The Boston Red Sox are entering 2020 with a ton of uncertainty. After trading Mookie Betts and David Price, losing Chris Sale to Tommy John surgery, and firing their World Series-winning manager, the franchise is in disarray.
However, though their AL East chances have faded, their team still has some underrated players who can make a big impact in 2020.
1. Brandon Workman
Last year, Brandon Workman went from an average reliever to an utterly dominant force out of the bullpen. He took control of a closer-by-committee situation and finished with 16 saves, a 1.88 ERA, and 13.06 strikeouts per nine (K/9) over 71.2 innings. He also held opposing batters to an astonishing .121 batting average. Workman needs to limit his walks next season (15.7 percent walk rate in 2019) to remain a great option, but Workman has quietly established himself as the reliever to trust in the Red Sox bullpen.
2. Mitch Moreland
A playoff star in 2017 and 2018, Mitch Moreland's power from the left side of the plate hasn't been highly valued. His one-year, $3 million contract, a pay cut from the two-year, $13 million deal he signed in before 2018, is a testament to that. However, Moreland continued to crush right-handed pitching. He had a .887 OPS, 125 wRC+, and 18 homers in just 244 at-bats against righties last year. Although Moreland must be platooned and is 34 years old, his overall skills are undervalued right now.
3. Michael Chavis
Michael Chavis was called up on April 19 and was a mainstay in the Red Sox lineup after that, playing first and second base. Chavis got off to a great start for the Red Sox, winning Rookie of the Month in June and tallying a solid .799 OPS in the first half. However, Chavis tailed off on the second half, possibly due to an AC joint injury, and missed September with the Red Sox out of the playoff hunt. For a rookie, Chavis held his own, and he could be an even more valuable contributor in 2020.
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