.
Dombrowski added a vote of confidence when speaking to MLB.com’s Ian Browne about adding a 4th outfieler.
“Right now, we’ll have Bryce Brentz do that job for us,” Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said Tuesday from the General Managers Meetings in Orlando, Fla. “We always, in our own mind, felt that [he would get a chance] if he could get to that time at the end of the year where we could protect him. We’re looking at him. He has a leg up. We’re not really looking to go sign somebody at this time.”
Currently in the Mexican Winter League he is leading the league with 7 home runs. Brentz isn’t a name that will jump off the page, though his power is undeniable. Given the struggles the Red Sox offense had this year with the long ball, adding Brentz should indicate some improvement.
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This move only ensures that he will battle it out this coming March to be the team’s 4th outfielder come March 29th in Tampa Bay. Rusney Castillo will be given a chance to contend for the vacant spot on the 25 man roster. He had a solid season in Triple A (.314 avg, 15 HRs, 43 RBIs, 14 SBs), but his salary of $11 million could still be a hangup in the decision making process.
This past season whenever Young pinch hit late in games, mumbled under my breath “pop up”… 9 out of 10 times, that is what ended up happening.
This year, when Brentz comes out of the dugout, I will stand up and say “Bryce is going deep!!”