The Boston Red Sox’ chances of repeating as American League East champions are solid thanks in part to their lead-off man and right fielder Mookie Betts. Betts and the Red Sox are to be contested by the New York Yankees, who they’ll visit Saturday, Aug. 12 on FS1.
Now in his third full season, Betts has established himself as one of the better all-around players in the game who can swing the bat and flash a little leather. He came up to the Red Sox in 2014 after a productive progression through the minor leagues. Betts signed with the Red Sox right out of high school, opting not to play college baseball.
2016 was a complete season for Betts, who took home many awards, including a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger Award. His .318 batting average was second in the American League and he was fourth in the league in RBIs with a 113. He led the Red Sox to an AL East title, but they were swept in the ALDS by the Cleveland Indians.
This season has seen Betts showcase his defensive skills. At the All-Star break, he had a firm lead among right fielders in put-outs. He lit up the highlight reel on the All-Star game when he threw out Nolan Arenado of the Colorado Rockies, who tried to tag up from first base on a deep fly ball. Bett’s one-hopper, which measured at 221 feet and clocked at over 93 mph, was a strike that nailed Arenado with room to spare.
Markus Lynn “Mookie” Betts
Born: Oct. 7, 1992
Birthplace: Brentwood, Tennessee
Height/Weight: 5 foot 9 inches/180 pounds
Team: Boston Red Sox
Position: Right Field
Honors and Achievements: MLB All-Star, 2016, 2017; Silver Slugger Award, 2016; Gold Glove Award, 2016