Red Sox Opening Day roster projection 2.0: Giolito, Grissom injuries shake things up

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Red Sox Opening Day outfield

  • Jarren Duran (LF)
  • Ceddanne Rafaela (CF)
  • Tyler O'Neill (RF)
  • Masataka Yoshida (DH/OF)
  • Rob Refsnyder (OF)

Red Sox prospect Ceddanne Rafaela has earned Alex Cora's vote of confidence this offseason and he's showing out at spring training. Rafaela's impact has been more noticeable than that of Wilyer Abreu, who's had his moments this spring, but Rafaela is just playing better.

Rafaela hasn't been heralded for his plate presence, but his eye has shown signs of serious improvement. He's been getting on base at a higher clip while Abreu is logging extra-base hits with less frequency. Rafaela's speed and defense are too good to pass up if Abreu is having struggles at the plate.