The Boston Red Sox have given plenty of young players a chance to taste what it’s like to play in the major leagues this season.
Prospects such as Jackie Bradley Jr., Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, Rubby de la Rosa and Allen Webster have risen up the ranks and played for the Red Sox, and it seems like all of them did it very quickly compared to homegrown players of the past.
For instance, Dustin Pedroia had 733 plate appearances in Triple-A Pawtucket before being called up. Betts and Bradley each had fewer than 300.
Peter Abraham joined NESN’s “Red Sox Gameday Live” before the Red Sox’s game against the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night and said this is because of an organizational change in the team’s philosophy of calling up players.
“Part of that is, baseball teams are more willing to play young players now and get what they can get out of them at this age as opposed to waiting and getting closer to free agency,” Abraham said.
Having young players get their feet wet in the major leagues probably gives them good experience, but it also might be the reason why prospects such as Bradley Jr. and Bogaerts have struggled facing big league pitching early in their careers.