As we head into June, here are a few Red Sox players that have had a surprise impact on the club.
Last year everyone knew that catcher was the Red Sox weak point offensively, but Vazquez is flipping the script this year. He is currently hitting .299 compared to last years .207 average. Additionally, .299 would be a career high for Vazquez and he would also have new career highs in OBP, slugging, and OPS if he stays on his current pace. Through 46 games, Vazquez has already set a new career high in home runs with 7 so far. He also has 44 hits, 8 doubles, and 20 RBI’s already this year. If Vazquez can play in 100 games this year, he’ll be on pace for a career year.
Since joining the team in late April, Chavis has done nothing but hit and impress Boston fans. He has played in just 37 games but already has 10 home runs and 27 RBI’s. His average has dipped as of late but he is still hitting .263 on the young season and he has 36 hits in just 37 games. Chavis’ power surge over the last month led to 7 of his 10 home runs and has thrust him right into the heart of the A.L. Rookie of the Year conversation. Chavis has also played above average defense for a player still learning the position of second base. If there’s anything that rookie could improve on after his stellar month plus it would be to hit some more doubles as he has just 2 on the season, as well as working on his chase rate.
In his second season with the Red Sox, Marcus Walden has found a home in Alex Cora‘s bullpen as one of the more trusted relievers seemingly out of nowhere. The 30-year-old has pitched in 32 innings over 21 games this year and has been absolutely stellar. He currently leads the team in ERA with a 1.97 and wins with 6. Walden has also been a strikeout machine with 35 total strikeouts for the season and also has a 4.38 K/BB ratio and 9.8 K/9. Walden may have little MLB experience for a 30-year-old but he could be an important part to the Red Sox getting their season turned around and making another deep run in October.
This pick might surprise some people, but with Devers fantastic play over the last month, I had to put him on the list. In April, Devers hit .294 with just 8 RBI’s and no home runs. Devers slow start had fans worried with Cora wanting to bat him 3rd this season. Then May came and Devers did nothing but mash baseballs as he hit .351 for the month of May, raising his season average to .317. He also hit 7 doubles, 8 home runs and had 24 RBI’s in the month of May. After his incredible month, Devers now has 15 doubles, 8 home runs, and 32 RBI’s. The 22-year-old now leads the Red Sox in batting average at .317 and hits with 70 total on the year.
If Devers can keep this up we may be looking at the break out year for a young star.