No slowing Sox prospect Betts at Double-A
There are few prospects in baseball who had a bigger breakout in 2013 than Red Sox second baseman Mookie Betts. Ranked No. 60 on the MLB.com Top 100 Prospects list and No. 6 on the Red Sox's Top 20, Betts is proving that he can swing the bat just as well in the upper levels of the system.
Playing for Portland in the Double-A Eastern League, Betts went 4-for-5 on Saturday in a 6-1 win over New Britain. Hitting from the leadoff spot, Betts homered and scored three runs.
Betts has hit safely in 12 of the 13 games he's played in so far, with seven of them of the multihit variety. He has an eight-game hitting streak going and now currently leads all Minor League hitters with his .453 batting average. He's tied for sixth in both runs scored (17) and hits (24).
In 2013, Betts played across both A ball levels and was one of the few Minor Leaguers in baseball to finish with at least 15 home runs and 30 stolen bases. He finished the year with a .314/.417/.506 line before going on to the Arizona Fall League, playing in the Fall Stars Game and finishing with a .271 showing to go along with eight more steals.
In his 13 total games in 2014, Betts is hitting .453/.492/.717 with four steals. He was named the Eastern League Player of the Week on April 14. He leads the league in batting and on-base percentage, while standing third in slugging.
-- Jonathan Mayo