The Red Sox are looking to close out spring training on a high note after struggling their way to a 9-11 record. While the record doesn't matter during spring training it shows that some of the key players for the Red Sox are not having the spring they had hoped. However, it's not all bad news as several players have had great springs as well.
So far this spring Jackie Bradley Jr. has not looked right at the plate. While we knew Bradley would always be a top tier defender, last year he took a huge step forward offensively tearing apart the league before the all star break. After the break Bradley slumped during the second half of the season, hitting only .233. So far this spring Bradley is hitting below the Mendoza line at .172 over 29 at-bats. It will be important to follow his progress over the final 16 days.
Sandy Leon, the projected starting catcher for the Sox, has also been having a rough spring at the plate. In 16 at bats he is hitting .188 and has 4 strikeouts. While his spring training stats are miserable this year this isn't uncommon for Leon. Over his career he is hitting only .234 in spring training, which is low when compared to his regular season average of .254. As of right now, Sandy Leon's poor hitting may have opened the door for Vasquez to pressure him for the starting catcher role. If Leon finds his stroke he will secure the starting spot behind the dish.
Andrew Benintendi has looked like a star so far this spring and looks poised for a breakout season. So far Benintendi has hit .324 throughout the spring in 34 at bats with 2 home runs and 6 RBIs. Benintendi is looking to build off his .295 average last season and be one of the best rookies in the league.
David Price has started rehab on his throwing elbow and while it is said to be going smoothly the Red Sox still expect for him to start the season on the disabled list.
Henry Owens has struggled mightily and looks as if he may have pitched his way off the roster at this point. Once a highly regarded prospect, Owens has pitched to a 15.95 ERA allowing 13 runs in just seven innings so far this spring.
Drew Pomeranz has only had one start so far this spring. However, in the two innings he pitched he allowed 2 earned runs and looked very rusty. Nevertheless, Pomeranz was expected to have a slow start after undergoing stem cell treatment in October. The Red Sox are looking for him to steadily become stronger the more outings he has.
Kyle Kendrick looks to be pitching his way into consideration for the starting rotation with Price out to start the year. The veteran has only allowed 3 runs over 13 innings and looks healthy. Kendrick will be a player to watch over the last two weeks as he could pitch himself into the rotation to begin the year.