Red Sox first half player and management grades
By Rick McNair
Pablo Sandoval – F
Is that too high? Another lost season and probably a lost career. Sandoval is now a negative three-tool player: Can’t run, field or throw.
Deven Marrero – C
A grade based almost totally on defense. Marrero did have a two home run game and I also once won a $1,000 on a scratch ticket. I expect neither of us to accomplish that again. I just wished Marrero could bunt although he got a beauty against Toronto. Best UZR/150 among American League third basemen. Finally above Mendoza Line.
Xander Bogaerts – B+
Would like to grade XB higher, but his defense is average at best, but Bogaerts has two Silver Sluggers and possibly a third in the works. The weather is getting warmer and maybe the power will start to arrive? Bogaerts should hit 20+ home runs with his talent.
Dustin Pedroia – B
Pedroia’s MVP season was the basis for any grading. That season was an A+. Pedroia is what he is a great defensive player who gives you gritty at-bats. No longer the “best” second baseman in the American League, but as solid a player as you will find. Still ranked second in AL in UZR/150.
Mitch Moreland – B+
My expectations were rather low and I am surprised by Moreland’s solid hitting. Has taken a slight step back defensively, but still is among the most solid defenders at first base. Had an 11 LOB game against the Jays. No home runs and seven RBI against Lefty pitching.