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Friday, 21 March 2014 20:30

Brock Holt, Rubby De La Rosa Optioned to AAA; Brandon Snyder Reassinged To Minor League Camp

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Well the regular season is approaching so little by little, the Boston Red Sox have been trimming down their roster and will continue to do so until 25 men remain. Late yesterday, they optioned Brock Holt and Rubby De La Rosa to AAA Pawtucket. They also reassigned Brandon Snyder to minor league camp. He was not optioned because he is not on the 40-man roster, unlike he was for the better part of last season. This really should not come as a surprise to anyone, although they are all talented players. Expect all three to begin the season in Pawtucket. The only one of those three players that I was surprised to see cut this early was Brock Holt. Holt was in a competition for the utility man spot with Jonathan Herrera, but Herrera won because he had no options remaining and did what Farrell wanted: played solid defense at shortstop. Despite the fact that Holt had actually put up very similar numbers at bat to Herrera, Herrera's seniority definitely gave him the upper hand since both had two errors in the field during the spring. Brock Holt, is a versatile infielder to say the least. He can play shortstop, as well as second and third base. On offense it is safe to say he is more of a contact hitter with good plate discipline than an aggressive power hitter. In 83 games in Pawtucket, Holt batted .258 with a .327 OBP along with eight steals in 11 attempts. He fared well against rightes batting .275 in 207 at-bats against them. He also hit all of his homeruns off of them. Compare this to the .214 he hit off lefties in 84 at-bats, all of those hits for singles might I add. This probably works in Holt's favor to tell the truth. Xander Bogaerts has a strong preference for left-handed pitching so when Holt plays in the Majors this year, it will be against righties which also happens to be who he has more success hitting against. The other two, Snyder and De La Rosa, are both definitely talented players and could make the opening day roster for a number of teams, but for a team that just won a World Series the year before, they are probably better off as replacement players. De La Rosa could use more time in Pawtucket working out his inconsistency and possibly trying relief, and Brandon Snyder just got a case of bad luck where there really was no spot for him on the big league team. Rubby De La Rosa is a guy with great stuff, high potential, and a lack of consistency. His fastball touches 100mph often, but he struggled in the big leagues last season with a 5.56 ERA in 11 games. All of those outings, were in relief. In 80 1/3 innings in Pawtucket, he racked up 76 K's, and although his ERA was 4.26 which is less than impressive, he had some stretches where he was absolutely dominant. Brandon Snyder, like Holt, provides versatility except he plays corner infield and corner outfield. Snyder has also caught an inning of his MLB career. In the majors, he has struggled against right-handed pitching but has chowed down on lefties. In 97 career MLB at-bats, Snyder is 30 for 97 against lefties making for a .309 batting average. Against righties on the other hand, he is batting a mere .118 in 51 at-bats. With this being said, Snyder has the potential to be a valuable platoon man playing all around the field and hitting solely against left-handed pitchers. Overall, this is should not come as a surprise. Although these men did not make the 25-man roster, expect all of them to contribute in some way to the MLB team. Whether it be in September or August, all of them will play for the Boston Red Sox at some point during the year. All three of these players will be MLB regulars at some point in their careers, but they are in a tough situation being members on the World Champs of 2013. Follow me on Twitter @CLNS_Tom.