1. Mookie Betts
The number one draft pick from this current Red Sox side is one of the biggest locks you could ever come across. How could anyone let Markus Lynn (Mookie) Betts slip to the 5th round of baseball’s draft. Even his initials suggest he was born to be a legend in this league.
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The 2011 draft will go down as one of the most important points in franchise memory – 100% for this current period of Red Sox baseball. Not only did the organization pick up outfield stalwart, JBJ, but they also selected one of the best generational talents in Mookie Betts.
Up there with the likes of Mike Trout, Betts is one of the most elite talents we’ve seen in the modern game. Winning the 2018 AL MVP, he backed up any Red Sox fans’ opinions of him being the best that this game has to offer.
Now in his sixth season in Boston, at just 26-years-old, Mookie has achieved an unbelievable amount of things within the league. Already a three-time All-Star, Betts has cleaned up, in terms of baseball’s awards, winning three Gold Gloves and two Silver Sluggers, all over the last three years. He’s part of the 30-30 club, he’s hit for the cycle, won a batting title and, to top it all off, been named Wilson Defensive Player of the Year, back in 2016.
Betts is a franchise talent, and you won’t see another player like him. He’s one of the ultimate five-tool players the game has seen, and he’s only just getting started. With another year of arbitration to go, the Sox will have a huge decision left to make. Mookie will likely command around $350M, and probably more. But, if you’re the Red Sox, this should come as an easy decision, it’s just trying to make it all work.