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50 Mookie Betts CF
Height/Weight: 5-9/155 | Birthdate: 10/7/1992 | Birthplace: Nashville, TN | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Boston | College: None | MLB Experience: 1 | Owned/Started%: 94/75 | Average Draft Position: 149.10
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Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts rips eighth double of spring training


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts continues to rip through pitchers in spring training. Bettes went 2 for 3 with a double, one RBI and three runs scored for Boston against Minnesota Monday. 

Betts now has eight doubles this spring with a blistering .467 average in 45 plate appearances.


Mookie Betts hits second spring homer for Red Sox


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts hit his second home run of the spring, and this one left the ballpark. 

Betts' first homer of the spring was an inside-the-parker in his first game back. On Friday, he hit one the old fashioned way, lining a 1-1 pitch over the wall in left center for a two-run homer.

Betts was two for three on the day and improved his spring average to .487.


Victorino blasts radio hosts for implying he wants Betts traded


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino was not a happy man Thursday.

Victorino spent time with the media Thursday lashing out at sports radio hosts Michael Felger and Tony Massarotti for suggesting Victorino was advocating trading top prospects for Phillies ace Cole Hamels, in his comments to the Philadelphia Daily News.

"All I said, a question was asked of me about getting Cole Hamels," Victorino said, per the Boston Herald. "I said, 'Hey, if you can go get Cole, I'll be all for it.' Nothing against everybody in this clubhouse. I said from Day 1, I'll be fine with what we have. We can go win with what we have. But if you can add another element of a guy who's been there, I said, why wouldn't you? And that's the part for me is they took it obviously as me, and the names that were attached to these (rumors), I never mentioned anybody's name. I said, 'If you can give up two or three prospects, could be anybody, could be a second-, third-tier guy, my whole career I've watched that."

Although Victorino didn't mention any players by name, the radio hosts accused Victorino of lobbying the Red Sox to trade Mookie Betts, who is competing for the starting job in center field this spring. Felger also accused Victorino of "throwing your young players under the bus."

"You have a 34-year-old, breaking-down outfielder whose job is potentially going to be taken by whom? Mookie Betts, or by default, Rusney Castillo," Massarotti said. "And so who are we talking about, potentially, in this trade? Mookie Betts. So is that the deal? Mookie Betts is going to take his job, (and Victorino says), 'Hey, get the kid out of here, because we can win now if we get Hamels.'"

Victorino seemed really upset Betts' name was mentioned since he is a big fan of the 22-year-old outfielder.

"If there's one person that's an advocate of that individual who was named in the article, Mookie Betts, it's me," Victorino said. "I don't have any fear or feel like there's competition that I've got to get him shipped out of here. That's the part for me, where individuals put words in your mouth, that sit behind a mic and say something, you know where I'll be. I'll be more than happy to talk to you about it. But don't get behind a mic and be a coward and try to put words in my mouth, because not once in that article did I mention anybody's name."


Red Sox to trim down loaded outfield soon


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) The Red Sox are expected to trim down its crowded outfield soon, with less than two weeks before Opening Day, according to MLB.com on Tuesday.

"We have to take these remaining days in camp here and determine what's best for us as an organization," said Farrell. "I'm not suggesting there's player movement anywhere, but there's only going to be three [starting] spots."

At this point, it appears as if Hanley Ramirez and Mookie Betts have left and center field locked up, respectively. Daniel Nava, Shane Victorino, Rusney Castillo and Allen Craig are all in the mix for the final spots.

"And there's six guys -- well, there will be five guys in that group to handle those three spots, with two guys coming off the bench. What that means for the final Opening Day roster remains to be seen.

"We're just trying to get more exposure to Rusney in right field; we need to get a better gauge on Vic's durability, if we can, over the coming days. We acknowledged from the first day in camp, the outfield, there's going to be a lot of focus on our outfield.

"That pretty much hasn't changed, but what we've seen are some really encouraging things. And that's how quickly Rusney's come back and shown decent timing at the plate [and] what Mookie's done in center field speaks for itself."


Red Sox OF Mookie Betts impressing manager with bat and glove


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) One look at Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts' spring stat line and it's easy to see he is having a nice run offensively. He is batting .471 (16 for 34) with one home run, two triples, two RBI, six doubles and nine runs in 11 games.

However, what doesn't show up in the stat column is Betts blasting doubles off the mini Green Monster at JetBlue Park against Mets ace Matt Harvey and Braves starting pitcher Shelby Miller. Betts also had a triple off Mets starting pitcher prospect Noah Syndergaard.

"Goddarn, man, he's on time from a hitting standpoint," Red Sox manager John Farrell said of Betts, per the Boston Herald. "He gets himself on time, he's able to handle multiple types of pitches in the strike zone, and he's facing some pretty damn good pitching in spring training here. Albeit spring training, but he's facing some good stuff and has handled them well."

Although, it seems Farrell is even more impressed with how the former infielder has transitioned to center field, where he is competing for the starting job.

"It's probably been more on how the reads and routes in center field would develop, and particularly balls over his head," Farrell said. "We purposely positioned him more shallow in center field just to give him a chance to see some balls over his head better. So, the defensive side of center field has been where we've seen that progression."


Red Sox OF Rusney Castillo homers in spring debut


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(3/20/2015) Rusney Castillo make quite an initial impression with the Red Sox on Friday, blasting a three-run homer in his spring debut Friday. 

The outfielder made his debut as a replacement for center fielder Mookie Betts in the seventh inning of the contest against the Orioles, and in his first at-bat, he crushed a homer to give the Red Sox the lead. 

Castillo is scheduled to start Saturday, but it's doubtful that he will get the number of at-bats in the spring needed to make the big-league roster. 

"He's a talented guy, but to translate that into numbers, I'm not that good," Red Sox manager John Farrell told MLB.com. 


Red Sox's Betts making strong impression in battle for starting gig


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2015) Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts hasn't had many bad games this spring, especially at the plate. He is batting .448 (13 for 29) through nine games and appears to be creating some separation in his quest to win the starting job in center field, especially with Rusney Castillo sidelined due to injury.

"He's had a good day seemingly every time he walks on the field," Red Sox manager John Farrell said, per MLB.com. "It looks like he's able to make some adjustments inside a given at-bat. I'm sure word has spread quick that he has the ability to drive the baseball."


Red Sox OFs Betts, Castillo to share time in CF this spring


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2015) Red Sox manager John Farrell said Sunday that outfielders Mookie Betts and Rusney Castillo will get equal playing time in center field this spring, MLB.com reports.

"Like we said at the outset of camp, we'll take all of camp to determine that," said Farrell. "They're going to get equal playing time. But I think it's important they both get comfortable with the combination of the guys on the flank because of communication, the responsibilities for balls in the gap, fly ball communication and those priorities."

While Betts had ample time to make an impression on the team during his rookie season, the Red Sox are still getting to know Castillo and his capabilities.

"With Rusney, I think it's a matter of frequent at-bats, more games played," Farrell said. "Particularly after our season concluded, he went to the [Arizona] Fall League and Puerto Rico, and through repetition, I think he's just gotten better timing and consistent routes in the outfield and he's looked very good here in camp so far."

Castillo went 12 for 36 in his short time with the Red Sox last season.


Report: Red Sox, Phillies haven't made progress on Hamels' deal


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2015) The Red Sox and Phillies have not made progress on a deal for pitcher Cole Hamels, according to the Boston Herald. 

The Red Sox have been mentioned as a contender for Hamels in the past, but the club is hesitant to give up their top prospects for the pitcher. Though Phillies' special assistant to the general manager Charley Kerfeld was spotted at Red Sox facilities on Monday, two sources told the Herald that no progress has been made on a deal. 

The Phillies are said to covet either Mookie Betts or Blake Swihart, but Boston has refused to include either player in a deal.

Hamels, 31, posted a 2.46 ERA over 204 2/3 innings last year.


Red Sox's Betts focused on preparing for season, not OF competition


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2015) Mookie Betts knows he will have to put his best foot forward this spring in order to land a starting spot in the Red Sox's outfield. Betts, however, is not trying to think as much about the competition and rather focus on what he needs to do to prepare for the 2015 season.

“I feel as if I’m just getting ready for the season,” Betts told WEEI.com. “Whether it’s in the big leagues, Triple-A, Double-A, wherever it is, I’m just getting ready for the season and not really focusing so much on making the big-league team, just really just getting ready."

If Betts doesn't win a starting job in the outfield, then he could be a bench option for Boston instead of heading back to the minors.

“Whatever [manager John] Farrell and [general manager Ben] Cherington, whatever they do is what’s going to be best for the Red Sox,” Betts said. “And if that’s me sitting and watching, that’s perfectly fine and I’ll just fill into my role.”


Red Sox GM: Rusney Castillo ready to perform on big-league level


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2015) Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said Tuesday that the team isn't concerned with the recent lack of playing time for outfielder Rusney Castillo, who hadn't seen any action since 2012 before signing with the Red Sox last August, ESPN.com reports.

"That’s not an element we’re concerned with right now," Cherington said. "He’s done everything we asked him to do from the day we signed him -- going to the minor leagues, big leagues, Arizona [Fall League], Puerto Rico [winter ball] and everything in between. He’s in a position now where he comes to spring training, we met with him, told him, ‘Just be a baseball player and try to get into some kind of baseball normalcy now.’ I don’t expect the number of at-bats he’s had over the last 10 months to be a factor. Normalcy is going to play out in spring training. He has a chance to be a really good major league player. We’re happy he’s here."

Castillo is set to compete with Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley this spring to start in center field.


Farrell: Shane Victorino is Red Sox RF, Mookie Betts a back-up


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2015) Red Sox manager John Farrell ended a potential spring position battle before it had a chance to begin. 

Meeting with the media on Friday, Farrell said, "If Shane Victorino is fully capable and fully healthy, he's our right fielder." Farrell added that Victorino, who had back surgery in August, is "full go" for the Sox at the start of camp.  

That news means that Mookie Betts, expected to compete for the right-field job, will likely play a reserve role for the Red Sox. 


Red Sox OF Mookie Betts works on improving arm strength


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/20/2015) Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts said he has spent most of the offseason working on building up strength in his right arm, according to MassLive.com. Betts was an infielder in the minors before transitioning to the outfield in 2014.

"I feel like I’ve always had a pretty good arm," Betts said. "But compared to these guys, they have exceptional arms, so it makes mine look bad. But I know there are things I can work on, whether that’s getting the ball in quicker or getting to the ball faster. So those are the things I’ve been working on to make up for my arm. I feel like it has gotten stronger."


Mookie Betts hoping to find his role in crowded Red Sox OF


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/17/2015) Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts took part in the organization's rookie development program, held in Boston last week. He told the Boston Globe that he remains focused on trying to crack a spot in Boston's crowded outfield.

Betts reached the majors after starting the year in Double-A Portland. He hit .291 with five homers, 18 RBI and seven stolen bases through 52 games in the majors. Rusney Castillo and Jackie Bradley Jr. could stand in the way of Betts at center field.

"Getting there was kind of like a dream come true," Betts said. "Now I know that it's not about getting there, it's about staying there. Now I have to go home and work and work and work, just like everyone else."


Red Sox considering Mookie Betts as leadoff hitter


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/13/2014) The Red Sox are considering using outfielder Mookie Betts as the team's leadoff hitter, ESPNBoston.com reports.

"He's clearly a candidate for us," manager John Farrell said of Betts Saturday. "[Former leadoff hitter Jacoby Ellsbury] did such a great job for us for a number of years and when he signed elsewhere we went through a little bit of a search to get those skills."

Betts posted a .388 OBP out of the leadoff spot last season. However, he's not guaranteed a starting job in Boston's crowded outfield.


Mookie Betts will see more work at second base for now


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2014) Though the Red Sox still see Mookie Betts as an outfielder, the team will have the rookie fill in for Dustin Pedroia and Brock Holt at second base moving forward, manager John Farrell told the Providence Journal on Thursday. Betts has yet to play at that position this season. He is hitting .280/.357/.448 with four homers and 11 RBI over 125 at-bats this season.

Hitters to start in Week 24


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/7/2014) Looking for a sleeper hitter for Fantasy Week 24 (Sept. 8-14)? Russell Martin, Matt Adams, Scooter Gennett, Luis Valbuena, J.J. Hardy and Mookie Betts are just of the few of the ones I recommend in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.

To find out why, be sure to check it out.


Mookie Betts soaring since becoming regular with Red Sox


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2014) Red Sox rookie outfielder Mookie Betts has taken the responsibility of every-day action and run with it.

Betts has hit safely in all but four games since earning starter status upon his promotion from Triple-A Pawtucket on Aug. 18. He is 19 for 71 since then and has raised his average from .243 to .283. He has been particularly hot in his last six games with 10 hits in 26 at-bats, two home runs, seven RBI and six runs scored.


Mookie Betts showing some life


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/26/2014) Just when you thought you could write off Mookie Betts for the rest of 2014 and check back to see what kind of progress he's made next spring, he does something to remind you still has time to redeem his rookie season.

That "something" was the solo home run he hit Monday at Toronto. It wasn't his first home run ever, and it wasn't a part of some monster game. But it shed some light on what has been an encouraging performance since his latest stint at Triple-A Pawtucket.

In eight games since returning, he has a .918 OPS. Granted, it's a small enough sample size for a couple o-fers to completely wreck it, but the most encouraging part to me is the .438 on-base percentage. That's compared to just a .280 batting average. Betts has seven walks during that eight-game stretch after walking just once in his first 13 games.

It wouldn't mean as much if plate discipline wasn't supposed to be a critical part of the game. He's had more walks than strikeouts each of the last two years in the minors. The change in approach might indicate an increased level of comfort at the big-league level. He hadn't even played a game above Double-A coming into the year, remember, and is still only 21 years old. Clearly, the Red Sox rushed him, so his struggles shouldn't have come as a surprise to anyone.

For now, he's still eligible at second base, so his turnaround is something to monitor in Fantasy. I'm not so concerned about his playing time. The Red Sox could shift him to right field once Rusney Castillo is ready to go. By then, Allen Craig's foot will probably be barking again.


Mookie Betts clubs second home run


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts belted his second home run Monday against the Blue Jays.

Betts hit a solo shot in the fifth inning. He worked a six-pitch at-bat against J.A. Happ, homering on a 93 mph fastball. Betts would later walk and steal his fourth base. Betts finished 1 for 3, with one run scored and one RBI. 


Mookie Betts back with the Red Sox


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2014) The Red Sox recalled outfielder Mookie Betts from Triple-A Pawtucket Monday to take the roster spot of Jackie Bradley, who was demoted to the minors.

Betts hit .375 with a .521 slugging percentage, .965 OPS, seven doubles, seven RBI, seven runs, six walks and three stolen bases in 11 games since his early August demotion.


Red Sox demote Mookie Betts, activate Kelly Johnson


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) John Farrell claimed he wanted to get at-bats for rookie Mookie Betts. Those at-bats for Betts will be coming for Triple-A Pawtucket.

Betts was demoted by the Red Sox on Thursday to make room for Kelly Johnson, who was activated off the disabled list. He had been out since July 22 with a groin injury.


Mookie Betts sent back to Triple-A


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) The Red Sox officially optioned outfielder Mookie Betts to Triple-A Pawtucket Thursday, as expected.

Betts has started just two of his last five games, as the team was struggling to find playing time for him. He is hitting just .244/.279/.366 in 41 at-bats on the season. 


Mookie Betts expected to be sent to Triple-A


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) The Red Sox are expected to send outfielder Mookie Betts down to Triple-A Pawtucket Thursday, according to reporter Maureen Mullen. The move is expected to clear a spot for Kelly Johnson's activation from the disabled list.

The 21-year-old Betts is hitting just .244/.279/.366 in 41 at-bats for the Red Sox, but the team has had trouble finding consistent playing time for him in a crowded outfielder.  


Manager: Mookie Betts needs more playing time


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) John Farrell claimed Wednesday that he is seeking to find more at-bats for Red Sox rookie outfielder Mookie Betts, per WEEI.com He is set to start in center Wednesday.

Betts has just four at-bats since his promotion Friday. He is 9 for 37 on the year.