Boston Red Sox Stars under 25
The Boston Red Sox have one of the most exciting groups of young players in all of the baseball, with a few talents, in particular, shining brightly. Let’s take a look at a few players who will be winning games for Boston for the next decade or so.
Mookie Betts is one of the established stars in the game, and it’s easy to forget that he’s still only 24 years old in his 3rd full major league season. The well-rounded right fielder has already accumulated 18 wins above replacement (WAR) in his young career, with a rare combination of speed and power.
Betts’ outfield partner Andrew Benintendi is a year younger than Betts and not quite as established, but the Red Sox are thrilled with how he’s been holding his own in his first full season with the club. The 23-year-old has one of the sweetest swings in baseball, spraying line drives to all fields and helping to give Boston an outfield tandem that should be batting in the heart of the lineup for years to come.
Xander Bogaerts has been in the big leagues so long, most would probably assume he’s at least 25 or 26. But the rangy shortstop is only 24 years old, despite being in his 4th full season. Bogaerts has the ability to hit for average extremely rare for any player, let alone a shortstop, and while his numbers are slightly down this year, Bogaerts has produced over 11 WAR for his career and forecasts to produce plenty more over the coming years.
The baby of the group at only 20 years old, Rafael Devers is only 35 games into his major league career, but what 35 games those have been! The young third baseman has blasted 8 home runs and has posted a slash line of .286/.349/.511 thus far. One of the most heralded prospects in the game, Devers is already contributing in a big way to the Red Sox present success and is likely to be a mainstay for the next 10 to 15 years at the hot corner.
With exciting young talent like this, the Red Sox are the envy of nearly every team in the league and will be a contender in the AL East for the foreseeable future.