Takeaways from Red Sox Spring Openers

by Mark Gallant | Posted on Monday, February 29th, 2016
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As they do every spring, the Red Sox took on Boston College and Northeastern to kick off their schedule on Monday. Both games were seven innings, with the Red Sox using the majority of their projected starters in game one against BC. Though this spring doesn’t have the position battles we’ve seen in years past, there are a number of question marks and names to watch heading into the season. If you missed today’s action, here are some key takeaways.

Ramirez passes first test at 1B

Hanley Ramirez’s first professional experience at first base wasn’t all too taxing, but he handled both opportunities he had in three innings in the field. One was a very soft ground ball that he scooped up with ease, while he also was on the receiving end of a Dustin Pedroia throw to finish off a double play. Ramirez also recorded an infield single and knocked a solid line drive off the base of the left field wall for a double.

Sandoval…not as fortunate

Since Pablo Sandoval and Ramirez are the two biggest question marks this spring, it’s only fitting I acknowledge both, for better or worse. While Ramirez was successful in his brief 1b debut, Sandoval didn’t do himself any favors at third. Through he may not have been able to get the runner at first regardless, Sandoval wasn’t able to field a slow roller on his only chance in the field. At the plate, he hit a soft line drive to the left fielder and struck out swinging.

Betts starts out strong

There are high hopes for Mookie Betts this season, with some even feeling he’s capable of putting up an MVP-caliber season. He started camp on the right foot, using his quick hands to turn on a fastball and put it over Fenway South’s Green Monster.

Other notes

The Red Sox hurlers fared well as a group. Knuckleballer Steven Wright started against BC, going two scoreless innings and striking out four. Non-roster invitee Sean O’Sullivan posted an identical line in his game two start. Other notables include Heath Hembree and Roman Mendez, who both struck out the side in their lone innings of work.

Cuban phenom and top prospect Yoan Moncada had two hits in two at-bats. In his first at-bat, Moncada roped the first pitch down the first base line for a stand-up double. His second at-bat came from the right side of the plate, resulting in a RBI single to left. Though Moncada won’t be pushing for a roster spot quite yet, it’s still a promising sight.

Long-time prospect Bryce Brentz showed off his power in game two against Northeastern, hitting a deep home run to right-center field. At age 27, Brentz is at a make or break point in his career.

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Mark has contributed to isportsweb, the Yawkey Way Report, Fansided's Chowder and Champions, and The Hockey Writers. He is also the host of the weekly radio show Top Shelf Sports on Bryant University's WJMF radio. Follow him on Twitter @TopShelfSports5

  • I was hoping the Red Sox would get rid of Sandoval & put Holt on 3rd. base.

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