Potential Call Ups

Taken from Pete Abraham-

Kevin Youkilis (6 for 34, one extra-base hit, 12 strikeouts) and Jarrod Saltalamacchia (2 for 24, 7 strikeouts) are struggling so far this season.

If 2011 taught us anything, it’s not to get too wrapped up in April statistics and certainly Youkilis has earned the right to play his way out of his slump. But it’s worth noting that third base prospect Will Middlebrooks is hitting .333/.347/.583 with three homers and 11 RBIs in 12 games for Triple-A Pawtucket.

Middlebrooks is an excellent third baseman, too. Now is not the time for rash moves, but Middlebrooks is starting to bang on the door and you can’t ignore that forever.

Keep an eye on his walks and strikeouts. Middlebrooks has walked once and struck out nine times. The Sox would like to see him control the strike zone a little better.

Ryan Lavarnway is hitting only .231 but has a .388 on-base percentage thanks to 10 walks. He is another alternative that the Red Sox will have to consider if Salty isn’t able to turn it around.

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 So let me ask you guys, do you think Will Middlebrooks or Ryan Lavarnway will be starting in the bigs this season? I do not think Middlebrooks will start over Youk this season. The only scenario in which I think he will start is if Youk is dealt at the trade deadline. If Youk remains on the team I don’t see Middlebrooks replacing him. I don’t think Youk would take the demotion well and would create chaos in the clubhouse. That being said if he is batting below .240 in June he will deserve to be benched. I think Ryan Lavarnway will be starting in the bigs this season. I don’t think Valentine is really invested in either catcher and would have no problem starting Lavarnway. The back part of the Sox lineup is thin after the Ellsbury injury and Lavarnway may be the guy called on to pick up the slack.
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  1. cgoogs

    I can see Lavarnway getting more playing time late in the season as either a DH or maybe at 1st to give someone a day off in September. Once they are comfortable with him as an everyday catcher (probably next season at earliest), I don’t see why Salty would start over him.

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