As Wolfie posted a few says ago, Will Middlebrooks has arrived with the big club. He is viewed by many as Kevin Youkilis’ successor and the Red Sox third baseman of the future. But just who is this player?
Middlebrooks was drafted by the Red Sox in 5th round of the 2007 MLB June Amateur Draft and has been making his way up the ladder in the Red Sox minor league system ever since. His breakout season in the minors was 2011 when he hit .285/.328/.506 in 116 games splitting time between Lowell, Portland, and Pawtucket (with 96 of his games coming in AA Portland).
He has played good defense and has shown great power, but has struggled to get on-base consistently and has struck out a lot. His BB% in the minors was 7.5% and his K% was 26.3%. He showed little change in those numbers as he moved up levels in the system. One stat he has greatly improved in the minors is his AB/HR. From 2008-2010 he hit a home run every 50.9 at-bats but in 2011 and 2012 he hit home runs every 16.7 at-bats.
So what can we expect from Will Middlebrooks?
- He is going to strikeout a lot.
- He isn’t going to walk much.
- He will play good defense.
- He will hit a lot of home runs.