Conor Frederick (@C_Frederick1016)
The Red Sox have been officially eliminated, but this season has not been a total loss. Yes, Red Sox Nation, I speak the truth. I say that because we got a good look at the young guys on our farm, and most of them showed some big league talent, at least in one area of their game.
Guys like Mookie Betts and Xander Bogaerts have been showing us in recent weeks why they're going to be a major part of the Red Sox plans next season. X-Man has gone on a tear in September, hitting .364 (16-44) with 3 home runs and 17 RBI's during the week and a half or so of September, which bodes well for 2015. His defense needs some work (19 errors between 3rd base and shortstop this season), but I think he'll be better next year. He doesn't have to be a Gold Glove caliber, he just has to improve on 19 errors from this year.
Mookie Betts as also been swinging a good bat of late, hitting a a .333 clip in September (15-45) and 1 home run as well. His glove has also been pretty good as well, with one error made in right field while up with the Red Sox. And Bogaerts and Betts haven't been the only young guys showing their stuff - Brock Holt and a few others have been having success up here, as well as some of the guys like a Henry Owens (Eastern League Pitcher of the Year) who could come up next year and make an impact. Plus, there's also Rusney Castillo, who the Red Sox signed back in August. He could still come up this season, but he'll only have time to show a brief glimpse at what he can do, as there's only 2 weeks or so left in the season.
All in all, it's set up pretty nicely for 2015. Granted, the front office will still have to bring in help from the outside, but I think the Sox are about to set off on a nice, sustained period of success with a lot of help from the guys down on the farm.