Is Will Middlebrooks On His Way Out Of Boston?
In the game of baseball, there’s a lot of “what have you done for me lately?” that goes on.
For Will Middlebrooks, his struggles in 2013 may have made him expendable to the defending world champions.
In 2012, the 25-year-old was one of the best power hitting prospects in baseball. After an early promotion, Middlebrooks set the city of Boston ablaze, smacking 15 home runs and driving in 54 runs with a .509 slugging percentage in his rookie campaign before a wrist injury ended his season after just 75 games.
But last year–amongst big expectations–the 3rd basemen struggled out of the gate and never really recovered. His power was still big league caliber, but his plate discipline wasn’t. Sent down to the minor leagues to try to work on his plate recognition by mid-season, Middlebrooks improved slightly in AAA Pawtucket and for the Red Sox when he was promoted late during the season. He still finished a disappointing season with a .271 OBP and struck out 98 times and walked just 20 in 374 plate appearances.
Now going into 2014 season as a wildcard of sorts, it remains to be seen if the organization really believes in him. With news that the Red Sox could bring Stephen Drew back on a team friendly deal that could move Middlebrooks to the bench, Xander Bogaerts slated to play everyday, and super 3rd base prospect Garin Cecchini likely to be ready by next season, it appears his days could be numbered.
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