Hey everybody, it’s that time again for me to grade all of this year’s Boston Red Sox players, coach, and management. I will not grade recent call ups/additions to the ball club. So here we go.
For the starters, I will rank them in the order of what number starter they are.
David Price: C+
For the money he is earning, he has not pitched like an Ace. He has looked better nearing the All Star break but I’ll have to see more to be satisfied.
Clay Buchholz: F
Three words: he has sucked.
Rick Porcello: B+
Pretty Ricky has been sitting pretty pitching deep into outings. His ERA is a little high but he’s been consistent while supporting a good record.
Eduardo Rodriguez: D-
After being projected the number 2 starter, he got hurt during spring training. When he was finally back, he still didn’t live up to the hype.
Steven Wright: A
Maybe the biggest surprise of the year. A man who was questionable to even make the roster to becoming an All Star. He’s been fabulous besides a few Games. Let’s hope he keeps it up.
Craig Kimbrel: B-
He’s either on or off. When he has been called on for saves he’s nails. When in other situations he’s the polar opposite.
Heath Hembree: A-
Another big surprise. This kid has some good stuff. Proving he deserves to be up here.
Matt Barnes: B+
Another kid who has some strong stuff. His fastball is in the upper 90s and he has improved greatly on his off speed command.
Junichi Tazawa: D+
His grade is more on how much he is overworked. He isn’t preforming like we know he can cause Farrell uses him too much.
Tommy Layne: C
A guy who I really like. However, his stuff hasn’t been great. He is used mainly against lefties.
Robbie Ross: C
Another guy I like watching but is used in the wrong spots. He has the velocity to overpower people but he just doesn’t most of the time. But he has been useful in long outings of relief.
Koji Uehara- D
Koji just doesn’t have the great stuff were use to seeing. He is leaving too many splitters over the plate. We will have to see if he can close out games now that Kimbrel is hurt.
Ryan Hanigan: D+
The savvy vet isn’t preforming like he did last summer. It maybe because he is trying to catch Wright but he is not playing the same game we are use too.
Christian Vasquez: D+
He isn’t hitting first and foremost. Recently, he has been sent down because he also can’t do the stuff he’s suppose to do. CATCH
Sandy Leon: A
A man who wasn’t suppose to be a hitter. But all he’s doing is hitting. Since being called up he’s been a man on a mission. Both behind the dish and at it this man has been great.
Blake Swihart: B-
He’s proved he can hit but is he the catcher of the future? Moving him to left proved what type of athlete he is. But he’s landed on the DL so we have to wait.
Hanley Ramirez: B-
Hanley is hitting for contact and playing good at first. Both I’m shocked to say. But his power numbers are down and that’s some what worry some.
Dustin Pedroia: B
He’s been injury free and playing great in the field. He’s still hitting at a reliable rate but is grounding into way too many double plays.
Xander Bogaerts: A+
This kid is incredible. Besides a slowed down little period (he was exhausted) he has been the best player all year. A nice double in the ASG proves he is elite.
Travis Shaw: B-
The kid who stole Pandas job, started on a tear. His numbers are back down to earth but he is proving he can be a big leaguer. If he can cut down a little on the errors he’ll be fine.
Marco Hernandez: B-
When in there he’s proved a spark. Not expected to do much, he’s been a good utility player.
Josh Rutledge: C+
Like Marco, he’s been what we expected a good utility role. He also has great hair.
Mookie Betts: A
Another kid who will be a star. The kids power and speed is unbelievable. He could be a 30-30 player this year.
Jackie Bradley Jr.: A-
His grade would be higher if he didn’t strike out as much. But he’s been unbelievable otherwise. YES HE CAN HIT.
Brock Holt: C
He’s been pretty good as an every day player. But nothing special. He did have a stint on the DL which hurts his grades.
Chris Young: C+
Started very very slow. But before he got hurt, he has turned it on and was a very interesting player to watch. Hopefully, he continues to strive for the better.
Bryce Brentz: B-
Called up recently, he’s been pretty good. Nothing great nothing bad. Grade could be higher or lower.
David Ortiz: A+
The farewell tour of farewell tours. Leads the leagues in so
many categories. He deserves a few more days off to keep him healthy.
John Farrell: C
He hasn’t been terrible. He also probably deserves to keep his job. But he should still be on the hot seat.
Dave Dombrowski has done what he came here to do. His additions have been good. However, the only thing bringing his grade down is the starting pitching. He just traded his top pitching prospect however for a pitcher I am not too sure about.
Well, here they are comments are welcome.