Originally posted on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 8/10/13
This may surprise you, but the Red Sox tandem of Brock Holt and Brandon Snyder at third base lately wasn't exactly the most productive effort in Major League Baseball. Perhaps noticing that fact, Sox General Manager Ben Cherington pulled the trigger today and called up Prodigal Third Baseman Will Middlebrooks from Triple A Pawtucket. The Boston Globe's Peter Abraham notes Middlebrooks will be in Kansas City for tonight's game, and he'll play third and bat ninth. Since being banished to McCoy Stadium in late June after struggling at the plate with the big club, Middlebrooks has hit a respectable .268 with 10 home runs in 45 games for the PawSox. In his last 10 games, according to Abraham, Middlbrooks is 12 for 38 with two dingers and six RBI's. Holt and Snyder? They're a combined 5 of 37 with three RBI's in 11 games. Aside from the news of the call-up dashing my prediction that we'd see wunderkind Xander Bogaerts at the hot corner before Middlebrooks this season, the move also appears to indicate that Sox brass intend to stick with Bogaerts as the Shortstop-of-the-Future at Fenway. (Bogaerts, by the way, is hitting a solid .289 with eight home runs and 27 RBI's in 52 games in Pawtucket this season. His OPS is .845). That makes sense, since the Sox earlier this season sent Former-Shorstop-of-the-Future Jose Iglesias to Detroit in the three-team deal for Jake Peavy.
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