Boston Red Sox spring training worry list of players to watch
By Rick McNair
Spring training has begun for the Boston Red Sox and that means storylines of players with some question marks. I have my own watch list and what I am looking for in the spring games.
Spring training is starting up for the Boston Red Sox and with it comes the various questions marks of which may connect back to the previous season. This is the spring caution flag or the players who will get a bit more special attention to see just how they may perform in 2018.
Last season, the item of interest was Pablo Sandoval and Panda looked much improved after a lost season to surgical intervention with a spring slash of .338/.348/.677 and five home runs and 20 RBI. We know how that turned out.
Steve Selsky made the roster out of spring training with an impressive slash of .356/.431/.689 and provided promising right-hand power with four home runs and 12 RBI. After a dismal start in April, hitting just .111, Selsky was gone to Pawtucket. This season he is back as a Non-Roster Invitee.
So, the spring can promise a world of hope only to see it quickly crushed when it really counts. The sensation of camp can become a total bust just as Jackie Bradley did a few years back. Despite that, there are a few players I will watch with the idea that it will give an indication of just how 2018 may play out for them.