A Red Sox outfielder with an impressive power-hitting track record: Adam Duvall
The Adam Duvall signing flew a bit under the radar during the eventful off-season for the Red Sox, but he has tremendous power upside. The veteran outfielder has three seasons with 30+ homers under his belt, including a career-high 38 in 2021.
Duvall underwent season-ending surgery to repair a torn tendon sheath in his left wrist last July, limiting him to only 86 games. His 12 home runs were the fewest he has hit in any season in which he appeared in at least 50 games.
Duvall has been above average with a Hard Hit rate of over 40.0% in each of the last three seasons and he ranked in the top 10% of the league in Max Exit Velocity in two of the last three years, per Baseball Savant.
His right-handed bat helps balance a Red Sox lineup that is otherwise more left-hand dominant, and his pull-heavy approach makes Duvall a great fit for Fenway Park where he can target the Green Monster. Duvall has a 33.5 Pull% for his career. Nine of his 12 home runs last season were blasted to left field.
Duvall's profile is similar to Hunter Renfroe, another right-handed pull hitter who the Red Sox acquired in the wake of a down season. Fenway helped Renfroe turn in the best year of his career in 2021, and it just may do the same for Duvall.
Now that he's healthy, expect Adam Duvall to return to the 25+ homer threat that we've seen in the past.