After only 77 games above Single-A ball, Mookie Betts is on his way to Boston.
Technically he’s on his way to New York, where he’ll join the Red Sox as they prepare to take on the Yankees.
The 21-year-old prospect has risen through the system at a rapid pace. This season, split between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket, Betts has hit a combined .345 with eight home runs, 48 RBI and 29 stolen bases. A little over a month ago, GM Ben Cherington said he didn’t think Betts would be in the majors this season, yet here he is.
It’s difficult to say what the move means for a Red Sox team that continues to drop in the standings. It’s certainly a move that signals a look toward the future, but Betts could also help bring life to an anemic offense in the present.
The Red Sox will have to make a move to fit Betts on the roster, but no corresponding move has been announced.