With Football season ending and Baseball closing in, it’s time to take a look at what we should be expecting from spring training. The Sox added 9 non roster players to the spring training list as expected, and for some guys this spring training could be more substantial. But first, let’s take a look at the 9 guys on the list.
P: Kyle Kendrick, Edgar Olmos, Chandler Shepherd, Ben Taylor, Marcus Walden
C: Dan Butler, Jake DePew, Jordan Procyshen
INF: Rafael Devers, Matt Dominguez, Sam Travis
OF: Brian Bogusevic, Rusney Castillo, Allen Craig, Junior Lake
Certainly, some names on this list are very familiar to the Red Sox organization. In my opinion, this is the most important for Rusney Castillo, Allen Craig, Brian Bogusevic, and Kyle Kendrick. All of these guys have something to prove, and good reason as to why they need to make this spring training count.
Rusney Castillo: I’ve talked and talked about the blunder of Rusney Castillo, in that we wasted $72.5 million in an unproven Cuban ‘star’. That being said, this is Rusney Castillo’s last chance to prove to Sox fan that he wasn’t one of the Top 5 worst signings in franchise history to this day. For Rusney to get any playing time this year, he needs to come out firing on all cylinders in spring training, and I’m talking power and average. This man needs to rise up and live up to the $72.5 he’s been paid all these years to sit on the bench. Rusney, it’s time to prove your worth, because this could be the last chance.
Allen Craig: Craig has been a decent filler in the Red Sox organization in that when someone goes down he’s always ready to backup the backup. However, with the three B’s in the outfield and Chris Young as a backup along with Brock Holt, it looks like Allen Craig’s time is running out. This spring training, the 32 year old needs to prove his worth as a better backup than Rusney Castillo.
Kyle Kendrick: In his Major league career with the Phillies and Rockies, Kendrick is 81-81 with a 4.63 ERA. Kendrick is no doubt a decent pitcher, and with the right support Kendrick could be a valuable backup starter in the reserves. However, this spring training he will need to show up with velocity and location if he wants to see the field again.
Brian Bogusevic: Spending his last 2 years in Japan, Bogusevic looks to use this spring training as a tryout to convince management he can still be a decent ball player in the at the pro level. Hitting .259 for the 2015 Philadelphia Phillies, Bogusevic is going to need to show up with power and a quick bat if he want to play for the Sox this year.
In summary, these 4 guys needs to make the most noise during spring training if they ever want to see another stint with a major league team. For the rest of the roster, it should be business as usual, and players need to get back in the swing of things.
Lastly, an important key will be the performance of Pablo Sandoval. I’ve constantly stated this was a bad sign in the first place, but with Pablo losing some weight maybe we won’t be complete useless. However I will say that he’s a wimp for not going to winter weekend because he had the sniffles (shoutout to Jared Carrabis). Certainly skinnier doesn’t mean better, which is why Pablo needs to prove his worth during spring training by working hard and putting the bat on the ball.
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