Boston Red Sox early surprise performances from 2020 spring training
By Sean Penney
Highlighting Boston Red Sox players who have opened some eyes with strong performances in spring training so far this year.
We’re nearly two weeks into the exhibition schedule and most players in camp haven’t cracked double-digits in terms of Grapefruit League games played. That leaves us with small sample sizes but there are some encouraging signs we can take away from the strong performances of several Boston Red Sox players this spring.
Most of the players locked into Opening Day roster spots are using spring training as a tune-up to prepare for the grind of the upcoming season, find a rhythm at the plate or work on mechanics. There’s no reason to be concerned that J.D. Martinez, Rafael Devers and Christian Vazquez are struggling to hit their own weight. We shouldn’t worry that Xander Bogaerts has struck out in all four of his plate appearances since returning from an ankle injury. Those guys are going to hit once the season begins.
Then there are those fighting for roster spots, fending off challengers at their position or adjusting to new roles. Players in those scenarios are worth monitoring.
Let’s take a look at some of those players who are thriving this spring, potentially carving out a role for themselves this season or cementing a spot that may have come into question.