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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: 2 | Owned/Started%: 98/91 | Average Draft Position: 144.44
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Red Sox's Ortiz: Mookie Betts is 'going to be a superstar'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Red Sox center fielder Mookie Betts delivered several amazing plays in Monday's 9-4 win over the Nationals, prompting designated hitter David Ortiz to call the young outfielder a future superstar, MLB.com reports.

"He's a kid, an unbelievable athlete," Ortiz said. "It's how hard he works and the way he tries to do something different every day. At that age, as smart as he is, his athleticism and the way he approaches the game, it's a no-doubter that he's going to be a superstar."

Betts robbed Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper of a home run in the top of the first inning. He then drew a walk to lead off the bottom of the first and stole second base and third base on the same play when he noticed the Nationals weren't covering third. He then delivered a three-run home run over the Green Monster in the bottom of the second inning and added an RBI infield single in the bottom of the third.

"That he's just 22 years old, that's the surprising part," said shortstop Xander Bogaerts, who is also 22. "He takes advantage of everything you give him, any mistake. I've talked to him a few days. I've seen him go through a few tough days. I told him, 'Don't change anything; just really be yourself.'"

Betts has hit .233/.294/.467 with two home runs, six RBI and two stolen bases in 30 at-bats.


Red Sox OF Mookie Betts totals 4 RBI in win over Nationals


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Red Sox center fielder Mookie Betts accounted for four RBI in Monday afternoon's 9-4 win over the Nationals. 

Betts went 2 for 4 at the plate, with one of his hits going for a three-run home run in the second inning. Betts also drew a walk and reached on an infield single in the third inning, which scored Mike Napoli.

His slash line is now .233/.294/.467. 

Betts also stole two bases in the game and came down with a tough catch for an out, robbing Washington's Bryce Harper of a home run in the first inning. 


Red Sox make outfield adjustments for Sunday's game


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) The Red Sox are back to the normal starting outfield for Sunday's game against the Yankees, reports WEEI.com.

Mookie Betts will take center and lead off, Hanley Ramirez will man left field and bat cleanup while Shane Victorino will take right field and bat seventh. It will be Victorino's third start this season in six games and is hitting .167 in 12 at-bats.

The Yankees are currently the favorites (-106) against the Red Sox.


Red Sox's Mookie Betts, Hanley Ramirez out of lineup Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) Red Sox outfielders Mookie Betts and Hanley Ramirez are not in the lineup for Saturday's matchup with the Yankees.

The Red Sox played a marathon 19-inning game Friday night and will give both Betts and Ramirez a break for Saturday's day game. Brock Holt draws the start in center field and will lead off for the Red Sox Saturday, while Allen Craig will start in right field, with Daniel Nava moving to left. The team is sticking with its normal starters in the infield.


Red Sox won't surrender Mookie Betts, Blake Swihart for Cole Hamels


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) The Red Sox won't surrender outfielder Mookie Betts or catching prospect Blake Swihart in a deal with the Phillies for veteran pitcher Cole Hamels, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman on Friday.

Betts cracked the Opening Day roster and is hitting .286 (3 for 13) with a home run and an RBI through three games.

Heyman added that although Swihart is prepared defensively, he is a switch hitter with the ability to produce at the plate. Swihart, considered Boston's top prospect by Baseball America and the team's second-best prospect by MLB.com, slashed .293/.341/.469 with 13 homers and 64 RBI over 416 at-bats between Triple-A Pawtucket and Double-A Portland last season.


Mookie Betts homers in Red Sox opener, has 'desire to learn'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2015) Red Sox center fielder Mookie Betts became the youngest player to homer for the Red Sox on Opening Day since Tony Conigliaro in 1965, but his "desire to learn" is what stands out to manager John Farrell, MLB.com reports.

"I think the one thing that's really unique to Mookie is his never-ending desire to learn," said Farrell. "The questions he asks the staff to veteran players, he's not afraid to show he's vulnerable if he doesn't know a certain situation. His desire to learn is what stands out in combination with his abilities."

Betts finished the opener 2 for 4 with a walk and two runs scored as the Red Sox won 8-0 against the Phillies. He carries momentum into the regular season after delivering a fine spring performance.

"Well, unless he lost his swing on the flight up here, he's going to put some good swings on some pitches," Farrell said. "He's on time seemingly all the time when he's at the plate. Even the first at-bat, he popped up, he just missed that fastball. He repeats his swing. He's very athletic. Even though he's got some hand movement, he knows how to control it and just has very good bat speed through the zone."

The Red Sox will face the Phillies again Wednesday.


Red Sox's Mookie Betts homers in win over Phillies


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) Red Sox center fielder Mookie Betts hit a solo home run during Monday's 8-0 win over the Phillies on Opening Day. 

Betts' home run came in the top of the third inning off of Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels. Betts finished the game 2 for 4 with one RBI. He scored an additional run to the home run he hit. Betts' second hit came on a single in the seventh. 


Led by Mookie Betts, Red Sox will steal more bases in 2015


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) Mookie Betts will start the season as the Red Sox leadoff hitter, and his impact will be felt throughout the batting order.

"He’s a unique guy, an extremely talented guy and we’re really looking forward to him setting the tone for us at the top of the lineup," manager John Farrell said, per the Boston Herald.

Behind Betts, the Red Sox will be more aggressive on the basepaths. He stole seven bases in a brief appearance in the Majors last year, to go with his 33 steals in the minors. The Red Sox stole 63 bases last season and were thrown out attempting to steal 25 times, a success rate so low that Farrell gave the entire team the red light for one portion of the season. 

"I think the best way to describe it is we’ll always look to be opportunistic," Farrell said. "I think it’s important to set the tone and push the envelope against the opposition. Part of that is personnel related."

Farrell compared Betts to Jacoby Ellsbury, who stole 50 bases for the Sox two years ago. 


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.