Red Sox Announce Opening Day Roster
The Red Sox announced their opening day roster - here are the names:
Pitchers (15): Matt Barnes, Ryan Brasier, Kutter Crawford, Austin Davis, Jake Diekman, Nathan Eovaldi, Rich Hill, Tanner Houck, Nick Pivetta, Hansel Robles, Hirokazu Sawamura, Matt Strahm, Phillips Valdez, Michael Wacha, Garrett Whitlock
Catchers (2): Kevin Plawecki, Christian Vázquez
Infielders (6): Jonathan Araúz, Xander Bogaerts, Bobby Dalbec, Rafael Devers, Travis Shaw, Trevor Story
Outfielders (3): Jackie Bradley Jr., J.D. Martinez, Alex Verdugo
Infielder/Outfielders (2): Christian Arroyo, Kiké Hernández
I have already covered the pitchers here so lets take a look at the position players. There is only one really big surprise here - The Mayor of Ding Dong City. I really did not expect Travis Shaw to make the opening day roster. It's mostly because of depth at other positions. If we need to replace Dalbec at first, we have been able to do so with Christian Arroyo or Christian Vazquez. Meanwhile, we essentially have three outfielders that can actually start with JBJ, Verdugo, and Hernandez. Realistically, I think this roster is fairly short term, and I think it will be sooner rather than later that we see someone either go down with an injury, or Arauz/Shaw get sent down in favor of Duran.
One thing is a given though, this lineup will FUCK. Any one of the guys listed can step up to the plate and mash, so I feel comfortable going into the start of the season with this being our 28-man roster.