Red Sox’s Mookie Betts Lands On Baseball America’s 2014 All-Rookie Team


Oct 13, 2014

Mookie BettsMookie Betts’ opening act was impressive.

Betts’ major league success this season positioned him to be part of the Boston Red Sox’s 2015 Opening Day plans. It also landed him a spot on Baseball America’s 2014 All-Rookie Team.

Betts earned the distinction of being Major League Baseball’s top rookie second baseman this season, according to the team unveiled Friday by Baseball America’s Matt Eddy. The 22-year-old only played 52 games with Boston — 14 at second base — but Eddy pointed to Betts’ rate production and upside potential as justification for his inclusion on the squad.

Betts began 2014 with Double-A Portland. He jumped to Triple-A Pawtucket after a red-hot start and ultimately earned his first major league call-up in June. Betts played very well down the stretch, ending the season with a .291 average, an .812 OPS, five homers, 18 RBIs and seven stolen bases.

The Red Sox view Betts as an outfielder long-term. He shifted back to his natural position late in the season after second baseman Dustin Pedroia underwent season-ending thumb/wrist surgery.

The complete All-Rookie Team is below.

C: Travis d’Arnaud, New York Mets
1B: Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox
2B: Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox
3B: Nick Castellanos, Detroit Tigers
SS: Danny Santana, Minnesota Twins
OF: Billy Hamilton, Cincinnati Reds
OF: Kevin Kiermaier, Tampa Bay Rays
OF: George Springer, Houston Astros
DH: Kennys Vargas, Minnesota Twins
SP: Jake deGrom, New York Mets
SP: Collin McHugh, Houston Astros
SP: Marcus Stroman, Toronto Blue Jays
SP: Masahiro Tanaka, New York Yankees
SP: Yordano Ventura, Kansas City Royals
RP: Dellin Betances, New York Yankees

Photo via Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports Images

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