Mookie Betts Boston Red Sox Outfield

       
 
Age: 27
Born: October 7, 1992
Birthplace: Nashville, TN
Height: 5-9
Weight: 180
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
   
Drafted: 5th round, 2011 by BOS
How Acquired: Draft
College: (Tennessee commit)
High School: Overton (TN)
   

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Pronunciation: -
First Pro Contract: August 15, 2011
Signing Scout: Danny Watkins
Signing Bonus: $750,000
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: N/A
MLFA Eligible: N/A
   
Pro Debut: August 26, 2011 (GCL)
Added to 40-man: June 28, 2014 (BOS)
MLB Debut: June 29, 2014 (BOS)
Service Time (1/20): 5 years, 70 days
Options Remaining: 2 (2014)
Contract (2020): Arbitration Eligible
   
Twitter: @mookiebetts
Instagram: @mookiebetts

 
 
 
 
 
     
  Scouting Report & Links      
         
  Physical Description: Small, athletic frame. Very strong for his size. Some physical projection remaining, especially in his lower half, but will always be on the thin side. Doesn’t have a frame that will add significant weight as he matures.    

Hit: Compact, level swing. Fluid load. Quick hands and strong wrists. Plus-plus bat speed. Solid overall approach for someone his age; works counts and isn’t overly aggressive. Consistently makes solid contact to all fields. Plus strike zone judgment. Potential plus-to-better hit tool.  

Power: Average-to-plus power potential. Power comes from lightning-quick hands and bat speed. Surprising pop for someone his size. Can drive the ball to all fields.  

Arm: Solid-average arm. Could play at all outfield positions, but profiles best in right field

Field: Potential plus defender even though he didn’t convert to outfield until May 2014. Gets solid reads and good jumps. Doesn’t always take the best route, but able to recover due to his speed. Plus range; able to go get the ball in the gap. In the infield, showed fluid and smooth actions defensively. Soft hands. At times, tended to stay back on balls rather than charge. Excellent instincts and could have profiled as a plus defender at second base as well if he had been given the chance to play there.

Run: Plus-to-better speed. Excellent instincts on the basepaths. Ability to impact a game with his legs.  
  Career Notes: Nephew of former MLB second basemman Terry Shumpert. Excelled in four sports in high school, including basketball and bowling. Had been committed to play at Tennessee prior to signing. Deferred his signing bonus over five years. Started his career in Lowell at shortstop before moving to second base, where he looked much more comfortable. Began to play in the outfield in May 2014 when it became clear he would be in Boston by the end of the season. Began 2014 season with a 66-game on-base streak (71 including prior season's playoffs). Selected for the 2014 Futures Game, but did not participate due to MLB call-up. American League MVP and World Series Champion in 2018.

Summation: Potential role 7 player; frequent all-star, impact player. Top-of-the-order profile with potential to hit .300 with 20+ home runs and 30+ steals in his peak with plus defense. One of the top young players in all of baseball. Elite makeup and work ethic. Gets the most of out of what he has and never takes a play off. Franchise cornerstone type of player.


Links
2012 Prospect Preview
2013 Prospect Preview
Betts raising bar with dynamic full-season debut (8.22.13)
2013 Top 40 Season in Review
ESPNBoston: Keep an eye on Betts (1.14.13)

Spring Training: Betts working to build on breakout (3.31.14)
ESPNBoston: Betts getting work in center field (5.26.14)
Betts taking promotion, position change in stride (6.9.14)
The Write-Up: Notes from McCoy (6.25.14)
2014 Graduates Season in Review
Betts prepared for whatever 2015 may bring (1.23.15)
 
   
     
    Hitting Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
  2011 Overton HS HS HS --- 18 --- --- 58 59 --- 8 --- --- --- --- --- 30 --- 0.509 --- --- ---
  2011 GCL Red Sox GCL Rk Bos 18 1 4 0 2 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 1 0 0.500 0.500 0.500 1.000
  2012 Lowell NYPL A- Bos 19 71 251 34 67 8 1 0 31 77 32 30 20 4 0.267 0.352 0.307 0.658
  2013 Greenville SAL A Bos 20 76 277 63 82 24 1 8 26 132 58 40 18 2 0.296 0.418 0.477 0.895
  2013 Salem Car A+ Bos 20 51 185 30 63 12 3 7 39 102 23 17 20 2 0.341 0.414 0.551 0.966
  2013 Surprise AFL Fall Bos 20 16 59 11 16 3 0 1 5 22 9 10 8 2 0.271 0.368 0.373 0.741
  2014 Portland East AA Bos 21 54 214 56 76 18 3 6 34 118 35 20 22 3 0.355 0.443 0.551 0.994
  2014 Pawtucket IL AAA Bos 21 45 185 31 62 12 2 5 31 93 26 30 11 4 0.335 0.417 0.503 0.920
  2014 Boston AL MLB Bos 21 52 189 34 55 12 1 5 18 84 21 31 7 3 0.291 0.368 0.444 0.812
  2015 Boston AL MLB Bos 22 145 597 92 174 42 8 18 77 286 46 82 21 6 0.291 0.341 0.479 0.820
  2016 Boston AL MLB Bos 23 158 672 122 214 42 5 31 113 359 49 80 26 4 0.318 0.366 0.534 0.900
  2017 Boston AL MLB Bos 24 153 628 101 166 46 2 24 102 288 77 79 26 3 0.264 0.344 0.459 0.803
  2018 Boston AL MLB Bos 25 136 520 129 180 47 5 32 80 333 81 91 30 6 0.346 0.438 0.640 1.078
  2019 Boston AL MLB Bos 26 150 597 135 176 40 5 29 80 313 97 101 16 3 0.295 0.391 0.524 0.915
   
     
    2020 Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
2020 Boston AL MLB Bos 27     stats                            
   
     
  Advanced Stats & Splits
   
     
  Awards   SoxProspects.com Awards  
  Red Sox ML Base Stealer of the Month (Aug/Sept 2012)
South Atlantic League Player of the Week (May 6-12, 2013)
Red Sox ML Offensive Player of the Month (May 2013)
2013 South Atlantic League All-Star
Red Sox ML Base Stealer of the Month (July 2013)
Carolina League Player of the Week (August 5-11, 2013)
Carolina League Player of the Week (August 19-25, 2013)
Red Sox ML Offensive Player of the Month (August/September 2013)
Baseball America 2013 Second-Team Minor League All-Star - 2B
2013 Red Sox ML Offensive Player of the Year
2013 Arizona Fall League Rising Star
Eastner League Player of the Week (April 3-13, 2014)
Eastern League Player of the Month (April 2014)
2014 Futures Game All-Star
2014 Red Sox Minor League Offensive Player of the Year
American League Player of the Week (June 15-21, 2015)
2016 American League All-Star
American League Player of the Month (July 2016)
2016 American League Gold Glove
2016 American League Silver Slugger
2016 Wilson MLB Defensive Player of the Year
2016 Thomas A Yawkey Red Sox MVP
American Leage Player of the Week (May 8-14, 2017)
2017 American League All-Star
American League Player of the Week (June 26-July 2, 2017)
2017 American League Gold Glove
2018 American League All-Star
2018 Baseball Digest Player of the Year
2018 American League Gold Glove
2018 MLB Heart and Hustle Award
2018 American League Most Valuable Player
2018 Player's Choice Awards American League Outstanding Player
2019 American League All-Star
2019 American League Gold Glove
2019 American League Silver
  SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (May 6-12, 2013)
SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (May 13-19, 2013)
SoxProspects.com Player of the Month (May 2013)
SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (August 5-11, 2013)
SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (August 19-25, 2013)
SoxProspects.com Player of the Month (August 2013)
2013 SoxProspects.com All-Star - 2B
2013 SoxProspects.com Offensive Player of the Year
2013 SoxProspects.com Breakout Player of the Year
2014 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star
SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (April 3-6, 2014)
SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (April 14-20, 2014)
SoxProspects.com Player of the Month (April 2014)
2014 SoxProspects.com Season-End All-Star
2014 SoxProspects.com Offensive Player of the Year
2014 SoxProspects.com Graduate of the Year
2016 SoxProspects.com Homegrown Player of the Year
2017 SoxProspects.com Homegrown Player of the Year
2018 SoxProspects.com Homegrown Player of the Year
 
   

   
     
     
     
 
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