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Red Sox call prospect Mookie Betts up to the major leagues

Jun 28, 2014, 12:05 PM EDT

Futures at Fenway AP

The Red Sox have promoted prospect Mookie Betts up to the big leagues, John Tomase of the Boston Herald reports. The 21-year-old will be available for Saturday night’s match-up against the Yankees in the Bronx.

Update: Via Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Red Sox sent Rubby De La Rosa down to Triple-A Pawtucket to make room for Betts on the 25-man roster.

Drafted out of high school by the Red Sox in the fifth round of the 2011 draft, this is just the fourth year of professional baseball for Betts. He started the season at Double-A Portland for the first time and quickly moved up to Triple-A Pawtucket, slashing a combined .345/.437/.520 with eight home runs, 48 RBI, and 29 stolen bases in 34 attempts.

Betts has traditionally been an infielder, but started playing the outfield more as the Red Sox have the third-lowest outfielder OPS in baseball. Additionally, the Sox had to shut down Shane Victorino for the time being after he experienced a setback during his rehab assignment due to back soreness.

  1. sabatimus - Jun 28, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    Oh my god. Did not see this coming THIS soon.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 28, 2014 at 8:03 PM

      They are going to have to perform an exorcism before they let Mookie actually play in a game in a Red Sox uniform.

  2. playball - Jun 28, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    Wow. This is going to be fun.

  3. wetmorepsu12 - Jun 28, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    Just curious, but what does this do to his status/eligibility to play in the Futures Game?

  4. atltoarizona - Jun 28, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    Someone needs to tell ESPN because he’s still not even in their fantasy baseball player pool.

  5. bigharold - Jun 28, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    In a perverse way it kind of exciting to be a RS fan right now. The season isn’t going well sure but they’re not out of it. Between Bogaerts, Holt, Bradley and now Betts they could well be looking at the future. That’s great if these players become anything near what they are touted to be. It would be really fun being in the middle of a playoff race with a lot of young talent. And, we could be looking at the core of the team for the next ten years. Of course if not, it could be the beginning of a major rebuilding effort.

    Nature abhors a vacuum. One way or another the Nation is about to find out how good it’s farm system is at producing MLB ready players.

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jun 28, 2014 at 1:28 PM

      Don’t forget Cecchini (Gavin, probably spelled the last name wrong) and Workman (who didn’t pitch too badly last night).

      • drewsylvania - Jun 28, 2014 at 1:49 PM

        What’s funny is that it’s the right spelling–for his brother!

    • jcmeyer10 - Jun 28, 2014 at 1:47 PM

      Yah, I agree. I came into this season knowing it would be rough. A youth movement doesn’t care if you are last years world champions.

      This is just fun if the Sox aren’t going to threaten for the playoffs.

      • slappymcknucklepunch - Jun 28, 2014 at 11:42 PM

        I agree with your perspective as I feel the same way. Last year was great it felt
        good after the marathon, almost like it was
        designed. Honestly we had no business winning with that team. Just clutch hits at
        the best opportunity.
        This year feels like we as fans are playing with house money.

  6. drewsylvania - Jun 28, 2014 at 1:26 PM

    Whoa. Hopefully this will be fun!

  7. proudlycanadian - Jun 28, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    Bill Buckner is having flashbacks.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 28, 2014 at 5:52 PM

      I was wondering if anyone else was flashing on the Red Sox having a player named Mookie…

  8. theskinsman - Jun 28, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    About f’n time. This season has been lost since April. Let’s see what the kids can do!

  9. historiophiliac - Jun 28, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    Not Rubby De Dubby!

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