Red Sox: What potential disasters await in 2017?

Feb 27, 2017; Fort Myers, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price (24) looks on from the dugout against the St. Louis Cardinals at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 27, 2017; Fort Myers, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price (24) looks on from the dugout against the St. Louis Cardinals at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /
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The next level is not attained

Feb 28, 2017; Fort Myers, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox left fielder Andrew Benintendi (16) singles during the first inning against the New York Yankees at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 28, 2017; Fort Myers, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox left fielder Andrew Benintendi (16) singles during the first inning against the New York Yankees at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /

The young players on the Red Sox have some marvelous projections attached to their collective futures, but projections sometimes are dismantled by reality. A few years ago Andrew McCutchen had comparisons to Willie Mays based on his performances and potential. Now he is trading fodder. A former Most Valuable Player whose stock is fast approaching penny stock status.

Will the same happen to Mookie Betts? Xander Bogaerts? Jackie Bradley? Bogaerts and Bradley give mild cause for concern with some degrading of statistics as the second half of 2017 advanced. Betts appears immune – just like McCutchen.

Andrew Benintendi is a favorite for Rookie of the Year and rightly so. The smooth swinging Benintendi looks like a .300 hitter with power and speed tossed in. Will it happen? The Red Sox and baseball history are littered with “Can’t Miss” that did just that.

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Other players of youth have question marks attached. Will Blake Swihart even be on the team? Swihart has an option and in the great roulette of roster numbers that makes him a prime target to be demoted. Christian Vazquez continues to improve after missing a season. His arm is not – at least appears to be – back to its near deadly accuracy. But is his  bat of any help?