With the final month of the season exactly two weeks away, the Boston Red Sox are gearing up for a tough playoff positioning in the AL East with both the Tampa Bay Rays and Baltimore Orioles. That being said, Boston will be able to add additional players to the roster and one name to watch for who could be added is Pawtucket Red Sox outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker.
Not many Red Sox fans are familiar with Hazelbaker since he is not one of the big name prospects in the farm system but has a part to this game that could be valuable for the Red Sox with his speed. Hazelbaker, who currently has 32 stolen bases in 39 attempts for Pawtucket this season could fill in nicely as a pinch runner late in games next month if added to the roster.
It has been awhile since the team has had a solid bench option late in the season that could change the game on the base paths. Hazelbaker, has always been known as one of the better baserunners in the Red Sox minor league system and aside from Jacoby Ellsbury and Shane Victorino, who are both starting outfielders, Boston lacks any other threats on the bases off the bench.
Don’t expect Hazelbaker to have a Dave Roberts like impact from the 2004 World Series team but if given the opportunity in September he does have the ability to help out in this area with his smart base running instincts.