Mauro Gomez Flourishing Under the Radar, Production Could Result in Reps in Left Field


Sep 22, 2012

Mauro Gomez Flourishing Under the Radar, Production Could Result in Reps in Left FieldBOSTON – Earlier this season, Mauro Gomez moved out of his comfort zone by playing third base.

It was the first time Gomez, a designated hitter and first baseman, had fielded the position since 2008. But in the upcoming offseason, Gomez will likely explore a different position once again — left field.

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine raved about Gomez' power and expressed an interest in improving the International League MVP's versatility.

"Gomez is a good hitter," Valentine said. "He can hit right-handers, left-handers, I think the more at-bats he gets, the more power factor he could have. You know, if he plays winter ball, I’d like him to play some left field for value."

Gomez has shown an ability to adapt to Major League competition. In 31 games this season, the slugger has launched two home runs and 17 RBIs while batting .305.

While Gomez' defense isn't his strong suit, Valentine believes it's better than advertised.

"Well, I’ve heard, you know, I haven’t seen him for an extended period at first, I heard he catches everything that gets to him, that surrounds him," Valentine said. "At third, I could see it being a bit of an issue because he hasn’t had a lot of reps."

Regardless, the Red Sox could be seeing more of Gomez in the future.

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