Ryan Kalish, Nate Spears & the Battle for Right Field
There have been rumors that the Red Sox will trade Josh Reddick this offseason which will leave a hole in right field. Reddick who looked like he was ready for the everyday outfield position through his first three months as a big leaguer started to slip in August and really fell off in September. His inability to lay off pitches that are well out of the strike zone are cause for concern. The power and offensive outburst that he did show earlier in the year along with some fine outfield plays with the leather leave Reddick as a commodity rather than baggage. The Red Sox could shop him and receive some interest from many teams, but that remains to be seen.
Should Reddick depart Boston, who would patrol right field? It appeared the job was for Ryan Kalish to lose until he went under the knife to repair his shoulder last season. The surgery forced Kalish to miss the entire year and he’s going to have to prove himself if he wants the job.
What about Nate Spears for the job? Spears, a once highly touted prospect has spent the past nine years at the minor league level and it would appear it’s now or never as his window of opportunity is closing.
The battle for right field is discussed in more detail over at Seedlings to Stars. Wally and Nathaniel look at both Kalish and Spears and who they feel could make a push at the starting job, should it become vacant. Check it out, it’s a great piece on two of the Red Sox prospects.
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