They say “never judge a book by it’s cover”, but I’m going to do just that. Who is Alex Verdugo? The most glaring fact that we need to know about Verdugo is that when he is healthy he is going to be patrolling right field instead of Mookie Betts, a task that I wouldn’t wish upon my worst enemy. Verdugo is expected to miss the start of the season with a stress fracture in his back that also ended his season in September with the Dodgers.
Verdugo came over to the Sox via trade along with Jeter Downs and Connor Wong for Mookie Betts and David Price. Verdugo is the only one of the three that is big league ready and as mentioned will be taking over right field.
Only 23 years old, Verdugo has spent the last three seasons with the Dodgers. In 2019 he saw his playing time increase significantly, playing in 106 games versus the 37 from 2018. In those 106 games he posted a slash line of .294/.324/.475 which isn’t too shabby.
The Boston media did what they do best and welcomed Vergudo warmly by bringing up a sexual assault investigation from 2015 this week. He was cleared of those charges (he was not accused of being in the room) by the police and since has seemingly kept his nose clean.
Interim manger Ron Roenicke said this of Verdugo:
“Verdugo has tremendous energy and you’re going to see it right off. That’s just who he is. He gets excited, he shows it,” said Roenicke, per Masslive’s Chris Cotillo. “That’s part of the reason I really look forward to him getting out there. I think the fans are going to really like him right away.”
I would assume his energy comes form the large amount of energy drinks that I imagine he consumes.
We may never see another Red Sox player replace the talent that Mookie Betts has, but we may see some pretty dang good baseball from Verudgo in the future.
Featured image from Concord Monitor