The Boston Red Sox opened up their Spring Training on Fridaywith the annual scrimmage against Northeastern. The team then turned around andopened up Grapefruit League play against the Yankees on Saturday afternoon.Both games had some interesting storylines that are worth taking a look at.
Dalbec goes deep inhis first at-bat of the spring
Bobby Dalbec certainly did not disappoint in his 2019 SpringTraining debut against Northeastern on Friday. In Dalbec’s first at-bat, hetook a fastball and hit a bomb that bounced off the batter’s eye incenterfield. The craziest thing about it was manager Alex Cora said that Dalbecdidn’t even get all of the ball. He claims Dalbec sort of missed the ball,which is absurd to me. This just goes to show how much power the #1 rankedprospect in the Red Sox system has. To say I was impressed with the kid isquite the understatement.
Michael Chavis also hits his first HR…and then hits his second a day later
Bobby Dalbec wasn’t the only prospect that impressed many people these past couple days. Michael Chavis also turned some heads yesterday in the Grapefruit League opener against the Yankees. Chavis ripped a three-run home run for his first home run of the spring. According to NESN Sideline Reporter Guerin Austin, Chavis has told her that his swing has felt really good. That’s a very good sign.
On Sunday, the swing looked just as good as he launched a tape measure shot over the Green Monster replica.
Rafael Devers has asolid spring debut
Rafael Devers was one of the only regulars to play in the Grapefruit League opener. Devers didn’t take too long to warm up with the bat. Devers went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run in his first game of the spring. Thispast week, Cora discussed Devers’ potential and how he wouldn’t be surprised if Devers was moved up to the top of the lineup behind Xander Bogaerts.
Alex Cora gives an update on when to possibly expect Pedroia to play
Manager Alex Cora said earlier today that Dustin Pedroia could start playing in Spring Training games around March 6th. There isn’t an exact date for Pedroia to return, but Cora seems optimistic to get Pedroia in the lineup fairly soon. Pedroia is taking the day off today after working out with the team since the start of camp.
Ryan Brasier’s injury taking longer than expected
Ryan Brasier was sent back to Boston earlier this week to get his infected toe checked out. Alex Cora said that it is taking longer than what they expected, but that he should be fine. With Brasier battling for the closer spot, the sooner he gets back to camp, the better.
It’s very early on in the Spring Training campaign, but the Red Sox are looking great and primed to repeat as World Series champions.