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The Red Sox are about two and a half weeks away from playing meaningful baseball. They have a great team filled with young talent all throughout the 25-man roster. There’s positional battles going on this spring. The utility role, backup catcher, and spots in the rotation and bullpen are currently being decided in Spring Training. It won’t be long until we find out what this stacked roster is going to look like on Opening Day.

Let’s take a look at my Red Sox Opening Day 25-man roster projection.

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The Starting Lineup:
1. RF Mookie Betts
2. LF Andrew Benintendi
3. DH J.D. Martinez
4. 1B Hanley Ramirez
5. SS Xander Bogaerts
6. 3B Rafael Devers
7. 2B Eduardo Nuñez
8. CF Jackie Bradley Jr.
9. C Christian Vazquez

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The Starting Rotation:
1. LHP Chris Sale
2. LHP David Price
3. RHP Rick Porcello
4. LHP Drew Pomeranz
5. RHP Hector Velázquez

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The Bullpen:
CP Craig Kimbrel, RHP
SU Carson Smith, RHP
SU Matt Barnes, RHP
MR Joe Kelly, RHP
MR Heath Hembree, RHP
MR Robby Scott, LHP
LR Brian Johnson, LHP

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The Bench:
1B Mitch Moreland
UTL Deven Marrero
C Blake Swihart
C Sandy Leon


Disabled List:
Dustin Pedroia
Tyler Thornburg

Notable Emission:
Brock Holt

I decided to go with Deven Marrero over Brock Holt. Deven Marrero doesn’t know how to hit a baseball, but I value his defense so much. Marrero can come in later in tight must-win games and relieve Rafael Devers in the field. The same can be said with Mitch Moreland in regards to Hanley Ramirez. Brock Holt should probably make this team, but he still has minor league options left while Deven Marrero and Spring Training All-Star Blake Swihart do not. Swihart came into camp looking to show everyone he belongs in the big leagues. He has hit .375 with 1 home run and 8 RBIs in 32 at-bats this spring. He’s done everything the Sox could’ve hoped for. On top of that, he’s versatile. Although Marrero can’t hit, Swihart and him are just too valuable to let go. A trade can still happen, but as of right now, Holt is the only one with minor league options so he’d be the odd man out.

As far as the 5th spot in the rotation goes, you really don’t have any other options besides Hector Velázquez and Brian Johnson. I think the front-runner for the spot is Velázquez, with Johnson moving to the bullpen. Johnson has a 3.86 ERA in 7 innings pitched and Velázquez so far has a 4.91 ERA in 7.1 innings pitched which both points towards disaster, but you have what you have. Neither have that wipe out stuff. It’s command, command, and more command. Typically at the beginning of the season, you can get away with having mediocre talent at the back-end of the rotation, but ultimately I think it’s going to come down to having another option from the left side out of the bullpen because you never know what you’re getting out of Robby Scott. That can also be said about several others in the bullpen such as the Matt Barnes, Heath Hembrees, and Joe Kellys of the world. When they’re on, they’re pretty darn good. When they’re not, it’s creates a bigger problem because who else do you have? It’ll be interesting to see who gets the final rotation spot and who heads to either the bullpen or Triple-A Pawtucket.

With the utility spot addressed and the fifth starter spot worked out, everything else seems to be pretty clear as far as the rest of the roster goes. Alex Cora has stated that Hanley Ramirez is a lock for first base, with Mitch Moreland coming off the bench. The infield looks good, the outfield looks great, and the pitching staff looks pretty good as well.

The season is almost here, and if you’re a baseball fan, there may not be a better day out of the whole year than Opening Day. New hopes, new perspectives, and new teams. 2018 will be a fun one, but what’s going to make this season memorable? We’re less than 3 weeks from finding out. BASEBALL IS BACK.


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