Since being promoted to Pawtucket, Marcus Lynn Betts has reached base in all 23 games, hitting .322/.425/.444. Betts was originally signed as an infielder, and played mostly at second base, but lately has been playing center field (15 games) and right field (2 games).
2013: Greenville (A) 76 games, .296/.418/.477, 33 XBH, 18 SB, 58 BB, 40 K 2013: Salem (High-A) 51 games, .341/.414/.551, 22 XBH, 20 SB, 23 BB, 17 K 2014: Portland (AA) 54 games, .345/.437/.520, 27 XBH, 22 SB, 35 BB, 20 K 2014: Pawtucket (AAA) 23 games, .322/.425/.444, 6 XBH, 7 SB, 16 BB, 13 KNote the impressive BB:K totals at every level.
WEEI's Alex Speier had a nice column on Betts (who turned 21 last October) yesterday.
I have no idea how I've had the success that I've had. But I'm just trying to develop an approach and sticking to it, learning to believe in myself that I belong out here, with these older guys, and not just bowing down and saying, "OK, you guys are older. Go ahead." I feel like I'm out here and I'm able to play the same way everybody else is. ...Sox Prospects:
I don't know how that transition [to the big leagues] is. I don't know what being ready for that level is. ... Whenever I get the call. I feel like I'll be ready. ... Getting to the big leagues is hard, but I've talked to guys and they've said it's not getting to the big leagues, it's staying in the big leagues. ... That's the part that I'm excited to see - to see how I can play for a period of time and be able to stay.
Athletic infielder who had committed to play at Tennessee prior to signing. Excelled in four sports in high school. Plus-to-better speed. Ability to impact a game with his legs. Compact, level swing. Fluid load. Quick hands, strong wrists. Plus hit tool. Solid overall approach for someone his age, works counts, and isn't overly aggressive. Consistently makes solid contact to all fields. Plus strike zone judgment. Potential to produce high levels of contact as he continues to develop. Fringe-average power potential. Small-framed, but strong for his size. Solid-average arm. Fluid and smooth actions defensively. Soft hands. Former shortstop transitioned to second base as a professional. Tends to stay back on balls rather than charge. Excellent instincts and profiles as a plus defender at second base. Played some center field in high school, began seeing some game action there in May 2014.