Boston Red Sox: 50 greatest players of all-time
By Phil Watson
The Red Sox took Arizona State University infielder Dustin Pedroia in the second round of the June Amateur Draft in 2004 and by August 2006, he was with the big club.
He took over the second base job in 2007 and was named Rookie of the Year after hitting .317/.380/.823 with eight homers, 50 RBI and 86 runs scored, but that was just scratching the surface.
In 2008, Pedroia broke out in a big way, leading the American League in runs, hits and doubles while winning the AL MVP award, throwing in the first of his four Gold Gloves and his initial All-Star appearance (he has four) along the way.
He missed more than half of the 2010 season after fouling a ball off his left foot and needing surgery to repair the fracture, but came back strong in 2011 and returned to All-Star form in 2013.
A hamstring problem cost him almost half a season in 2015 and he missed 57 games with a knee injury in 2017 (an injury that has sidelined him for most of 2018 as well).
Through the 2017 season, Pedroia had hit .300/366/.807 in parts of 12 seasons, with 140 homers, 724 RBI, 920 runs and 138 stolen bases, while notching an OPS+ of 114.
He has been part of World Series winners in 2007 and 2013 and in six postseasons, has hit .233/.313/.687 with five homers, 25 RBI and 32 runs in 51 games.
Pedroia is the only active member of the Red Sox on this list.