Press "Enter" to skip to content

Will Red Sox’s Outfielder Alex Verdugo continue success in year 2?

Alex Verdugo 2020 season:

BOSTON, MA. – AUGUST 19 Alex Verdugo #99 of the Boston Red Sox smiles after stealing second base during the seventh inning of the MLB game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Fenway Park on August 19, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/ MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

Last offseason the Boston Red Sox made a late big trade by acquiring Alex Verdugo from the Los Angeles Dodgers. Mookie Betts, David Price was traded to the Dodgers in the deal. Fast forward to July and the Red Sox’s are playing with the new outfielder Alex Verdugo. The 2020 outfield looked like this: Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley Jr, and Verdugo. No one knew how Alex would fit in Boston until he played. On the other hand, Verdugo proved all the critics wrong and had a good first season with Boston. Even though the season was only 60 games, Alex was able to hit .308 on the season and rack up 62 hits in 201 at-bats. Verdugo had 6 homers on the season and added 15 runs batted in.

Verdugo 2021 outlook:

BOSTON MA. JULY 20: Red Sox Alex Verdugo runs on the field during Summer Camp at Fenway Park on July 20, 2020 in Boston, MA. (Staff Photo By Nancy Lane/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

This upcoming season will be good for Alex because he will have more time to adapt to the Red Sox. A back injury last year set him back a bit but he was able to play in the season. Its very possible that Verdugo will be able to contribute to the Red Sox’s organization this season. Alex just has to stay healthy to be a big factor. If fully healthy, Verdugo will contribute about 20-25 home-runs, drive in about 90-100 runs, and his average will be around .280-.290.

Manager Alex Cora’s Impact on Verdugo:

Alex Cora really likes his second-year outfielder Alex Verdugo and what he brings to the team. Cora said this about Verdugo: “Alex is a good player,” Cora said. “I saw him with the Dodgers, the previous year, a guy that brings a lot of energy to the equation on a daily basis. He can hit lefties, he can hit righties. I think he settled in the lineup. Defensively, he did an outstanding job for the team. For everything that is going on as far as like no fans and the protocols and how quote-on-quote uncomfortable it was for a team that didn’t play well, I do believe he was the best player on the team, the MVP.” Very well said by manager Cora on how Alex did this past season and how he mentioned that Verdugo was the Red Sox M.V.P.