The Kids Were Alright

The 2015 season did not go as planned for the Boston Red Sox. However, the development of their young players was something to be proud of. Our writers at Sons of Sam Horn covered these players and found that the kids were alright.

The original plan of having Christian Vazquez and Ryan Hannigan split the catching duties in 2015 was ruined at the end of spring end when Vazquez injured his elbow and required Tommy John surgery. In early May, Blake Swihart was pressed into action earlier than anticipated when Hannigan broke a finger while catching. The hype train got rolling early as Peter Gammons, but Dan Ennis gave that high praise some perspective.

Xander Bogaert’s early season success had many wondering if he was for real. Rick Rowand answered that question in the affirmative, and he was right.

In a three-part series, Rick Rowand looked at the performance of Blake Swihart, Mookie Betts, and Xander Bogaerts half-way through the season.

In July, Betts had put up quite the half season for such a young player, being compared by some to Andrew McCutchen. Damian Dydyn wrote a two-part series investigating those comparisons at the plate, in the field, and on the basepaths.

Ian York checked in on Bogaerts at the end of the season and found that the young shortstop is on the right path to be among the best hitters in baseball.

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