This season Andrew Benintendi was supposed to be Rookie of the Year, but along came Aaron Judge and that means a second place finish. Benintendi has a sweet swing and can be overlooked until you look at his statistics. If there was a second half ROY it would be Benny. In 2016 Benintendi hit .333 against Cleveland with a home run so he is no playoff novice.
Catching is of utmost importance and the Red Sox turned that position around in the 2013 playoffs with David Ross. The Red Sox have Christian Vazquez, who has hit all season long. Defensively does the nickname “Mini Yadi” mean anything? What could diminish his chances is fellow catcher Sandy Leon, who will get significant playing time.
This season has been a dud for Hanley Ramirez, but redemption could be a few home runs away. Ramirez has the capability to get in a line drive groove and that could get him some notoriety if the ball leaves the yard with frequency.
Out of nowhere came Doug Fister. Fister may actually replace Porcello in the rotation for the playoffs, but that is all wait and see. Right now Eduardo Rodriguez may be looking in from the bullpen. Fister has certainly been Mr. Reliable in the last month and that could carry over.
Stats through 9/12